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'Democrats keep doing this stupid s**t': James Carville bashes own 'emotional' party for wasting money on unwinnable elections, attacking Joe Manchin
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'Democrats keep doing this stupid s**t': James Carville bashes own 'emotional' party for wasting money on unwinnable elections, attacking Joe Manchin

Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville unleashed some hard-nosed criticisms of his own party on multiple fronts in a new interview.

In an interview with Vox, Carville slammed the Democrats for investing boatloads of money into past Democratic candidates in red states that were highly unlikely to turn blue.

"Just look at how Democrats organize and spend money. For Christ’s sake, [South Carolina Democrat] Jaime Harrison raised over $100 million only to lose his Senate race to Lindsey Graham by 10 points," Carville exclaimed. "Amy McGrath runs for Senate in Kentucky and raises over $90 million only to get crushed by Mitch McConnell."

McGrath's campaign spent $90 million on her 2020 campaign against then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) only to receive 38.2% of the vote while McConnell walked away with 57.8% of the vote. The Courier-Journal noted the win was McConnell's "second-largest margin of victory among his seven U.S. Senate race wins in Kentucky since 1984."

Carville, 77, continued to bash his own party, "They were always going to lose those races, but Democrats keep doing this stupid s**t."

"They’re too damn emotional. Democrats obsess over high-profile races they can’t win because that’s where all the attention is," he added. "We’re addicted to hopeless causes."

The political consultant advised supporters of the Democratic Party to focus on state elections, specifically secretary of state and attorney general positions. He noted that Republicans had raised $33 million for secretary of state races across the country, while Democrats only raised $4 million.

Carville then pivoted to Democrats attacking Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) – which he completely disapproves of.

"B***hing about a Democratic senator in West Virginia is missing the damn plot," the fiery Carville declared.

"Understand that Joe Manchin is a Roman Catholic Democrat in a state in which not a single county has voted Democrat [for president] since 2008," the Ragin' Cajun proclaimed. "I repeat: Not a single county has voted Democrat since 2008."

"Look, I’m a liberal Democrat. Always have been," Carville said proudly. "But some of these people b***hing about Manchin can’t see political reality straight."

Carville claimed, "Six percent of adults in this country identify as 'progressive.' Only 11 or 12 percent of Democrats identify as progressive. So let’s just meet in the middle and say something like 7 or 8 percent of the country agrees with the progressive left. This ain’t a goddamn debate anymore."

A 2020 Pew Research poll revealed, "Among white Democrats, 19% called themselves very liberal in 2019, compared with 6% in 2000."

He stressed that Manchin is closer to what most Americans believe in.

"Now the situation with Sinema in Arizona is an entirely different situation," he said of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), adding that she may view herself as "some kind McCain-esque maverick."

Carville then bashed the "woke" members of the Democratic Party.

"First of all, like I said, only 11 percent of the Democratic Party is progressive. It’s the smallest part of the party," he told the progressive outlet. "But the problem is they make 70 percent of the noise."

He warned that Americans see the Democratic Party as the political party that wants to defund the police, have open borders, and empty the jails.

Earlier this month, Carville took his own party to task for whining too much during a "Meet the Press" appearance.

"Democrats whine too much, Chuck. Quit being a whiny party and get out there and fight," Carville said. "Soldier on … This is a tough, hard business."

In November, Carville blamed "stupid wokeness" for key election losses for Democrats.

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