Thingish Things

Getting it Wrong Rightly

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Mar• 14•11

It’s hard not to like someone who pokes fun at himself, even when it’s the normally-strident James Carville.

Carville deserves credit for this self-deprecatory Newsweek interview about his 2009 bomb, 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.

“I’m not one to hide my bad calls,” Carville explains. “When I was wrong about the 2002 elections, I dumped a garbage can on my head. When my John Kerry prediction didn’t pan out in 2004, I smashed an egg on my face. So when my old colleague George Stephanopoulos asked me on ABC what I’d do if the Republicans won Congress, I quickly changed the subject to my New Orleans Saints.”

We could use more of this spirit in politics today. Especially among those of us who are wrong at least half the time.


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