Carville: Democrats "Think It's Beneath Them" To Go Out And Sell Biden's Plan, Quit Hounding Manchin and Sinema | Video | RealClearPolitics

Carville: Democrats "Think It's Beneath Them" To Go Out And Sell Biden's Plan, Quit Hounding Manchin and Sinema


Democratic strategist and former Clinton adviser James Carville admonished Democrats on Wednesday on MSNBC for believing it is "beneath them" to campaign for President Biden's agenda and for an "idiotic strategy" to protest and hound moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

"The issue right now is Democrats in Congress are asked to do very popular things," Carville said. "It doesn't take much courage to negotiate prescription drug prices. It doesn't take much courage to raise taxes on the wealthy. It doesn't take much courage to expand health care. Somebody has to get into the room and say, 'Okay, we want to do ten things, we can do five. Let's do these five and then take the other five and run them in 2022.'"

"They have got to understand the reality is they're just running around like they are people in a locker room banging their helmets against the lockers," Carville said. "That's not going to do you any good. You are not going move any further than Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema. So quit this idiotic protesting and hounding them and tell President Biden get them in the room, get the Speaker in there, get the Majority Leader, let's hammer something out, and what we don't get let’s go for it in 2022."

"This is an idiotic strategy I'm seeing," Carville commented.

"Sometimes people who say they know a lot of specifics don't. So the real number might be under 10%," Melber said of the percentage of Americans that know what's in Biden's budget plan known as Build Back Better.

"Is that a failure of Democratic messaging?" the host asked

"Of course it is," Carville answered. "They didn't get out in the country enough, they didn't sell it enough."

"If you're buying something you want to know what it is that you're buying," Carville said of Democrats selling the Biden agenda. "I clearly support and like this president. I don't know why they didn't do a better job selling this."

"Start selling. Sell," he said.

"How does that work?" Melber asked.

"They lapse into jargon. They lapse into the press, which doesn't know -- you know, it's unclear what's going on," Carville said.

"They think it's beneath them to go out and sell," Carville concluded.
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