Appearing on MSNBC, Democrat political strategist and former Clinton adviser James Carville had harsh words to those who vote for Bernie thinking he’ll win and expand the electorate.
James, you just mentioned the risk, talk about the risk and down-ballot races under a Sanders nominee?
I won’t mention names so I don’t get any number of calls from panicked congressional incumbents. I know what’s happening out there, I got a real good idea.
The entire theory that by expanding the electorate is a — increasing turnout so you can win an election is similar to a climate denial. When people say that, they’re as stupid to a political scientist as a climate denier is to an atmospheric scientist.
If you want to vote for Bernie Sanders because you feel good about his program, you don’t like the banks on Wall Street or you don’t like pharmaceuticals, that’s legitimate, I understand that.
If you’re voting for him because you think he’ll win the election, politically, you’re a fool. And that’s just a fact. It’s no denying it, there’s so much political science, so much research on this that it is not even a debatable question.
And if people are appraised of this, and they know that, and they want to do it as Democrats, that’s their own business. I don’t think they have all the facts they need before they make this judgment going forward.
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