Pat Caddell: Republicans in Business of Lining Their Pockets: In my party [Democrat] we play to win. We play for life and death

Democrat strategist, Pat Caddell, who is no admirer of Barack Obama, was a CPAC 2013 panelist in a discussion titled “Should We Shoot All Consultants Now?” He didn’t give an opinion on using guns but did strongly suggest RICO charges might be in order…and he wasn’t joking. Just my opinion here, but I believe this is exactly why Senator Jim DeMint left the Senate.

Pat Caddell

Pat Caddell

In the first paragraph below Caddell seems to accuse The Republican National Committee’s (RNC) Chief of Staff Jeff Larson and Romney’s political director Rich Beeson to firms racking in $150 million from Romney’s failed campaign, according to the FEC. Caddell doesn’t the men by name, but this article seems to, along with Romney “digital director” Zach Moffat.

RICO = Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations.

“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.”

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.”

Haven’t we all seen how Democrats never split down the middle. They are in lock-step, and we Republicans are perpetually proud of the fact that we are independent thinkers and we will pick what’s right, and then support it. Yes, that’s what we do. He calls some of us “suckers,” and I felt like one because once again we had a candidate who was not remotely conservative, a candidate I didn’t want to support. but…

The above is only a snippet, read it here and note the called some of the “grassroots” “suckers.” He aso had words for Mitt Romney.

Linked at The Crocket’s Corner Dailey also featuring Colorado’s ‘Landmark’ Expansion of Gun Background Checks.

  • Somebody pls buy this guy a beard trimmer for Xmas, he looks rediculous

    • RR, he is grubby-looking, even when better groomed than this photo.

  • Pat sometimes hits it right on the spot.. What he says rings true. I’m always amazed that Democrats act as the Roman lock step, behind their shields..
    Republicans are a mixture of guys who are focused but have no power.. The ones that have the power, would rather just get along.. or spend way to much time on a suntan table.. Republicans are like the French 500 years ago.. they have their kingdoms.. and none of them can agree what to do against the onslaught of the Democrat Roman soldiers.. Some want to run and hide.. and a couple are standing there ready to fight.. but when they look around.. one guy is on a lawn chair sunning himself.. while another is on the other side joking with the enemy.. and retelling tails of Hanoi Prison..
    Pat is right.. about the Democrats and the lame ass Republican Party.

  • The GOP has a messaging problem because the “establishment” part of the GOP doesn’t stand for anything. People like Bill Whittle, who do know how to sell the message, has no prominent role to play. Unless the Good Ole Boys are removed, the GOP will be irrelevant.

    • Jim at Asylum Watch, I think Whittle is amazing. He pegs it every time – like Palin.

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  • IMO, CPAC 2013 made a mistake in using the Gaylord Nelson Convention Center and Resort as the venue. The air of elitism in that particular facility, a new one, is so thick! Choosing such a venue and claiming to care about those suffering in this economy is a non sequitur.

    What’s more, the place is not easily accessible, and parking there is so expensive as to beggar belief.