Skip to comments.Caddell Unloads on 'Racketeering' GOP Consultants
Posted on 03/15/2013 5:59:09 AM PDT by DManA
Pat Caddell, the Fox News Contributor and Democrat pollster who engineered Jimmy Carters 1976 Presidential victory, blew the lid off CPAC on Wednesday with a blistering attack on "racketeering" Republican consultants who play wealthy donors like "marks."
"I blame the donors who allow themselves to be played for marks. I blame the people in the grassroots for allowing themselves to be played for suckers....It's time to stop being marks. It's time to stop being suckers. Its time for you people to get real," he told the audience that included two top Republican consultants. . . . Caddell left no doubt he is not an admirer of Mitt Romney's campaign management skills. He called Romney "the worst executive I've seen" when it comes to leading a political campaign. Romney's failure to attack Obama's Benghazi debacle during the foreign policy debate was "cravenness" that came about because his consultants told him "we dont want to look warlike." . . . The 2010 takeover of Congress by the Republicans, Caddell said, "was not engineered by the Washington Republican establishment. They [the establishment] then took that victory and threw it away."
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Bombs over Toyko.
Bombs over Tokyo.
Cadell is a better republican than most and he’s a democrat.
As I said before about Romney - his one and only true goal was to make sure no one else got the nomination and then LOSE to Obama. The fix is in - playing the game with or without the Racketeers isn’t going to change anything. Rearranging the deck chairs comes to mind...
*This is from a diehard Dem*
BUT this is true:
The 2010 takeover of Congress by the Republicans, Caddell said, “was not engineered by the Washington Republican establishment. They [the establishment] then took that victory and threw it away.”
That's why candidates like Sarah Palin get destroyed - they might upset the gravy train.
Fascinating guy. I really wonder what makes him tick. I know almost nothing about him personally.
I decided that Romney and the Republicans didn’t really want to win the election when Harry Reid drooled out his “some guy told me Romney didn’t pay no taxes” crap and there was no observable rebuttal. Somebody at National Review wrote something like “if Harry Reid isn’t the most hated man in America a week from now, the Republicans are failures”, and that’s exactly what (didn’t) happen.
Caddell predicted that the Republican Party, unless it became the anti-establishment, anti-Washington party, would become extinct, like the 19th century Whig Party. "These people [in the consulting-lobbying-establishment complex] are doing business for themselves. They are a part of the Washington establishment. These people dont want to have change." The 2010 takeover of Congress by the Republicans, Caddell said, "was not engineered by the Washington Republican establishment. They [the establishment] then took that victory and threw it away."
Caddell called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) "the Ambrose Burnside of American politics." Burnside was the commander of the Union's Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. He was dismissed by Lincoln for his inability to press his advantage against the enemy, his plodding and unimaginative strategies, and his inability to focus resources on the tactics needed for victory.
All of it is spot on, but these in particular hit hard.
The Republican Party should be disbanded and a Conservative Party established in its place. People with conservative principles should not be expected to vote Republican in order to keep the fat cats fat and well-connected in the bowels of the Government Mafia.
I don’t believe Romney personally wanted to lose but I think the Washington power brokers did. Romney could have overcome it by showing a little fire.
We saw the same thing with Pete Hoekstra in the senate race against Stabenow. He fought to win the primary and then just kind of evaporated and practically handed the seat to Stabenow and she got more votes than Obama did in Michigan.
Now the MI GOP is trying to foist Scott Romney on us to run against Levin. They’ve got to drop this infatuation with the Romney family. Aside from George Romney, they have a pretty mediocre record. Mitt was a one term governor and Ronna was a state senator till she ran for the Levin seat and lost.
Furthermore, Caddell lays out what I’ve been saying for quite some time.
The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.
The 2010 takeover of Congress by the Republicans, Caddell said, was not engineered by the Washington Republican establishment. They [the establishment] then took that victory and threw it away.Republican lawmakers gird for rowdy tea party - 7/18/2010
Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. We dont need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples, Lott said in an interview. As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.
Damn, that’s worthy of a new tagline.
Secretly tapped emergency meeting after the panel:
Not much point in rearranging the deck chairs on the Titantic.
Funny and true!
Caddell, a democrat, was the first to warn about the “GOP Consultant Establishment”. He also warned during the campaign that Romney was blowing it. We should listen to Caddell.
I was a Reagan Democrat, and I voted for Carter as an eighteen year old over the betraying Rino Gerald Ford, who had just verbally trashed my candidate for the better part of a year. I absolutely loathed Ford for his spinelessness, court appointments, and crappy policies. Ford was such a liberal that the commie press turned on Carter with two weeks to go and Ford nearly won an Obama style victory.
Caddell, Jody Powell, and Ham Jordan were the Carter insiders who gave the 1976 campaign its instincts. During the Clinton presidency, Caddell frequently challenged the party orthodoxy. He's the only Democrat around that makes me recognize my former party as it was, instead of today's lineup of communists, useful idiots, P.C. religionists, parasites, dirtbags, and double dipping or more pension sharks. I wish we had a thousand Pat Caddell’s.
After Republicans lost the White House as well as seats in the House and Senate in the 2012 elections, Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, wrote that the bad candidate selection and badly run campaigns reminded him of Eric Hoffer's remark that "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket." Kristol added "It may be that major parts of American conservatism have become such a racket that a kind of 're-founding' of the movement as a cause is necessary."
I dunno, this one kind of speaks to me......
P.S. careful you don't break your arm there patting yourself on the back.
I maybe exaggerated when I said I know nothing about him. I am aware of his resume. But what makes him tick? Why was he up there on the panel last night.
Just another cynic with an angle, or has Diogenes finally found an honest man?
Yes, someone bought of DeMint, now they have Ted Cruz to contend with. hee hee hee
Bring it on.
Sarah Palin told us this years ago. Once again, she was right.
You left out the biggie... when Willard’s mama, Lenore, ran for the Senate in 1970 against Dem incumbent Philip Hart. She holds the record for the WORST defeat by a Republican nominee for the Senate in the history of Michigan (less than 33% of the vote — even Jack Hoogendyk did better against Lenin in 2008).
That family is a cancer to the GOP.
Indeed it is. I was going to ask permission to use it as such, but since you seem to have already claimed it I won’t. :)
As far as I'm concerned, they should be treated like pariahs, shundt as the Quakers or Pennsylvania Dutch say. Ostracized and pilloried. They should be rounded up and incarcerated in political limbo jail. Screw them and their “strategery”.
Thus the history of the ‘Liberal’ movement. It is well into the ‘racket’ stage now.
I am going to have to start reading Eric Hoffer again.
Caddell is resembling an old Testament prophet.
Er, pity that the old Testament prophets were ignored.
“As far as I’m concerned, any Republican strategist, advisor, consultant, former-campaign whatever on scene today is a f@cking loser who is trying to parlay their miserable records and platform/candidate tripe to the next group of donor suckers who are desperately hoping to oust Obamas ilk and what is likely to follow.”
It has plain to see for some time that Pat Cadell is first an American and some distant second is a democrat, but a democrat from the old school before LBJ showed the lie/cheat/steal way to win in politics.
We all would do well to listen to what he is saying.
Go ahead and use it, too. I won’t complain.
I have watched him on Fox News for while. He seems to call them like he sees them. I pay attention to him. He seems to actually care about the country.
As a Southerner one could also call Mitch the Braxton Bragg of the GOP
Like too many freepers today with the exodus folks now back moderate as ever
These folks see no culture war, are not social conservatives and love to call anyone they can bigot or racist
They are as much the problem as the left
Its a lack of moral courage.
“”The Republican Party,” Caddell continued, “is in the grips of what I call the CLEC—the consultant, lobbyist, and establishment complex.” Caddell described CLEC as a self serving interconnected network of individuals and organizations interested in preserving their own power far more than they’re interested in winning elections.
Just follow the money,” Caddell told a rapt audience....
Financial corruption is a key component of the current process, according to Caddell. “There’s money passing under the table on both parties. Dont kid yourself...If you cant see racketeering in front of you, God save you.”
Conservatives would be wise to listen to Caddell, and it’s nice that I’m not the only one screaming about this collusion/corruption/money laundering...YES, I said it...MONEY LAUNDERING. We’ve been talking about it for days here on FR. He’s pointing fingers at the same players I’ve been warning you about....
Al Cardenas, head of ACU
Grover Norquist and his pal in crime, Karl Rove & Islamic extremist CPAC player Suhail Kahn.
Their accomplices hijacking the tea party label..teaparty.net and TPNN (teapartynewsnetwork)
The money changing hands between Rove and Norquist alone should alarm you. One openly trying to destroy the tea party movement and the other one claiming it as his.
And ALL of them for the gang of 8 amnesty. Do you think all these people don’t know these aliens will vote democrat??? WAKE UP.
background: Tea party activists bomb email list of Crossroads donors
Why Has CPAC Banned All Panels About Islam?
Odd how Pat Caddell seems to care more about conservatism than Karl Rove.
Or perhaps it’s not odd.
Funny that a Democrat is criticizing GOP lobbyists for being just like Democrats.
He did describe the throwing-away of the 2010 “shellacking” accurately though.
I always listen to Cadell. He first caught my eye during the 2000 Florida ballot fight when he said that the Democrat party had been infected with vampires like Terry McCauliff.
After winning the nomination, Romney reminded me of Théoden in LOTR, with Gríma Wormtongue (Karl Rove) whispering poison in his ear. Too bad there wasn't a Gandalf to slap some sense into Romney to rid him of all the consultants.
Remember on Labor Day how “everybody” kept saying Romney was “about” to “take off the gloves”, but he never did, surprise? No surprise
Excellent article. Thanks so much for posting. Bravo Mr. Cadell. Bravo!
He summarizes brilliantly the frustration posted daily on FreeRepublic for the past few years.
I remember the days when the rats were actually FOR individual rights, and for helping the workers, and now what do we get....they are anti gun rights, anti free press, free speech....
a Caddell is indeed refreshing...
Bump for the truth.