(CNN) - Basically here's what we've learned from Hillary Clinton. She's really, really good at staying on message, number one. Number two: she's a really, really good diplomat. My favorite question to her was, "Are we with President Mubarak in Egypt or are we with protesters?" She said, well there's a third answer: "We're with the people of Egypt." So there you go.
Look it's really clear, what they want to do is let the President's message to Mubarak which is no crack downs on peaceful protesters and you have to move forward on some basic political reforms. They want to give that time to simmer and see what he does. While Hillary Clinton was out on the Sunday shows, including ours, she was not about to send a different message to the President of Egypt. Even when we are faced with what we are now is seeing is sort of like a smattering of signs that are anti-U.S. "Stop backing Mubarak," that kind of thing.
I thought John McCain was interesting because he was trying to push the president saying, "listen, are we going to get on the right side of history here?" It's clear that he believes the right side of history is on the streets in Egypt and he pushed him and said he's got to get out there and outline what steps forward, specifically, President Obama needs to be pushing Mubarak harder.
Chuck Schumer said he basically agreed with it. But it was very clear that what's on Chuck Schumer's mind right now is Republicans and what they're going to do about the big spending bill that's coming up in March. Because there are threats that the Republicans might want to shut down the government. And he said if they do it will be a worse mistake than when Newt Gingrich and his Congress shut down government and then got shellacked, shall we say, to use a popular term in the next election.
I thought former Ambassadors Negroponte and Walker, who both were able to speak in a more open way than Hillary Clinton, the sitting Secretary of State can speak. And they said sure it's possible that they can transition into something that will be more democratic, but that there are some real, real hazards ahead and some things that scare them because a lot can still go wrong. A lot of it depends on how Mubarak handles all of it. So, I thought they were good because they were diplomats, they understand the whole thing, and they're actually able to talk honestly. So I thought they were good on that.
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