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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

James Carville compares Dean to Rumsfeld

James Carville, continuing his attack on Howard Dean, has compared the DNC chairman to Donald Rumsfeld.
Democratic strategist James Carville says his party should dump Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic Party because of incompetence.

Carville, during coffee and rolls with political reporters today, said Democrats could have picked up as many as 50 House seats, instead of the nearly 30 they have so far.

The reason they didn’t, he said, is the Democratic National Committee did not spend some $6 million it could have put into so-called “third tier” House races against vulnerable Republicans.

Carville said the other Democratic campaign committees had borrowed to the hilt.

He said he tried to meet with Dean to argue for additional spending for Democrats in the final days of the campaign, but Dean declined and gave no reason why.

Asked by a reporter whether Dean should be dumped, Carville replied, “In a word, do I think? Yes.”

He added, “I think he should be held accountable.” He added, “I would describe his leadership as Rumsfeldian in its competence.”
It would be best to simply ignore Carville, seeing as he has repeatedly acted as the worst sort of buffoon, but the cable TV executives need buffoons, clowns and assorted jerks to keep their ratings up...or so they think.

If you want to know why Hillary Clinton can't be Democratic nominee in 2008, you need look no further than James Carville, a partner in the firm of Carville-Matalin.

These people are self-aggrandizing snakes. I've never understood the rose-colored glasses with which people view the Clinton years anyhow. Hillary bears some of the blame for the healthcare plan that the Clinton administration couldn't get through, and Bill helped us lose the Congress, yet somehow these are the people who we need to turn to?

People like Carville don't seem interested in Democratic unity. Nor do they seem interested in trusting anybody outside of the political establishment.

Dean comes from the movement, and doesn't take orders from consultants or other big shots. That's apparently what's bothering Carville. He may as well shut up now before he causes us further embarrassment. Dean isn't going anywhere.

We also need to steer clear of triangulation (or as I called it "tri-strangulation").

We can have a big tent. What we can't have is people who will actively work to subvert the party. Howard Dean was elected chair of the DNC by its members. If Carville wishes to change that, he can stand for election or support a different candidate in 2008.

And if he isn't interested in belonging to a party that is driven by a people powered movement, he can join the GOP. It's evident they're remaining an establishment party.

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