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James Carville

Born at Fort Benning, Ga., on Oct. 25, 1944, Chester James Carville...grew up at Carville in Iberville Parish. The village, 16 miles south of Baton Rouge on the east bank of the Mississippi River, is named for his grandfather, the town postmaster....

While a student at Ascension Catholic High School, he got his first job in politics, canvassing for a car dealer's legislative campaign. He entered LSU in 1962, but flunked out in 1966. He joined the Marine Corps, serving from 1966-68 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He returned to finish at LSU and earned a law degree in 1973. He worked as a litigator at a Baton Rouge law firm from 1973-79.

Unhappy with law, he went to work with political consultant Gus Weill, who later recalled that Carville wanted to learn the "political public relations business...."

In 1992, Carville and partner-consultant Paul Begala engineered [Bill] Clinton's presidential win, the first time a Democrat had won the White House in 16 years.

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The Ragin' Cajun

  • Carville's Stale Brand
    Is the youth vote a great investment in a party's political future or a mirage not worth chasing? In the 2008 election, the media could not seem to get its story straight. For every cover in Time proclaiming 2008 the triumphant "Year of the... more
  • The Double-Fidget Campaign Whiz; Consultant James Carville, Breathing Fire Into Bill Clinton's Race
    He's a tall, skinny, balding guy with an unsettling little smile - there in the back of a banquet room at a charmless little motel called the Friendship Inn, where Bill Clinton is methodically trying to wow the voters. He wears a work shirt and... more
  • James Carville: Clinton's spinmaster
    WASHINGTON -- Tales of Chester (James) Carville are legion as he directs his first presidential campaign. He cries and goes to the movies on primary days. He is superstitious and will not change underwear as election day nears. He loves the... more
  • James Carville - Political Strategist, Alexandria
    I grew up in a house of eight children. I was always encouraged to have opinions and voice them. I thought it was the natural way people lived their life. My mother was a very persuasive woman. She sold encyclopedias. She'd look for a bass boat... more
  • James Carville's Louisiana
    Famed political strategist James Carville was in his usual form last week, mixing one-liners with sage observations about his native state. more
  • Just Plain James, The Campaign King; After Clinton's Win, Carville Is Trying Hard to Be Himself
    James Carville discusses his success as if it were a disease. more
  • The Last Word: James Carville ; Dissecting the Dems
    In 1992, Louisiana-born democratic political consultant James Carville helped craft the campaign that propelled Bill Clinton into the White House. Carville remains a force in Democratic politics, and most recently served as... more
  • Lunch with the FT: James Carville
    James Carville has officially retired from running political campaigns in the US, but his retreat appears as much emotional and mental as pragmatic. Once an intense, tempered, tough and, at times, ruthless Democratic warrior, he is now... more
  • Ragin' Cajun / Political gourmet James Carville chews on the GOP
    HE SWEARS HE doesn't know the identity of Anonymous and won't say what role he'll play in the Clinton re-election campaign, but when it comes to rapping about homemade mayonnaise and the consistency of Louisiana crab cakes, James Carville... more
  • Lectures; Ragin' Cajun Awaits an Audience; James Carville has some ideas on politics that he'd like to share, eventually. Weekend Chat; Home Edition
    These days, James Carville is such a famous personality that he appears in advertisements that have nothing to do with politics. The architect of Bill Clinton's 1992 election victory has not only risen to the height of his profession, he... more

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  • (FILE PHOTO) James Carbille And Mary Matalin Discuss Politics On Meet The Press
  • NEW YORK, NY -- James Carville and Sean "P.... ative to encourage people to vote
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  • Democratic National Convention Continues Into Day Three

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  • "Punditry is like weather forecasting; the winds can shift without warning." "Democrats lied about something we really like: sex. Republicans lie about something they really like: war and money." Presidential advisor James Carville makes a point while addressing...
  • "Punditry is like weather forecasting; the winds can shift without warning." My Favorite Mistake: James Carville
    I know a bit about selling books, and you need a good title--a catchy concoction with a little Cajun spice, something that will make folks stop in the aisles, turn away from the Grisham novels and the latest crazy diet fad, and pick up your... more
  • "Democrats lied about something we really like: sex. Republicans lie about something they really like: war and money." Carville Clueless About Sex, War and Money?
    On the money issue, I doubt if Carville is donating many of the proceeds from his latest book to the Little Sisters of the Poor. And measured in the number of dollars that can be pocketed in the shortest amount of time, Carville isn't doing all... more