Tags: James Carville

A Presidency Without... Guts


So the secondhand tale of House Speaker John Boehner’s assessment that President Obama “can’t make a decision. He’s got balls made out of marshmallows” … has a certain precedent, as Exurban Jon reminds me:

“If Hillary gave him [Obama] one of her balls, they’d both have two,” Democratic strategist James Carville told the Christian Science Monitor at a breakfast on Thursday morning.

The editorial board of the Washington Post uses nicer language, but reaches the same conclusion:

… why is Mr. Obama not leading the way to a solution? From the start, and increasingly in his second term, Mr. Obama has presented entitlement reform as something he would do grudgingly, as a favor to the opposition, when he should be explaining to the American people — and to his party — why it is an urgent national need. Obama priorities such as health and energy research, preschool education and job training: Those come from the discretionary budget.

Why? Because it would mean telling his party and his supporters things they don’t want to hear. And he doesn’t have the, er… stomach for it.

Tags: Entitlements , James Carville , John Boehner , President Obama

In Case You Needed a ‘Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!’ Today


The midweek edition of the Morning Jolt examines Rick Santorum’s thoughts on the devil, Sheldon Adelson’s spending spree to create a President Gingrich, and then these two concluding thoughts . . .

Put Not Your Faith in Always-Entertaining Pundits

At Hot Air, Tina Korbe informs us:

On Don Imus’ radio program this morning, CNN contributor James Carville boldly proclaimed that no Republican will beat Obama in 2012.

He didn’t say, though, that Barack Obama cannot lose. Oh, no. Events could conspire against him:

The only way the president will lose according to Carville is if some event takes place and changes things. He maintained it wouldn’t be the result of the GOP nominee outshining Obama.

“Right now, things are starting to perk up a little bit,” he said. “Who knows? This is the — no Republican can beat Obama. Events can beat Obama. He’s not going to get beat by a Republican. Now events could come in and cause him to lose the election. But that’s it right now. That was not the case three months ago.”

“Events” like, oh, I don’t know, an uptick in foreclosures last month or persistently high unemployment (it’s climbing toward 9 percent again!)

Hey, just as a reminder, James Carville’s last book: “40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.”

ADDENDA: Your “Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!” thought of the day, courtesy Ace at the Ace of Spades: If the signatures calling for a recall election are verified and the state goes ahead with the recall election, when the day of the Democratic primary arrives, “It is an open primary so anyone with a Wisconsin drivers license or ID can vote in it. If you so agree please go vote and ‘write in’ Scott Walker in the line provided for write in candidates. If he receives enough votes, there won’t be a recall because he can’t run against himself. It would save the state of Wisconsin the exorbitant election fees. In the neighborhood of $2.3 million. If you agree with this, please pass it on. There is a face-book page and a web site set up to drum up support, and it has been going strong so far. Let’s at least try to stop this dead in its tracks.”

I realize Ash Wednesday is not the ideal day for a “Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!” thought, but sometimes you have to enjoy these opportunities as they arrive.

Tags: Barack Obama , James Carville , Scott Walker

Sign up for free NRO e-mails today:

Subscribe to National Review