Look at Carville’s face when the camera cuts to him in this segment. He has been sounding this warning as loudly as he can for a week now and he looks tired. He looks like someone who knows his party is about to lose in a big way. Part of that weariness is probably just that this was an early morning interview but part of it may be that even as he bangs this gong the news keeps getting worse.
Maybe that sense of desperation is why his warning keeps getting more dire. Today he’s using the language of biblical apocalypse to describe the looming disaster: “I’ll say this just as clearly and directly as I can. The only thing—the only thing between the United States and the abyss is the Democratic Party. That’s it,” he said. “And if we go the way of the British Labour Party—if we nominate Jeremy Corbyn, it’s going to be the end of days,” he added.
When he says Jeremy Corbyn he means, of course, Bernie Sanders.
Carville said he hopes black voters in the south are going to set the party straight. “They’re looking for somebody that can come in and not just excite them but talk about things that really matter to them in everyday life,” he said. He continued, “They’re not interested in socialism and the revolution and all that foolishness you hear.”
“If we lost that we’re going to be the British Labour Party and we’re going to be out in some theoretical left-wing la la land,” Carville said. He continued, “The word that I like and respect and have always been proud of is politics. I’m not about a revolution. I’m not an ideologue. Politics means building coalitions. It means listening to people…It means being able to go in an African American church and give a speech and relate to people and not talk about reparations or any kind of goofy left-wing thing out there.”
“There’s a certain part of the Democratic party that wants us to be a cult. I’m not interested in being in a cult,” he said.
I’ll never get enough of moderate Democrats tearing into the far left. Carville is exactly right about this. If anything, he’s downplaying how far these views have taken over his party from the inside. The proof of that is that polls show Bernie Sanders is now the leading candidate. Sanders is advertising himself as the real socialist in the race and that’s what people appear to be responding to.
One minor caveat though before we get to the clip. There’s a report today that Sanders is trying to moderate his Medicare for All message a little bit:
Bernie explaining his M4A proposal now notes that it will be transitioned in. Dropping eligibility age to 55 in yr 1, 45 in yr 2, 35 in yr 3, etc…. He also obliquely made a reference to being able to keep one’s doctor, though he didn’t elaborate on this.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 10, 2020
That’s not very moderate but it’s more flexibility than I expected from Sanders and could help him win over some nervous Democrats. But it’s still an incredibly expensive proposition and I don’t think people are going to be won over by this slight moderation in the general election. Here’s Carville once again predicting the nomination of Sanders would be a disaster for the party.