2. Keep the Clinton-Obama ticket alive. In that order.
The result of James Carville's refusal to modify his Judas remarks against Bill Richardson is clear. It is a loyalty message to anyone who believes Hillary will win. Death to defectors.
I do not think there is a lack of pillow talk between James and his Bush-apologist spouse Mary Matalin. In essence, the results acceptable to the Clinton camp is either a win for Hillary or a win for John McCain.
The underlying issue is control of the Democratic party. Whatever is done will leave us either an Obama Party -- a party of a progressive middle way -- or the party under Clinton control where the basic strategy will be maintenance of the status quo no matter who wins, Clinton or McCain.
Carville's premeditated assault is just a salvo. Anything you hear from anyone named in my title is fodder for the Clinton Campaign.
Oddly enough, his opponent will remain the Clintons -- even after he wins this bruising contest.
McCain, after all, may not have the stomach for Clinton politics.
In essence, if Obama can widen the unity message and demonstrate that his is a middle-of-the road progressive politics he can win over the Clinton voting constituency.
Here are my Carville links, showing how the Clinton's interest has always been to control the party. Since their constituency is aging, they must do it the old way -- by demagoguery lite.
Bill Clinton is trading his legacy to be the poster boy for this approach.
The "Biggest Bell in US Politics" Keeps Ringing
Seven Ways To Resolve Florida-Michigan at Minimal Cost
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