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Carville's Advice for Obama: Panic!

It's time to 'fire. Indict. Fight,' he writes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2011 11:19 AM CDT
James Carville to President Obama: It's Time to Panic
Democratic strategist James Carville speaks during a taping of Meet the Press at the NBC studios February 3, 2008 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – What should the White House do now that Republicans won the special elections in New York and Nevada? "Panic," declares Democratic strategist James Carville. "The course we are on is not working," he writes on CNN. "The time has come to demand a plan of action that requires a complete change from the direction you are headed." It's time for Obama to "fire a lot of people" on his staff, Carville bluntly declares: "For God's sake, why are we still looking at the same political and economic advisers that got us into this mess?"

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Obama also needs to indict a lot of people—all those "people in American finance who haven't been held responsible for utterly ruining the economic fabric of our country." The attorney general may be a good friend, but Obama must demand answers from him about the investigations concerning those people. And "if his explanations aren't good, fire him, too." People are furious, and they need to see that the president is angry, as well. And finally, it's time to dig in as a Democrat, instead of caving to the Republicans at every turn. "Wake up," Carville writes. "Show us you are doing something. The hour is late, and the need is great. Fire. Indict. Fight." (Read more James Carville stories.)

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