Democratic political strategist James Carville went off on his own party this week for being too worried about “pronouns” and being woke enough instead of focusing on “winning elections.”
During an interview Tuesday night on CNN, Carville told host Chris Cuomo that Democrats could pay big time in the 2022 midterms for the actions of 15% of the Democratic Party.
Cuomo kicked things off by saying: “But remember, Eric Adams is a former cop who went against the Democratic mentality of letting everybody out of prison. Part of it was Covid, but a lot of it wasn’t. It was bail reform. Some of it was good, some of it was an overreach. He campaigned against it.”
“Chris, that’s 15% to 20% of the Democratic Party. Okay? The overwhelming number of Democrats, most important constituents in our party are blacks and suburban women,” Carville said.
“They’re not into this, alright? And we’re seeing it time and time again. We’re letting a noisy wing of our party define the rest of us. And my point is, we can’t do that. I think these people are kind of nice people. I think they’re very naive and they’re all into language and identity, and that’s all right,” he added.
“They’re not storming the Capitol, but they’re not winning elections. And I think people ought to see this for what it is. People are way more interested in their lives and how to improve them than they are in somebody else’s pronoun or something,” he said.
“So, I agree that it’s a problem, but it shouldn’t be as big a problem it is because they’re nowhere near as big in the Democratic Party as the fringes are in the Republican Party. That’s something we got to drive home,” he continued.
Carville went on to argue that Democrats’ “metropolitan arrogance” and “urban smugness” hurt them in 2020 and could come back to bite them again next November.
“Well, I think they should speak plain English. The nature of being a Democrat is you respect everybody and you particularly respect people’s labor,” he said.
“And so often Democrats come across with this Metropolitan arrogance or Urban smugness that people feel. And it hurts us. And, by the way, it even hurts us with people that live in cities that don’t speak this jargon-y faculty lounge language. I mean, David is an associate at the University of Chicago. The people in South Chicago do not speak the same language that the faculty at the University of Chicago speaks. It’s just that simple,” he said.
“And we’re Democrats, and we’re trying to persuade people, and we have to rack – to persuade a lot of them, because you’re right that 18 percent of the country elects 52 senators,” he said.
“And we have to be communicators and we got to take every word and every chance to communicate as precious, and communicate with everybody, and don’t be so smug about everything,” Carville concluded.