May 9th, 2009
01:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats to rule until 2049?

(CNN) - CNN contributor and Democratic strategist James Carville explains why he thinks the Democrats will hold power for the next 50 years.


Filed under: Democratic Party • Republican Party
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Jack in Florida

    One can only hope!!!

    May 9, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Throckton Peabody

    Not a chance. Give either party domination of government and within 6 years they will make everyone sick of their arrogance, corruption and failed policies. It's not which party is in power; it's what power does to people.

    Some apropos lines from H. L. Mencken:

    "Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under."

    "All government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time."

    May 9, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Headline Addition

    Umm.. if the party will stay in power for another fifty years, wouldn't that be until 2059?!!

    May 9, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Oh GOD yes! That's the best possible scenario that could happen to this country James. I believe we Democrats will rule till atleast 2049 and rightfully so after all the hell we have been put through with ignorant, arrogant, Republican maggots. God Bless you for say that!

    May 9, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. kenny cole

    i believe what james was talking about cos am ready now to vote obama again this guy is real

    May 9, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    Wth the way things are going.. I think we're moving more toward one world government. W and Obie are just adding the finishing touch to the recipe. We can kick and scream all we want, but that day is coming. Eearth will not last past 2020... I think Newton made a calculation and the end of Earth is somewhere between 2000-2020 or something like that...

    May 9, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Hopeful Optimist

    I sure hope he's right. But more importantly than 'brand' dominance, the primary impetus should be to bury the remaining vestiges of the old, conservative, divisive way of thinking that has permeated the Republican party since Nixon and Reagan. Nixon was insidious and clever, so he planted the seeds. Due to events like Vietnam and Watergate, they sprouted. Reagan was dumb and lazy, yet he was likable and famous; hence, he became the perfect vehicle to carry on the mantra. The rest is history. And it will happen again if the voting populace once again slides into a sort of lazy, non-vigilant funk.

    May 9, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Priscilla California

    Shayne in NH, You haven't figured out who you are and what you stand for if you are willing to jump ship because Megan McCain has ideas for the Repubs. They aren't listening to her she is crying in the wilderness.

    May 9, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. amt, CA

    I wish they(repubs) would all get lost. the only 2 i have heard that is on the right track is McCain's daughter & Colin Powell.

    May 9, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Jon

    The US will not survive 50 years of Democratic rule.

    May 9, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Priscilla California

    yeah right, I bet you are the sunshine in your family.

    May 9, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. The Broker.

    Not under Borack Obama! If he thinks he can hold to a second term, it won't happen.

    May 9, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. hrc2016

    I hope so!

    And I hope it's Hillary as President of the United States in 2016.

    May 9, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Ray Fisher

    I predict a new party will emerge dedicated to the Constitution to adhere and support with integrity, fiscal responsibility, moral values and openness to all people and ideas. We can attain a true democracy by voting on all issues at ATMs or via secure networks and relegate Congress to running government after the people pass legislation!!!

    May 9, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Lauren

    I hope that this is the case. Democrats cannot get arrogant though. They need to continue President Obama's grace, ability to communicate, and relevancy after Obama has won his reelection.

    The GOP has done enough damage for the next fifty years for the democrats to clean up. The possibility of democrats being in power another 50 years or so if likely looking at a historical stance. However, I do once again caution that democrats not get arrogant and continue to respect everyone's opinion. Democrats need to continue to be relevant as well. That's extremely important.

    May 9, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Steve

    There's no way to predict the future; Carville is being a bit arrogant. I will say this: if the Republicans want to reduce the chances of this happening, they'll join the new century and jettison their bigoted, backwards right wing for a new form of center-right conservativism.

    May 9, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. jack debrot, new york, new york

    carville is such a creep. i can't understand how he and matalin stay married.

    May 9, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Hahaha

    2009+50 =/= 2049

    Good luck next time...

    May 9, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Bill/CA

    As a Democrat, I think the worst thing that could happen for this country is any one party to have too much consecutive rule. We saw what happened when the Republicans dominated the last eight years...a party that became drunk with power and far removed from the ideals they campaigned on in the first place. I have no reason to think the same wouldn't happen to the Democrats, even if it took a few years longer. We need a healthy two-party system so one can rule and the other can provide the checks and balances as a minority party. Too much of one party just will result in inefficient, corrupt government, regardless of the party. It's not a Democrat/Republican problem, it's a political problem and neither party is immune.

    May 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    i find it interesting that those who support a party in power for this long are unaware that such an event spells DICTATORSHIP

    May 9, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. minan

    I sincerely hope that he is right.

    May 9, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Edward

    If Obama does well and leaves the Democratic party in good shape then Hillary is pretty much a shoe in for 2016, if she still wants it.

    May 9, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Martin

    Congress as a whole generally always has bad approval ratings. However, the entire nation doesn't vote for every congress person. Typically, most constituents like their own representatives. That's why there is hardly any turnover in the US congress. If the current swing to the Dems stays yeah I would think it is quite plausible that we'll see the Dems controlling for the next 30-50 years. Maybe not by much but still controlling. I think the generation between ages 15-30 and maybe beyond will generally be voting against George W. Bush and through him the Republican party for the rest of their lives.

    May 9, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Dave

    If the libs have power for 10 years then America will not exist anymore.

    You can only rob hard working Americans for so long. I know that the Dems message of don't work we will rob your neighbor and give you free money resonates with a lot of libs in America but if those people out number the givers, then its all over.

    May 9, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Dave

    "after all the hell we have been put through with ignorant, arrogant, Republican maggots."

    Republicans just want to keep some of what they earned but this what the lib takers have to say about those who give to them. Tolerant people huh?

    May 9, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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