James Carville has a new book out, “We’re Still Right, They’re Still Wrong,” and he joined me this morning:
HH: There are exactly three people alive today who have twice successfully advised presidential candidates on winning the White House. One is named Karl Rove, one is named David Axelrod, and the third is James Carville. Carville joins me now. His brand new book, We’re Still Right, They’re Still Wrong, in bookstores everywhere, I’ve got it linked over at www.hughhewitt.com. We’re Still Right, They’re Still Wrong, very, very funny, completely wrong, of course, but very, very funny. James, you write your 1973 LSU Law School portrait looked like a Trump rally. So where’d you go wrong?
JC: (laughing) I don’t know. I don’t think I went wrong. You know, I had this kind of a political view, and I wrote a book in ’96. And then 20 years later, I looked back at it and went oh, my God, I was right. I was Nostradamus.
JC: I couldn’t believe…
HH: Well, Nostradamus, I’m not, on Page 30, you write, “I defy you to find a single major economic indicator that says Republicans are better at handling the economy.”
HH: So I took up that challenge.
HH: And I discovered from the Washington Post that the only president in U.S. history to never have a single year when the U.S. economy grew by at least 3% is Barack Obama, and that most of us have never, this is by Michael Snyder, their Economic Collapse blog. “Most of us have never witnessed an economic recovery this bad. In fact, it’s the lowest of any recovery in the last 67 years.” Did I meet your challenge?
JC: Of course, you didn’t. And you take the cumulative, all right? The cumulative economic performance from 1945 to today and 1960 to today, the economic growth under Democrats has been substantially higher. In fact, I put it in the book. GDP growth, the jobs, it’s like, it’s so many more jobs created under the Democrats than Republicans, it’s unbelievable. The deficit historically has been significantly lower under Democratic presidents. Now what I say in the book is, you know, there could be any number of reasons for this, but this is the absolute fact. And it’s not, if you took, you can’t imagine how much better the stock market performs when Democrats are president. Continue Reading