January 25th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
4 years ago

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."


Filed under: 2010 • James Carville • President Obama
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  1. People's Voice

    It's shocking how soon so many people can forget what the GOP did to this country just because we have a president who is also a black man.

    January 25, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Jack

    In ohio obama said that he will get every dollarhe gave to wallstreet.If he was not as generous we whould no be in this mass.Obamas minions say that they do not pay attention to the polls.Gibs said yesterday that the exit polls last week were not against the administraion.Obama you can not have it both ways.You have destroy this country in one year and i hate to see what is going to be three years from now.I HOPE AND PRAY THAT YOU WILL FIND IT IN YOUR HART AND GO FOR GOOD.WE HAD ENAUGH OF YOUR TRIPPS .DINNERS,GOLF AND HOT AIR SPEECHES.

    January 25, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If anyone hasn't notice, the Democrats are talking about what they need to do for the people to turn things around. The Republicans only talk about Democrats and repeat what people already know, but never say what they need to do. What's up with that? Does this mean Republicans are feeling so secure that they don't need to do anything but talk.

    January 25, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Brian

    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.
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    bwahahahaha anything that comes out of O's mouth cannot be classified as coherent...it can be classified as a lie though without a doubt. There is no plan for recovery and the longer that America's economy is in financial ruins the better it is in Obama's eyes.

    January 25, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Monster Zero

    From the lips of the very Democratic strategist that stated scanners could measure the length of his miniscule pecker and that the Democrats would reign in power for the next 40 years!

    January 25, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Dave

    You know when James "lets ram trough heathcare" Carville tells you it's bad, it must be REAL, REAL BAD!

    looks like 2010 is going to be a MASSacre.

    January 25, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. The Film Professor

    I understand why people are angry...I am unemployed for the first time in 35 years, and particularly fear that my family's health insurance will just not be affordable after the COBRA subsidy runs out (we just cannot afford to pay $1400 a month).

    But people .... WHAT are the Republicans offering? More Tax Cuts for the wealthy? More tax cuts for the Wall Street bums who got us into this mess? Less stimulus spending, which equals even more unemployment? More Republicans on the Supreme Court like Roberts and Alito, who just voted to let big business/big oil/Wall Street spend unlimited amounts of money to manipulate elections through deceitful campaign advertising?

    Gosh, how stupid we all are when we are angry. We get more laws allowing us to carry guns into churches and other public places, which I guess means we just have more opportunity to shoot ourselves in the foot.

    January 25, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Tom in FL

    What coherent strategy do republicans have for fixing the economy and creating jobs, other than trying to block everything the democrats do? The republican dogma that cutting taxes is the answer to everything has simply not worked over the past decade when it was tried. There was no economic growth or job creation during eight years of republican administration. If they have any other ideas, this would be a good time for the rest of us to hear about it.

    January 25, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Susan

    When push comes to shove, I am hopeful voters will remember which party was in power when the bottom dropped out of our economy. The republicans were in power and they were out of control when it came to spending ... i.e. If Bush wanted it, their response was buy-buy-buy. Why should we, the voters, think they wouldn't repeat their bad spending acts!

    Let us all remember ... it's easier to create a mess than it is to clean up a mess. And, it takes time ... remember Rome wasn't built in a day!

    January 25, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Looks like we're heading back to the Dark Ages.

    January 25, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Dave

    Highly unlikely given how House districts are gerrymandered.

    January 25, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. cardog

    Here we go again...Let's start running for office again so that we (The Democrats) can keep our seats. Let's not do our jobs, let's not do what is right for the American people even if they don't know it. The electorate of this country is fickle, half the time they don't even know what they are upset about. When the party of "NO" broadcast some stupid announcement the right wing nuts pick up on it and away it goes as gosple truth.
    I stress once again the Nazi programs of "If you tell a lie often enough, it will eventually become the truth".
    Remember "Death Panels", remember "Loss of older people's Medicare", remember "This president is not a citizen", remember "we are being lead into a socialist government". Just a few of the things the Republican party and their co-horts the Birthers, the tea baggers and out and out bigots have preached this past year.
    I'm truely disgusted....

    January 25, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Bill

    I believe that Obama has the intelligence of Jimmy Carter. There is no way this far left socialist liberal is going to move to the right of center with the rest of this country.

    January 25, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Jon Doh

    Save Us James!
    Democrats are up against Billion-Dollar Corporate Interests, which carefully groom and select charismatic challengers who run as "average guy" populists, who then sneak into office to execute radical right-wing corporate agendas. Why can't we more carefully select our candidates and support our party as they do?

    Too many Democrats are damaging the brand, and most have no guidance... While Dems attack each other in primaries, a Republican lurks in the background, waiting for the Dems to self-destruct. We've seen this play out far too many times. Dems need to stop this before they're rendered a totally powerless minority...

    Hopefully people like James (who actually use their brains and strategize like Republicans) will organize to help save the Democratic cause...

    January 25, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. C Spurgeon

    And then what... the Republicans are going to fix what they broke..Right??Wrong! Throw all the bums out, both sides..put in term limits and lets start over.

    The president should have one six year term so he isn't wasting two years running..

    This country needs to start moving again and these guys aint gonna get it don. Turn the cable tv off too!

    January 25, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. haren

    We used to have independent Media in seventy's CBS, ABC,and NBC all were independent not own by a corporation.
    as soon as Comcast acquired NBC universal I see lots of Advertisement in that channel which is annoying.

    January 25, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    According to the compassionate conservative morons on the right, helping people is buying votes. Helping people is one thing you will never accuse the party of "No!" of doing.

    January 25, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Chris

    If the Democrats are concerned about losing the House majority, how will having the White House do a better job at communicating its message about the economy help ? The only way I see the Dems keeping the majority is for them to communicate untruthful information about the economy which they would have no problem doing. The White House has a problem expressing "what really is ".

    January 25, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    When a left-wing hack like Carville says something like this, you know it's trouble for the "progressive" loons.

    Hope you enjoyed your 2 years in power, dems.

    January 25, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Someone said they miss Bush. With his culture of corruption, it goes to show how stupid the conservatives really are.

    January 25, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Mike in SA

    Yep, you've got to HAVE a strategy before you can communicate it. Obama might want to...you know...start on that.

    Just a suggestion from one of the "little people" out here in constituent-land.

    January 25, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. makdjalali

    Mr. Carville ,
    Obama administration has no problem at all communicating to the public at all. What they have problem with is to continue doing nothing positive
    and create an environment of uncertainty and distrust and malaise in this
    country as they have always done.

    January 25, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. richard

    the republican party is what i compare to pyromanic's,repubs since i can remember have come into power reeking
    havoc w/ the economy and leaving office having milked the system dry..... republicans "again" has proven that they can get away with robbery in broad daylight..... how can i say such a thing ? i was born in 1954. and in the 60's nixon–ford-reagan bush1- 2 get in get out..... carrying a big bag of money........ and then they holler"FIRE" while standing back gleefully as the democarts rush to the fire trying to put the fire out by throwing money in the fire. money won't solve this.targeted tax breaks for the working middle class and mass cuts in entitiltements and rooting out corruption to balance out of control spending... sad to say the repubs ran this game right. and the white house must lead and clean up the mess..... and if this had of been done you would of walked into a 2nd term. the president that is...

    January 25, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Charlie

    All I need is Obama's promise to be fulfilled. No more Pork Barrel, no more backdoor deal. We need TRANSPARENCY. I can understand it takes time to fix the economy and turn things around. But allowing the crooks in Nebraska and Louisiana corrupt is not acceptable. Allowing Reid and Nancy makes deal behind closed door with Union member is corruption. Don't abuse compromise with corruption.

    January 25, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Torch

    I don't see how the DEMS can fix the economy since the only thing they know how to do is create larger and more intrusive govt.

    They won't lower taxes or get off the people's backs, because then somebody would have to make a profit, and we can't have anyone making a profit around here because in their twisted logic, that's immoral. But at the same time they stab small business in the back and scream and yell about why they won't hire anyone.

    We're screwed.....

    The reaon the economy is not turning around is totally at the feet of the DEMS and this Obummer administration.

    Seriously? Would you want to start a business, grow a business, in this climate? Obama hates capitalism and profit!!!

    January 25, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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