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James Carville Quotes

James Carville
I used to think if there was reincarnation, I wanted to come back as the president or the pope or a .400 baseball hitter. But now I want to come back as the bond market. You can intimidate everybody.
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#Pope

James Carville
If we think about it, in terms of racial and ethnic strife or things, if we don't forgive, we'll just stay the same. If we don't forgive people, we can never make any progress.
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#Ethnic

James Carville
The teachings of the Church line up more with the Democratic Party than the Republican Party.
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#American Lawyer

James Carville
Look, the Democrats' numbers are just as low as the Republicans' are. People see a lot of this stuff just as 'more Washington.' But the danger for Republicans and for Bush is that there are too many things they can't control—and the odds are that all of them aren't going to work out in their favor.
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#Democrats

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Ideologies aren't all that important. What's important is psychology. The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That's why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd. Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don't have a clue as to political reality.What amazes me is that you could take a group of people who are hard workers and convince them that they should support social programs that were the exact opposite of their own personal convictions. Put a little fear here and there and you can get people to vote any way you want. The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn't have a clue than there were Republicans.Truth is relative. Truth is what you can make the voter believe is the truth. If you're smart enough, truth is what you make the voter think it is. That's why I'm a Democrat. I can make the Democratic voters think whatever I want them to.
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#Psychology

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Bob's probably got a lot going on in his life.
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#Life

James Carville
It's unbelievable what LSU football does to the psychology of the state. If they play well on the 24th, it'll go a long, long way toward building back the morale of the people.
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#Football

James Carville
This show will be another opportunity for me to engage in the back-and-forth debates on sports that, until now, Luke and I have limited to the stadium.
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#Opportunity

James Carville
What bothers people the most about corruption is not the fouling of the process but the impact on real things — energy prices, the Iraq war and Medicare reform. Those are 'facts' that upset people the most. The corruption scandal is all about energy, Iraq, and the prescription drug mess — the dominant issues for the public.
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#Corruption

James Carville
Every day Catholics prove that you can be a good Catholic and a good Democrat and have a different position from the Church on abortion.
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#American Lawyer

James Carville
We should not run away from religious teachings. We should run to them.
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#Religious #American Lawyer

James Carville
But I'd rather not predict. I'd rather affect.
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#American Lawyer

James Carville
I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn't have to get one.
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#American Lawyer

James Carville
It's a feel-good story, this Romney thing. Republican governor, Democratic Legislature. Romney is an ascendant guy.
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#Republican

James Carville
They look beautiful to me. But I'm hardly an art critic.
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#Art

James Carville
The American people are going to be ready for an era of realism. They’ve seen the consequences of having too many ‘big ideas.’
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#Consequences

James Carville
Drag a $100 bill through a trailer camp and there's no telling what you will find.
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#American Lawyer

James Carville
I think Ralph Nader is the biggest liar in American politics when he said it didn't matter who was president.
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#American Lawyer #Politics

James Carville
I know you hate to hear me. But you have to.
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#Hate

James Carville
They seem to be getting it together. How much damage will the picture of people spending four or five days on rooftops do? That depends on how well it goes from here on out.
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#People

James Carville
It's action-oriented, ... I hope Alan Webb can keep up with me.
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#Action

James Carville
I ran races a long time ago. I won't be going for time. My philosophy is to start slow and taper.
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#Philosophy

James Carville
All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President.
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#Love

James Carville
The law says that the court should appoint someone who does [the job] quickly and stays with it 'til it's done, ... It's a political process going here, this is not rooted in anything in the law. This is a Republican effort to harass the president, the first lady and their friends.
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#Law

James Carville
We get that many in a morning.
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#Morning

James Carville
You've asked for forgiveness. This letter is to inform you that, on the heels of a statement by my dear friend, Congressman John Lewis, a man I admire and respect as much as any living American, I do forgive you.
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#Forgiveness

James Carville
if the coming word in American politics was neo-isolationism. Somebody in one of these parties is going to run on this platform.
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#Politics

James Carville
Ideologies aren't all that important. What's important is psychology. The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That's why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd. Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don't have a clue as to political reality. What amazes me is that you could take a group of people who are hard workers and convince them that they should support social programs that were the exact opposite of their own personal convictions. Put a little fear here and there and you can get people to vote any way you want. The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn't have a clue than there were Republicans. Truth is relative. Truth is what you can make the voter believe is the truth. If you're smart enough, truth is what you make the voter think it is. That's why I'm a Democrat. I can make the Democratic voters think whatever I want them to.
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#Fear