James Carville, a well-known Democrat who served as Bill Clinton’s chief strategist, has blamed the “stupid awakening” of the Democrats and their progressive policies for the recent Republican victories, primarily in Virginia and New Jersey. 

Carville gave an interview on the PBS NewsHour on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and was asked how Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race, a state that President Biden happened to win a year earlier by 10 percentage points.

In answering the question, Carville was decisive: “Well, what went wrong is this stupid awakening.”

“Don’t just look at Virginia and New Jersey,” he added about the Garden State, where Democratic incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy barely squeaked out a second term.

“Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis. Even look at Seattle, Wash. I mean, this ‘defund the police’ lunacy, this ‘take Abraham Lincoln’s name off of schools,’ that—people see that​,’” he continued with outrage.

According to the analysis made by the veteran consultant, there are a large number of Democrats who would not be making a correct reading of the political situation. “They’re expressing a language that people just don’t use, and there’s backlash and a frustration at that,” he said.

To such an extent some Democrats are parsing politics so badly that, according to Carville, Republican Glenn Youngkin, who won the Virginia gubernatorial election, never ran political ads against Democrat Joe Biden. Instead, he just let the Democrats implode on their own.

Carville implied that society is tired of extreme left-wing politics. Such was the case in Seattle, where an “autonomous zone” was allowed to develop against the police.

“Autonomous zone? Who could think of such a stupid thing!” asked Carville.

Carville is not the only insider to take aim at the left-wing extremism that has permeated the Democratic party over the past few years. 

In the same vein, recently, David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s campaign manager, argued that the Democrats lost Virginia because they “have no connection” with Americans and are “annoying” to society.

The races in Virginia and New Jersey were a big wake-up call for Democrats heading into the 2022 midterm elections. If this political landscape continues, they could probably lose control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin expressly said the recent defeats should serve as a “wake-up call. I can only confirm that we have a divided country … I hope it’s a wake-up call for all of us,” Manchin told Fox News’s Bret Baier on Wednesday.

While very upset and disappointed in his own party, Carville predicted that all is not lost for Democrats. But he implored them to start talking “about things that are relevant to people” and “get rid of this left-wing nonsense, this nonsense that I hear.”

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