Democratic strategist James Carville said on Sunday that Democrats should “quit being a whiny party” and instead focus on what accomplishments they’ve been able to achieve so far during the Biden presidency.
During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” host Chuck Todd asked Carville what the president should do to fix an increasingly downtrodden mood among Biden’s coalition from progressives not happy with what they see is a lack of progress on a host of issues to African Americans critical of a lack of effort on voting rights.
Carville responded that Democrats should tout their accomplishments, citing low child poverty rates and hourly wage workers getting a type of leverage and increases in pay not seen in decades.
“Those are – those are real accomplishments, and it’s something that you can run on. And, again, you don’t talk about what you didn’t get. That’s what these – Democrats whine too much, Chuck. Just quit being a whiny party and get out there and fight and tell people what you did, and tell people the exact truth,” Carville said.
“The Republican Party stands for nothing other than, ‘Let’s relitigate the 2020 election’ or, ‘Let’s get back at Jamie Raskin.’ That’s it. That’s the entire platform,” Carville continued.
Todd also asked Carville how the White House could overcome “a public that is just in a bad mood” citing pandemic fatigue.
“How do you sell the good stuff that you believe he can sell to a country that’s not very receptive right now?” Todd asked.
“You gloat and promote,” Carville responded. “What you do, Chuck, is you run on what you got. You don’t run on what you didn’t get. And the stuff you got is pretty good.”
“So just focus on what you got, what you’ve done, and what you want to do to make people’s lives better. That’s it. You’ve got to go out and you’ve got to gloat and you’ve got to promote. And if inflation is still at 7% in November this year, we’ll lose anyway. But I don’t — a lot of people don’t think that’s going to be the case,” Carville said.
The Democratic strategist also had some choice words for members of his own party when in November he cited “stupid wokeness” for their losses and weak performances during elections in Virginia and New Jersey.