In an interview with Vox.com, Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville has some advice for Al Jabbar, the Anaheim Union High School District trustee, supervisorial staffer and progressive fire-breather.
OK – Carvill isn’t directing it personally at Jabbar, but it is applicable nonetheless.
Earlier this week, we published video of Jabbar pumping up a group of fellow Berniecrats by talking about how “super stoked” he was that under a Sanders presidency “my student loans will be cancelled.”
Carville is a liberal Democrat, and he unloads of how the progressive Left is pushing his party “off the radar screen” into the Land of Unelectability.
He cites the demand by Berniecrats for things like cancelling student debt and having the federal government provide free college tuition as examples of bad politics:
Here’s another stupid thing: Democrats talking about free college tuition or debt forgiveness. I’m not here to debate the idea. What I can tell you is that people all over this country worked their way through school, sent their kids to school, paid off student loans. They don’t want to hear this shit. And you saw Warren confronted by an angry voter over this. It’s just not a winning message.
The real argument here is that some people think there’s a real yearning for a left-wing revolution in this country, and if we just appeal to the people who feel that, we’ll grow and excite them and we’ll win. But there’s a word a lot of people hate that I love: politics. It means building coalitions to win elections. It means sometimes having to sit back and listen to what people think and framing your message accordingly.
This is good advice not only for Jabbar, but for Jose F. Moreno, Juan Alvarez, Walter Muneton, J. Paolo Magcalas, Carolyn Torres and other comrades who are trying to take control of local governments in Orange County and want Democrats to double-down on the leftism. Other people are paying for all this free stuff – people who have been saving and sacrificing to put themselves and/or their kids through school and might resent politicians who want to let those or are less inclined to frugality or self-sacrifice off the hook for loans they agreed to pay back.