The problem with Democrat campaign speeches is litany, and they need more narrative like Winnie the Pooh stories, political consultant and pundit James Carville said.
At a speech sponsored by the Northwestern College Democrats Thursday evening, Carville told the audience that Democratic candidates cant succeed by shouting out to every group in a crowd. Instead candidates should tell stories with the three elements of any good story setup, conflict and resolution.
No Kumbayah crap, Carville said.
College Democrats brought Carville to speak in Cahn auditorium with funds from the $60,000 allotted by the Student Activities Finance Board for the groups fall speakers.
The organization will use the remaining funds to bring another speaker later this quarter, Carls said.
All 1,000 available tickets for the free event were taken by 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Norris Box Office. Tickets went on sale Sept. 23, the same day as NUs Activities Fair. During the past few days, College Democrats worked to spread the word by placing more flyers and sending more messages to campus listservs, Carls said.
At NU Carville focused on what Democrats need to do to reclaim the presidency. The vocal impressions of President George W. Bush and former presidential candidate John Kerry and Carvilles bouts of shouting in his southern accent had the audience alternatively giggling and freezing in silence.
In addition to breaking away from a laundry list of special interests, Carville said, Democrats need to learn that a candidate who cant campaign cant succeed.
If youre not competent in campaigns, you dont have a chance to be competent in government, he said.
Using Al Gore as an example, Carville said being a smart candidate is not enough.
Its actually possible to be wise, right and strong, he said.
In the same way that intelligence and accuracy cant stand alone, strength without accuracy is a catastrophe, he said. His example: the Republican administration.
If we just had mediocracy Id be the happiest person in the world, Carville said. You put political hacks in an important position and there are consequences.