Presidential historian Kearns Goodwin: US needs a 'fiery centrist' right now

Presidential historian Kearns Goodwin: US needs a 'fiery centrist' right now
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Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said early Thursday that the country needs a "fiery centrist" right now to heal divisions and avoid "every single day" being "a breaking news day." 

“I’m not sure what the story is right now for them," Kearns Goodwin said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" while arguing that the Democratic Party lacks a positive message. "It just can’t be anti-Trump."

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"[The message to voters] has to be, 'What would it be like to wake up in the morning maybe and not have a scandal every single day? Not be breaking news every single day? Because we’re working together as a country, as a whole," the bestselling author continued.

"Whoever can talk about that, about healing divisions and making this country feel like we’re common citizens again, but with a fiery passion," she added. "That can’t be a centrist, a passive centrist, you’ve got to be a fiery centrist. And there could be such a person. That’s what the country needs right now.”

The commentary comes as conservatives railed against fiery rhetoric in recent days from prominent Democrats, including 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 Left-leaning journalist: Sanders would be 'formidable candidate' against Trump Clinton hits EPA for approval of pesticide dump: ‘We need bees!’ MORE and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderObama political arm to merge with Holder-run group Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Ocasio-Cortez to be first guest on new Desus and Mero show MORE.

Clinton told CNN on Tuesday that "the time for civility is over" when dealing with the GOP, while Holder declared that when Republicans go low, "we kick them," modifying a reference from former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaFormer patients accuse ex-Fox News medical pundit of sexual exploitation Obama attends UNC-Duke basketball game Obama introduces himself as 'Michelle's husband' at leadership forum MORE who once said, "When they go low, we go high."

Democrats argue that Republicans have been no better in raising the level of discourse, pointing to supporters of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE earlier in the week chanting "Lock her up," when the president broached Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Feinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape MORE's (D-Calif.) role in Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump steps up attack on Planned Parenthood  Smollett saga shows it's no mistake when media target conservatives Supreme Court clamps down on 'excessive fines' by states MORE's confirmation process.

-- Updated Oct. 12, 10:47 p.m.