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James Carville's Recommendation to White House: Fire, Indict, and Fight!

Ragin' Cajun James Carville says the White House should be more worried, and more aggressive because of it.

James Carville is a famous (some might say infamous) Democratic Strategist and former White House staffer to President Clinton. He's been advocating for the Obama administration to take stronger stands on everything from environmental regulation and financial reform to healthcare. At the beginning of the summer debt ceiling debacle, Carville had asked Obama to avoid a lengthy fight on federal spending and the debt ceiling by coming out strong against congressional Republicans trying to sidetrack the nation's recovery. Now, with the special election results in Nevada and New York both going to Republicans in otherwise traditionally Democratic strongholds, Carville has revised his approach. His advice to the Obama White House? Panic.

"We are past sending out talking points," Carville admonished, speaking in reference to President Obama's appeals to bipartisanship and, possibly, his American Jobs Act; a plan that is increasingly looking like it will be dismembered by congressional Republicans and perhaps even some moderate Democrats. Senate Democrats, in particular, are disgruntled that the President has not been stronger in his approach to jobs creation and economic recovery, looking, as they are, at a Democratic majority in the Senate. Granted nearly ever appointment and piece of Democratic legislation that has come across the floor has been filibustered by the Republican minority, but Obama's soft-touch on environmental regulations could have been a bargaining chip with which to sway Republican opposition. Instead, he backed off.

Carville's direct statement to Obama was this: The time has come to demand a plan of action that requires a complete change from the direction you are headed. That change in direction comes with a four-point plan, according to Carville, to start moving forward with a strong enough foundation to withstand Republicans' misdirection and sabotage. First, he says, "Fire somebody--no, fire a lot of people." He compares the Obama White House to everything from the Russian 64th Army Division in the Siege of Stalingrad to the Reagan and Clinton administrations; basically telling the President that "you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet." Those firing should begin with his economic analysts, those individuals that have told Obama the economy would go one way when it's gone another; chiefly among their gaffs is that the stimulus that Obama passed in 2009 with a Democratic majority in the legislature was not nearly big enough to effectively turn around the economy...we may have stabilized, but we're not really growing. Related to the financial crisis is the fact that no financial executives or investors, those people that got us into this mess, have been indicted for anything. Not one. That is a perversion of the justice system. End deferred prosecution.

Democrats and the President have shown to be extraordinarily impotent at "making the Democratic case" that the real economy, the one that isn't recovering because it isn't hiring, has nothing to do with the national debt. In fact, in some cases the national debt could grow the economy by spurring hiring, as it would with Obama's plan. However, neither Democrats or the White House are making that point strongly, and when they do, they're not sticking to their explanation. Instead, as Carville points out, they had CBO director Douglas Elmendorf make their case to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction...most of which wasn't even heard by the American people. See Carville on CNN.