'This Week' Transcript: Roundtable 01-02-11

So internally House Republicans are going to have to sit down and -- and conduct what will amount to speed education courses on this matter.

Now, two other significant things. This will be a clean vote, a visible vote that will be separate from everything else. You can't tuck it into another legislative maneuver, as Democrats did under the Gephardt rule.

Secondly, what you will also see is the House Republican Appropriations Committee will move spending cuts through alongside these, so those who have to vote for the debt ceiling will say, "I've raided the debt ceiling, but I've also voted to cut spending." You'll see that happen much more rapidly because of the pressure applied politically on this debt ceiling vote.

TAPPER: Amy, last word on the debt ceiling?

WALTER: No, I think that Major is right. This is going to be a very interesting test, sort of a game of chicken. And I think there are a lot of Republicans out there right now hoping that they can take a symbolic vote because somebody else is going to be the adult and do that.

And you may see it based on when you're up for re-election -- the House obviously every two years, but in the Senate, you know, who is most worried about a Tea Party challenge, maybe the folks that can take a pass on that. TAPPER: A lot of Americans out there are still struggling with the snowdrifts outside their -- their -- their front door. And I want to play for you a clip from World News Tonight in 1996 that gets at the politics of snow.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JENNINGS: This is one of those days where the only person who wants to be out in front of the snowplow is the local politician, who will be crucified if he fails to deal with the snow emergency.

GIULIANI: If you don't handle it correct, people get angry at you, and they have a right to. That's what they elected us to do.

DONVAN (voice-over): The lesson for the blizzard of '96, get out, like New York's Giuliani, share the credit, like Boston's Menino, and if there's a TV camera nearby, get behind the wheel of a snowplow, like New Jersey's Governor Whitman.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

TAPPER: A piece from ABC News' John Donvan. I have to say, there are some lessons here that apparently were not learned by the current mayor of New York City, unlike Mr. Giuliani, and the current governor of New Jersey, unlike Governor Whitman.

You know a lot, Donna, about local politics. How big a deal is it when Christie is off in Florida during this snowstorm or when Bloomberg is talking about how he didn't dig anything, but he's been reading e-mails?

BRAZILE: Well, the ghost of John Lindsay must have appeared back in New York. Back in 1969, when John Lindsay, of course, was mayor and, you know, sort of dismissed the snowfall. And, of course, the voters didn't respond favorably to his dismissal.

Look, the key is, is that when you see this -- this -- this thing coming, when Mother Nature decides to turn her eye on your city or your state, be present, be available, be on the scene. And I think Cory Booker really set the best example. He was not only there, but you...

TAPPER: The mayor -- the mayor of Newark.

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