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article imageCarville suggests Obama White House 'panic' and make changes

By Michael Krebs     Sep 16, 2011 in Politics
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Democratic strategist James Carville openly suggested that the Obama White House 'panic' and 'fire, indict, fight' to force significant changes to its strategy team and to the administration's direction.
In the wake of a stunning Republican victory in a special congressional election to replace the seat vacated by disgraced Congressman Weiner in a heavily Democratic New York district, a loss that the New York Times pondered as a "sign," outspoken Democratic strategist James Carville appeared on CNN's "Situation Room" and offered frank advice for President Obama.
"What should the White House do now? One word came to mind: Panic," Carville wrote in a commentary for CNN. "This is what I would say to President Barack Obama: The time has come to demand a plan of action that requires a complete change from the direction you are headed."
Carville cited the onslaught of election losses in the House and Senate, obliterating the "super majority" President Obama enjoyed when he entered the White House nearly three years ago.
"We lost two elections Tuesday night," Carville said. "We lost 65 elections in November. The economy is sliding, not sideways. If anything, it's sliding back. Macro economic advisors say there's a one third chance we're going into another recession. You look at how crazy the opposition party is, cheering death and everything else and you say, hey, we've got to change direction here. We've got to do something different. This is not working, not politically, not economically, not anything."
Carville then went on to advise the president to fire people on his strategy team and to even indict someone in an effort to send a message to the public.
In the latest tracking poll by Rasmussen Reports, only 32 percent of Americans surveyed believe that President Obama's policies have helped the nation's economy.
John Fund, the editor of the American Spectator, suggested to WMAL that senior members of the Democratic Party may ask President Obama not to seek re-election.
"You've got to give people a signal out there that something's not working and that you're trying something else," Carville suggested.
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