November 22nd, 2009
07:47 AM ET
5 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. Anonymous

    Pkm i have to confess i looked at saras book just for some pretty pictures of her self when she was younger

    November 22, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Stu

    In a stand up fight, Carville vs. Palin, I'll lay odds on Palin anyday!

    November 22, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I like james bv how did he marry a nice looking women with a big mug like him i looked at saras book even the pictures were lousy 40 mm quad 50

    November 22, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Patriot Games

    Carville's wrong: Dana Perino is much better looking than "Thunder Thighs Palin."

    November 22, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    If only sara had had the same classat james she would be a better person she would be a better person pkm

    November 22, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Skelator has no clue!

    If Carville thinks the photo was not sexist then he has no credibility!

    November 22, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Hector from Canada

    If politics were about pretty faces, the Republican party must call urgently the former Miss California. What a waste of time, resources and intelligence. Wake up America! It is a circus.

    November 22, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Gerry

    If it takes more than a pretty face to become president how the hell did Obama become president. It was not from experience.

    November 22, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. stephanie

    can we stop giving Palin the narcissist more attention? She is a vindictive, catty opportunist and her "followers" need to get a life..and a brain.

    November 22, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. normajean

    Gotta give the guy credit,,,,when his wife is in the room, he knows the right thing to say .As to Palin....I think Matalin is way off base.How can Sarah communicate anything when she's obviously using sound bites that she doesn't really understand. Her basic knowledge of the political framework is painfully lacking and covered by a "gift of gab". So far she's fooled a lot of people. I'm hoping we'll get past her before she does any permanent damage.

    November 22, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Greg K., PA

    This seems to be becoming less rare as I recall a similar story not long ago.

    I have to agree that Sarah Palin has no business in the White House. I would happy if she decided to run with Glenn Beck, though. That would be smooth sailing for an Obama re-election. Even if she somehow managed to win, I'd get to go around for the next four years to all of my conservative friends saying "See?! See?! This is what I was talking about."

    November 22, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. teflon warrior

    It's amazing to me it's so acceptable to be so sexist and so misogynistic, but ONLY against a conservative republican woman that has realistic and financially sound principals, shame on anyone calling themselves an American that accepts this tripe.

    November 22, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Rosie

    I think that Palin is starting to show her age more than she was last year. I am an older woman and I can see the signs. The problem is when you are thin wrinkles in your neck and face start to show up. She was prettier when she had more weight on her.

    November 22, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. why she cry

    Wasn't Palin a beauty queen? Talk about sexist competitions. She is such a hypocrit.

    Palin is willing to get all the press she can, but only if it is on her terms. Sounds to me like a typical Republican trying to manipulate the press.

    November 22, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Michael

    Carville is a very intelligent and observant husband. His survival instncts were right on the money. As far as his political opinion of Palin, yep he is on the mark there too.

    November 22, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. MIchael in San Diego

    I think James missed an opportunity to score a few more points with Mary by failing to point out that, while Mary is every bit as pretty as SP, she beats SP hands down in the brains department.

    November 22, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. H.Hib in Atlanta

    There's something really wrong with Palin. Deeply, disturbingly bizarre. And this says something deeply, disturbingly sad about the citizenry. Its as if we prefer to be shouted at, to be sloganfied, to ra ra ra for the winning team. She makes a glorious cheerleader indeed. But who will be the quarterback? We don't let the Pepperettes call the plays do we? Hey I want a woman president - but I don't want an idiot.

    November 22, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Zion

    Pres. Obama is gorgeous, and guess what, he is still disciplined and getting his way. Wow.

    November 22, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Carl Justus

    It is not the first lie that Carville has told.

    November 22, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. The Weatherman

    They can never admit success to justify their failures......

    November 22, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Sam I Am

    It's easy for sarah to be the best-looking woman in the Republcan Party. The vast majority of the politicians are white, overfed and under-excercised men (and this is coming from a white, overfed, and under-exercised guy). The difference is they do have some brains and some political savvy. She has neither. If she wasn't pretty, she'd be off the radar in about 2 seconds. Very similar to Ms. Prejean. Being a pretty airhead that photographs well doesn't get you much serious airtime, unless it's on Fox News.

    November 22, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Just Me from DC

    James is cool!
    We cannot have another "puppet" as Chief Executive as we are finding out with the war(s) and the economy. It's got to be extraordinarily tough dealing with these and putting forth improvements.
    Let's get along and craft/implement the best policies instead of have the $ sign drive the entire nation.

    November 22, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. A concern citizen

    Go James!!!!
    I've heard Joe the plumber will marry sarah Palin!!???

    November 22, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. lady of the lake

    Love is blind ... as personified by Carville's comment (good for him) and those "in luv" with Palin ... the word "fans" come to mind – shorter version of the word "fanatic" .... and we surely have enough fanatics for the next decade ....

    November 22, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. jrzshor

    when will we be able to think like americans rather than dems or repubs?

    we talk about being color blind, multi-cultural but we are still divided by party: dems and repubs. go figure.

    November 22, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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