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  •  Due respect (6+ / 0-)

    His spouse is not an issue for me.  I may not like her and I may not understand it, but she's his wife.  What has that got to with anything?

    Carville may be a showman but he has been doing yeoman's work for Democratic challengers this election cycle and he's a decent enough person to personally return a few emails when I wrote him after attending a fundraiser for Webb where he was the draw.

    Couldn't disagree with you more on this one.

    George Allen is dreck. 10 Days Left!!

    by RenaRF on Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 12:34:47 PM PDT

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    •  What I don't get is how (0+ / 0-)

      these two get along, at all, much less stay married.  Speaking from personal experience, one of the major reasons for my divorce from my husband (aside from the affair he was carrying on with his secretary) was his unflagging support for Nixon, during the whole Watergate episode.  His opinion caused me to lose all respect for him as an intelligent person.  And, for me, at least, it became impossible for me to have sex with an idiot.  When someone disgusts you morally and politically, it must affect all other aspects of the relationship.  So James Carville and Mary Matalin are a complete mystery, to me. If a couple can't agree on politics, how can their marriage survive?  Just by ignoring the 800 pound gorilla in the house?  Sorry--I just don't understand it, at all. Politics (never mind adultery) is such a divisive issue, that it never ceases to amaze me at the longevity, and apparent harmony, of Carville and Matalin's marriage.  How can a lefty and a righty dismiss their political beliefs long enough to enjoy each other's company, in the marital bed? Much less in the cold light of day, when those differences are so apparent? Will somebody please explain this to me?

      •  Easy to explain (0+ / 0-)

        Under the skin they are both "operators".  Carville is Blue or chocolate or whatever flavor you want to paint Dems with. Matalin is vanilla or repub or whatever the flavor or suit of clothes the repubs need to wear.

        Under the hype,the rhetoric,and the partisanship is the truth that Matalin and Carville are attracted to each other by the type of work they do which is very similar.

          They have  many laughs that outsiders would get annoyed and frustrated and be unable to understand their attraction to each other.  Their main common bond is that they are at the top of the heap of Beltway insiders.

         They are the hired guns. So whoever pays, gets their services.  Carville is used to one  group, Matalin the other.  Between the two they won't lack for work.

         You think that because they have different clients and rhetoric the process or the values are different?  Get real-they are operatives, not ideologues or revolutionaries. They have contempt for us as idealists, amateurs and small time players.

        Instead of disapproving and cluck-clucking, turn their political world upside down. Then they will respect you.   Only when they get beat and are shut out.

        by Pete Rock on Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 05:09:54 PM PDT

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