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Pat Caddell: Republican 'Consultant-Lobbyist-Establishment' Complex Responsible For Romney Defeat
Big Government ^ | 24 Nov 2012 | Tony Lee

Posted on 11/24/2012 10:47:25 AM PST by Bratch

Speaking at The David Horowitz Freedom Center's "Restoration Weekend" in Florida on November 16, Pat Caddell indicted what he called the Republican "consultant-lobbyist-establishment" complex for losing a presidential campaign in 2012 President Barack Obama had no business winning.

“No presidential campaign should be run by consultants,” Caddell said. “They should be run by people who are committed to the candidate and not into making big money.”

Caddell said “Republicans never attempted to put a frame around the national election” because “the people who run the messaging in the Republican party and their consultants refused to do it.”

Caddell, the former Jimmy Carter adviser who consulted on the "Hope and the Change" movie that profiled disaffected Obama 2008 voters who were not going to vote for him in 2012, warned Republicans that the consultant-lobbyist-establishment complex may threaten to take the party into oblivion if not marginalized.

The Romney campaign, Caddell said, was driven be establishment consultants and was a failure of mechanics and message.

“But most of all, it was a failure of imagination,” Caddell said. ““It was the single worst campaign in modern history of a challenger who had a chance to win ... and that’s the truth and nothing can take away from that.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012analysis; 2012electionanalysis; blame; caddell; consultants; election; patcaddell; rinos; romney; romney2012
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To: Williams
My perception could be wrong, but I don’t think Romney ran THAT bad of a campaign.

Nowadays everything has to be the worst ever. If you don't overemphasize and exaggerate your message doesn't get through.

Romney and his campaign were definitely missing something. Just what it was and whether it was something he and his people could have provided and whether that would have been enough to win are all tough questions.

41 posted on 11/24/2012 11:40:01 AM PST by x
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To: Bratch
Pat Caddell: Republican 'Consultant-Lobbyist-Establishment' Complex Responsible For Romney Defeat

Carry_Okie: Republican 'Consultant-Lobbyist-Establishment' Complex Responsible For Romney Nomination


42 posted on 11/24/2012 11:44:34 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Not able to get a Republican to interview...? That’s incredible. I am reading more asnd more about sheer incompetence or maybe it’s just corruption from the Republican establishment -— maybe they just took our money and laid back.

How can we get rid of these greedy, lazy creeps??

43 posted on 11/24/2012 11:45:20 AM PST by squarebarb ( Fairy tales are basically true.)
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To: qman

Let us not forget that bastard Gary Johnson and his soft Soros money! Anyone check his bank account lately?

44 posted on 11/24/2012 11:47:16 AM PST by WellyP (question!)
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To: Bratch
“You donors and others were played for marks by groups like [Karl Rove’s American] Crossroads,” Caddell said, noting that establishment super PACs cared more about “preserving arrangements in the media.”

Too often, Caddell said the Republican consultant-lobbyist-establishment complex ignores anything that could be effective if it does not allow them to profit.

For instance, even though a Frank Luntz focus group found that the “Hope and the Change” movie was the most effective way for Republicans to appeal to independent voters, Caddell accused the Republican “consultant-lobbyist-establishment complex” of not utilizing the film because “that communication didn’t fit” in their conventional plans to make the consultant class wealthy.

I hope the fat puke Rove chokes on the millions he made. Bastard!

45 posted on 11/24/2012 11:53:26 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The GOP-e said "Beat a Marxist with a Liberal!" What a colossal blunder.)
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To: Bratch; All

The hierarchy in the RNC and their gofer ‘consultants’ have got to go.

They grossly underestimated the power of huge groups of low income/intelligence voters bought and paid for with taxpayer funded Free S*it!

They also underestimated the strength of a media whose sole purpose to to destroy whomever is perceived as a threat. Now (Mia Love, Allen West) and in the future (Marco Rubio).

Through buzz words (’Racist!’, ‘Radical’, ‘Greedy Capitalist’, ‘Bain’ ect) and catch phrases (’War on Women’, ‘Off shore accounts’, etc) ladled and repeated ad infinitum between a news show’s commercial breaks. Creating a perfect stimuli for countless numbers of barely cognizant, Twitter transfused Pavlovian voters.

Not to mention the Dems’ and the left’s proven ability to steal elections. With 141% of voters turning out in St, Lucie, Florida. And several districts in Philadelphia having 100% of the vote going to Obama.

46 posted on 11/24/2012 11:55:56 AM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: MissMagnolia

Any chance Caddell would run a Republican campaign?

47 posted on 11/24/2012 11:59:19 AM PST by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: markoman

He’s worried enough about the country, so he might. I don’t think he’d do it if he had to deal with the current lot of bumpkin Repubs & it would have to be a candidate HE believed in.

48 posted on 11/24/2012 12:07:39 PM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
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To: dirtboy
Thanks for the ping.

I find myself in complete agreement with Caddell with regard to the role (and performance) of the Republican consultants.

Steve Schmidt is a particular pain in the butt. If you've been in business for any period of time, you've run across people like Schmidt: the lawyer who's more important than his client, the salesman who is more important than his product, the actor who is more important than his lines.

In short, Steve Schmidt is the asshole who's more important than his alimentary canal.

Pompous and arrogant, he pronounces nonsense as if he was the Oracle of Delphi.

Most Democrat candidates have spent their life in politics. They know how to run a campaign...and the Democrat consultants are effectively cast as technicians -- second-rate hacks working for a first-rate hack.

Most Republican candidates, however, have spent their life in some other walk of life than "career politician". As a consequence, Republican consultants assume a more prominent role in the campaign. In Republican party politics, the second rate hacks are elevated to "consultants" and "experts"

The consultant class should be viewed with real concern by future Republican candidates. Schmidt and his ilk should never be allowed to run another campaign -- unless it's for a Democrat.

49 posted on 11/24/2012 12:09:27 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: dandiegirl

Romney is in a crisis of faith. He believed that his god would insure his victory. He has no way to cope with his loss.
Romney was by any standard the wrong man at the wrong time applying for the wrong job for the wrong reasons.

50 posted on 11/24/2012 12:14:01 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Bratch

I agree with Cadell..

51 posted on 11/24/2012 12:19:35 PM PST by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: DungeonMaster
Are the cheaters in swing states the fault of the “Republican Establishment”?

Absolutely, without question. By failing to stop the cheating republican officials are complicit in it. There are still no complaints against the obvious fraud of 99% to 1% returns in as many as 100 districts, enough to give Obama victory in every swing state. The election was stolen and the republicans will do nothing about it. That is the greater crime against the people.

52 posted on 11/24/2012 12:21:07 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Behind the Blue Wall
I wish there were a rule that said whenever a campaign consultant loses, they are barred from getting any new contracts for X number of years.

Do not need a rule. Need intelligent candidates willing to hire competent aides.

53 posted on 11/24/2012 12:23:25 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Anyone remember Romney or Ryan going on savage rush levin ?

54 posted on 11/24/2012 12:26:37 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Williams
All summer long I was posting the polling trends from Rasmussen that showed Romney trailing. Those same polls showed the Senate swinging GOP until after the conventions, when either of two things happened: 1) Republicans took their eye off the ball, or 2) public sentiment changed.

I argued since September that Romney needed to nationalize his message, and augment it with coattails in each state. Romney needed to present a leadership team beyond Ryan, and run on the strength of that team. Romney should have appeared in each state with their House and Senate candidates, and campaigned on a message of sending his team to Washington to put the country back on track.

He didn't. Instead, Romney ran a passive, safe (or so he thought), campaign that lacked focus. Instead of building and maintaining momentum, Romney coasted on the little momentum he did gain from the first debate, and then let events sweep him from the news in the final weeks of the campaign.


55 posted on 11/24/2012 12:27:07 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Williams

Socialists always use scare tactics, and we rarely fight back.

Glenn Beck had it right...he spent countless hours exposing the truth behind Obama and his administration and supporters, along with Tea Party supporters.

The result was a huge victory in 2010. But then, the GOP establishment types pushed the Tea Party aside and Beck left Fox News.

I don’t mean that Glenn Beck has to be the guy, but we need someone in the media willing to educate about why socialism is a bad thing. It can be done, but we have to get the establishment out of the way for it to work.

56 posted on 11/24/2012 12:32:03 PM PST by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: Bratch

Rove was W’s. Our next candidate needs someone like that.

57 posted on 11/24/2012 12:34:44 PM PST by kenavi (Lost the country? Win your state.)
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To: dandiegirl
“The primary process needs to be changed. I got no vote in that. Primary elections should be held on one day for every state. The winner of the most votes, wins the Primary. That way, we all get a choice. It’s ridiculous the way it is now.”

I agree with that ... and I'm from NH. The NH primary is really stupid. When I went into the polling place there must have been over 30 candidates on the Repub side and 20+ something on the Dem side. What a spectacle.

58 posted on 11/24/2012 12:36:39 PM PST by CapnJack
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To: pioneerstakethearrows
Until the media does it’s job, with unbiased/balanced reporting,

They see their job number one is getting more democrats elected, and more republicans unelected.In that, they are going exactly what they set out to do, and do it very well.

expecting them t do otherwise is a fool's wish.

59 posted on 11/24/2012 12:46:18 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Bratch

Actually Bill Whittles speech was the highlight of that event.. a BLOCKBUSTER..

60 posted on 11/24/2012 12:58:14 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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