An update of the author’s 1996 book, We’re Right, They’re Wrong, delivered with his signature passion and earthiness.
Outspoken Democratic pundit Carville (co-author, with Mary Matalin: Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home, 2014, etc.) has written this book not to convert Republicans but to prove that the Democrats are right. It’s not that the evidence isn’t on the Democratic side; it’s that too many people ignore it. The author offers an autopsy of the GOP, done in by pure suicide, and he attempts to protect the Democratic Party from falling into the same trap. Carville calls Donald Trump the “orange-faced, tiny-handed” living, breathing manifestation of Republicans’ failures. Too many people believe hyperbolic or patently false stories they have been fed: about weapons of mass destruction, the exaggeration of climate change, the Affordable Care Act wrecking the economy, guns keeping us safe, etc. Democrats may see this book as preaching to the choir, but it’s really about getting out the vote to decide the critical upcoming election. Carville’s reactions to stupidity and outright lies are refreshing if impolitic—but he’s not running. As he notes, you can’t cure stupid beliefs, but you can wear down those holding them. To those who decry that America is not what it used to be, he says it never was. Things change for better and for worse, and we must spend our time working on how to best move forward, not backward. To the cries for small government, the author insists we need smarter, not smaller—smart like Dodd-Frank, the stimulus package, Obamacare, and the Environmental Protection Agency. He has three tips for finding the truth: listen to experts, wait three days for the whole story, and watch Fox News for fun, not news.
A valuable book for readers hoping to make sense of the strangest election in memory.