Carville is a Jack Ass
I seem to recall that Terry McAuliffe never won anything. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee before Howard Dean, the Howard Dean who won last week.
McAuliffe raised tons of cash, but could never manage to use it to win. Anything. Ever. Not an off year election for dog catcher in Podunk, not anything. Republicans were in the House majority from 1994 until last week, a twelve year period of time.
Someone needs to bring these little factoids to the attention of James Carville. Carville makes a fortune on CNN because he was a top Clinton campaign staffer. He is now compromised by the theology of triangulation and his marriage to a top Dick Cheney staffer, Mary Matalin.
He is furious that Howard Dean worked a winning strategy. Carville's partner in crime, Paul Begala, dismissed Dean's people as "nose pickers" who were wasting money. Only Carville and Begala could manage to find fault with success.
They are angry because they are terrified of real Democrats. Dean is a Democrat, a real one, and Carville and Begala hate him because of it. They are also afraid of losing their hold on the title "head Democrats in charge" among professional pundits.
By the way, Rahm Emanuel, another Clinton accolyte, is not the boy genius that the media make him out to be. Thirteen of22 House candidates hand picked by Emanuel lost.
"The Dems have picked up 28 seats so far, maybe more. So out of that 28, Rahm's choices accounted for 8! Since the Dems only needed 15 seats to win the House, Rahm's efforts were completely unnecessary. Had the campaign rested on Rahm's choices, there would have been only 8 or 9 new seats, and the Dems would have lost."
Of course the media are showing their allegiance to corporate power and not to accurately reporting the news. The New York Times (registration required) tells us that the Democrats are fighting among themselves. Not true. The Clinton gang are the only sore winners fighting against other Democrats.
Carville didn't say jack when McAuliffe lost again and again. Why? Because McAuliffe was Clinton's boy. Dean isn't, so Dean can't win for winning.
Get used to it. James Carville, Paul Begala and Rahm Emanuel will be in rare form between now and 2008. The boss's wife needs their help.