'This Week' Transcript: WH Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Sen. Lindsey Graham

EMANUEL: You have got to smile. Have fun. If all people see is anger, they'll see anger. Do you ever remember a person not likable winning? OK, be likable.

MASSA: All right. Got it.

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TAPPER: The greatest thing about that is that Massa is wired for the documentary and he doesn't tell Rahm, who takes (ph) him off to have these private conversations.

ROBERTS: He didn't tell him not to have a tickle party, you know? He left that out.

DUNN: Exactly. Boy, Rahm is really guilty of malpractice in this one.

(CROSSTALK)

GILLESPIE: At least you know he wasn't wired in the shower.

(LAUGHTER)

TAPPER: One would hope.

(CROSSTALK)

TAPPER: One would hope, but this does bring up a serious issue, which is Eric Massa, ex-Congressman Eric Massa, and Republicans in the House have brought up a resolution to condemn him, and also to find out what Democratic leaders knew about his behavior and when they knew it. And, George, I wonder, do you think this actually has legs?

WILL: I think it's part of -- the question is--

TAPPER: Yes, pardon the pun.

WILL: -- is this one brick over a load? Are we reaching a critical mass with a public sense? Washington on the one hand wants to expand its role in my life here, here, and here, and Washington is terminally weird. This is going to get worse in June when Blagojevich's trial begins in Illinois. So this is going to be an ongoing soap opera, and it's not helpful to the Democrats.

TAPPER: Anita?

DUNN: No, I think that the House leadership by all accounts acted very properly. It got brought to them. They said, take it to the Ethics Committee or we will. It went to the Ethics Committee. He was gone quite quickly.

One of the funnier things in this last week, and you showed the Glenn Beck clip from -- at the beginning of this segment was how quickly some of the conservative leaders were to embrace Eric Massa, as long as he was couching his being driven out of Congress in the context of opposition to the Obama health care. It kind of tells you that for the conservative movement right now, the bar is pretty low for personal behavior. As long as you're willing to say the Obama health care is a problem.

TAPPER: Very quickly, just short, is this going to be a problem for Democrats?

GILLESPIE: I think it's a nagging injury. Massa's gone, but I think this question about what did the speaker know, when did she know it? We saw that when Mark Foley had the problems under the Republican control of the House. Denny Hastert had these problems. And it was a problem for them. I think it's going to be a problem for the Democrats. And it's not just Massa. It's Charlie Rangel. It is this perception that they are buying votes left and right with these side deals. And it's a broader problem and this reinforces that broader problem.

TAPPER: Very quickly, 10 seconds, is this another Mark Foley or no?

ROBERTS: It's a problem for the Democrats, but there's also clearly something in the water in New York.

(LAUGHTER)

TAPPER: All right, well, the roundtable will continue in the green room on ABCnews.com.

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