Matalin-Carville up next on ‘Overheard’

Evan Smith will need to keep his mouth limber if he intends to keep up with his next guests on “Overheard with Evan Smith.”

Smith, editor in chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, will interview two of the quickest minds and mouths in politics. Mary Matalin and James Carville, husband and wife, will sit down with Smith at 8 p.m. Thursday on Panhandle PBS.

The interview, which was recorded in February, will delve into politics, their relationship and their careers as political strategists and commentators.

These two individuals comprise one of the more fascinating partnerships in modern political history.

Matalin is a long-time Republican strategist and operative, working for presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. She’s a fierce advocate for Republican policies and candidates.

So, who did Matalin marry?

James Carville, a long-time Democratic strategist and operative. He has worked for President Bill Clinton and is an equally fierce proponent of Democratic policies and candidates.

Both of them work hard to advance their own party’s cause. Then they go home at night and, presumably, enjoy a life as a settled married couple rearing two small children.

Their relationship reminds me a little of the way President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill would leave their disagreements at the door after 6 p.m. They’d fight openly over policy and then, after hours, would put their feet up and share an adult beverage and laugh at what they would say to and about each other.

Mary Matalin and James Carville should provide us some insight into their fascinating relationship when they sit down with Evan Smith.

Don’t hold back, folks.


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