By Dave Wieczorek
City & Shore Magazine
If the name James Carville doesn’t ring a resounding political bell, you simply have not paid attention to the dramedies playing out across America’s electoral landscape for the past 25 years.
“James lives in a border town between genius and madness,” says Paul Begala, a former White House adviser with whom Carville worked. “Now that he’s rich and famous, he’s eccentric. I knew him when he was just crazy.”
Crazy like a fox, some say. But then, there is no shortage of opinions about the opinionated “Ragin’ Cajun.” Comedian Dennis Miller once referred to him as “a snake oil salesman who actually looks like a snake.”
The bespectacled, shiny-domed Carville shrugs off both disguised praise and clever criticism as the price he pays for high-profile international success.
“When you become famous,” he says, “being famous becomes your profession.”
Carville is one of America’s best-known political consultants, having shot to fame as the lead strategist of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. His shoot-from-the-hip political commentary delivered with a Southern drawl is recognizable from hundreds of