James Carville and Mary Matalin, America’s favorite bipartisan power couple, are leaving CNN, Fishbowl DC reported this morning. Mr. Carville and Ms. Matalin were co-hosts of CNN’s Crossfire until 2005 and have been contributors to the network since.
“I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available — essentially, closer to Washington,” Ragin’ Cajun Mr. Carville told Politico, noting that it was the network’s decision. “I’m not always available, I don’t live there.” The couple primarily resides in New Orleans.
The ideologically opposite couple have been a topic of interest (how do they do it?) and inspiration (if they can make it work despite different political outlooks, maybe there is hope for all of us) since they married after they worked against each other in the 1992 presidential campaign. Although Mr. Carville’s candidate (Bill Clinton) won against Ms. Matalin’s candidate (George Bush I), ultimately, it was a victory for love.
In honor of their departure, we found a 2009 CNN interview outlining their secrets to successful compromise within a marriage.
“I don’t have a position on anything domestically. So I just say yes, and then go on and do it,” Mr. Carville said, in response to a viewer’s question about their marriage. “I would say the three ingredients to successful marriage is surrender, capitulation and retreat.”
“Spoken like a true liberal. What a martyr,” Ms. Matalin responded. “Faith, family and good wine. That’s how we do it.”
If politics make strange bedfellows, we suppose punditry make even stranger ones.