Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville in recent months hasn’t held back criticisms of his own party. On Sunday, Carville told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd he believes fellow Democrats need to stop “whining.”
“Democrats whine too much, Chuck,” Carville told Todd. “Quit being a whiny party, and get out there and fight, and tell people what you did, and tell people the exact truth.”
The strategist made his eyebrow-raising proclamation while discussing his belief that Democrats aren’t spending enough time sharing what he believes to be notable policy victories.
The comments came after Todd asked Carville how to “sell the good stuff” to a weary nation that isn’t currently giving positive marks to President Joe Biden, who had a 33% approval rating in a recent Quinnipiac poll.
“You gloat and you promote. You talk about the fact that — we pretend to care about child poverty, although no columnist that I read in the paper ever talks about it — it’s the lowest child poverty rate in history,” he said. “We claim that we care about hourly workers. Hourly workers today have more leverage than any time we’ve had in my 77 years of existence on this planet, alright?”
Carville continued, “You talk about we want jobs — 6.4 million jobs. More jobs than any president ever created in the first term.”
He went on to ding Republicans as well. Carville said the party “stands for nothing other than, ‘let’s relitigate the 2020 election, oh let’s get back at Jamie Raskin.'”
In the end, he said politics is a “tough, hard business” and that he believes the whininess should dissipate and a focus on success should take its place.
Carville’s comments are notable as this isn’t the first time of late that he has critiqued his party.
As Faithwire reported in November, he blamed jarring election results in which some Democratic candidates surprisingly lost on “stupid wokeness.”
“What went wrong is just stupid wokeness. Alright, don’t just look at Virginia and New Jersey. Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis, even look at Seattle, Washington,” Carville told “PBS Newshour” host Judy Woodruff. “I mean, this ‘defund the police’ lunacy, this take Abraham Lincoln’s name off of schools. I mean that — people see that.”
Read more of his critique here.
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