Bernie Sanders Calls James Carville a ‘Political Hack’ Over Comment

Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, the “democratic socialist” who has somehow become the Democratic frontrunner for nomination for president of the United States, does not take very well to criticism. A case in point was his reaction to some pointed things that James Carville said about him on cable TV recently. Fox News explains:

“Look, James, in all due respect, is a political hack who said very terrible things when he was working for Clinton against Barack Obama,” Sanders told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “We are taking on the establishment. This is no secret to anybody.”

Carville, for those readers who came of age after the Clinton administration, was the architect of Bill Clinton’s 1992 victory over then-incumbent President George H. W. Bush. Carville used a tactic called “triangulation” that positioned Clinton as somehow between left and right, presenting a “third way” of politics that eschewed the extremes. He also said one of the most often quoted pronouncements about how one wins elections in the United States. “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Earlier, Carville had appeared on MSNBC to sound the alarm about Sander’s candidacy. Fox News again explains.

“James Carville, a political strategist and former top adviser to President Bill Clinton, sounded the alarm Monday about the prospect of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., winning the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, calling such a choice the “end of days” for the party. Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Carville said the Democrats must defeat President Trump in November or the country will be in an “abyss.” But he said many of the candidates, Sanders, in particular, are not appealing to enough of the electorate, including African-Americans.”

Carville also suggested that Sanders is America’s version of Jeremy Corbyn, the British politician who led the UK Labour Party to its greatest defeat in decades at the hands of Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He also stated that Sanders supporters want to turn the Democratic Party into a “cult.” He said that if the Democrats nominate Sanders, it will be “the end of days.” Carville pronounced himself to be “scared to death.”

Despite what Sanders said about him. Carville is hardly a “political hack.” His strategy for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign was considered masterful. Few people at the beginning of that election cycle would have predicted that anyone, not the least Bill Clinton, could have taken down the first President Bush. Bush had just presided over the successful Gulf War that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Clinton was morally compromised because of a series of extramarital affairs, the same sort of thing that sunk Gary Hart four years before.

Yet, a minor economic downturn and a lackluster campaign by the elder Bush combined to make him a one-termer. Clinton was lucky enough to preside over eight years of an economic boom brought on by the creation of the Internet. However, some historians suggest that Clinton made some foreign policy missteps that led to 9/11 and the long war on terror.

Carville was an advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. Her first run for the presidency was less successful than that of her husband, mainly because she had the bad fortune to run against Barack Obama.

The fears about Sanders that Carville expressed is widely shared in the leftwing media and among House and Senate Democrats. Chris Matthews, the former Democratic operative who now works for MSNBC, is no fan of socialism, having memories of the Cold War, according to Hot Air. Matthews stated that not only is Bernie not electable, but that socialism “doesn’t fricking work.”

According to Roll Call, Congressional Democrats would prefer Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Bloomberg, even the hapless Joe Biden to Bernie. They fear that Bernie Sanders on top of the ticket would cause them to lose the House and to not take what they think is an opportunity to flip the Senate.

In the meantime, Republican operatives are gleefully tying down-ballot Democrats to Bernie Sanders and socialism. Most polling suggests that the label of ”socialist” is a deal-breaker to most American voters, despite its apparent popularity among young people.

In short, James Carville is not feeling the Bern and Sanders resent him for that. Whether or not Bernie wins the nomination only to drag the Democrats down to defeat will prove whether Carville is a ”hack” or a prophet.

Comments (16)

  1. Bernie boy knows that taxing and taking from the rich .They will take their money out of America. So Bernie said. He knows he would have to raise our taxes to pay for all the free stuff for illegals and lazy people

  2. So true. Dem have fallen off their rocker. Sanders will tear down AMERICA and Americans. He wants to tax us at 52% anyone making 29000$ a year. And up .

  3. Sadly it already is like Venezuela and Cuba in many parts of the USA. Take a look and smell at California for as real as socialism and communism gets here in the good ole USA. Wake up America if you don’t want the USA to be like California and anywhere else the liberals have destroyed.

  4. I had a chance in 1992 to bid on some landscape work at George’s office on memorial drive. While we waited for George to get freed up, I spent a hour alone with Barbara Bush. When pressed about losing the election she replied, “We had no intention of winning.” Probably why their friend Ross Perot ran as a third party candidate. The fix was in for Clinton to get elected. The reason why Clinton was selected is for another time. Bye

  5. Would you like to live permanently in Venezuela Cuba Russia? Plain and simple with Bernie that is what you will get right here in the good old u.s. of A. JGB

  6. I agree w/the article about Sanders but what you said about Bush and how Clinton won was bs. Clinton was marketed very well I agree but I still say he would have lost if Bush did his job. Bush lost because he failed on his biggest campaign promise remember? Read My Lips ; No New Taxes then the jackass turned around when became President
    And put in place the largest tax increase in American history.
    A spade is a spade so please don’t sugar coat the truth. I can’t stand it when people act like Republicans have always been right or it was just dumb luck they lost. Good or bad, Own it!
    The 12yrs total under both Bush’s was terrible. They both lied and their cabinets were as shady as Democrats. All I’m sayyid tell the truth. We can take the good w/the bad. We don’t have a choice.

  7. Sanders wants to turn America into another Venezuela

  8. If you want help from GOD, you’d better stop using His name in vain
    You can’t have it both ways.

  9. Anyone who spends their honeymoon in Moscow, and touts all the great things that “socialism/communism” is, is a moron that will kill this country, and probably many people too. The millenials want “free” stuff and this man will take 90% of your paycheck to pay for it. How long do you think that will last? Wake up you bernie supporters if you value freedom!!!

  10. It’s amazing how people over the centuries keep falling for the lie of socialism/communism. These people rise up with promises of equality and in every single case the equality does happen but it results in equal misery and poverty for all.
    Yet with all the proof available in history, people reject the facts and swallow the lie.

  11. Carville is right, unfortunately, I do not think the Democrats are listening. Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin would be proud of Bernie Sanders, he is their kind of politician. Democrats, please let your leadership know you are “not on-board” with their socialist direction by “walking away”. Better to be a free independent than a socialistic Democrat.

  12. Hey James and Bernie! It’s about the economy and right now ours is Booming! Keep America Great, Vote Trump/Pence 2020!

  13. Sanders a Socialist? NO.
    Sanders a Communist, YES.

  14. old bernie is a communist not socialist. he believes the way of communism where the government controls the people while ripping them off.

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  16. How the hell did we become this great Country of ours to allow a socialist to run for president? Do the people voting for Bernie know a Goddamn thing about Socialism-Having a masters in sociology I am aware of the destruction that encompasses this radical following which has destroyed every country which embraces its rulings and believe me just e-mail Venezuela and see how they have descended from a great nation to the worst nation on the planet. Wake up America and fight to fix the inequalities in our country in a bipartisan quorum to maintain our status as a free great country we are and continue so help us GOD

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