Carville On "Awful" Obamacare Rollout: Obama "Has Himself To Blame"

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JAMES CARVILLE: The truth of that is he could have said it a lot more elegantly than he did. I look at these polls, and I think it’s all self-inflicted. This rollout, which they’ve got to get right. It was a disaster. A joke. And there was a way to talk about how many people should get to keep their health insurance in a way that wouldn’t have caused so much trouble. I’m one of the few people who believes and continues to believe that in the end this thing is going to work.

IMUS: I keep thinking that too. I don’t have any interest in this either way, I’m just and observer, sitting here watching the freak parade. But I keep thinking the same thing. That everybody is hysterical: the website doesn’t work and this doesn’t work and things cost too much. But, there is the possibility that come, this time next year we’ll look back on this and say it was awful getting started, but they got it worked out and now it’s fine.

JAMES CARVILLE: The reason they say that IS, In places where it’s up and running — i.e., Massachusetts and some of these other places, you know, California, Connecticut, Kentucky — it is actually doing fine. And they never, things – they get in front of it. The website, they get better. It’ll get better down the road.

They’re going to get better, but the rollout of this has been awful, and it didn’t have to be that way at all. And I think the president has himself to blame as much as anybody. I don’t think he was done in, in this instance, by the Republicans, or done in by the media, done in by anything. It was just a massive mess-up that’s cost him and cost the Democratic party some grief. Maybe temporarily, I hope, but it’s certainly caused some grief out there. (Imus in the Morning, November 21, 2013)

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