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James Carville holds forth (once again)

May 5, 2008 |  4:02 am

James Carville keeps burnishing his reputation as the go-to guy for quotes that definitely catch one's attention.

We initially missed, we must confess, his earthy comment to Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, providing his take on the relative toughness of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. But Maureen Dowd of the New York Times did us a favor by referencing it in her Sunday column, so we backtracked and found the Clift piece.

Here's its concluding sentence:

Hillary is the tougher of the two, the candidate you want on your side in a knife fight, a gender reversal that prompts Carville to indulge in some ribald humor: "If she gave him one of her cojones, they'd both have two."

For whatever reason, similar paeans to Clinton were all the rage last week (recall this comment by a union leader in Indiana).

Carville's fierce loyalty to Clinton was most obviously spotlighted, of course, with his controversial "Judas" remark after New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson endorsed Obama awhile back. He had no new trashing of Richardson to offer Clift (or, if he did, she didn't write it). But Carville offered this thought about Obama's current political status (note that he does give the Illinois senator some props):

"He had the greatest fastball anybody had seen, and now it's 'Hey man, can you throw a change-up?' He needs another pitch in his repertoire."

For the entire column, go here.

-- Don Frederick