James Carville On ...

Quotes from the June 29, 2010 cover story: James Carville-Beyond Rogue:

Losing his temper at the Obama administration:

  "It was built up over the whole coastline issue, over the levees. And it was a sense of neglect that I felt that Louisiana had been on the receiving end of for a long time. And ... early one morning it just all came up."

Obama's drilling moratorium:

  "I think that one of the things that we need to do, and some people are doing this, is to go to him with sort of a plan. ... The mayor was telling me one of the ideas was to let them drill but not penetrate the reservoir until we know more, but they could get that up and running again. There are any number of ideas. I think we've got to be constructive, but if we don't get this back and running, it will really wreck the economy in south Louisiana."

Bobby Jindal's performance since April 20:

  "I think the governor has brought a lot of attention to this thing. People sense that he's there. And I think he's done a good job."

Billy Nungesser:

  "His heart's in the right place. He's trying a lot of things. I think people wanted to take action, and I think [he] wanted to do what [he] could to protect things."

Adm. Thad Allen:

  "He's got a really, really big job. And, you know, it's in no sense an attack — I think he's doing the best he can under a really difficult situation here."

On the nation's long-term commitment:

  "If we clean this coast and don't rebuild it, it's all going to be for naught."

New Orleans' future:

  "This is not some paranoid rantings of an old man. Somebody is going to say that it's just too expensive, the state needs to move north of the I-10/I-12 corridor — I guarantee you. That's why I always, always point out that what's happened to us is nothing natural. There's been two colossal engineering failures. One is a result of failure, and one is a result of negligence, but it's shoddy engineering that's caused our problems. It's not anything else. And believe you me, there are people that want that story line that this kind of place is too vulnerable, too expensive, etc., etc. No way can that story line gain any traction."

His political training in Louisiana:

  "I learned a lot from [veteran consultants] Gus Weill and Raymond Strother. I give them a lot of credit. Cooking and political consulting are pretty good in Louisiana. I would say that most of the things I learned, I learned before I left Louisiana. ... It was a good testing ground."

Modern political discourse:

  "I just was in Nevada where you have the Senate candidate talking about Second Amendment remedies. Now, if that's not across the line, then I don't know what is."

Making BP pay:

  "They're the biggest tortfeasor in the history of the United States, and there may very well be criminal negligence here."

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