Democratic strategist James Carville thinks that President Obama should panic, fire, and fight--in that order.
In a column that appeared on CNN’s opinion pages on Thursday, Carville had some harsh words for the White House about how to take on the faltering economy and faith in the Democratic Party.
“This is what I would say to President Barack Obama: The time has come to demand a plan of action that requires a complete change from the direction you are headed,” Carville wrote.
He advised Obama to follow the precedent of former presidents--specifically, Ronald Reagan, who fired most of his campaign staff in 1980, and Bill Clinton, who fired many staff members in 1994--and fire lots of people. “For God's sake, why are we still looking at the same political and economic advisers that got us into this mess?” Carville wrote. “It's not working.”
He also urged Obama to take a stronger stance against “Republican austerity garbage,” and to make a case for his own program to fix the economy.
Carville serves as a CNN political contributor and appears frequently on CNN’s The Situation Room. He remains active in Democratic politics and is a party fundraiser.