James Carville came out swinging against the Obama Administration this AM on Good Morning America. And it's not the first time either. Anyone who stayed to the end of Iron Man 2, after the credits, saw a brief preview of things to come: (Spoiler alert!) Thor's Hammer. In a similar fashion, Carville is hinting at the sequel nearest and dearest to his heart: Clinton III: This Time for All the Marbles! I think that these are the opening salvos of the Hillary for President 2012 campaign. Under the guise of "Mr. President, here's what you need to do" is an underlying "Mr. President, here's what you failed to do"
This will build until finally, neither Carville or Hillary will be able to sit still and watch their country and their party so mismanaged, that she will have to resign. Over principle, you see, not personal political gain. Carville will have long been on record that this guy Obama isn't up to the job, but he'd been willing to work on the campaign of someone who was. Three guesses who that might be! Huff Po had this to say of Carville on CNN:
Democratic strategist James Carville and MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, two reliable supporters of President Barack Obama, have issued withering critiques of the administration's handling of the Gulf oil spill.
Carville, the famously outspoken Louisianian who was a chief political aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that the administration's response to the spill has been "lackadaisical" and that Obama was "naive" to trust BP to manage the massive clean-up effort.
Obama is naive and lackadaisical. Two qualities the Democrats will be looking for in 2012!
Then, on GMA:
...the political stupidity (of Obama) is unbelievable. Here, you have a situation, where you have some working- 11 working- hard-working people, blown up as the result of corporate malfeasance and maybe criminal negligence, as a result of inept bureaucrats who were part of the- you can actually blame the previous administration for this. And the President doesn't get down here in the middle of this. This thing should be- his approval should be up seven points right now if he had come down. I have no idea of why they didn't seize this thing. I have no idea of why their attitude was so hands-off-y here. It's just unbelievable. Now, I hope he sees it now, because very seldom do you get good politics and the really the right thing to do. And that is to get involved here.
Translation: The Obama administration is politically stupid and incompetent. Unbelievably stupid and incompetent.
The President of the United States could have come down here. He could have been involved with the families of these 11 people. He could have commandeered the things. We could have sent the Woods Hole people. He could have sent the Scripps on research vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. He could have implemented a plan in anticipation of this. You know, right, he can't exactly fill the hole up. Last night I was on Larry King, the CEO, the former CEO of the Shell. They said they got 85 percent of the stuff cleaned up in the Gulf of Saudi Arabia. He could be commandeering tankers and making BP bring tankers in and clean this up. They could the deploying people to the coast right now. He could be deploying people to the coast. He could be with the corps of engineers and the Coast Guard with these people in Plaquemines Parish, doing something about these regulations. These people are crying. They're begging for something down here. And it just looks like he's not involved in this! Man, you have got to get down here and take control of this! Put somebody in charge of this and get this thing moving!
Translation: The people are begging for political leadership and for the president to show a little empathy and compassion. Obama isn't exhibiting any of that.
It's a heck of a problem. I'm not exactly sure if you hear conflicting things. Some think that the crime rate in Arizona is down, with the number of illegals into Arizona is down over a period of time. I have no idea what the facts are. But, obviously, they have some problem on their border. They really feel that way. This is an area of great frustration. And he's doing something. Hopefully this works. But, man, he's got to- the other thing he needs to do. They need to launch a criminal investigation. The Attorney General needs to investigate criminal negligence on the part of BP and what went on at MMS. There are a thousand of things that he can do. He just needs to get down here and start doing something. People are dying!
Translation: Obama's not showing leadership on the problems with illegal immigration and he's pulling a Katrina with the BP oil spill. And he's soft on corporate polluters.
Let's recap: Obama is incompetent, naive, lackadaisical, cold, politically stupid, soft on corporate polluters and doesn't show empathy or leadership. And Mr. President, I'm telling you this as your friend... Yeah. Right!
And when your friends run against you in 2012, Mr. President, don't say I didn't warn you!
Cross posted at Say Anything