When there was extensive media coverage of my question at a recent White House briefing about the possibility of Hillary Clinton running again for president, she strongly denied any such intent.
But, hard on the heels of this Hillary denial, came James Carville – which moves me to doubt that Hillary denial.
Carville, former Clinton adviser, political strategist and TV pundit, in a CNN column, wrote the following:
- “What should the White House do now? One word came to mind: Panic.”
- “Have you talked to any Democratic senators lately? I have. It’s pretty damn clear they are not happy campers.”
- Bring about a “complete change from the direction you are headed. Fire somebody. No – fire a lot of people.”
- “We are far past sending out talking points. Do not attempt to dumb it down. We cannot stand any more explanations.”
- “For God’s sake, why are we still looking at the same political and economic advisers that got us into this mess? It’s not working.”
- “It’s not going to work with the same team, the same strategy and the same excuses. I know economic analysts are smart – some work 17-hour days. It’s time to show them the exit. Wake up – show us you are doing something.”
Following the results of two highly watched House elections, a stunning upset in the Republican win in New York and a GOP victory in Nevada – Carville says he can think of only one word of advice for the president: “Panic.”
“This is what I would say to President Barack Obama: The time has come to demand a plan of action that requires a complete change from the direction you are headed.”
He goes on to say that Obama’s team of advisers, hardworking as they may be, aren’t cutting it. “It’s time to show them the exit. Wake up – show us you’re doing something.”
Carville says the president needs to start investigating those on Wall Street who are “utterly ruining the economic fabric of our country. Demand from the attorney general a clear status of the state of investigation concerning these extraordinary injustices imposed upon the American people. I know Attorney General Eric Holder is a close friend of yours, but if his explanations aren’t good, fire him too. Demand answers to why no one has been indicted.”
Carville says Obama must stick to his own explanations and stop suggesting things are improving because, “evidently they are not.”
“The course we are on is not working. The hour is late, and the need is great. Fire. Indict. Fight.”
There has been no reported Obama response to this extensive political indictment by world famed Democrat strategist Carville. Only from Press Secretary Jay Carney, who when questioned about it at Thursday’s daily briefing, replied that the president “firmly believes that the American people know that he’s doing everything he can to grow the economy, doing everything he can to work with Congress to create jobs, and he will continue at that.”
Think about that!
The president “firmly believes that the American people know …”
Which inevitably stipulates that Carville is not regarded by Obama as one of the American people!