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Carville: Obama should 'take a toke' on Toronto mayor's crack pipe

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Democratic strategist James Carville had a rather novel suggestion Monday for President Obama and his sagging poll numbers.

“I think the best thing he can do is take a toke on the mayor of Toronto’s crack pipe,” Mr. Carville joked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” pointing to embattled Mayor Rob Ford’s slightly better approval ratings.

A new Pew Research poll shows that Mr. Obama’s overall job approval rating is at 41 percent — 14 points down from last December — with 53 percent disapproving.

A recent Forum Research poll, meanwhile, showed the Toronto mayor’s approval numbers relatively resilient in the face of his recent admission that he’s smoked crack cocaine. Forty-four percent approve, though about two-thirds say he should resign or seek rehab.

“The health care thing — who’s to say? I do not know,” Mr. Carville continued. “But on November 30, suppose it’s working well; that story will fade somewhat in the background. I think we can stop putting the nails in the coffin here. We can admit that there are some real, deep fundamental problems with this president, but I think we’re throwing the dirt here too soon, guys — I really do.”

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