Democratic strategist James Carville and his wife, Republican strategist Mary Matalin left the audience laughing with their views on relationships, family and (of course), politics. If you know these two, you know it’s always a he said, she said… so here goes:
ADVICE FOR THE OPPOSITE PARTY:
Matalin: I’d get Bill Clinton out on the road and remind people what a centrist White House is like. Don’t tell anyone I said that. (Sorry Mary, huge audience armed with smartphones makes that tough!)
Carville: Republicans should just shut up. It’s like a date. Halfway through, a girl knows if she’s gonna kiss you. All you can do is screw it up. Actually, both parties should shut up… they’re just irritating people.
SARAH PALIN, DISCUSS:
Carville: I can’t get enough of her. In order for something to be that compelling, disaster has to be around the corner.
Matalin: People think she reflects their values… As long as she’s not running for something she’s valuable. I have to tell you, the more she’s picked on, the more elitist it feels.
ON THE TEA PARTY:
Matalin: They’re independents.
Carville: They’re Republicans.
Carville: Mary’s more into all of that than I am. In ’92, George Stephanopoulos had a cell phone bigger than he was. Look, it’s about WHAT you communicate, not HOW you communicate.
Matalin: The real communications paradigm shift was what James pioneered in ’92: rapid response. It doesn’t matter how many characters you have if you don’t have anything to say.
ON THEIR RELATIONSHIP:
Matalin: There are plenty of things we agree on. And, where we vehemently disagree, we know to avoid those fights.
Carville: I’d rather be married to someone who’s passionate and I disagree with than be married with no passion. Plus, I’d rather be married to someone who hates my politics than hates my mama.
ON THE 2012 REPUBLICAN NOMINEE:
Both agreed, it’s a whole new world after November 4th.
Carville and Matalin wrote a book about their courtship on the campaign trail called All’s Fair in Love, War and Politics.
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