Pat Caddell Speaks at the Wednesday Morning Club

During has talk about “November 6th: What to Expect” given at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Wednesday Morning Club on October 25th, Pat Caddell demonstrated his gift for political punditry as well as his disgust at what he believes is superficial and biased reporting on the part of the mainstream media. Caddell was a life-long Democrat who worked for 5 Democratic presidential candidates. His electioneering expertise was believed to have been essential in securing Jimmy Carter’s victory in 1976. A grateful Carter awarded Caddell with a good deal of influence in his White House, but not enough of it to protect him from a humiliating defeat by Ronald Reagan in 1980. Unfortunately for Barack Obama, Caddell is of the opinion that, like Jimmy Carter, our 44th president will be denied a second term.

Since retiring from political advocacy, Caddell has served as a consultant to various films and television shows, written for various publications, including The Wall Street Journal, and he appears regularly on television as a Fox News contributor.

Noting that it is impossible for Obama to run on his record, Caddell observed that the position of the Democrats seems to be that people should vote for Obama because of what Clinton did when he was president. He also said that there are three teams in this race: the Obama team, the Romney team and the media team. The media, said Caddell, will try to block Romney every chance they get and he said that inexplicably the Republicans won’t challenge the media. In late September, he contended, the Romney campaign was slipping badly but the first debate changed the course and had a dramatic effect by showing people that Romney was not the ogre he had been portrayed as by Team Obama. Still, Caddell said, the Republicans have failed to frame the national debate. States being run by Republican governors are doing well and that is the message the Republicans should be telling. The huge electoral gains in November of 2010 were due to the fierce opposition to Obamacare and, so far, the Republicans have failed to build on that. He lamented that Romney didn’t start to tell his own story early enough.

Caddell said that it’s a mistake for either party to think that there is only an election in seven states. Moving numbers in swing states is a hard slog. Hardly a penny has been spent in Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania but Obama has spent $60 million in Ohio on negative advertisements. He knows Ohio hates Obamacare. President Bush lost Ohio by a narrow margin in 2004 and Romney has almost closed the gap there this time. Obama, he said, is running scared in Pennsylvania.

Obama’s strategic failure, asserted Caddell, is thinking that all he needs to do is to discredit Romney. Obama has offered no rationale to vote for him, while the Republicans are wasting their time calling Obama a socialist. Instead they should be attacking Obama’s record and scandals under his watch, said Caddell.

Caddell’s greatest scorn was reserved for the media. Discussing Benghazi, he said the press has been in the tank on this in a way he had never seen. He was appalled, he said frustratedly. The White House and the secretary of state are willing, apparently, to cover up and lie for the cheap prospect of getting reelected. The worst thing about the scandal, Caddell contended, is that the very people who are supposed to protect the American people with the truth — the mainstream media — have become a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people. These people have no honor, he went on to say, and “cover up is too nice of a word” for them.

Somewhere on Pat Caddell’s journey he has moved from the left of American politics towards the center, a position from which he surveys the American political landscape with a critical but objective eye. Along the way, it is evident that Caddell has engaged in rigorous introspection, and he is no longer prepared to pay the price of self-delusion. In a nostalgic chamber of his mind one can glimpse a sentimental attachment to the likes of earlier Democrats who were patriots and not prisoners of the poisoned political correctness which has done much to polarize the political landscape over the last several decades.

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  • pierce

    I like the phrase "his greatest scorn is reserved for the media". I agree whole heartedly. the media elected Stinky by over looking his many faults 4 years ago, and they are trying to get him reelected now by ignoring the inept mishandling of the Benghazi situation. Irregardless of the afore statement, I have always had a certain disdain for the media, and college professors, who try to influence young minds, and the electorate in general. The real thing is, people are dumb enough to believe them.

  • Mike

    It's going to be interesting, the people on the east coast will not be able to vote on Tues due to the storm. Now what?

    • http://hotmail benjabo

      Storm is over ,Election Dahy is next week
      When Republican’s replace Obama, there’ll be a real storm at the White House

  • davarino

    The RNC keeps giving the ball to the other side instead of keeping it and pummeling them on the way to a touch down. I hope Romney has learned the leason of Ronald Reagan, talk to the people, sell your ideas to the people, then it doesnt matter what the left does, the people decide. The first debate should be the template, shout the truth and offer no apologies.


  • jmm64

    7 days until Obama will be defeated and the Country can begin a recovery from the past 4 years. Nov. 6 cannot come soon enough. Get out the vote for Romney!

  • Schlomotion

    With a track record supporting candidates like Gary Hart and Martin Sheen, who can toss these pearls of wisdom aside?

    • Roger

      With a track record like you have here, you don't have the pearls to even bargain with.

      • Schlomotion

        And the smile on the face of the tiger.

        • Roger

          Did you say that with a straight face?

          The kinds of folks here wont' pay jizya tax and they won't bow to your islam.

        • Lady_Dr.


          Get a life and leave Front Page Mag alone – no one wants to read anything you write. You are merely an annoyance.

        • reader

          Is that the theme you're sporting on your incomparable logo, schlo? Breathtaking.

          • Schlomotion

            No. That's the Irgun emblem.

    • Mary Sue

      Seriously, dude. That guy knows what he's talking about. He even realizes that Obama is the second coming of Jimmy Carter…right down to the inevitable defeat next week. Never diss a guy that's been deep in the stuff until he saw the light. Those are the most credible.

  • Phil Humphrey

    The article states the President Bush lost Ohio in 2004. That's incorrect. Bush won Ohio in 2004.

  • watsa46

    The American mass media not unlike in the rest of the world have committed treason towards their own people and whatever democracy means. (The least bad system as some once said.)
    They will need to be judge and pay for their malfeasance.

  • amused

    Yea Caddell was an advisor to Carter , and look what Carter did ….and is still doing . I'd take whatever Caddells got to say with a grain of salt .

  • tom1940

    Pat Caddell is among one of the "premier" political commentators, (among others), I admire very much.
    His comments regarding "Main Stream Media" is right on. They are a disgrace to their profession is selecting which story to follow and therefore are doing a huge disservice to the American People.
    Keep up the good work Mr. Caddell.

  • pierce

    I know this a free country and one can say anything he or she wants, but of all the people that make comments, I think some of Schlomotion's are from a deranged person, and Lady_Dr. agrees with me. How do we shut him up? The administrator is not doing his job, as I have over stepped the lines once or twice, but not that bad.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The most important wars in this age are the idea wars. When you censor and silence people or ideas, it can some times empower them rather than defeat them as you wish, and I don't want the power to make such mistakes. I'd rather that not a single article is deleted unless it's blatantly harmful. That's a difficult threshold.

      It's better to let these people say what they want because many people read the forums who don't comment. They might have the same delusions and we get to confront false ideas that are presented. It works out just fine. The ideas are already out there and we should relish the chance to refute them publicly.

  • Felice

    Mr. Caddell, it is beyond my powers of description to characterize the mainstream press. But it is not beyond the powers of description of Ben Hecht who wrote a screenpllay for a movie Nothing Sacred a long time ago and whose words apply to a T to the press of today: "I'll tell you briefly what I think about newspapermen. The hand of God. reaching down into the mire, could'nt elevate one of them to the depths of degradation."

  • Eric Stewart

    Search Google for The Benghazi Brigade – Manipulating an Election, for an education.