Alright, it was interesting when Chuck Todd said yesterday that the Clinton campaign is helping Obama by testing him, but coming from James Carville, trying to excuse his repeated “Judas” comments directed at Bill Richardson, it is just obnoxious:
Most of the stuff I’ve ever said is pretty insignificant and by in large has been said off the cuff and without much thought to the potential consequences. That was not the case in this instance. Bill Richardson’s response was that the Clinton people felt they were entitled to the presidency. In my mind, that is a debatable hypothesis. But, even more than that, I know that a former president of the United States who appointed someone to two Senate-confirmed positions is entitled to have his phone calls returned.
If Richardson was going to turn on the Clintons the way he did, I see no problem in saying what I said. Because if loyalty is one virtue, another is straight talk. And if Democrats can’t handle that, they’re going to have a hard time handling a Republican nominee who is seeking the presidency with that as his slogan.
Piss off. I am not sure why Carville thinks Richardson has to support Hillary because her husband appointed him to some positions, but I think people are entitled to choose to support the person they think is best for the party and best for the country. Clearly, Hillary falls short in Richardson’s eyes. Maybe it is her nasty and divisive campaign, in which folks like Carville have played a role.
In fairness to Carville, I understand where he is coming from regarding loyalty. I saw him speak with his wife when their he said/she said-left/right shtick was popular, and he explained that the reason he stuck with Clinton even after he lied to everyone about Monica was because of loyalty. They took him from nowhere and stuck by him, so damnit, he felt he would stick by them. I respect that to some degree. It is why I respected Obama not throwing Wright under the bus.
But at some point, loyalty stops. When you feel your friend is hurting the party, and by extension, hurting the country, you shouldn’t get knocked for disloyalty because you tell them “No more.”
And another thing- does Carville feel no loyalty to the damned party?
*** Update ***
As noted in Commentary magazine, when Obama breaks down at an event and cries about the rigors of campaigning, Clinton supporters can chime in on “toughening” up. Until then, stuff it, please.