‘I am scared to death…Do we want to be an ideological cult?’

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'I am scared to death...Do we want to be an ideological cult?'

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James Carville is sounding the same alarm that a lot of Democrats have been sounding over the past month, but he’s doing it at full volume on national television. Appearing on MSNBC, Carville said things were not going well and wondered aloud why Tom Perez was still in charge of the DNC.

“The polling averages have not been very good the last 10 days and I’ve seen some pretty good polls that show enthusiasm among Democrats is not as high as we might like it,” Carville said. “This is not going particularly well, so far and why is Tom Perez still the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, I have no idea. This party needs to wake up,” he added. Later (see 3rd clip below) Carville said, “I know these donors and they’re not going to give a popsicle to the DNC right now. I can promise you that.”

Carville repeatedly suggested the Democratic Party was in danger of following the path of the Labour Party in Britain.

“Look at the British Labour Party,” Carville said. “We’re like talking about people voting from jail cells. Alright, we’re talking about not having a border. I mean, come on people,” he added.

“Of course I would vote for him [Sanders], but I don’t want the Democratic Party of the United States to be the Labour Party of United Kingdom.”

In another segment from the same interview, Carville contrasted what he sees in 2020 with the result from 2018. “We had the highest turnout in 2018 since women were granted the right to vote,” Carville said. He continued, “We had the biggest margin. We ran a smart campaign and it worked. It matters who the candidate is. It matters what the party chooses to talk about.

“I mean, I’m 75 years old why am I here doing this? Because I am scared to death that’s why. Let’s get relevant, people, here for sure…All the Sanders people were taking pictures wishing Jeremy Corbyn the best.”

Later in this clip he said, “the press corps went AOC crazy…We got to decide what we want to be. Do we want to be an ideological cult or do we want to have a majoritarian instinct to be a majority party?…The urban core is not going to get it done. What we need is power. You understand? That’s what this is about. Without power you have nothing. You just have talking points.”

I don’t have a lot to add to this except that Carville is absolutely right and people on the left and the right have been saying it for weeks. The Democratic Party is setting itself up for disaster and they don’t seem to see it.



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