Below are some of the notable comments made by the Powerhouse Roundtable Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Roundtable guests included Newark Mayor Cory Booker; Americans for Tax Reform President and NRA board member Grover Norquist; political strategist and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd; Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan; and WashingtonPost.com columnist and Editor and Publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel.
1. Noonan compares Obama to Michael Corleone from ‘The Godfather’
NOONAN: The president has been a little Michael Corleone towards the Republicans in the negotiations with Boehner, in that essentially he is saying when Boehner says I’ll give you this, I’ll give you this, I think the president is more or less saying, this is what I’ll give you: nothing.
2. Vanden Heuvel calls fiscal cliff a ‘manufactured media drama’
VANDEN HEUVEL: We don’t have a short-term deficit problem. We have a jobs and growth problem…The cliff is a manufactured media drama.
3. Noonan says everyone, including Republicans, expects a tax increase
NOONAN: Everybody, Republicans included on Capitol Hill, they all know there’s going to be a tax increase. They know it.
4. Dowd claims average Americans shouldn’t sacrifice if taxes aren’t raised on wealthy
DOWD: You cannot call for a sacrifice by average Americans and say we are not going to raise taxes on the wealthy.
5. Booker recalls experience with a victim of gun violence
BOOKER: I don’t know if anybody here has seen somebody shot, I have. I don’t know if anybody here has had to put their hand in somebody’s chest and try to stop the bleeding so somebody doesn’t die, I have…Most of us in America, including gun owners, agree on things that would stop the kind of carnage that’s going on in cities all over America.
6. Dowd discounts argument that ‘The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is good guy with a gun’
DOWD: When there’s a kid in the school yard with a baseball bat, we don’t give everybody else baseball bats and say go to deal with it and defend yourself. What we do is we take the baseball bat away from the bad kid or the bully and then we sit down and say what can we do to make sure this doesn’t happen — we’ve got to take the baseball bat away from the bully.
7. Norquist calls for more concealed carry permits to prevent gun violence
NORQUIST: You want to drop the number of murders, you want to drop the number of rapes, you want to drop the number of armed robberies, have more people with concealed carry permits in your state…We know what works, which is allowing honest people to carry guns on themselves.
8. Noonan says many Americans own guns ‘because they are afraid’
NOONAN: They also have guns because they are afraid, they think their society and their culture are very frail and in trouble. They think someday they may be on their own. They want guns to protect themselves and protect their families. I think that has to be respected and not denigrated.
Rhaina Cohen contributed to the compiling.