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Carville: Sanders Will Receive Backlash After Tonight, You Can Feel It; "Do You Really Want To Do This?"

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Democratic operative James Carville appeared on MSNBC tonight to give commentary on Super Tuesday results and said if the goal is to really beat President Trump what Sen. Bernie Sanders is doing is "counterproductive." In his plea to not "drag" out the primary any more than necessary, Carville said the results show the party is making a decision and that former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren "are not long for this world."

"I think we're going to see some obviously Bloomberg and Warren are not long for this world," Carville said Tuesday night. "We might see Democrats starting to ask Sanders, look, let's don't drag this thing out any more than we have to. People want to get on to the general election. They want to get on to defeating Donald Trump."

"If we're going to beat Donald Trump, we can't be lollygagging around here for a lot longer because it seems the party is starting to make a decision," he added.

Carville also said Sanders had a campaign that ran through the 2016 primaries, a voice in the 2020 primaries, but the Democratic party's "most important constituents" are just not for him. He warned the candidate will start seeing some backlash and face questions such as "do you really want to do this?"

"I think you're going to start seeing some backlash here, like come on, man, we're speaking pretty loudly and we're speaking pretty clearly tonight," Carville told MSNBC host Brian Williams. "And we're voters and we want to be heard. You can just feel it, you can feel it coming. The dynamic is going to change. This ball is moving fast and it's going to continue to move. I understand that they'll keep raising money but people are not going to be very happy with him after a while."

"I don't think that Senator Sanders, in his defense, he never really liked [or] played well with others," Carville continued. "Maybe that's part of his appeal, I think he's sort of proud of that. But I think that the feeling that his campaign has as they go forward, they're going to have people saying, 'You know, Senator Sanders, do you really want to do this?' If the goal here is to really beat Donald Trump, what you're doing is counterproductive."

"Look, you ran all the way through in 2016 primaries," he said. "You had a voice in a 2020 primaries. You carried your campaign, you raised a lot of money. But our most important constituencies in this party are just not for you. And we have to deal with that and get on to the business of November here. Are you going to be able to negotiate with him or anything like that? Of course not."

JAMES CARVILLE: I think we're going to see some obviously Bloomberg and Warren are not long for this world. I think what we might be starting to see, I'd like someone on the panel to weigh in on this, we might see Democrats starting to ask Sanders, look, let's don't drag this thing out any more than we have to. People want to get on to the general election. They want to get on to defeating Donald Trump.

I think Sanders' showing tonight, hardly any showing with the African-Americans, our most loyal constituency, and our most exciting new constituency, and that is these educated white women. He showed nothing. If we're going to beat Donald Trump, we can't be lollygagging around here for a lot longer because it seems the party is starting to make a decision. And you're seeing the late-breaking vote coming in.

And David Plouffe and Robert Gibbs and other people and other primaries, the vote can break late and breaks massively late. We saw that in South Carolina and we've seen it around the country now. So it's going to be an interesting week coming up. I think we're going to see some real shifting political dynamics out there.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: James, I'm imagining all of Sanders nation saying in unison, and I'll paraphrase, what part of Bernie Sanders and what part of Bernie Sanders' base of support does he not understand we do, in fact, want a revolution?

JAMES CARVILLE: I understand that you do. You don't have a majority of the Democrats that are in on your revolution. I'm sure that they will continue, but I think you're going to see a lot of people saying, why are we doing this? To what purpose? We want to beat Donald Trump.

I travel around the country. I speak to people. And Democrats are not interested in a revolution, they are interested in getting this guy out of power just as fast as they possibly can. And at some point -- Sanders ran in 2016. But I think you're going to start seeing some backlash here, like come on, man, we're speaking pretty loudly and we're speaking pretty clearly tonight. And we're voters and we want to be heard. You can just feel it, you can feel it coming. The dynamic is going to change. This ball is moving fast and it's going to continue to move. I understand that they'll keep raising money but people are not going to be very happy with him after a while...

WILLIAMS: I guess I would ask who you see as the voices of maturity who would be having some of the uncomfortable talks at an uncomfortable time in the middle of a pitched battle?

CARVILLE: I don't know that -- I don't think that Senator Sanders, in his defense, he never really liked [or] played well with others. Maybe that's part of his appeal, I think he's sort of proud of that. But I think that the feeling that his campaign has as they go forward, they're going to have people saying, 'You know, Senator Sanders, do you really want to do this?' If the goal here is to really beat Donald Trump, what you're doing is counterproductive.

Look, you ran all the way through in 2016 primaries. You had a voice in a 2020 primaries. You carried your campaign, you raised a lot of money. But our most important constituencies in this party are just not for you. And we have to deal with that and get on to the business of November here. Are you going to be able to negotiate with him or anything like that? Of course not.

But they live in a world like everyone else is living in the world and they have to go forward in that world. The world that they're going to live in after tonight is a different world than they lived in yesterday. That's going to happen. They don't care and it will go, but it will be a little bit different out there right now.



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