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

GARRETT: Well, I think what it does, for the first time in New Jersey for Democrats, is give them traction, which is surprising in a snowstorm. They have a way by which to frame Chris Christie in ways they haven't before, as someone who was unresponsive, did not solve a problem, and, more importantly, appears to be indifferent to the actual suffering of New Jersey constituents. That will give them a toehold. They haven't been able to get a punch in on Governor Christie until this moment. Whether it manifests itself into some larger cataclysm for him and his poll numbers, we'll see, but it's the first time Democrats have had him on the run.

TAPPER: And, Amy, Mayor Bloomberg, the impact on him, what do you think? People are talking about him as a potential presidential candidate.

WALTER: Right. I think it's actually a good idea that he didn't get into a snowplow. I mean, the thought -- this is a Dukakis-on-a-tank moment, the idea of Mayor Bloomberg pushing a snowplow.

But, look, I think, you know, what has made Bloomberg successful is not just that people in New York liked him and thought he was competent, and his -- sort of a national profile of being a good, competent major. I don't think that the frustration that people are feeling in New York is going to translate nationally.

So I think, as soon as the snow melts, the story sort of melts away for him. He's not running for re-election.

But I do think it's interesting, going back to Chris Christie and even Ed Rendell for a moment, both of them sort of took this approach, which we're seeing a lot from politicians, which is, "You guys, suck it up and stop being babies. It snows." I think Christie said that. He goes, "Hey, it's the Northeast. It snows."

GARRETT: The world didn't come to an end.

WALTER: The world hasn't come to an end. Nothing is going to change. Just we'll deal with it. And if anything was wrong, I would have -- I couldn't have gotten back here anyway. I'm trapped in Florida.

WILL: There is one national resonance from this, however. In New York City, the issue is tangled up with the question, and it's an open question, whether the public employees union to make a job action point sabotaged street collection. I believe -- and this is entirely tangled up with the state bankruptcy -- that the issue of public employees and their dominance of blue states is going to be the biggest issue in this country for the next several years.

BRAZILE: No, they're the scapegoat, George. I mean, when you start cutting state budgets and city budgets, and you start cutting snowplows, and you start cutting the amount of salt that you have stored, that has a real impact on people's lives.

And, you know, the one thing -- in terms of Brooklyn and some of the -- you know, the other boroughs -- they didn't get snowplowed for two, three days, and so they were upset when Mayor Bloomberg went out and said, "Hey, everything is fine." And they're like, we have kids who are -- who need hospital treatment, but they can't -- the ambulance cannot get there.

George, I know that's the new baby on -- on the wish list, to cut all of these budgets, but when they start cutting these state budgets, people are going to feel it.

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