Meet James Carville, Republican Stooge.
Thanks to Howard Dean, and his 50 State Strategy, the Democrats have retaken the House and Senate. With a victory like that, you’d think that everyone in the Democratic Party would be pleased as punch that this year was ours. And, you’d be wrong.
Enter “The Cajin Grump” James Carville. Carville’s been bashing Howard Dean for not putting enough DNC money behind Carville’s DLC Congressional candidates.
And yet, as the Democrats top strategist during the Clinton era, the only thing Carville seems to have ever managed to accomplish is to win a 3-way Presidential race, lose both Houses of Congress to the Republicans, and barely stage off Clinton’s removal from office after his Impeachment.
Both Carville and Paul Begala criticized Dean time and time again, saying he couldn’t raise any money. What did Dean do? He raised record amonts of money, and the D.N.C. spent three times as much money in the 2006 campaign as they did in the last mid-term election. Begala and Rahm Emmanuel criticized Dean’s 50 State Strategy, with Begala saying funds were just going to OPEN state party offices to hire people to “stand around and pick their nose.” All that nose picking lead to massive Democratic victories in districts that were previously non-competitive, with massive Democratic victories in North Dakota, Indiana, and Montana.
What’s most disgusting about Carville’s criticism is it’s utter hypocrisy. It was Rahm Emmanuel, controlling the DCCC that poured 3 million extra dollars into Tammy Duckworth’s campaign, and yet she lost by 5 percentage points, and yet Emmanuel held funds from Democratic candidates all over the country simply because they were opposed to the Iraq War. Time after time, progressive Democratic candidates had to beg for funds from Air America listeners because Emmanuel wouldn’t produce a penny.
So Carville wants a new chairman at the head of the DNC, apparently for doing what Carville has never managed to do…win. Could this be because Dean knows that if you are to win you must put money into and hands of the grassroots to build the party from the ground up instead of stuffing Carville’s and Begala’s pockets? Or is it that Carville knows that Step One was to win back both houses of Congress, and Step Two will be the purging of the Democratic Party with the Republican-lite crowd at the DLC?
And since I’ve been in a creative mood as of late, I certainly think that Carville’s hypocrisy deserves a video montage.