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 ClintonRoger Stone challenges Dems to produce WikiLeaks evidence Steve King asks Google CEO for names of employees to see if they're liberals O'Rourke edges out Biden in MoveOn straw poll MORE and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderTrump on sharing photo of Rosenstein behind bars: 'He should have never picked a special counsel' If the GOP wants to win, it needs to champion the middle class Trump retweets Pence parody account attacking Clinton 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 ObamaMichelle Obama greets students at Detroit Motown Museum with surprise visit Michelle Obama: People questioning whether I could be first lady 'doesn't go away' Michelle Obama extends global book tour amid 'overwhelming interest' 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 TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE earlier in the week chanting "Lock her up," when the president broached Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinPence casts tie-breaking vote for Trump appeals court judge Time fumbles another 'Person of the Year' by excluding Kavanaugh Bottom Line MORE's (D-Calif.) role in Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughThe case for reauthorizing VAWA Kamala Harris to keep seat on Judiciary Committee Planned Parenthood president 'deeply concerned' about Kavanaugh presence on Supreme Court MORE's confirmation process.

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