A Democrat strategist and CNN contributor recently attempted to cast the blame for the party’s recent abundance of failures not on leadership – but on the followers of the party instead.
Paul Begala went after Democrats’ base during a CNN segment on Monday, saying that the party had “bad followers,” as more and more supporters of the party abandon it over the embarrassment brought on by President Biden.
Begala made the remarks in response to comments from Arndrea Waters King, daughter-in-law to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who suggested to Politico that Biden was not putting the “same power and passion” behind voting rights that he did in getting the infrastructure bill passed.
“Do you think that’s fair criticism?” CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked. “Did President Biden put more effort into getting infrastructure passed, for example?”
“Well, he got infrastructure passed and that’s a good thing because success can breed success,” Begala claimed. “He is putting the full force of the presidency behind it. I think the problem for the Democrats right now is not that they have bad leaders. They have bad followers, okay?”
Continuing with the trend of differing blame for the leadership failures, another Democratic strategist, James Carville said Democrats “whine too much” and urged the party to gloat about accomplishments instead of focusing on the negative.
Carville appeared on NBC News’ “Meet the Press”, where Chuck Todd said President Biden is having a tough time and pondered how Carville would “sell the good stuff” Biden has managed to accomplish to a nation beyond dissatisfied with his performance.
“You gloat and you promote. You talk about the fact that, we pretend to care about child poverty… it’s the lowest child poverty rate we’ve had in history. We claim that we care about hourly workers. Hourly workers today have more leverage than any time we’ve had in my 77 years of existence on this planet, all right? You talk about we want jobs – 6.4 million jobs. More jobs than any president ever created in the first term,” Carville said.
“What you do, Chuck, is you run on what you got. You don’t run on what you didn’t get.”
Carville then claimed, “the stuff you got is pretty good,” and suggested Democrats focus on successes.
“You got to go out and you got to gloat and you got to promote … and if inflation is still at 7% this year in November we’ll lose anyway, but a lot of people don’t think that will be the case,” Carville said.
Todd then reminded Carville that “nobody is happy” in the Biden coalition.
“Progressives aren’t happy right now with how Build Back Better has gone, African-American activists are not happy with how voting rights has gone, and if you look at the polling, honestly, the thing that’s cratering the most are independents,” Todd said. “You’re the president, what do you fix first?”
Carville then bizarrely claimed that many Democrats simply have somehow not been informed of Biden’s achievements, and the party needs to stop talking about what they didn’t accomplish.
“Democrats whine too much, Chuck. Quit being a whiny party and get out there and fight,” Carville said. “Soldier on … This is a tough, hard business.”
Author: Bryce Radish