Yesterday had a very good chat with CBS News’ Bob Orr in a program that also featured the Washington Post‘s David Ignatius.
The segment also includes reports from Tahrir Square in Cairo from CBS News’ Elizabeth Palmer and Vicki Barker.
During my discussion with Orr, we got into questions about where the Egyptian “establishment” may be tilting — and what would be needed to move to real political reform.
We also discussed the Muslim Brotherhood and the importance of making the responsible members of this well-networked, organized group part of the next political order.
It is interesting and important today that the growing questions about and doubt created by Gamal Mubarak’s previous refusal to resign his position as Deputy Secretary General and Head of the Policy Committee of the ruling National Democratic Party may be dissolving now. Gamal Mubarak and other leaders have today resigned these posts. This had been one of the key issues I had been trying to raise in recent days.
It is extremely important for the Egyptian establishment to see that the Mubarak franchise may in fact really be going out of business — or at least is being politically neutered — which has not been the case through this tumult until perhaps today.
— Steve Clemons