Pat Caddell sets off firestorm at CPAC 2013, accuses consultants of racketeering

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Fox News contributor and former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell ripped into Republican consultants Thursday at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference.

The man who engineered Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential victory called the Romney campaign “the worst campaign in my lifetime” and criticized chief strategist Stuart Stevens, according to and

“There was a failure of strategy, a failure of tactics, a massive failure of messaging,” Caddell said. “Most of all there was a total failure of imagination. Stevens had as much business running a campaign as I do sprouting wings and flying out of this room.”

Participating in a panel — “Should We Shoot All the Consultants Now?” — Caddell accused the GOP consulting class of being only “in the business of lining their pockets and preserving power.”

“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 attendees.

“The Republican Party is in the grips of what I call the CLEC — the consultant, lobbyist, and establishment complex,” Caddell said.

In what was described by Breitbart as a blistering attack on “racketeering” Republican consultants who play wealthy donors like “marks,” Caddell added:

“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.”

In comparing Republicans unfavorably to Democrats, Caddell said: “In my party we play to win. We play for life and death. You people play for a different kind of agenda… Your party has no problem playing the Washington Generals to the Harlem Globetrotters.”

Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.
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  • Kelly

    Long gone are the days when people go into politics to help the people. Money is truly the root of all evil…

  • Chuck

    WOW! Hopefully it woke some of these Rino's & Elitists up. The Republicans have turned into sissies and pussies. What a waste they are. They needs to get rid of McCain, McDonnell, Boehner, Graham and any of them over 65. They're a joke.

  • http://msn Margaret

    Romney dure ashell madesece thn obozoe !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shavager

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH PAT CADDELL!! Romney used many of McCain's campaign people and WE ALL KNOW HOW THEY WORKED OUT LAST TIME!!

  • Concerned Citizen

    I agree with Pat. The Republican consultants are only out to make money for themselves. They could care less about winning an election. We need to get rid of the leadership in the party and bring in new people.

  • Michael Nappi

    I was disappointed in the Romney campaign. It was very sad because I still believe Mitt is a good man and would have done a great job for America as a whole. Where I feel Mitt Romney could have ran a more aggressive campaign, it's odd that with all the reports of voter fraud, no instances are from the Republican party.

    Obama can talk a good game but he made a lot of promises and has kept none. In fact the only people that Obama has helped besides Obama, are the Muslim brotherhood and other radical Islamic nations.

  • Shavager

    And P.S.–YOU heard it right here, the DemocRAT party plays for KEEPS–they will instigate and create a RACE WAR in America if that's what it takes to protect and install their marxist agenda–and I've been a registered Democrat since before Carter ran for president.

  • Rachel Wells

    All I can say to Mr. Caddell is , AMEN! And this is exactly why I refuse to play party politics any longer. I am a proud Conservatarain who is finished with the GOP or GOOPS as I call them — grassroots always ends up taken over by 'national this' or 'national that' with spokespeople from hell.. Grassroots end up with weeds choking them off.

    Bravo Pat!

  • th

    That idiot hannity and fox is right in the middle of this crap, they continue to prop up the garbage like gingrich and rove.

  • http://facebook Mary Liz Danuser

    WOw!I'm sure that many Republicans didn't like what Caddell said up on the stage.He was on the mark about why were not winning anything nowdays.Were suppose to be 1st Republican Conservatives&not just be in a party itself.Lets get back to what Ronald Reagan believed in.What happeened to the optimistic/patriotic folks?Liz

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