Democratic strategist James Carville is widely credited for helping Bill Clinton win the presidency in 1992. However, Carville recently came clean about how he thinks Democrats will do in November, and it isn’t good.
During an interview with CNN last Thursday, the former Clinton adviser accused his party of being disconnected from issues that people care about.
“If this doesn’t motivate people, if this doesn’t get you going, then I can’t do anything to help you” – Democratic strategist James Carville reacts to the draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe and how his party might respond. pic.twitter.com/tY0zaTF4hW
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Democrats too concerned with “veganism and pronouns”
According to Carville, Democrats have become “too damn emotional” and are focused on fringe ideas like “talking about veganism and pronouns.”
“And I’ll tell you who is not helping. It’s the progressive advocacy groups. No one cares what they say, no one fears them,” he insisted.
Carville then went on to address the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion Politico published last week which suggests that five of nine justices are prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade.
He told “OutFront” host Erin Burnett that such an outcome is only possible because “they [Republicans] have no fear of Democrats,” adding, “And Alito and them said we don’t care.”
What’s more, Carville took issue with Democrats expending significant resources of election contests that should be seen as unwinnable.
Examples include Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath’s doomed quest to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Jaime Harrison’s race to unseat South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham.
Carville says that “this stupid wokeness” is “hurting the party”
“They were always going to lose those races, but Democrats keep doing this stupid s–t,” Carville complained. “Democrats obsess over high-profile races they can’t win because that’s where all the attention is. We’re addicted to hopeless causes.”
This is not the first time that Carville has criticized Democrats for being too concerned with progressive dogma rather than pocketbook issues.
He offered a similar message this past November following losses in Virginia and New Jersey. Mediaite quoted him as telling PBS “NewsHour,” that “[w]hat went wrong was this stupid wokeness. …[Y]ou’re hurting the party. You’re hurting the very people you want to help.”