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 itâ€™s all self-inflicted. This rollout, which theyâ€™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 wouldnâ€™t have caused so much trouble. Iâ€™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 donâ€™t have any interest in this either way, Iâ€™m just and observer, sitting here watching the freak parade. But I keep thinking the same thing. That everybody is hysterical: the website doesnâ€™t work and this doesnâ€™t work and things cost too much. But, there is the possibility that come, this time next year weâ€™ll look back on this and say it was awful getting started, but they got it worked out and now itâ€™s fine.
JAMES CARVILLE: The reason they say that IS, In places where itâ€™s up and running â€” i.e., Massachusetts and some of these other places, you know, California, Connecticut, Kentucky â€” it is actually doing fine. And they never, things â€“ they get in front of it. The website, they get better. Itâ€™ll get better down the road.
Theyâ€™re going to get better, but the rollout of this has been awful, and it didnâ€™t have to be that way at all. And I think the president has himself to blame as much as anybody. I donâ€™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 thatâ€™s cost him and cost the Democratic party some grief. Maybe temporarily, I hope, but itâ€™s certainly caused some grief out there. (Imus in the Morning, November 21, 2013)