James Carville Says Identity Politics, Cancel Culture Hurt Democrats

Democrats will lose future races if they continue to embrace identity politics, cancel culture and efforts to defund the police, says veteran Democrat strategist James Carville.

”It’s the thing I most worry about,” Carville said in an interview this week with former Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol. Carville was asked whether he was concerned about Democrats giving ”enough oxygen to” those complex issues that allows Republicans to ”scream about it and yell about it for two years or four years and really have an effect.”

”I don’t know of a single person that thinks of themselves as a person of color,”’ Carville said. ”I really don’t. I had Ruben Gallego, who’s a Democratic congressman from Arizona, and we did much better in Arizona than we did in Texas or Florida, and he said, ‘I’ve never heard anybody use the word Latinx.’ And that’s just not the way people talk. It’s not what they — It’s just not the way.

”When people hear that — and it’s a little different because when you’re in the middle of it, you hear it so much it doesn’t stand out. When you’re out in the rest of the country — It was like the janitor at Smith College. … And I got to tell you, I’m a supportive, ardent Democrat, passion and everything, but the English faculty at Amherst has too much power in this party. They really do.