Democratic strategist and firebrand James Carville posted an article on CNN today titled “What should the White House do? Panic!”
Great story for CNN to trumpet all day. Great attention-grabbing headline. But “panic”? Come on, James. You’re too smart for that. Nobody thinks clearly in panic mode.
Nevertheless, Carville makes some very good points and Pres. Obama would be wise to heed some of the advice from this battle-tested Democrat.
Yes, fire some people. Shake things up. Do something!! The country is in trouble, current approaches aren’t working, partisan politics have gridlocked Washington, the presidency seems to have become irrelevant, and the ascendant tea party wingnuts are still ascending
As for indicting people … absolutely, if there are some legally indictable offenses. Don’t soft pedal it. Don’t wait. Don’t play footsie with the opposition. If there has been criminal activity at any level, take action now. Show the American people that you do have some backbone and you will bring the full power of the law to bear where appropriate.
I’ve become more and more alarmed as the Far Right — wingnuts, conservatives, Republicans, tea partiers, fundamentalists, whatever they call themselves — keep gaining ground. I’ve tried to make allowances for the media’s tendency to overhype everything and tell myself it’s still early in the game. But it’s not working anymore.
The situation didn’t seem too dangerous until Rick Perry swaggered into the spotlight. Alarms went off everywhere, and kept going off as he immediately took a huge lead in the polls. Then came the debates. Audiences cheering the mention of the death penalty. Audiences yelling “Let him die” about a man who couldn’t pay his hospital bill. Yes, they are Republican debates and predictably the audiences will be stacked with Republicans. But this was appalling behavior. Frightening, really. And most of the candidates, particularly Perry, couldn’t wait to throw them more red meat.
Carville may be a bit over the top, but I share his deep concern and sense of urgency. I don’t agree with him on all the issues, but I certainly agree the situation is becoming urgent.
In Carville’s words:
As I watch the Republican debates, I realize that we are on the brink of a crazy person running our nation. I sit in front of the television and shudder at the thought of one of these creationism-loving, global-warming-denying, immigration-bashing, Social-Security-cutting, clean-air-hating, mortality-fascinated, Wall-Street-protecting Republicans running my country.
The course we are on is not working. The hour is late, and the need is great. Fire. Indict. Fight.