Carville said, “If we keep this kind of NPR foundation strategy of identity left politics, we’re going to lose. If we pick up the banner and say, ‘They have a plan, and this is their plan. You didn’t believe them when they told you they would overturn Roe. Guess what? They did. You better believe them when they tell you they want to get rid of Social Security and Medicare because they do…’”
Asked how he defines “NPR politics,” Carville said, “I defined it in the spring of 2021 when I wrote a piece in The Wall Street Journal saying the Democrats need to own the crime issue, or the crime issue will own you. Well, people said, well, you can’t do that because there will be a big backlash. Okay, you didn’t own it, and guess what? It’s a big problem for Democrats. I’m telling the same elite coastal people, ‘Forget everything. We are going to advertise and push the fact that [Republicans] want to throw people off Medicare and Social Security, and they want to shut the government down to do it. That’s how you win.’ We should have grabbed the crime issue back in the spring of 2021, but we got to listen to these foundation NPR types, which is always a disaster.”
For once, Carville is right. The Democrats should stop listening to the coastal elites, but it’s too late. Those elites control the Party and they are driven by identity-politics ideology, not by the concerns of voters.