Married political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin spoke before more than 530 business leaders at The Executive Forum presented by BB&T on Nov. 7. Some 200 people attended the lunch presentation in Atlanta at The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta and more than 320 people were at the dinner program in the University Center in Macon.
Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self III, (left), a member of the Executive Forum Steering Committee and his wife Carlen (right) pause for a photo with speakers James Carville (center left) and Mary Matalin (center right) following Executive Forum in Macon on Nov. 7. The married political consultants gave an analysis of the up coming presidential race from their opposing political perspective.
The couple are co-authors of the national best seller, "All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President." Carville is one of America’s best-known Democratic consultants, while Matalin is formerly assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, the first White House official to hold that double title.
Carville, an unbowed liberal and the former co-host of “Crossfire,” and conservative Matalin are key players on the national political stage, having between them worked for every president over the last 25 years. The couple agreed the 2008 presidential campaigns are making for one of the most interesting races in nearly a century.
"I've seen more presidential debates this year than football games," Carville said. "This is water-cooler conversation a year out." Public interest remains at full peak, he explained, because deep down "people really believe that there is something enormous at stake here."
"What we can predict is this endless dynamism," Matalin said.