The long and short of it is that I urge James Carville to carry the Democratic Party banner into Louisiana’s next governor’s race. I am a lone voter, a registered Democrat with no connections and no polling data, but my gut instinct is that the alternative to our allowing the ascendency of David Vitter to the position of governor is James Carville’s candidacy.
The Democratic Party in Louisiana has been slow, almost inert in its opposition to the statewide takeover by the Republican Party. While such fatalism makes superficial sense, the fact remains that the Republican Party continues to represent primarily and speak for corporate wealth, masking its real interests in a fog of social issues designed to trick people into voting against their own best interests. The Democratic Party needs to find a way to cut through the fog, to expose David Vitter, for example, as a man not of the people, but rather of the boardroom and the gated community. To do this, the Democrats need to nominate a man who is wise, loud and funny, a gifted strategist who wears his heart on his sleeve, a man of proven political skills and deep concern for the people who actually live and struggle day to day in the state of Louisiana.
Two terms of Bobby Jindal have cured us of any delusions about where his heart is. One consensus among voters seems to be that we do not want this man to be governor anymore. Why, then, would Louisiana roll over and allow David Vitter to buy his way into his own four- or eight-year term?
The Democratic Party may believe that it has no candidate in a position to challenge Vitter. But James Carville, with his high name recognition, his state and national connections and ability to raise money, and, most of all, his genuine concern for the rights, lives and welfare of individuals, would be a natural and possibly unanimous choice, if he would run.
Gov. Carville: has a ring, sounds like a plan, doesn’t it? We need you to consider the possibilities, Mr. Carville. We need you to run.
university professor and literary editor