Sunday, October 08, 2006


What was James Carville thinking?

Ok, this is disturbing.

According to page 344 of Bob Woodward's new book, in the aftermath of the 2004 election, James Carville contacted his wife, Mary Matalin, at the White house and passed on inside information about Kerry's strategy:
Carville told her he had some inside news. The Kerry campaign was going to challenge the provisional ballots in Ohio -- perhaps up to 250,000 of them. "I don't agree with it, Carville said. I'm just telling you that's what they're talking about."

Matalin went to Cheney to report...You better tell the President Cheney told her.
The White House passed this information on to Republican operative, er, I mean Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell.

Of course, we don't know how things would have turned out if Carville hadn't called Matalin with this information. For that matter, we can't be sure the account in Woodward's book is accurate.

To state the obvious, somebody needs to ask Carville about this and get a straight answer.

From M.J. Rosenberg at TPMCafe, via Avedon Carol at The Sideshow and Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars.

UPDATE: More here.

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