This diary is must-read for those who want to know what worked for Democrats in the mid-term contrasted with why the DC Establishment has been scared to death after Ned Lamont beat Joe Lieberman in the primary.
When Howard Dean took over the DNC in 2005, the James Carville types weren't worried, because they had a multi-step plan to trademark the definition of electability before the 2008 presidential elections. Start with Tim Kaine in 2005, bounce to Bob Casey, Jr. and Harold Ford in 2006 and spend every moment between the election and the Democratic Convention saying that the only way Democrats can win is for DC to decide the message and move to the right.
But, a funny thing happened on the way to the coronation: politics changed. Dean set Democrats up for a landslide by moving money away from DC. Populists Jon Tester and Jim Webb were the clear stars of 2006 while Harold Ford was a loser.
With that in mind, I loved this comment:
My favorite moment of 11/7 was Carville and Begala (joined by Bill Bennett and JC Watts) on MSNBC pontificating about the night's still-pending results after the Dems had already picked up three Senate seats (and held NJ). Following Bennett's and Watt's predictions that there was no way the Dems could win the Senate, Begala also chimed in and emphatically stated that there was no way the Dems would get the other 3 seats they needed to take control. He and Carville were just so damned sure of themselves. Smug bastards.
And, yes, Carville needs to start selling his book in order to catch up with Markos.
Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics (Hardcover)
by Jerome Armstrong, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #15,210 in Books
Had Enough?: A Handbook for Fighting Back (Hardcover)
by James Carville, Jeff Nussbaum "
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #79,402 in Books
Carville's plans for Hillary Clinton move us backwards, so don't expect him to lead. He has refused to be a team play, so don't expect him to follow. The only thing left for him to do is get out of the way.