James Carville has resurfaced with another strategic warning to Barack Obama. You’ll recall that a few months ago, Carville let loose about the President’s political problems. He fumed that Obama should “fire everybody,” bring in a new team, shake things up.
Today, he issued a new warning on the Scott Hennen radio show:
“Let me repeat. Everything worries me in this environment. Nobody’s gotten elected with these kinds of numbers. So, I’m worried in the general election. I profoundly admit that.”
He went on to bash the GOP presidential field, but that wasn’t the point of his appearance. Carville doesn’t just flap his lips willy-nilly. His comments are always thought out and I’m sure, cleared first by Bill Clinton. Speaking of Bubba, recall that he’s been hitting Obama publicly over the past few months as well, most recently about the mistake of raising taxes in an economic downturn.
So why did Carville issue this new flare?
First, while Carville is a committed Democrat, he’s also a Clinton loyalist. Part of this is the old “see, we told you so!” coming from the Clinton crowd.
Second, this is to try to get the base moving.
The third and perhaps biggest element of this is that Carville, Clinton and that gang represent a more traditional kind of Democrat. They were pragmatists. Obama is a totally different brand of Democrat. He’s a pure ideologue who has not and will not change course the way Clinton did to win re-election. Obama IS the far-left, and although his policies have wreaked havoc and are threatening his re-elect, he will not change. That’s what Carville is really pointing to, and that’s something none of them—not even the Great Master, Bill, or the Great Magician, Carville—can change.
But of course, Obama will not change. He cannot change. This is who is is. This is what he does. This is what he believes.
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