James Carville Calls For Democrats To Work With David Brock


We recently discussed the continued evolution of David Brock who went from attacking Hillary Clinton, then professing allegiance to Clinton and attacking her opponents like Bernie Sanders, then professing allegiance to Sanders and promising to attack his opponents.

In the last election, Clinton was attacked for her association with Brock who was viewed as reaching a new level of sleazy and vicious work. You may recall Bernie Sanders denouncing Clinton for her continued alliance with Brock and use of his controversial PAC organizations. Sanders referred to Brock as simple “scum” but Clinton refused to denounce Brock or to discourage Democrats from working with or contributing to his PACs. As we discussed, it turns out that even Clinton aides were disgusted by Clinton’s refusal to cut off Brock or to denounce his work. In the latest batch of Wikileaks, Neera Tanden, the President of Center for American Progress, allegedly emailed John Podesta that “I hope Hillary truly understands now how batshit crazy David Brock is.” That does not appear to be a problem for various Democrats donors and speakers who attended a recent Brock retreat or James Carville who has called for Democrats to embrace Brock. Carville was previously paid by Brock who raised millions after his conversion to a Democratic attack dog.  Carville dismissed Democrats who object to Brock’s vicious conduct and said that those who want to fight Trump without resorting to people like Brock are wearing “ideological chastity belts.”


Various Democratic operatives have stated anonymously that Brock was a hindrance and possibly unstable.  More importantly, they said that the millions raised by Brock was wasted as he funded various groups.  Brock is the founder of the media watchdog Media Matters for America and liberal super PACs American Bridge and Correct the Record.   Despite the many figures like Sanders denouncing Brock for his vicious and shadowy activities, all but one of the candidates currently running to chair the Democratic National Committee reportedly attended Brock’s retreat.

For his part, Carville declared Brock to be a necessary evil and brushed aside his tactics as even relevant to whether donors should embrace him.  Carville rejected the notion of Democrats seeking a break from Brock  and his tactics — the very break that Clinton herself refused to do before her defeat. Carville is quoted as saying

“Are they calling for purges? David has a really good relationship with a lot of donors and people who can help the party. If I were them, I would be thinking of ways I could work with David Brock, as opposed to having a tribunal determining the extent of party purity. I don’t think we need to walk around with ideological chastity belts.”


It will be hard for the Democrats to maintain that they are taking the moral high ground while funding people like Brock.  Once again, Sanders was popular because he represented a change in politics.  Clinton’s refusal to denounce Brock reinforced the widespread view that she was not truthworthy or principled.  Carville and Democratic donors however appear intent on staying with that strategy while denouncing Trump for his tactics.


What do you think?

61 thoughts on “James Carville Calls For Democrats To Work With David Brock”

  1. Joy Behar on Trump SNL Skits: ‘Dictators’ Hate Being Subjects of Jokes” Question? I missed that interview with Obama?Or was she speaking of herself, whoopie cushion and Roastie? No matter they made their bed let them lie together in it.

  2. You spoke as an advocate in a professional manner for one of the most evil Congressional chambers the US has seen…

    Always humorous when you question the morals of a person profiting from our rotted systems. I wonder who else does? Hahaha.

  3. If the Democrats keep acting like Republicans, they’re going to lose a lot more elections. A Democratic President once observed that American voters, if given a choice between a real Republican and a Democrat who’s acting like a Republican, will vote for the real Republican every time.

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