Longtime Democrat strategist James Carville has put the far-left wing of the Democratic Party on notice
Carville, who served as the lead strategist for former President Bill Clinton’s campaign, warns that only “7 or 8 percent of the country agrees with the progressive left.”
He said the rest of the party needs to move away from progressive policies before the midterms, warning “this ain’t a goddamn debate anymore.”
“Just look at how Democrats organize and spend money,” Carville said in a Vox interview published on Thursday.
“For Christ’s sake, [South Carolina Democrat] Jaime Harrison raised over $100 million only to lose his Senate race to Lindsey Graham by 10 points.
“Amy McGrath runs for Senate in Kentucky and raises over $90 million only to get crushed by Mitch McConnell.
“They were always going to lose those races, but Democrats keep doing this stupid shit.
“They’re too damn emotional. Democrats obsess over high-profile races they can’t win because that’s where all the attention is.
“We’re addicted to hopeless causes.
“What about the secretary of state in Wisconsin?
“Or the attorney general race in Michigan?
“How much money are Democrats and progressives around the country sending to those candidates?
“I’m telling you, if Democrats are worried about voting rights and election integrity, then these are the sorts of races they should support and volunteer for, because this is where the action is and this is where things will be decided.
“You know who is paying attention to these races?
“The Republican Party.
“Last I checked, Republicans raised $33 million for secretary of state races around the country,” Carville said.
“The Democrats had until recently raised $1 million.
“I think it’s now up to $4 million. That’s the story, right there.
“That’s the difference, right there.
“Bitching about a Democratic senator in West Virginia is missing the damn plot,” Carville warned in reference to Democrats turning against Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
“Look, I’m a liberal Democrat. Always have been.
“But some of these people bitching about Manchin can’t see political reality straight.
“Six percent of adults in this country identify as ‘progressive.’
“Only 11 or 12 percent of Democrats identify as progressive.
“So let’s just meet in the middle and say something like 7 or 8 percent of the country agrees with the progressive left.
“This ain’t a goddamn debate anymore.
“Someone like Manchin is closer to the mainstream than a lot of these people think, and pretending like he isn’t won’t help the cause.
“Like I said, only 11 percent of the Democratic Party is progressive.
“It’s the smallest part of the party.
“But the problem is they make 70 percent of the noise
“[On Twitter] But also in newsrooms and academia and all over the foundations.
“All I can tell you is that this is what people hear.
“And what it’s done is weaken our political immune system.
“People believe this is what the party represents. ‘They want to defund the police.’ ‘They want open borders.’ ‘They want to empty the jails.’
“It’s defining the party.
“The good news is, as we showed in 2018, and President Biden showed in 2020, if you’re smart and you talk about things people care about, you can win elections.
“It’s not like it used to be, where you can move massive numbers of people with good messaging.
“But I still believe that 2018 and 2020 showed that if you engage in the fundamentals of politics, you can win elections in the United States.
“Look, there are also real problems.
“We have 7 percent inflation, right?
“We’ve had rising crime. The pandemic just won’t go away.
“The Russians are threatening to invade Ukraine.
“What people have is a sense of disorder, and that will kill you every time in politics.
“Now, most people don’t think we’re going to have 7 percent inflation by November.
“A lot of people think that we’ll turn a corner with the pandemic after this latest burst.
“And if we’re still looking at high Covid rates and high inflation in November, Democrats are going to lose anyway.
“But yes, right now what the general public is reacting to, more than Democratic messaging, is a sense of disorder in the country.
“It’s just hard to break through [with] a message in that kind of environment.
“Part of Biden’s lack of power is because the Republicans see that the Democrats are whiny.
“They can feel that weakness in the Democratic coalition.
“And I’ve been dealing with it since the ’80s.
“There’s a significant part of the Democratic Party that doesn’t mind losing if it allows them to be pure.
“We’re obsessed with purity. That has got to stop.
“We’ve got to do whatever it takes to get more political power and that means we’ve got to win some elections.
“Just win some goddamn elections.
“This is not a time to complain.
“It’s a time to act. So let’s talk about real things, in real language, to real people.
“And if we do that, we can still save the country,” he said.