James Carville

(Chester James Carville Jr.)

James Carville
James Carville
  • Born: October 25, 1944
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Political Commentator, Political Operative, Lawyer

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Chester James Carville Jr. is an American political commentator and media personality who is a prominent figure in the Democratic Party. Nicknamed the Ragin' Cajun, Carville gained national attention for his work as the lead strategist of the successful presidential campaign of then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton. Carville also worked as a co-host of CNN's Crossfire. After Crossfire, he appeared on CNN's news program The Situation Room. As of 2009, he hosts a weekly program on XM Radio titled 60/20 Sports with Luke Russert, son of Tim Russert who hosted NBC's Meet The Press. He is married to Libertarian political consultant Mary Matalin. In 2009, he began teaching political science at Tulane University.

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Anytime this President [George W. Bush] says he didn’t know something, I believe him. He’s got the benefit of the doubt on that. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Don't get mad. Don't get even. Get elected. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Elections are about fucking your enemies. Winning is about fucking your friends. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every election is a matter of definition. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Governor George Pataki has built a record to run from, not to run on. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am not a Republican. I do not believe in criminalizing the activities of the people I disagree with. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I don’t think that gay people threaten my marriage and I don’t think that the nation is in danger from gays. Families, Children & Parenting
I warn against the tyranny of the majority of the people with good table manners. Miscellaneous
I’m not in the forgive and forget battalion. Political Parties & Machines
If you can’t run against a political candidate, run against his campaign manager. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If you're going to get into the political business, you've got to be intensively competitive. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In politics there are no bad questions; there are only bad answers. Public Relations & Image
In something as important as an election, a little name-calling sometimes breaks out. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In the poultry business, you sit on an egg and it hatches. In the political business, you sit on a lead and it rots. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It's the economy, stupid! Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Most American want their politicians to support the right of abortion but they don’t want them to be too enthusiastic about it. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
No society has ever been great that didn't honor and foster learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
People correctly perceive that the most powerful thing in Washington is money. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politicians dare to fail publicly. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is a like physics. Whatever goes up has to come down a little bit. Public Opinion & Polling
Republicans will take on people in the interest of power. Democrats will take on power in the interests of people. Liberals & Conservatives
The presidency is a big job and there are some people who don't always wish him well. There are those who throw banana peels in his way hoping he'll slip. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The way to promote an idea is to put the word reform at the end of it. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
There's nothing wrong with changing your position to fit the facts; there's everything wrong with changing the facts to fit your position. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Tom Delay is a bag man for cigarette companies. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Turning a campaign around when you’re behind is like pushing a wet noodle up a hill with your nose. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We used to try and make fools out of our political opponents. Now we try and make criminals out of them. Miscellaneous
We want to say the same thing. The press wants something different. The people who are successful in our end of the business are those who find different ways of saying the same thing. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We will soon know whether the Supreme Court choose the President of the United States or the people of Florida chose the President. Voters, Voting & Elections
We've got a thousand lobbyists in thousand dollar suits giving you a thousand reasons we can't change. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
What makes this country different is that we have a great middle class. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
When a campaign is over, boom, it's over. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You cannot expect people to react to information they don't have. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You have to stay very basic. You have to stay very focused. You have to stay very disciplined. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
But I'd rather not predict. I'd rather affect.
Drag a $100 bill through a trailer camp and there's no telling what you will find.
Every day Catholics prove that you can be a good Catholic and a good Democrat and have a different position from the Church on abortion.
I think Ralph Nader is the biggest liar in American politics when he said it didn't matter who was president. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think that America will not trust a party to defend America that isn't willing to defend itself. Trust
I think the Democratic Party has the chronic problem of appearing to be weak, of not standing and fighting for what it believes in, not fighting for its own.
I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn't have to get one. Families, Children & Parenting
Ideologies aren't all that important. What's important is psychology.
If you didn't have some sense of idealism, then what is there to sustain you?
If you want to be angry at Gore, be angry at him for not fighting harder in Florida.
No one will ever accuse James Carville of taking himself seriously.
Sometimes the right thing gets done for the wrong reason and sometimes, unfortunately, the wrong thing gets done for the right reason.
The only thing I'm running for is the state line.
The teachings of the Church line up more with the Democratic Party than the Republican Party.
We should not run away from religious teachings. We should run to them. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
When you become famous, being famous becomes your profession. Fame
You have to have sharp elbows if you want to change something.
You know there's nothing a Hill Democrat would rather do than criticize another Democrat. It is their favorite activity. Then they can read about how honorable they are in an Op-Ed piece, how bipartisan.