James Carville is not being coy about who he would like to win the Democratic nomination in 2020: Anybody but Sen. Bernie Sanders.
During an appearance on MSNBC on Saturday to analyze the Nevada caucus results, Carville compared today's DNC to the 1983 British Labour Party, describing it as "one of the truly stupid parties in the world, which of course Bernie Sanders loves."
'There is a clear, defined frontrunner'
The legendary political strategist also blasted the DNC's incompetence, as reports circulated Saturday of problems with the Nevada caucus voting process.
"If the DNC were running a carnival parade, we'd never get out of the chute," he said.
Carville, who became famous after helping Bill Clinton win the presidency in 1992, also argued that other Democratic candidates have failed by not attacking him sufficiently during the primary process.
"It's obvious that Senator Sanders is going to do very well tonight. It's obvious that he's the frontrunner. It's obvious that these other candidates have not sufficiently talked about him," he said.
'It's obvious that he has not been vetted in the press'
Sanders' candidacy, Carville explained, is a risky proposition for a Democratic Party that's eager to get rid of an incumbent president with a strong economy.
"It's obvious that he has not been vetted in the press. I've not seen the four-part series in the New York Times and Washington Post, NBC News, or anything else. So we're in a whole new ballgame here," Carville said, adding that the Democratic primary may very well be decided by mid-March.
"Some of these candidates are going to have to make really hard decisions about who stays in, who gets out, and where we go from here," he argued, suggesting that so-called moderate candidates may want to consider dropping out so one of them can take on Sanders.
Carville also dismissed the notion that Sanders is capable of energizing new voters to turn out in November and said he has received calls from down-ballot Democrats who are concerned about the impact the Vermont socialist will have on their campaigns.
"If you want to vote for Bernie Sanders because you don't like the banks on Wall Street, you don't like pharmaceuticals, that's completely legitimate. I understand that," he said.
"But if you're voting for him. If you think he'll win the election because he'll galvanize sleepy parts of the electorate then, politically, you're a fool," he added.