January 25th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
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Carville: Democrats risk losing House majority

James Carville said the White House has some work to do.
James Carville said the White House has some work to do.

Washington (CNN) – Democratic strategist James Carville said Monday that Democrats will "have a rough 2010" unless the White House does a better job communicating its message about the economy.

Carville said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that President Obama hasn't done a good enough job explaining to the American people "a coherent strategy" for fixing the economy and creating jobs. The president's strategy, he said, seems "very, very ad hoc."

Democrats risk losing their majority in the House this November if they don't figure something out, Carville said.

"You have to think that unless something is done to change direction, I think everything is at risk," he predicted. But Carville said he doesn't think that scenario will come to pass.

He said the White House's decision to bring former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe into their everyday political operation suggests that the White House is serious about repairing an image that was seriously damaged by last week's special election in Massachusetts.

"You got to look at this thing in Massachusetts, and think that's a real signal here," he said. "If you don't deal with it, it's going to get worse."


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  1. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    If the Dems want any chance they had better start listening to the center, not to the far left. and the Repubs better listen to the center, not the far right.

    There are far more people in the center than either the far left or right...But both must listen to the people and not themselves. And both must learn to work TOGETHER to get anything done! They better remember who they are working for...It's the people and not the special interests/lobbyists

    Maybe the vote in MA woke them up, and the Repubs should take note of that fact as well!

    January 25, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. USN

    Sorry James , but they ARE communicating their message loud and clear and 70 % of Americans don;t like it. Well acually that 70% is all the Americans.

    January 25, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Carville is exactly correct. Massachusetts was a warning shot. Both parties are equally guilty of wanting power, winning power and then forgetting who they represent and who sent them to DC! BOTH PARTIES! Voting folks out seems to help them remember us, teh voters! it worked for Bill Clinton! Maybe it will work again. If not, Obama will be a LAME DUCK!

    January 25, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Doug

    President Obama has the same problems the five President' had, they think it is only about themselves. He is only thinking to save his career at this point. Do not see much hope here anymore.

    January 25, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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