Signs of the Times
"'A loyal person is seen as a cross between a sycophant and a fool,' James Carville, the chief strategist for Clinton's 1992 campaign, says pungently. 'Washington has come to the point where it glorifies you if you're disloyal. A Disloyal person is made out to be a shrewd person of integrity. I mean, you have Don Imus glorifying George for speaking out, O.K? Someone who speaks out against a person that he works for is seen as having integrity and independence" (James Carville quoted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., American Notes, The New Yorker, March 9, 1998)
Carville on Kenneth Starr
"'Ken Starr leaks that he stands by the river and listens to hymns,' says Carville, who has perfect ptich for the idiom of sacralization. 'I mean, come on: the river, the hymns, the cleansing ... Here's a guy on a mission to cleanse the Potomac of the fornicators and sodomites who inhabit its banks, and we're not going to have any dick-sucking around here, no sir. People say, 'You gotta understand, Ken believes this.' I know Ken believes it! He believes it right to the core. That's the problem!'" (James Carville quoted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., American Notes, The New Yorker, March 9, 1998)
Great in Bed?
What does James Carville think about "the recent surmise in The Washington Post by Susan Carpenter-McMillian -- self-appointed defender of alleged presidential harassee Paula Corbin Jones -- that he 'must be great in bed' for radio talkster Mary Matalin to have married him" (Annie Groer and Ann Gerhart, The Reliable Source, The Washington Post, July 25, 1997).
He told Tim Russert (with CNBC) that "he'd gotten many calls saying he was 'the luckiest guy in the world' to have an adversary say 'how good you are in bed. ... I want to publicly thank her'" (Annie Groer and Ann Gerhart, The Reliable Source, The Washington Post, July 25, 1997).
UFO's and Childrearing
On July 2, 1997, Mary Matalin plans to take 23-month old daughter Matty Carville with her to Roswell, New Mexico where "thousands of true believers will converge to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the alleged wreck of a flying saucer in the nearby desert" (Annie Groer and Ann Gerhart, The Reliable Source, The Washington Post, 1997).
Says Matalin, "I am a big extraterrestrial believer. How could you have any spiritual being whatsoever and believe we are the only life in the universe? James, of course, thinks I am insane. I think he's already been abducted. I believe in clairvoyance, in all things paranormal" (Annie Groer and Ann Gerhart, The Reliable Source, The Washington Post, 1997).
Carville "has warned her not to teach any of the above-mentioned topics" to her daughter, Matalin said..."Declared Carville: 'I'm not going to Roswell. I'm staying in Santa Fe'" (Annie Groer and Ann Gerhart, The Reliable Source, The Washington Post, 1997).
Trailer Park Trash
Should James Carville apologize for "humiliating millions of decent Americans by demeaning Paula Jones as 'trailer park trash'?" (Annie Groer and Ann Gerhart, The Reliable Source, The Washington Post, June 2, 1997). The Arundel Mobile Homeowners' Association thinks so.
"'We have become the innocent victims of a personal problem between President Clinton and Paula Jones. All hard-working, responsible mobile-home owners have been needlessly insulted by the careless handling of this incident,' the association wrote to (Maryland Delegate John) Leopold (R-Anne Arundel)" (Annie Groer and Ann Gerhart, The Reliable Source, The Washington Post, June 2, 1997).
What does Carville say? "'The people I was talking about were the whole gallery of folks who come up with these stories about the president. You give them enough money and they'll say anything,' Carville told The Source. 'Hey, my sister married someone who lived in a mobile home, so it can't be all that bad'" (Annie Groer and Ann Gerhart, The Reliable Source, The Washington Post, June 2, 1997).
At the Movies
Hope that you didn't miss James Carville in "The People vs. Larry Flynt". Carville played the Cincinnati prosecutor who got Flynt briefly convicted on pandering, obscenity, and organized crime charges. Donna Hanover, Rudolph Giuliani's wife, played Ruth Carter Stapleton, who got Flynt briefly converted to Christianity. Larry Flynt played William Morrissey, a Cincinnati judge who sentenced him to twenty five years in prison. He served six days.
Husbands and Wives
"It stretches any credulity to believe that the White House could not stop this rabid dog. He's not my husband when I speak of him as a frothing, rabid dog. He's clearly a front for the president ... If anyone is close to obstruction of justice, it's the president of these United States whose pit bull is out front."
-- Radio talk show host and former Republican strategist Mary Matalin on yesterday's "Fox News Sunday," describing her spouse, Democratic consultant James Carville, who has attacked the integrity of Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr (The Washington Post, December 9, 1996).
James Carville's reaction to hearing of Mary Matalin's comment: "I went home and bit her" (The Washington Post, December 11, 1996).