Via Real Clear Politics, it’s pretty clear that James Carville reads his own polls. The money quote comes at 5:02 of the clip, but the entire video is worth watching for the dissection of the WaPo/ABC poll. Democrats are clinging to the confidence portion of the poll to claim that people like Democrats more, but ignore the part where voters want Republicans to run Congress. In order to square that circle, Carville says, Democrats need a cross:
I don’t think this will make Nancy Pelosi any happier:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bashed White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Tuesday night, even as the president’s top spokesman continued to backpedal from his assertion that Democrats could lose control of the House in the November election.
The fusillade from Pelosi and other Democrats at a closed-door meeting escalated an already fiery clash between the White House and its own party in Congress. During the tense evening meeting, the speaker grilled the top White House aide in attendance, senior legislative affairs staffer Dan Turton, about the impact of Gibbs’ comments.
“How could [Gibbs] know what is going on in our districts?” Pelosi told her members in the caucus meeting in the basement of the Capitol Tuesday night. “Some may weigh his words more than others. We have made our disagreement known to the White House.”
The real problem is that Pelosi doesn’t know — or refuses to acknowledge — what’s going on in Congressional districts. The White House clearly intended to light a fire under the rears of Democrats who lack enthusiasm for the midterm fight. James Carville sees the same problem in his polling that the White House does. If Pelosi wants to argue that all is well, it hardly helps deliver the message that it’s time to get active.
Or maybe Pelosi just believes in the power of prayer?