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Caddell Unloads on 'Racketeering' GOP Consultants
Breitbart ^ | March 14, 2013 | Michael Patrick Leahy

Posted on 03/15/2013 5:59:09 AM PDT by DManA

Pat Caddell, the Fox News Contributor and Democrat pollster who engineered Jimmy Carter’s 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. It’s 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 don’t 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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Hard to hear but absolutely true and NEEDED to be said.
1 posted on 03/15/2013 5:59:09 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Bombs over Toyko.


2 posted on 03/15/2013 6:03:12 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DManA

Bombs over Tokyo.


3 posted on 03/15/2013 6:03:31 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DManA

Cadell is a better republican than most and he’s a democrat.


4 posted on 03/15/2013 6:06:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DManA

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...


5 posted on 03/15/2013 6:07:42 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: DManA

*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.”


6 posted on 03/15/2013 6:10:40 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: DManA
"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.

That's why candidates like Sarah Palin get destroyed - they might upset the gravy train.

7 posted on 03/15/2013 6:14:49 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: cripplecreek

Fascinating guy. I really wonder what makes him tick. I know almost nothing about him personally.


8 posted on 03/15/2013 6:15:44 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sioux-san

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.


9 posted on 03/15/2013 6:16:22 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: DManA
You people play for a different kind of agenda...Your party has no problem playing the Washington Generals to the Harlem Globetrotters."

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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 don’t 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.

10 posted on 03/15/2013 6:16:54 AM PDT by EricT. (The Second Amendment is Tyrant Control.)
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To: DManA

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.


11 posted on 03/15/2013 6:20:00 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Sioux-san

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.


12 posted on 03/15/2013 6:23:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DManA

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.


13 posted on 03/15/2013 6:23:35 AM PDT by EricT. (The Second Amendment is Tyrant Control.)
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To: Texas Fossil
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 don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

14 posted on 03/15/2013 6:23:49 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: EricT.

Damn, that’s worthy of a new tagline.


15 posted on 03/15/2013 6:25:26 AM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: txrefugee

Secretly tapped emergency meeting after the panel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTmfwklFM-M


16 posted on 03/15/2013 6:25:28 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sioux-san

Not much point in rearranging the deck chairs on the Titantic.


17 posted on 03/15/2013 6:27:11 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: cripplecreek
"Cadell is a better republican than most and he’s a democrat.

Funny and true!

18 posted on 03/15/2013 6:30:36 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: DManA

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.


19 posted on 03/15/2013 6:31:47 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: DManA
Caddell is a great man and a John Kennedy Democrat, the kind that many of us were before we became Republicans. He was Carter's pollster, and in 1976 he helped Carter run as the conservative candidate in the race. Carter ran on being a Sunday School teacher from the rural south. His ads played Dixie.

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.

20 posted on 03/15/2013 6:32:08 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: EricT.
Furthermore, Caddell lays out what I’ve been saying for quite some time.

You aren't alone. Rush Limbaugh, while faithful to the GOP will say what the GOP really thinks.

The Republican Party is trying to do something in this primary that is unprecedented. They're trying to split the conservative vote and win the primary with a moderate, with Romney. It's the other way around. You consolidate your base and then you move to the center in the general. The Republican establishment has decided they don't want any part of conservatism. And this is really not new. People are surprised to hear this, but the Republican Party formative event with conservatism is Goldwater's landslide defeat. That's what they think of when they think conservative. They don't think Reagan. They think Goldwater.

They believe what the inside-the-Beltway philosophy is about conservatives. They're racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, Southern hayseed hicks. They're pro-lifers. They're embarrassing to have to go to the convention with them. And they're just embarrassed to have those kind of people in the party. They're dumb. They're not erudite. They're not educated in Ivy League schools. We'll take their votes on election day, but we really don't want to hang around with them. We don't want anybody in Washington thinking that we're really that close to them and aligned with them. So in the process -- you know, it's a very sophisticated electorate. The Republican primary voter can sense that the Republican Party really doesn't like them, really doesn't want them, thinks that they are the route to defeat. That's the problem in a nutshell. The Republican establishment thinks that a conservative nominee is the route to defeat because they think Goldwater landslides are going to happen because they believe what the popular misconception the left has created of conservatives -- they think everybody thinks that.


(Dec 2012) Rush Goes On the Record with Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren
21 posted on 03/15/2013 6:32:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DManA
Something's really in the air

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."

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/14/secret-reason-gop-is-divided/#ixzz2NcCnVjGE

22 posted on 03/15/2013 6:36:19 AM PDT by DManA
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To: EricT.
Furthermore, Caddell lays out what I’ve been saying for quite some time.

I dunno, this one kind of speaks to me......

P.S. careful you don't break your arm there patting yourself on the back.

23 posted on 03/15/2013 6:41:49 AM PDT by onona (Furthermore, Caddell lays out what I’ve been saying for quite some time.)
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To: Luke21

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?


24 posted on 03/15/2013 6:45:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Bratch

Yes, someone bought of DeMint, now they have Ted Cruz to contend with. hee hee hee

Bring it on.


25 posted on 03/15/2013 6:51:41 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: DManA

Sarah Palin told us this years ago. Once again, she was right.


26 posted on 03/15/2013 7:05:21 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: cripplecreek; Impy

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.


27 posted on 03/15/2013 7:07:24 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: EricT.

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. :)


28 posted on 03/15/2013 7:08:58 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: DManA
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 Obama’s ilk and what is likely to follow.

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”.

29 posted on 03/15/2013 7:17:15 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: DManA
There are a lot of excellent quotes on this thread.
‘Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket’

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.
TWB

30 posted on 03/15/2013 7:18:06 AM PDT by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: Bratch
Good ole Trent--ALWAYS on the wrong side of history. Why do people keep listening to has-beens with foot and mouth disease. He cannot open mouth without inserting foot,

vaudine

31 posted on 03/15/2013 7:19:00 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: Gaffer

“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 Obama’s ilk and what is likely to follow.”

EXACTLY!


32 posted on 03/15/2013 7:26:12 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


33 posted on 03/15/2013 7:27:03 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Go ahead and use it, too. I won’t complain.


34 posted on 03/15/2013 7:28:07 AM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: DManA

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.


35 posted on 03/15/2013 7:29:50 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: EricT.

As a Southerner one could also call Mitch the Braxton Bragg of the GOP


36 posted on 03/15/2013 7:33:05 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Paladin2

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


37 posted on 03/15/2013 7:36:20 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: SueRae

BTTT
GO Sarah!


38 posted on 03/15/2013 7:41:10 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: wardaddy

Its a lack of moral courage.


39 posted on 03/15/2013 7:43:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DManA; NFHale; sickoflibs; cripplecreek; Dajjal; Conservativegreatgrandma; chris37; Travis McGee; ..

“”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. Don’t kid yourself...If you can’t 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
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2996879/posts

Why Has CPAC Banned All Panels About Islam?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2996506/posts


40 posted on 03/15/2013 7:43:36 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: DManA

Odd how Pat Caddell seems to care more about conservatism than Karl Rove.

Or perhaps it’s not odd.


41 posted on 03/15/2013 7:46:02 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Gaffer
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 Obama’s ilk and what is likely to follow.

Most of the pundits aren't much better. Just the other day I saw one of the "conservative" pundits on FOX talking about Detroit and saying that Detroit won't get any better till republicans get control of Michigan and enact a right to work law. These people are morons, completely unworthy of their 6 figure salaries.
42 posted on 03/15/2013 7:48:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DManA

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.


43 posted on 03/15/2013 7:51:20 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: AuntB

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.


44 posted on 03/15/2013 7:52:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
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.

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.

45 posted on 03/15/2013 7:53:04 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: COBOL2Java

Remember on Labor Day how “everybody” kept saying Romney was “about” to “take off the gloves”, but he never did, surprise? No surprise


46 posted on 03/15/2013 8:04:22 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: DManA

Excellent article. Thanks so much for posting. Bravo Mr. Cadell. Bravo!


47 posted on 03/15/2013 8:18:27 AM PDT by nicksaunt
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To: nicksaunt

He summarizes brilliantly the frustration posted daily on FreeRepublic for the past few years.


48 posted on 03/15/2013 8:20:15 AM PDT by DManA
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To: cripplecreek
the adversary between pubs and rats is NEEDED but it must be honest.....when you have the elites playing games, or pulling their punches, and not fighting, it crushes the grass roots...

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...

49 posted on 03/15/2013 8:38:36 AM PDT by cherry
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To: EricT.
The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.

Bump for the truth.

America's Party

50 posted on 03/15/2013 8:42:43 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (America's Party - SelfGovernment.US)
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