November 22nd, 2009
07:47 AM ET
4 years ago

You're as pretty as Palin, Carville tells Matalin


Washington (CNN) – Longtime Clinton ally and Democratic strategist James Carville had some rare words of praise for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. But, ever the good husband, Carville made sure to heap equal praise on his wife, Republican strategist Mary Matalin.

The two were discussing the recent controversial cover of Newsweek magazine, in which Palin is shown in running shorts. Carville said Palin should not complain about the use of a photo which was not a candid shot but one she had originally posed for, even if it were for a publication other than Newsweek. Echoing recent comments by Palin, Matalin disagreed and said she thought the Newsweek cover was sexist.

“You can agree on this,” Matalin asked her husband, “she looked good in it, right?”

“She does,” Carville said without hesitation, “Ain’t no doubt about that. You and her are the two best-looking women in the Republican Party,” the Democrat told his wife.

Related: Carville, Matalin share rare tender moment

But Carville did not have much more positive to say about Palin.


While the Democratic strategist said Palin is “compelling” and connects with her supporters “in an unbelievable way,” Carville also said the former Alaska governor, believed by some political observers to be laying the groundwork for a 2012 White House bid, is not fit to be the nation’s chief executive.

“What I said about Sarah Palin on the day she was nominated [for the number two spot on the Republican presidential ticket last year], is still true. She’s uniquely and supremely unqualified to be president of the United States. But she’s got real presence about her. I find myself wanting to watch her more than I do most other politicians,” Carville told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King as Matalin looked on.

Matalin said Palin was good for the Republican Party as it begins to position itself for the 2010 midterms and the 2012 White House race.

“We’re ascendant in 2010,” Matalin said Sunday, “but we need people who can communicate the framework, the philosophy into which policy prescriptions can be put and [Palin] does that better than almost anybody.”


Filed under: Extra • James Carville • Mary Matalin • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • State of the Union
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. ray

    Take away the 6 pounds of makeup and the goggle siized glasses she hides behind and I beleive you will find a rather unattractive woman.

    November 23, 2009 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  2. Mike in SA

    Yes, James Carville has the same amount of respect for women as Newsweek..."Well aren't you pretty. Now why don't you go be a good girl and fix us something to eat while the men talk business."

    Of course his sexism will get swept under the rug because he's a liberal.

    November 23, 2009 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  3. Rob in Mo`

    One thing for sure. Matalin is more qualified to be president than Palin. Sarah Palin is about as qualified as my wiener dog to be prez. I don't agree with either of their politics.

    November 23, 2009 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  4. pat

    We are spending too much time for sarah palin who is doing nothing but capitalizing on opportunity given to her to make more bucks..with the book. If she is serious about public service, she had the opportunity to do this as a governor of Alaska. Instead she focused on throwing dirt at the people who elevated her into national stage and make more money for herself.

    I see her self centered politician who cares little for anyone but for herself.

    she doesnot need any more national stage recognition..because we donot need negative emotions from our leaders..we want someone who unites people rather divides..who truely is commited to public service.

    November 23, 2009 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  5. Minnie

    I like Sarah Palin. One smart lady.

    November 23, 2009 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  6. sam

    Why anyone in their right mind would even make reference to that cartoon character is beyond me. But, the little dope is attractive (on the outside, only; rotten on the inside) and men are drawn to that type even though they're dumb as doorknobs. If she were an ordinary looking woman, nobody would pay any attention to her. And if they did, it would only be to ridicule her at every opportunity. Because of what she stands for, she needs to be bashed at every opportunity. Dummies are not well tolerated in our society, especially the type who do not know that little fact about themselves and think they possess intelligence and aspire to public office.

    November 23, 2009 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  7. WittyDOn

    She's a Palin in the neck. She's out of her depths but with wring your neck because you think so... She's being tolerated the republican party which has no message (and lately admitted what everyone knows – no healthcare plan – just an anti-Obama/Obama-must-fail plan).

    Prediction: The Senate bill will pass with 73 votes. These self serving individuals will know when the game is up and jump ship.

    November 23, 2009 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  8. JOE M

    I see nothing beautiful about Palin.She is 40ish some thing and is no raving beauty. She is just at the point where she needs Botox to last much longer or maybe some blubber from of of Todds fishing...And she is always dragging the kid with her for the OH! and AW1benfit then screams boody murder when the pictures are prined in the press. She has a few lug nuts loose.

    November 23, 2009 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  9. Peter E

    Palin needs to stop hiding behind excuses, blaming everyone else for her own incompetence. The fact is that she didn't even know or understand national policy before her VP nomination, she has made no attempt to demonstrate her competence since then, and she couldn't even handle her responsibilites as a governor for a full term! Yes, the media are idiots and place far too much undeserved attention on her (not that she hasn't been grabbing the chance at every possible opportunity!) but that won't make up for the fact that she's an incompetent nobody and a quitter!

    November 23, 2009 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    So... we should elect Palin because she looks good? I thought republicans abhored people electing their officials (i.e. Obama) because of some perceived sex appeal! CNN, please stop talking about her! We are sick and tired of Palin being forced down our throats! Can't you find a better republican (i.e. ANY republican) to talk about? Like Huckabee? Even the scandalous Sanford with all his troubles is STILL more qualified to be president than Palin!

    November 23, 2009 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  11. Peter E

    Palin is a hypocrite! She says she doesn't like media attention, yet she keeps going to talkshows and giving interviews. She says she wants to bar the media from following her on her book tour, and yet not only does she make sure all media knows where she is all the time so that they can follow her, but even throws a special dinner just for them! And now she complains that the media dare reprint pictures that she voluntarily posed for FOR THE MEDIA previously! Make up your mind, governor!

    November 23, 2009 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  12. FLAGSHIP, NC

    God bless both of you. You are both a breath of fresh air.
    I truly enjoy hearing and watching both on the show.
    I wish America had more people like you to set an example of how great this nation can be.

    November 23, 2009 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  13. Peace

    From looking who is the best person to lead us to the beauty contest??? Where are we moving to and what kind of thinking is that!!!!
    I think we are many who are not interested at all in entertaining the contest.

    November 23, 2009 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    This is PR for the Carvilles, and more anti-Palin PR from CNN.
    Which PR firm represents the Carvilles? That firm earns their money! Good job, guys!

    November 23, 2009 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  15. Del

    These two are amazing., They show that liberals and conservatives can have a civil debate, need I say, marriage, to get to the truth. There is no need for nastiness in politics but it will always be there when some one is going to lose.

    November 23, 2009 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  16. Lynne

    Two political hacks who have made a fortune from their rhetoric and predictable responses to every issue. Enough of these two!!!

    November 23, 2009 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  17. juris prudence

    Palin is tougher than the entire Democratic party, and has moxie to boot. Places meat on the table by hunting large game. Takes on the entire nation of propeller-head kool-aid drinkers, and has them running scared. Her values, guts and determination are manifest.

    November 23, 2009 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  18. Mark Bianco

    "I think that Americans would elect a ham sandwich for president if it would promise them jobs and a higher income." Republican strategist Ron Bonjean.

    November 23, 2009 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
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