Carville: Maybe Obama should try a crack pipe
Democratic strategist James Carville is a bomb thrower. Usually, his targets are the opposition. But Carville's "joke" that he uttered on Morning Joe - that President Obama should take a page from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's playbook and be seen with a crack pipe - might be the weirdest piece of advice he's ever given - even in jest.
"I think the best thing he can do is take a toke on the mayor of Toronto's crack pipe, because his numbers are about 48," Carville joked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," referring to Rob Ford, who has admitted smoking crack.
On a more serious note, Carville said in some ways, the falling poll numbers are overblown, and Obama's record speaks for itself.
"I think we can stop putting the nails in the coffin here. We can admit that there's some real, deep, fundamental problems with this president. But I think we're throwing the dirt here too soon," Carville said. "The deficit is dropping as a percentage of GDP faster than any time since World War II. He saved the auto industry. Health care costs are flattening better than any time in the last 20 years. Teenage pregnancy is at an all-time low."
Carville said if the administration can get the health care exchanges working at the end of November, and that's a big if, they could get things back on track.
"I don't think that the rollout has been a disaster. It's been another joke," Carville said. "I'm hoping, but I have no idea how this thing is going to work on Nov. 30, but they got a lot riding on it."
Carville said he doesn't blame Obama for the problems in Washington, pointing in part to Republicans who have moved far to the right in recent years.
"Obama's problem, I think, is he's a man in politics that doesn't like politics," Carville said.
Obama also doesn't like people very much which is why it's strange he's in politics at all. And if that's the best Carville can do to tout Obama's accomplishments, he's in trouble. The deficit is going down because Republicans forced the sequester on the president, while tax revenues have risen slightly due to modest economic growth. Deficits coming down from a trillion dollars can't help but be dramatic. And did Obama really "save" the auto industry? Or did he save union pensions? As far as teenage pregnancy coming down, there are fewer teenagers today to get pregnant in the first place. Besides, what has Obama done to affect the rate of teen pregnancy?
Maybe Obama should try the crack pipe after all.