Clinton advisers declare war on Obama

James Carville was beyond blunt today, saying “If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he’d have two.”

James Carville and Stan Greenberg on the failed Obama economic message.

“During the campaign… their message of ‘what we are doing is working,’ people would get mad, okay,” said Carville. “Most kind of messaging is not very effective, it just goes in one ear out the other. This one, it went in one ear and right to the brain. What were they thinking? It was almost universal. And as opposed to saying ‘These irresponsible, greedy people got us into this mess and we are the only thing between you and them, and we are fighting every day and we understand.’ We kept telling them, don’t tell them it’s working… The White House had the best and brightest. But they mis-underestimated this.”

Or they didn’t care. Let’s not forget, Obama was the early favorite of the investment banks and he has never attacked them in any significant way.

“A metaphor about a car in the ditch when people are in trouble and angry at Wall Street is just out of touch with what is going on,” Greenberg said, with respect to the president’s closing argument during 2010 cycle. Pointing to the polling data he had seen in the lead up to the vote, he added: “At one point, any framework tested better than trying to make the case for success.”

Out of touch, and uncaring, seems to me.

Carville: Obama risking everything with ‘go along with BP’ strategy


Carville, the famously outspoken Louisianian who was a chief political aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday that the administration’s response to the spill has been “lackadaisical” and that Obama was “naive” to trust BP to manage the massive clean-up effort.

“I’m as good a Democrat as most people, and I think this administration has done some good things. They are risking everything by this ‘go along with BP’ strategy they have that seems like, lackadaisical on this, and Doug is right, they seem like they’re inconvenienced by this, this is some giant thing getting in their way and somehow or another, if you let BP handle it, it’ll all go away. It’s not going away. It’s growing out there. It is a disaster of the first magnitude, and they’ve got to go to Plan B.”

Obama has consistently backed and supported big business against the interests of the public. He is a corporatist and not naive at all. This, as with his bailout of the banksters, is his chosen policy.

But when even Carville launches an attack like this…