So, in an interview with the New York Times James Carville referred to Bill Richardson as “Judas” for endorsing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. Richardson has declined to stoop to Carville’s level but did comment on the Clinton campaign’s “personal venom” and “sense of entitlement.”
Iâ€™m not sure what Carvilleâ€™s plan was with that remark â€“ most likely he was just being the Ragginâ€™ Cajun, getting into a scrap because he doesnâ€™t know how else to compete. Or maybe heâ€™s setting up a â€œClinton as victimâ€ storyline. After all, if Richardson is Judas, that makes Clinton â€¦ yeah, ok, thatâ€™s not going to work.
Clinton has gotten overly harsh treatment from the media and others but sheâ€™s no victim. In fact, I think the whole â€œsense of entitlementâ€ aspect is the single biggest reason why sheâ€™s behind. Sheâ€™s the New England Patriots of the political world â€“ so convinced of her own invincibility that, when the tides turned, she didnâ€™t know how to play from behind. Carvilleâ€™s comment suggests sheâ€™s still struggling with the underdog role and wonâ€™t likely find a way to reverse her fortunes before time runs out.