‘All’s Fair in Love and Politics’


Carville, Matalin Speaking at Southeast Feb. 19

Photo of James Carville and Mary Matalin.

“All’s Fair in Love and Politics” will be the topic when James Carville and Mary Matalin speak at Southeast Missouri State University Feb. 19.


Jan. 25, 2007 – “All’s Fair in Love and Politics” will be the topic when James Carville and Mary Matalin speak at Southeast Missouri State University Feb. 19.

The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Show Me Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Matalin formerly served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, and was the first White House official to hold that double title.

Before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, Matalin hosted CNN’s critically acclaimed debate show, Crossfire.  Matalin is the former founding co-host of the Washington-based political weeknight talk show, Equal Time, which premiered in May 1993 on CNBC.  She served as co-host until shortly after the 1996 national political conventions.  Her political astuteness and antics contributed to the show’s being called “the best talk show on television” by Knight Ridder News Service.  Matalin’s humor, straightforward discussion, and ability to discuss the hottest political issues in Washington helped to make the show one of the most talked about programs in the network’s history.

Matalin has made frequent television appearances as a political commentator, and has written for various periodicals including Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times.  Matalin also co-authored the best-selling political campaign book All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President with her husband, James Carville, who was the chief campaign strategist for Clinton/Gore in 1992. Her most recent book, Letters to My Daughters (April 2004), was named a Book of the Month Club selection as well as made The New York Times and The Washington Post best-seller lists. Letters to my Daughters was also selected for a condensed version by Reader’s Digest.

Matalin took her sharp wit and free-spirited political repartee to the airwaves during her own three-hour afternoon radio program on the CBS Talk Radio Network.  The Mary Matalin Show highlighted current events, featured distinguished guests and listener calls.  Talkers Magazine listed Matalin as one of The 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America in 1996, 1997, and 1998.  In addition, Talk Daily recognized The Mary Matalin Show with its Great Web Site Award.  Matalin recently appeared, with Carville, on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “K-Street”, about the world of powerful political consultants.

Matalin has been active in politics since college, starting at the grassroots level in local and statewide campaigns in her native Illinois.  The Reagan Revolution brought her to Washington, DC where she served on the Republican National Committee (RNC).

After a hiatus from Washington to attend Hofstra Law School, Matalin returned to the RNC in 1984, to serve as national voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush Campaign.  She held senior positions in the George H. W. Bush 1988 campaign and, upon President Bush’s election, was appointed chief of staff for the RNC.

In 1992, President Bush named her the deputy campaign manager for political operations.  As deputy campaign manager, she was responsible for the overview and organization of all 50 state operations.  As the on-board planner who traveled with President Bush throughout the 1992 campaign, she emerged as the vocal, and occasionally controversial, defender of the president and his policies.

Matalin now runs Threshold, a new conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster. She also serves as vice president of the Washington Humane Society and is a board member of the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute. In addition, she sits on the Editorial Board of Campaigns and Elections Magazine, which features up to date campaign information, the latest news about political consultants and the business and trends in the industry.

Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.

Carville’s winning streak began in 1986 when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. A loser in three previous attempts, dubbed the “Three-Time-Loss from Holy Cross” by the media, Casey defeated popular Lt. Gov. William Scranton, Jr. in a remarkable come-from-behind win thanks to Carville. In 1987, Carville helped Wallace Wilkinson, who commanded less than one percent of the vote in the early polls, win a hard-fought gubernatorial campaign in Kentucky.

The following year brought Carville to New Jersey where he guided Frank Lautenberg’s campaign for U.S. Senate to victory, defeating Rhodes Scholar and Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins. Carville next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.

In 1991, Carvilleᾰwho had already become prominent in political circlesᾰdrew national attention when he led Sen. Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. With the startling and unpredicted Wofford win, Carville exposed the political vulnerability of George Bush, who enjoyed 91 percent approval ratings during the Gulf War.

Having wounded the sitting President in 1991, Carville finished the job the following year when he guided William Jefferson Clinton to the Presidency in 1992. In 1993, Carville was honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership of Clinton’s fearsome and intense “War Room” at campaign headquarters in Little Rock. Carville was also the focus, along with George Stephanopoulos, of the feature-length Academy Award nominated documentary “The War Room”.

After the Clinton victory, Carville began to focus on foreign consulting. Since that time, Carville’s political clients have included the following: Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis; Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso; Honduran Prime Minister Carlos Flores; President Jamil Mahuad of Ecuador; the Liberal Party of Canada; Sao Paolo Mayor Celso Pitta, Argentine Economic Minister Domingo Cavallo, Francisco Labastida of Mexico, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Basdeo Panday; Hipolito Meija of the Dominican Republic; and many others spread across the globe. In 1999, Carville led Ehud Barak to victory in his campaign to become the Prime Minister of Israel.

Carville is also an author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. In addition to All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, which he co-authored with Matalin and which spent eight weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, Carville’s other books have included We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; And the Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr; Stickin’; Buck Up, Suck Up…and Come Back When You Foul Up; Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back; his children’s book, Lu and the Swamp Ghost; and 2006’s Take it Back.

In the fall of 2003, actor Carville and wife Matalin put a fresh and critically-acclaimed spin on political consulting and on television in the HBO series “K Street”, a political drama based on the working lives of Washington political consultants. In addition, Carville can be seen regularly on television as a CNN commentator and contributor.  Most recently, Carville is hosting XM radio’s “60/20” weekly sports show.  Carville also co-produced the remake of the 1949 Oscar award-winning movie “All The King’s Men” with a cast that included such acting luminaries as Sean Penn, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Patricia Clarkson, Kate Winslet, and James Gandolfini.

Matalin and Carville, reside in Virginia with their daughters, Matalin “Matty” Carville and Emerson “Emma” Carville.