Caddell Calls GOP Consultants Racketeers

2013 March 15
by bc3b

With consultants like Mike “the Klingon” Murphy, Kevin Madden, Alex Castellanos, Steve ScHmIdT, Nicolle Wallace, Ed Gillespie, Margaret Hoover, Andrea Saul, Stu Stevens and Mr. “Etch-A-Sketch” how can the GOP lose? Better yet, with that circus of losers, how can the GOP win?

Today Rush Limbaugh was discussing the presentation former Carter pollster Pat Caddell made at CPAC yesterday. Caddell caimed that the Republican consultant class was responsible for many of the party’s setbacks and compared them to racketeers who were more interested in their personal power and financial gain than seeing the Republicans win elections. Limbaugh added that establishment Republican consultants pretty much have the same battle plan: convincing the party and individual candidates that 40% of the voters will automatically vote Republican, 40% will automatically vote Democratic and that the independent 20% will decide the election – and that the best way to win the majority of that 20% is by abandoning conservative principles.

Limbaugh said he believes that Romney wanted to more aggressively attack Obama, but that his consultants talked him out of it and that is one of the factors that cost Romney the election. It’s important to remember that many of these “Republican consultants” have ties with the liberal media. For example, Steve ScHmIdT and Nicolle Wallace have profitted far more by ensuring that McCain lost than they would have if McCain would have been the nation’s 44th President.

Pat Caddell, the Fox News Contributor and Democrat pollster who engineered Jimmy Carter’s 1976 Presidential victory, blew the lid off CPAC on Thursday 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 stole the show as a panelist in the breakout session titled “Should We Shoot All the Consultants Now?” He spoke with a fire and passion that electrified the room. When the session began the large room was half filled, but as word spread of the fireworks going on inside, the audience streamed in. By the end, it was standing room only.

Breitbart News spoke with Caddell prior to his talk, and he promised he would deliver a “brutal critique” of the Republican establishment and its political consulting class. He did not disappoint, pulling no punches with an unyielding evisceration of a small group of Republican consultants, the Romney campaign, the Republican National Committee, and Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Super PAC.

“When you have the Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee and the political director of the Romney campaign, and their two companies get $150 million at the end of the campaign for the ‘fantastic’ get-out-the-vote program…some of this borders on RICO [the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] violations,” Caddell told the crowd. “It’s all self dealing going on. I think it works on the RICO thing. They’re in the business of lining their pockets.”

“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. “It’s all there in the newspaper. The way it works is this–ever since we centralized politics in Washington, the House campaign committee and the Senate campaign committee, they decide who they think should run. You hire these people on the accredited list [they say to candidates] otherwise we won’t give you money. You hire my friend or else.”


There was a failure of strategy, a failure of tactics, a massive failure of messaging. Most of all there was a total failure of imagination.” Caddell singled out Stuart Stevens, a key figure in Romney’s campaign, in a particularly withering critique. “Stevens had as much business running a campaign as I do sprouting wings and flying out of this room,” he said to an audience that applauded.

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Hat tip: Breitbart News


GOP consultants: from Klingons to the prettiest man imanginable.

40 Responses leave one →
  1. 2013 March 15 9:31 am
    bc3b permalink

    If the GOP and its candidates paid attention, Caddell may have given the most important presentation at CPAC.

  2. 2013 March 15 10:16 am
    fight on permalink


    The” GOP “and “paid attention” in the same sentence. Wow wishful thinking.

  3. 2013 March 15 10:16 am
    fight on permalink


    The” GOP “and “paid attention” in the same sentence. Wow wishful thinking.

  4. 2013 March 15 10:19 am
    bc3b permalink

    Just remember, you can’t spell Schmidt without spelling Sh!t.

  5. 2013 March 15 12:16 pm
    justrand permalink

    I used to think that the GOP consultants were just incompetent…but I agree with Caddell , they’re “Racketeers”.

    Of course that doesn’t excuse the moronic GOP that hires them!!!

  6. 2013 March 15 12:17 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    In my youth Caddell was the evil gnome in my eyes. Now, even though he is a liberal, he is at least honest. I hope there is a video I can watch at some point. This is punch number 2 to the GOP Estabs. A wave is cresting over the GOP.

  7. 2013 March 15 12:39 pm

    Why does Caddell care, he’s a dem lib??

  8. 2013 March 15 12:39 pm

    “A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean water at a time when scarcity has become a global security issue.”

    Could be quite useful if they can scale it up.

  9. 2013 March 15 12:44 pm

    7 – I guess cause he increasingly can’t stand where his own party is (sound familiar?) probably feels like he needs to try to save the other one. Good luck with that though Pat, plus what other topic is he really going to talk to a CPAC crowd about? 😉

  10. 2013 March 15 12:49 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Caddell is the Zell Miller from the consultant side.

  11. 2013 March 15 1:04 pm

    10 – That’s probably about right. 🙂

    BTW Climategate 3.0 underway

  12. 2013 March 15 1:25 pm
    bc3b permalink

    “Why does Caddell care, he’s a dem lib??”

    True, but he is not a radical leftist. Like Reagan, the Democratic Party pretty much left him. Plus Caddell doesn’t like Obama and what is is doing/has done to the country.

  13. 2013 March 15 1:28 pm

    Beware bearded greeks bearing gifts.

  14. 2013 March 15 1:50 pm
    bc3b permalink

    ip –

    You are acting like GOP consultants (aka strategists) aren’t a major part of the problem. Name ONE GOP strategist that you respect. What did Caddell say that you disagree with?

  15. 2013 March 15 3:10 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Beware bearded greeks bearing gifts.

    I don’t resemble that remark but I could grow a beard if need be. 🙂

  16. 2013 March 15 3:49 pm

    Good news (at least from my perspective), for now…

    A U.S. District Court Judge in California today ruled that so-called National Security Letters, used by government agencies to force business and organizations to turn over information on citizens, are unconstitutional. Judge Susan Illston ordered the government to stop using them, but gave the government a 90-day window to appeal the decision, during which the NSLs may still be sent out. The letters were challenged by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of a telecom who was ordered to provide data.

  17. 2013 March 15 3:49 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    By the way, even if the GOP tried to heed Caddell’s advise they would still fail. Our political picks are too ingrained to be told what to do rather than think for themselves. Lets take Cruz or Paul. The Base would go for either one of them in a heartbeat (at least right now) but the Estabs with the money would kill their chances in the womb. Fact it is happening as we speak. The Left is savaging Cruz and if the Left did not do it certain factions in the Right would do so.

  18. 2013 March 15 3:51 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    I bet he is only doing that to avoid censure. I don’t know for sure in the Senate but in the House, crass, personal remarks are grounds for official rebuke and if bad enough loss of standing in committees.

  19. 2013 March 15 3:52 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Very good news. Unfortunately we have Son of CISPA rearing its head again….

  20. 2013 March 15 4:05 pm

    19. More like that douche is actually considering yet another term. But that could equally be a reason, or maybe he’s actually be snubbed by some of his colleagues over it and he ego can’t take it. Whatever it’s not like it matters, hell his remarks didn’t even matter – other then to show everyone yet again what ass he’s become since 2000. Hall and Oates – Out of touch

    20. Dog it’s gonna be a never ending battle, one of these times though the public is not going to get engaged (or more likely be distracted by something else) and some horrible crap like that is going to get slipped into something and passed.

  21. 2013 March 15 4:07 pm
    bc3b permalink

    O/T: Beagles Disguised as Pit Bulls Responsible for Two Attacks in Four Days in Louisiana:

  22. 2013 March 15 4:13 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I had a woman call representing the RNC call last Saturday seeking a donation. I remembered hos nasty I was to the woman who called from the NRCC last month and simply told her that I was not happy with the Republican Party and many of the Party’s recent decisions. I said I would continue to domate to conservative GOP candidates but wouldn’t give the Republican Party a dime for the foreseeable future.

  23. 2013 March 15 5:13 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Colorado Passes Background Checks for Gun Buyers:

    Lots of ex-Kalifornians live in Colorado.

  24. 2013 March 15 6:38 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    WASHINGTON — Following President Obama’s lunch meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins described the food served and said the president was not able to eat since his “taster” was not present.

  25. 2013 March 15 7:31 pm

    What did Caddell say that you disagree with?

    He is a lifelong dem, what is his motive????

  26. 2013 March 15 7:33 pm

    Obama at a recent rural elementary school assembly in East Texas, asked the audience for total quiet.

    Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands once every few seconds, holding the audience in total silence. Then he said into the microphone, ‘Children, every time I clap my hands together, a child in America dies from gun violence’.

    Little Donny, with a proud East Texas drawl, pierced the quiet and said:

    “Well, dumbass, stop clapping!”

  27. 2013 March 16 1:45 am
    drdog09 permalink

    All Cruz, all the time — — good interview.

  28. 2013 March 16 2:44 am

    24 …and so it continues.

  29. 2013 March 16 3:56 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The dumb thing is, if I lived in CO I could make a trip out of state to a gun show. Buy a gun. Then import it into CO and the State would not even know would they?

  30. 2013 March 16 4:56 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog, that depends on how effective Colorado is in coercing convincing the neighboring states to “honor” the Colorado law.

    For example, Nevada gun shows and gun stores will NOT sell anything to California residents. (ok, you can buy a coke at a Nevada gun show). But although they will sell to the other states that border California…they “honor” California law.

  31. 2013 March 16 4:58 am
    justrand permalink

    IP, when I went to a Nevada gun show and found a rifle I really liked, and tried to buy it, they refused as soon as I showed by CA driver’s license. But the guy behind me was from Montana, and they sold him a rifle (though maybe they had to ship it to him…dunno, I didn’t stick around).

  32. 2013 March 16 5:12 am

    post 30

    Provided the person you bought it from wasn’t a federal licensed dealer,or a private individual who didn’t check that you were from out of state ,you could do that but it would still be illegal, as it is an out of state sale, which is prohibited by federal statute. A criminal of course would do that within a heartbeat, whereas the good guys probably wouldn’t take the chance.

  33. 2013 March 16 5:25 am

    post 31

    It used to be that no firearm transactions were allowed out of state, but the law was modified
    to allow out of state purchase of rifles, but handguns are still prohibited. Nevadans must have a special deal with california. Buying from an individual who doesn’t check your ID is still possible I guess, but still illegal under the 1968 law.

  34. 2013 March 16 5:29 am

  35. 2013 March 16 5:53 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    (ok, you can buy a coke at a Nevada gun show). But although they will sell to the other states that border California…they “honor” California law.

    Could you get a BIG GULP or did Bloomberg infect Nevada?

  36. 2013 March 16 5:58 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    Obama’s secret weapon to get rid of guns. Using this as a last minute ad to ban everything.

  37. 2013 March 16 6:13 am
    drdog09 permalink

    So MagPul will be looking elsewhere I presume?

  38. 2013 March 16 6:19 am

    The border towns of colorado will do a land office business on high cap mags. If nothing else this may turn colo red next time.

  39. 2013 March 16 8:18 am
    Mr Evilwrench permalink

    According to federal law, handgun purchases across state lines must go through an FFL in the purchaser’s state. Long guns may be purchased in states adjacent to the state of residence of the purchaser. I suppose some states may make more restrictive agreements.

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