October 4th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Beck is 'out and out nuts,' Carville says

Democrat James Carville said Sunday that conservative commentator Glenn Beck is 'out and out nuts' while Carville's wife, a Republican, had kinder words about the Fox News anchor.
Democrat James Carville said Sunday that conservative commentator Glenn Beck is 'out and out nuts' while Carville's wife, a Republican, had kinder words about the Fox News anchor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Fox News anchor and conservative commentator Glenn Beck was taking incoming fire Sunday from both ends of the political spectrum, but especially from Democratic strategist James Carville.

"I think he's nuts, OK?," the outspoken Democrat said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union,"

"Just out-and-out nuts. And I also think that he's a blatant hypocrite," Carville said. "Here's somebody that sits on his show ... weeping about how much he loves America and ... and then he's absolutely giddy when his country doesn't get the Olympics. And this is - I'll tell you another thing about Glenn Beck. He wouldn't know the difference between a football, a bat and a hockey court. This guy is not - he's just all - he's just all weeping."

Carville was reacting to earlier comments Sunday on Fox News, where Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina made it clear that he was not a fan of Beck.

"[H]e doesn't represent the Republican Party," Graham said of Beck, "When a person says he represents conservatism and that the country is better off with Barack Obama than John McCain, that sort of ends the debate for me as to how much more I'm going to listen."

"So he has a right to say what he wants to say. In my view, it's not - it's not the kind of political analysis that I buy into," Graham said.

Republican strategist Mary Matalin disagreed with Graham and with Carville, who is her husband.

"[Beck] has two best-sellers," Matalin told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "This has never happened before. Two No. 1 best-sellers in hard-cover and paperback, non-fiction. All right. Somebody out there is listening [to] what Glenn Beck says. I know he [Carville] doesn't listen and Lindsey doesn't listen."

"[Beck] doesn't affiliate with either party, or any party," Matalin also observed Sunday, "but he has tapped into this mainstream of America who feels otherwise not listened to."

Before joining Fox News, Beck anchored a show on CNN Headline News, a sister network to CNN.

Carville and Matalin are both CNN political contributors.


Filed under: Extra • Glenn Beck • James Carville • Mary Matalin • Popular Posts • State of the Union
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. steve

    I think that guys nuts also, no surprise there.

    October 4, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. meh

    no he doesnt represent the republican party – just like Rush doesnt. Got to give him credit though for uncovering the truth about Van Jones and for poking holes in ACORNS cover

    October 4, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Elle

    to even title Glenn Beck's raving lunacy as a "news anchor" is giving him too much credit.

    the guy IS scary nuts. And mean and evil.

    October 4, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Joe Catechissimo

    I will stick with Glenn Beck over Obama any day. Obama is a Farrakhanite, pure and simple. 20 years sitting his butt in that racist church makes you a nut.

    October 4, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Florida Dude

    At least someone in the household has guts to say what needs to be said. Glenn Beck is nuts

    October 4, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. B

    Glen Beck wouldn't bother me if he wasn't such a blatant hypocrite. He does things and supports things if Republicans do them, then is all over the map weeping and screaming if a Democrat does or says the ~exact~ same thing. He's a nut job and he's certainly no better than the left wing nut jobs.

    October 4, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. JD

    Geez...if a Republican said something similar about the likes of any left-wing pundit, Pelosi herself and the entire liberal media would be demanding apologies.

    It's becoming clearer and clearer that the only "dissent" and "free speech" today's liberals support is their own.

    October 4, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Fitz in Texas

    So, James Carville thinks Glenn Beck is "out and out nuts". Well, if anyone would know what it takes to be "out and out nuts" that would be James Carville.

    October 4, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Ronald Schwartz

    The only people nuts are the Democrats.They just whine all day and cry all night.they want what they want and not what is good for America.
    them folks is truley nuts.

    October 4, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Guilty Bystander

    Beck – The new definition of "mental patient"

    He's as loony as palin, only uglier.

    October 4, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Susie Que

    Carville got it right! Beck is nuts and I can't believe some Americans really buy into it. He's on the same wavelength as Palin, Coulter, Bachmann, Limbaugh, and others. He's out for the almighty dollar and that's his main focus. No lie or controversy is taboo with them if it makes them wealthier. That's capitalism for you...Graham should like that.

    October 4, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. center left

    The Republicans let the right fringe hijack their party. It will be a daunting task to move to the mainstream of this country. Good luck in 2020.

    October 4, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Jeff U

    Mary Matalin needs to look up "mainstream" in a dictionary. She has the word confused with "fringe."

    October 4, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Dem in AZ

    That Beck is somthing. He is just straight up Skeletor. lol

    October 4, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. krejaton

    ROFL this just goes to show how incredibly invested Obama and the Dems were in attempting to secure the Olympics for Chicago. I, for one, celebrate that the games went to Rio–seeing as $100M was spent on a losing effort, where was all of this money going to come from if Chicago had actually gotten the games?

    Sure, the jingoistic idiots think we always deserve to win everything, including every Olympics, but realistically, this is a net win for a financially strapped city, state and country.

    Poor Carville, his Campaigner-in-Chief just couldn't deliver the goods and now he and his party look like losers once again. Keep singing, James, you are amusing each time you squalk.

    October 4, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Obama IS ACORN

    Ummmm, I think Carville is the one who is "nuts"!

    October 4, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Scott D

    The unfortunate thing is that in this country, entertainment, even extreme philosophy, whether conceived or not, sells advertising time. And that is what Beck is all about – selling advertising time to one portion of the American public. Unfortunately, that portion of the public follows simple-minded ideas and is easily swayed to the tunes of the Pied Piper. This is how the Bush/Rove team was elected. But was our country better off after 8 years of this type of conditioning? Hardly as we are trying to come out of the lowest valley in the last century of American history.

    October 4, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee

    Carville and Beck. Same thing, slightly different packaging.

    October 4, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. werrtergergw

    beck is sick. He does not love the good US of A. America is the greatest

    October 4, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Ed

    Hey Carville, I have news for you... The Olympics in Chicago was a BAD IDEA regardless of who is the President.

    October 4, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Dale

    Matlin has no idea what "mainstream" Americans feel. Just like all the Senate and Congress members. They all say they know what the American people feel and really want. When in reality none of them have a clue or care. All they know is what the lobbyist, (who puts money in their pockets), pay them to say.

    October 4, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. Shelly

    The proof is in the money. Beck cleans your clock Carville and in a shorter amount of time. I don't question that it is a matter of time before Beck is killed as he is in danger every day as he discloses one more corrupt politician. His content is truth. The way he presents it is a little nutty, but then again, that part is not what we are evaluating.

    October 4, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. phoenix86

    Carville calling someone else nuts? That's rich.

    October 4, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. Bill Firshein

    Carville should talk..He is the most inarticulate undecipherable "pundit" I have ever heard...Compared to Beck, Carville is in kindergarten while Beck at least graduated from High School...Beck makes sense in many points he makes although it is of course possible to disagree with him..Not Carville, there is nothing to agree or disagree..Words juts come out of his mouth without any linkage or logic..

    October 4, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. really?

    An 'anchor,' really? Guess that shows just how out of touch CNN has become trying to please both sides.

    October 4, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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