Politics Carville says Democrats have 'wokeness' problem: 'We all know it'
Imperative that Democrats figure out what went wrong in 2020
They won the presidency and two Senate seats in Georgia, but overall, 2020 was a bad year.While a 50-50 Senate gives Democrats control, they lost several races they were supposed to win. Instead of picking up House seats, they lost more than a dozen to barely retain a majority. Devastatingly, they made few gains in contests for state legislatures, which Republicans have dominated for a decade. The biggest disappointments were failing to win the North Carolina Senate and Texas House to neutralize Republican gerrymandering plans.
Democratic strategist James Carville says that Democrats have a "wokeness" problem and "we all know it," adding the party needs to talk about racial issues using the language of everyday Americans.
Speakingin an interview published Tuesday, Carville said that Democrats often discuss racial issues using language that is alienating to some of the communities they are trying to reach.
"Wokeness is a problem and everyone knows it. It's hard to talk to anybody today - and I talk to lots of people in the Democratic Party - who doesn't say this. But they don't want to say it out loud," Carville said.
Joe Manchin wants to save Democrats from themselves
But is his love for the filibuster dooming the country to dysfunction?The year was 1983, the setting was West Virginia’s statehouse in Charleston, and the deadline was the end of the legislative session at midnight. Democratic leaders wanted to pass a bill creating a board that could cap rates charged by hospitals in the state. Manchin, a 35-year-old first-term state representative, had opposed the proposal.
"Why not?" responded interviewer Sean Illing.
"Because they'll get clobbered or canceled," Carville responded. "And look, part of the problem is that lots of Democrats will say that we have to listen to everybody and we have to include every perspective, or that we don't have to run a ruthless messaging campaign. Well, you kinda do. It really matters."
"I always tell people that we've got to stop speaking Hebrew and start speaking Yiddish. We have to speak the way regular people speak, the way voters speak," he continued.
Carville, who served as former President Clinton's chief strategist for his 1992 presidential campaign, said in the interview, "You ever get the sense that people in faculty lounges in fancy colleges use a different language than ordinary people? They come up with a word like 'Latinx' that no one else uses. Or they use a phrase like 'communities of color.' I don't know anyone who speaks like that. I don't know anyone who lives in a 'community of color.' I know lots of white and Black and brown people and they all live in ... neighborhoods."
James Carville says Democrats 'don't have the votes' to be 'more liberal' than Joe Manchin
Instead, Democrats should hammer the GOP about the Capitol riot. "They have to make the Republicans own that insurrection every day," he said.As the chief strategist of former President Bill Clinton's successful 1992 campaign, he helped the Democratic Party end a 12-year streak of GOP control of the White House.
Carville explained that Democrats also can't shy away from talking about racial issues, but said that the party needs "to do it without using jargon-y language" that he called "unrecognizable to most people - including most Black people, by the way."
"This 'too cool for school' shit doesn't work, and we have to stop it," Carville added.
His comments come amid a national debate on the issues of race and policing, and a discussion on Capitol Hill about the potential of passing bipartisan national police reform touching on issues of qualified immunity and the Justice Department's ability to investigate local police departments.
released by the Washington Post and ABC News found that a majority of Americans believe people of color are treated differently or unfairly by law enforcement in the U.S., while six in 10 want police departments to be held accountable more than they are today for issues of discrimination and violence.
The second wave of “cancel culture” .
How the concept has evolved to mean different things to different people.It sometimes seems all-encompassing, as if all forms of contemporary discourse must now lead, exhaustingly and endlessly, either to an attempt to “cancel” anyone whose opinions cause controversy or to accusations of cancel culture in action, however unwarranted.