James Carville: No Republican can beat Obama

posted at 6:00 pm on February 21, 2012 by Tina Korbe

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!)? Michael Gerson puts the president’s poor economic performance in perspective:

Unemployment has remained north of 8 percent for three years — the longest period since the Great Depression. Long-term unemployment is at its worst since 1948. The collapse in housing prices is worse than during the Great Depression. Since 2009 — when Obama predicted his stimulus package would raise 2 million people out of poverty — more than 6 million Americans have fallen into poverty. “The standard of living for Americans,” reports the Christian Science Monitor, “has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the U.S. government began recording it five decades ago.”

Yikes. If it was true at the outset of the GOP primary season, it’s still true now: If the Republican nominee cannot beat Obama in this economy, then he deserves to lose.

Carville got two things right, though:

  1. “I’m out there speaking to [Republicans] and talking to them and they’re just, like, flinching,” Carville said. “‘God, what are we going to do, Mr. Carville?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know, why ask me.’” Why is anyone asking him? Do people think he actually cares because his wife is a Republican or something?
  2. “You know what, he is — if this president, if I had anything in the world I would love to do? I would love to go to Las Vegas and stand by him at a craps table. ‘Mr. President, you just throw the dice. I’ve got my money on every roll,’” Carville said. “He’s a lucky, lucky, lucky guy.” Obama’s shrewd and ideologically driven, no doubt — but even he has to admit Lady Luck has loved on him more than she has on other upstart senators who presume they could be president with no experience. As the economy’s continually lackluster performance proves, though, his luck is running out — and Republicans stand ready to cash in when, in November, it finally does.

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Daikokuco is kookoo for CoaCoaPuffs. Try saying that fast three times.

squint on February 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I’d rather see Dakookoo troll have ostrich feces dumped on hime 3x,(of course he would probably enjoy it)

As for the Southern Fried Buzzard “Jymes Kaw-Vu” he can go sh1t on a fish stick.

He has much hair as he has brains!

cableguy615 on February 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

No Republican can beat Obama

at scuttling the economy. I believe it.

Axeman on February 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM

James..your time has come and gone….

I like your wife…she disagrees with you

Redford on February 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

We’re running the B team out there while the A team sits on the sidelines.

cpaulus on February 21, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Oh well, to paraphrase Rumsfeld: “You go to war with the smarmy that you have …

In a rational society, a turnip would beat Obama … but of course, that premise is dishearteningly false.

ShainS on February 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Right… because the partisan tool sneering about the democrats not being in charge as Carville predicted yet blaming the democrats for every ill in the world nonetheless is such a rational actor…

Daikokuco on February 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Your unhinged babbling would be entertaining if it had some sort of hook. Are you sure you can’t work the 99% in there somewhere? ;)

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

In a rational society, a turnip would beat Obama … but of course, that premise is dishearteningly false.

In a rational society our best leaders wouldn’t sit out of an important presidential race because they were afraid of the media and democrats. If our country fails because of a second Obama term, blame Daniels, Ryan, Jindal, etc for sitting it out as the country burned.

cpaulus on February 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Any forensic accountant can tell you that we are doomed as a nation. The average welfare recipient takes home more in benefits than the average worker in America today. We have reached the tipping point, and Carville, as disgusting and ridiculous as he is, is, sadly, absolutely correct. And the Democrats are not solely to blame, no, the left-leaning Rino’s are just as culpable.

Over cocktails, when I mentioned that Gingrich was the only candidate that represented a return to traditional American vision, some friends laughed at me and one shouted “moon colonies!” Yes, I explained, we need a visionary to look toward achieving the impossible. I remember the days when Americans could, once, do anything we set our minds to. No longer. Now we assign high honors to drug addicts with great voices, have parades for overpaid thugs called athletes, pat down grandmothers in airports, let liberal union teachers indoctrinate our children in the ways of unquestioning obedience, and worry much over who will win Dancing With The Stars.

George Washington, I personally apologize to you for what we have done to this once magnificent country.

southsidetom on February 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

In a rational society our best leaders wouldn’t sit out of an important presidential race because they were afraid of the media and democrats. If our country fails because of a second Obama term, blame Daniels, Ryan, Jindal, etc for sitting it out as the country burned.

cpaulus on February 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Fair point. Agreed. Sarah Palin broke my heart (I think she thought Perry was going to win the nomination) …

ShainS on February 21, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Your unhinged babbling would be entertaining if it had some sort of hook. Are you sure you can’t work the 99% in there somewhere? ;)

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

There’s only no hook if you pretend you aren’t a biased Republican Party shill. Which you are. You’ve even tried to follow in Carville’s footsteps and attempt to make a kindasorta career out of it. Envy.

It really is rich seeing you sneer at democrats for losing power on one website and then blame them for every misfortune you suffer on another.

Daikokuco on February 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Baldy is right unfortunately the Republicrats have squat I mean absolutely zero and that goes for the losers that are sitting on the side lines. Little Lord Fauntleroy will get his clock cleaned. Fat head ego boy is a moron. Frothy Mixture, aka the American Taliban, is an insanely religious, statists loving scumbag and much to the unhappiness of himself and his wife, a closet case. Herr Doktor is right about economics but is wrong on most everything else, game over man. Barry +4

Your Mamma loves me on February 21, 2012 at 8:31 PM

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

Sorry, folks. Carville’s right. And if there has to be a sacrificial lamb, I can’t think of a better candidate than Mitt Romney. For one thing, the squishes will be eternally discredited. Very stiff price, but it may be worth it in the long run.

ddrintn on February 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

All that the Republicans have to do is splice that video clip of Carville emoting, “He’s killing us down here” during the slow Obama response to the Gulf oil spill and the shutting down of the platforms, contrary to a federal judgment, and the Keystone Pipeline nixing by Obama, tied in with the Dems’ remarks about the political lack of wisdom in doing so. Flash that with some graphs that show the rise in the price of gasoline since Obama took office, and the election is lost to Obama and his party of partisans.

onlineanalyst on February 21, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Carville truly does not think that the members of his Democrat party are very smart. Check out his cynical observations.
http://thinkexist.com/quotation/ideologies-aren-t-all-that-important-what-s/821889.html

onlineanalyst on February 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

“The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans.” — James Carville

onlineanalyst on February 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Is SerpentHead suggesting that his wife could not beat Jugears? That’s gonna be a cold bed he sleeps in for awhile.

platypus on February 21, 2012 at 9:06 PM

There’s only no hook if you pretend you aren’t a biased Republican Party shill. Which you are. You’ve even tried to follow in Carville’s footsteps and attempt to make a kindasorta career out of it. Envy.

It really is rich seeing you sneer at democrats for losing power on one website and then blame them for every misfortune you suffer on another.

Daikokuco on February 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Not angry enough. Try again.

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I feel better after reading the quote provided by onlineanalyst. Make enough noise and you could get a democrat to believe anything. Could he simply be trying to gin up passion in the base? Seriously, though, this serpent has vocalized what I have (as an admittedly glass-half-empty guy) long feared. Can anyone truly beat this clown? I will never underestimate the stupidity of today’s casual voter. Maybe it’s my being stuck in a morass of blue ( Taxachusetts and now NYC) insanity. Perhaps I am being beat down by the crazies. Interviewing for a job in Georgia tomorrow. Hope I get it so I can be rid of this commie-infested area.

Huckabye-Romney on February 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM

How is it that 117 comments into this post (as of now) “lizard” hasn’t been mentioned?

pain train on February 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I get a kick when some has been low level liberal hack runs off at the mouth and some of you little girls get your panties in a wad and cry the sky is falling.

Obama is going to lose this election, the liberal media is just trying to manage his defeat.

Get a grip. Laugh at his arse and move on.

Husker_red on February 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Ill put it this way. The conservative party is like the pitbull and the media is the owner trying to wave a new tennis ball in our face to distract us from ripping the stuffing out of the new kitten. You can choose to sniff the fresh new ball or go get your prize.

Husker_red on February 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM

With Romney or Santorum on the ticket how many Conservatives you figure just stay home? I figure a lot of them will.

watson007 on February 21, 2012 at 11:47 PM

In a rational society, a turnip would beat Obama … but of course, that premise is dishearteningly false.

ShainS on February 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I would equate Mitt to a turnip. A rotting turnip at that.

Myron Falwell on February 22, 2012 at 1:28 AM

With Romney or Santorum on the ticket how many Conservatives you figure just stay home? I figure a lot of them will.

watson007 on February 21, 2012 at 11:47 PM

More will stay home if Mitt becomes the nominee. He’s NOT a conservative.

Myron Falwell on February 22, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Why would we ever assume that James Carville is being honest?

Jeff A on February 22, 2012 at 6:37 AM

James Carville: “No Republican can beat Obama”

Title by Tina Korbe

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HEY C.J. . . . . . . did the priest of your Catholic Church read the message from the Pope to the congregation?

If so, what did you think about it?

If not, then WHY NOT?

listens2glenn on February 22, 2012 at 6:50 AM

“no liberal Republican like Romney can beat Obama”

FIFY Jimbo! ;)

insidiator on February 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Didn’t Carville say in 2008 that Dems would dominate and control both houses and the executive for 40 years?

Bevan on February 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Daikokuco on February 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM

So, by your own “logic” you are now admitting that Bush was never responsible for the economy he keeps getting blamed for either – after all, the Dimbulbs took control of Congress in 2007 – right?

Hoist on your own petard much?

PJ Emeritus on February 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Question: Who is dumber than a rock?

1)Bob Beckell
2)James Carville
3)Nancy Pelosi
4)Harry Reid
5)All of the Above

volsense on February 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Question: Who is dumber than a rock?

1)Bob Beckell
2)James Carville
3)Nancy Pelosi
4)Harry Reid
5)All of the Above

volsense on February 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

You left out Senator Ma’am, also known as “Boxer Rocks”!

Benedict Nelson on February 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Right now, Goofy could beat the brains out of Obastard. So what does the RepublicRAT establishment do??? They put up another faux RepublicRAT, RINO Romney (aka Obama-Lite), a loser in 2008 who they cut a back room deal with then to get him out of McLame’s way!?! Willard (from the RAT movie of the same name) should be down at least 20 points to Obastard by the time he makes his nomination speech!?! Virtually UNelectable!?! Nice goin’, STUPID Party!?!?!

Colatteral Damage on February 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

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