Political expert James Carville is warning progressive Democrats to forgo “open language” in current spending debates in Washington if they are to appeal to voters in the mid-term of 2022.
“The danger is that when you communicate with people in that awakened language that they don’t use, they think you think you are better than them. It reminds people that you are caught in a coastal, urban, elitist and self-sufficient view of the world, ”Carville told the Washington Times in an interview.
Mr Carville said the onus is on progressives to drop threats to “cancel” moderate parties like West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin if they are to maintain a winning coalition in the next round. electoral.
“I think it hurts politically,” he said.
In mid-September, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, responded to Mr Manchin’s concerns about the Democrats’ proposed $ 3.5 trillion social spending package by accusing him on Twitter of meeting oil lobbyists every week.
When Mr Manchin denied the claim on CNN, Ms Ocasio-Cortez sent a September 12 tweet accusing him of “strange and condescending behavior” for calling her in the television interview “this young woman.”
Mr Carville, a former adviser to President Clinton, said that kind of progressive rhetoric could destabilize the party’s ability to maintain a coalition with a narrow 50-50 majority in the US Senate.
“They don’t tolerate other points of view,” he said. “It is possible to be so tolerant that you are intolerant.”
He added that he believes left-wing Democrats currently only make up around 20% of the party’s voters, compared to pro-Trump conservatives who he says make up 70% of the Republican Party.
“I think there are a lot of cancellations going on, and I’m not sure the majority are progressive Democrats, but I don’t like their response to be ‘I don’t want to work with you’ if you say something wrong, ”he said.
In an April 27 interview with Vox, Mr. Carville warned of the “culture of cancellation” that he said had enveloped segments of both sides since President Biden’s inauguration. He said this week that the situation has not improved on either side of the aisle.
“I don’t think anyone is communicating very well right now across the entire political spectrum because there isn’t a lot of good news in American politics today,” Mr. Carville said.