February 6, 2020
Most of you are too young to remember James Carville – I certainly am – but this was the man who ran Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign and won him the White House. He’s an endearing figure, due to his weirdness and his classic Louisiana accent, which is something you don’t hear very often anymore.
He went on MSNBC this week and said that the Democrat Party has gone insane and has become a cult that refuses to talk about issues that anyone cares about. The interview was quite something.
He is ostensibly shilling for the establishment of the Democrat Party against Bernie Sanders, but he ended up talking about the insanity of “opening the border” and “talking about people voting from jail cells.”
Democratic strategist James Carville expressed his concerns as the Democratic primary race is officially underway, saying he’s “scared to death” of the direction his party is going.
Appearing on MSNBC, Carville began by pointing to the success Democrats had during the 2018 midterm elections and stressed that it “matters” who the candidates are and what the party chooses to talk about.
“I’m 75 years old, why am I here doing this? Because I’m scared to death, that’s why,” Carville exclaimed. “Let’s get relevant here … all the Sanders people are taking pictures wishing Jeremy Corbyn the best. … I don’t want to go down that path.”
The former Clinton advisor slammed the press corps for going “AOC crazy” over its coverage of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and pointed to more moderate candidates like former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who he noted “got a lot of votes” in Iowa.
“We’ve got to decide what we want to be. Do we want to be an ideological cult? Or do we want to have a majoritarian instinct to be a majority party?” Carville continued. “What we need is power, you understand? That’s what this is about. Without power, you have nothing. You just have talking points.”
He is of course correct that these people have all gone completely nuts.
Though I’m really not at all convinced that that means they can’t have power. I think that after 2024, they will have power and all of this ideological stuff will cover up the fact that, as Jimmy Dore said Wednesday night on Tucker Carlson, they have no desire to address issues that anyone cares about.
Strangely, although Bernie Sanders is both at the front of the ideological wing of the party when it comes to aggressive communist policies, he’s also the only one talking about real issues that people care about, and has continually shied away from becoming involved in weird identity politics.
What the actual establishment wants is for ideological identity politics to be at the core of the discussion, with everything else – the wars, the off-shoring, the free trade and other elements of globalism – to be on the sidelines.
The other interesting thing about what Carville was saying: he kept comparing this leftward turn to the British Labour Party, and saying that the Democrats don’t want to become the British Labour Party. But in Britain, the “conservative” party is in line with the kind of politics Carville is trying to promote – they’re center left.
Clearly, the plan for America was to move the Republican Party to where the British Conservative Party is, and then allow the Democrat Party to go all the way left, and become the British Labour Party (though with less anti-Semitism, obviously). In such a situation, people like Carville could just become happy Republicans, and the base of the Republican Party would be out of luck and just have to vote for them. That is a move that Jeb Bush represented. But Donald Trump really screwed that up.
And even though Trump isn’t actually doing anything, the mindset now among the Republican base is that at least the language of the GOP should be about building a wall and deporting all immigrants. So they’re certainly not going to accept a Jeb Bush/David Cameron type figure any time soon.
When Carville was a Democrat, the Republicans and the Democrats could have friendly relations, something which is now obviously impossible. However, Carville says in the interview that he would vote for Bernie Sanders if he had to – meaning that if Carville represented the mainstream of the Republican Party, the two sides could have friendly relations again, even though they would disagree about going full-communist.