Over the line

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on March 22, 2008

James Carville should be ashamed of himself.

The reaction of some of Mr. Clinton’s allies suggests that might have been a wise decision. “An act of betrayal,” said James Carville, an adviser to Mrs. Clinton and a friend of Mr. Clinton.

“Mr. Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic,” Mr. Carville said, referring to Holy Week.

I think this may just be the most outrageous and inappropriate thing any person of either party has said in this election cycle. Someone should stuff a half-dozen socks in Carville's gob and shut him up.

0 comments on “Over the line”

  1. What is the objection to what Carville said? Did the Clintons support Richardson and pretty much provide him with the opportunities that made him into the significant political figure that he is today? Yes they did. Did Richardson endorse Hillary? He did not. Did he at least remain neutral? He did not. Did he go out of his way to publicly endorse the new kid? Yes he did.
    Does this make him an ungrateful ass? Yes it does. Did he do it to secure the a shot at the vice presidency? We shall see. but I suspect that he did it for some reason involving personal advantage. Would that make him a Judas? Yes it would. Screwing over the ones that supported you, does reflect on your judgement and character. I say this not because I like Hillary or Carville. I do not. I say it because I respect honor, and Richardson did a dishonorable thing.

  2. Here's the objection.

    Richardson's political calculation notwithstanding, nothing he did approaches the betrayal of the Son of God to death on the cross.

    Also, any comparison of Hillary Clinton to Jesus Christ is odious.

  3. Gee, there Hoystory

    I thought this Carville's comment was standing on it's own. It represents a good example of hyperbole. Historically, those that betray others have been called Judas. In fact, animals have been called Judas, i.e. see the Judas goat. I don't suspect that those that have previously used the term Judas were attempting to compare this to the betrayal of Christ. It is just a shorthand term for traitor. As for comparing Hillary to Jesus Christ, where did that come from? Where, exactly did Carville do that. I don't know what your religious beliefs or persuasions are, but it seems to me that in this case you are going out of your way to look for a religious insult or slight, where none is intended.
    Hypersensitivity in this area strikes me as symptomatic of Islam, not Christianity. Would you have been equally upset if Carville had referred to Richardson as Benedict Arnold; the guy that actually betrayed his country and whose betrayal resulted in the deaths of American patriots. I suspect not. In one case, your religious sensibilities are offended. In the other they are not.


Why, one must ask, was the suit against Biden's student debt wipe “inevitable”?

Was it because the Biden admin is in flagrant violation of the law, and because *everyone* in America knows it?

Not in Waldman’s view, apparently. | @charlescwcooke


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