James Carville, the legendary Democratic strategist who was a former advisor to Bill Clinton, went on CNN on Thursday to turn on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), saying that she was wrong to say that Democrats attempting to compromise with Republicans was “playing patty-cake.”
Carville went so far as to say that Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow leftists that are complaining should “do the math” because Democrats don’t have that many votes, which is why he feels that they need to compromise with Republicans.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the House, and she is not alone, she said she’s sick of playing patty-cake with Republicans. Other senators say the same thing,” said CNN host John Berman. “When you hear that, ‘We don’t want to play patty-cake with the Republicans,’ what goes through your mind?”
“What goes through my mind is a lot of the people that are criticizing live in cooked plus 40 districts,” Carville said. “There’s no chance they will lose to a Republican. That’s not the case with Kyrsten Sinema, that’s not the case with Joe Manchin, that’s not the case with a lot of people. If we want to expand our margins, we have to do it somewhere else other than the Bronx. We will win that. These political people have to live in real life.”
“Look, we had two encouraging elections. If you look at New Mexico, where we are supposed to be doing bad, we ran ahead of Biden,” he added. “We had a tough candidate that talked about crime and how she would deal with it. In Virginia, we had a remarkably high turnout. We got a lot of good Democrats elected in Virginia and won some primaries. The news is encouraging. If we go off the deep end, the same is going to happen to us that happened to us in 2020. No one is playing patty-cakes here. I’m talking about we didn’t pick up near as many Senate seats as we hoped to, and we lost House seats.”
“Are you suggesting that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and these other Democrats that are getting antsy, that they are out of touch?” Berman asked.
“I don’t know if they are out of touch,” Carville continued. “They need to sit down and do the math. We don’t have that many votes. We’re not playing patty-cake. We have a 50/50 Senate. It’s very difficult. There’s a filibuster. You need 60 votes. We have a four-vote margin in the House. I’m a political guy. I can count. If you want to change that, there’s a way that you can do it.”
“That is, do what you can, build up the president’s approval rating, pick up three more Senate seats, pick up six or seven more House seats,” he concluded. “Then a lot of the things that you are talking about, you are going to be able to do. But having a discussion when we have the thinnest of all majorities, I don’t see it happening. I’m sure they are nice people and well-meaning and very good progressive people and everything. Somebody has to get a calculator. We just don’t have the votes.”