March 27th, 2012
05:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Carville: A Supreme Court loss will help Democrats

(CNN) - While the Obama administration fights to protect the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic strategist and CNN contributor James Carville said a Supreme Court overruling may not be such a bad thing for the president, politically.

"I think this will be the best thing that has ever happened to the Democratic Party," Carville said Tuesday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

He added: "You know, what the Democrats are going to say, and it is completely justified, 'We tried, we did something, go see a 5-4 Supreme Court majority'."

Carville, who gained fame working on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, predicted health care costs will only increase in the future, in which case Republicans will be to blame for leading the drive to expel a federal program designed to help Americans cover those costs.

"Then the Republican Party will own the healthcare system for the foreseeable future. And I really believe that. That is not spin," Carville said.

Republican and editor Erik Erikson, meanwhile argued that an overruling would represent more mainstream sentiments than not.

"Both sides, not just the Democrat side, even if the laws were upheld or struck down, there is a 5-4 conservative majority, and historically you see Republicans picking justices who have a greater propensity to gravitate to the left than you see Democrat judges propensity to gravitate to the right," Erikson, also a CNN contributor, said. "This will be an undercurrent issue for both sides, though."

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soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Roberts

    I think Mr. Carville is off base on this one. If anyone is leaning towards party affiliations, it would be the four Justices that are holding the "left-wing liberal" position. Two of which should, by all rights, recuse themselves from the debate. These four Justices are not considering the merits of the law as it aplioes to the commerce clause in the constitution, rather attempting to prop up an "idealogical" notion that the Government can force the American citizens into paying for healthcare but yet exempt those "contributors" to a political PAC. In my opinion, Mr. Carville isn't exactly the picture of a moderate thinker. He is as left leaning as Obama as the Democratic, do-nothing Senate. His argument is just a regurgitation of Democratic campaign startegies. Good Luck with that one James!

    March 28, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  2. ghostrider

    Carville: "A Supreme Court loss will help Democrats"
    Just keep smoking whatever your smoking, Mr. Carvill!

    March 28, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  3. Una B Connors

    I'm surprised Carville would even contemplate spinning the defeat of Obamacare by the Supremes as "good for Democrats." He is usually much sharper than this on political defeat and fallout. When Democrats, as a whole, do something this stupid (Obamacare) he has had no compunction in stating as such. Maybe he's getting tired of defending their abject stupidity.

    March 28, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
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