Even by James Carville standards, this was bizarre. Toward the end of his appearance on Ed Schultz's show today, Carville called Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer "this anti-Disney, gay bike bar Glenn Beck or whatever this guy is."
Maybe Carville will come back and explain what he meant. It's true that Schweizer was a contributor to one of Beck's books. And Schweizer is the author of "Disney Betrayed," which criticizes the company for various things including sponsoring "Gay Days" at their parks. But a casual viewer might well have come away with an entirely different understanding of what Carville was implying. Note also the way Carville's voice jumps by a couple of octaves when asked what advice he'd give Hillary's handlers. Jittery, James?
Note: Schultz didn't exactly subject Carville to the third degree, but as you'll see Schultz did suggest that the filing of amended tax returns by the Clinton foundation does raise questions.
ED SCHULTZ: I want to go back to the tax returns if I can. People amend tax returns when they're not correct. People refile tax returns when there are mistakes. What's your response to that?
JAMES CARVILLE: I don't know. Maybe it was a mistake. How do I know? I mean, people make, I know I've had to file a return. Something comes up, you do this. Companies, God knows what? I think the foundation is what, $2 billion? I don't know the details of it. You could ask some accountant. But I wouldn't find it unusual or out of the ordinary that somebody's got to refile a tax return. Do over. There are foundations and laws that pertain to that, is something I'm really not that familiar with.
SCHULTZ: As a political consultant to a campaign that would run into something like this, what would be your advice?
CARVILLE: I think they're doing pretty good. The whole book, the Clinton, whatever it is, this guy is anti-Disney, gay bike bar Glenn Beck or whatever this guy is.