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James Carville and Mary Matalin


By Central TX Mom - Posted on 10 June 2010

I have never seen James Carville and Mary Matalin so unified.  I was just watching CNN, and John King was talking to them about the oil spill.  They totally agreed on everything.  And I agreed with them as well.  The two of them were both using common sense and not trying to spin anything.  It wasn't a Republican viewpoint nor a Democratic viewpoint.  It was a Louisianan viewpoint.

I am just sick about this.

Wait.  I didn't mean that to seem that I am sick about them agreeing.  I am sick about the oil spill and what it is doing to Louisiana and our country.

I think everyone understood your intention with that comment CT...no worry.  Do you have a link to the video?  I would like to see that. 

 

"Peace Cannot be kept by force.  It can only be achieved by understanding."

Albert Einstein

It was on John King's show Liz.  They are on AC360 most nights too.

 Thanks Suzi:)

 

"Peace Cannot be kept by force.  It can only be achieved by understanding."

Albert Einstein

They're Louisianan's first CTM.  I'm SO glad you posted this.  I've been trying to explain the position from our point of view, and no one seems to get it.  As a matter of fact, it seems that no one talks to me here anymore. LOL  I guess you have to be from a Gulf state to really understand.  It's not D or R, it's not drill or not drill.  It's very complex and complicated, and those who attempt to simplify the solution, or spin it politically, are not looking at the reality.

I'm sick too...I cry a lot, feel tons of anxiety all day and night, and am nauseous most of the time.  No matter how you look at it, or what we do, we're screwed.  Our Gulf is destroyed for who knows how long.  A culture and way of life may be lost forever.  If we keep drilling, this could happen again.  If drilling is stopped, the whole state goes under, along with it's people.  Carville seemed to have the most logical solution...but there is no good solution.

I said several weeks ago that they speak for me.  I still say that, and am so glad you feel the same way. 

Carville seemed to have the most logical solution...but there is no good solution.

What was his solution? Does Matalin support lifting the cap on liability? Is she trying to get others in the GOP to support a lift? I think it's great that they are on the same page and the main goal is helping the victims and finding a solution for clean-up and plugging the leak.

I see that relationship you reference as comparable to a drug dealer (oil company) and his addicts (workers, fishermen.) The addicts know it's bad or think that it's not so bad in moderation, but they can't let go of the drug, it's too much a part of their daily survival. Even when they have hit rock bottom, they don't want the drug to go away forever. And the drug dealer knows he has all the control.

What was his solution?

He suggested a certain person, whose name I didn't recognize and can't remember, but obviously the most respected man in the field, to take a team to each rig, inspect every aspect pertaining to safety.  They would also verify things were in accordance with information used to obtain permits.  This could be done one rig at a time.

Billy Nungesser suggested that in addition, each rig in the Gulf have the rig equivalent of an Federal air marshall.  This person would oversee all operations and have the authority to call a halt to operations if there were any hint of danger or mishap. No one would have the authority to override his decision.

Does Matalin support lifting the cap on liability? Is she trying to get others in the GOP to support a lift?

I haven't heard either one of the discuss the cap.  As CTM pointed out, and I can verify, neither one of them are politicizing this in any way.  We just want and need help desperately, and that is our focus.  Not the politics of it.

Thanks for clarifying. Obviously, they are speaking from their hearts and their love of Louisiana. God bless them both. I certainly hope their efforts are rewarded with action and results.

I, too, like your analogy, but kept thinking a piece was missing.  Today it hit me.  Let me take that analogy one step further....

The oil companies are the Drug Lords, supplying the drug to the Pushers...who are the oil producing states.  The Pushers depend on the Drug Lords for the money they make.  The Pushers then supply the drug to the Real Addicts...The Real Addicts are each and every one of us, and we depend on the Pushers to supply our oil habit, even when we talk about how awful it is.

I wonder how many of us are making, or are willing to, make the sacrifices necessary to get break our dependency on oil?  They say drug withdrawal is pure hell for the addict.

Wow Kelly!  What an analogy!  So true...

"Peace Cannot be kept by force.  It can only be achieved by understanding."

Albert Einstein

I, too, like your analogy, but kept thinking a piece was missing.  Today it hit me.  Let me take that analogy one step further....

The oil companies are the Drug Lords, supplying the drug to the Pushers...who are the oil producing states.  The Pushers depend on the Drug Lords for the money they make.  The Pushers then supply the drug to the Real Addicts...The Real Addicts are each and every one of us, and we depend on the Pushers to supply our oil habit, even when we talk about how awful it is.

I wonder how many of us are making, or are willing to, make the sacrifices necessary to get break our dependency on oil?  They say drug withdrawal is pure hell for the addict.

Absolutely spot on, Suzi! I was just thinking about that, too-where the states fit into this equation-so your idea that the oil compnaies are the Drug Lords and the oil producing states can be seen as the pushers makes total sense since they both gain the most from the addicts they create. And you are right about the withdrawl-it might be the most painful, challenging experience we ever face. Are we collectively willing to make that sacrifice to be "clean" and sober? If we do, what are the chances of a relapse?

Carville piece from CNN. Louisiana Demands Justice, Not Charity.

Wow..great find Izzy!!  Carville pretty well sums it all up in one concise piece.  The end of the piece states:

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of James Carville.

I'd like to say those opinions are also mine, as well as the opinions of almost everyone I know.

 

Consider yourself a "ghost" co-writer with Carville! Yes, he seems explain everything quite well.

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