Saturday, March 16, 2013

Newt: GOP Must Disenthrall Ourselves From Consultant Class

It's probably fortunate for GOP Chairman Rinse Preibus that I had to leave CPAC early today before he spoke. Because if I had been in the main ballroom to hear his speech, that voice yelling "bulls**t" would have probably been mine.

Like a Johnny-Come-Lately to the party, Priebus wanted to jump on the pro-Liberty bandwagon that GOP starts like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are blazing.  Never mind that it was people like Sarah Palin and the Tea Party who endorsed those people early on, while the GOP establishment and their consultant class opposed Paul, Rubio and Cruz.

It is this consultant class that Palin went after in her speech today, as did Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich this morning.

Gingrich said the GOP and the conservative movement "doesn't need new principles, but we need lots of ideas on how to implement those principles." 

The former Speaker's criticism comes as he noted the GOP, under Preibus, is planning a review to find out what went wrong in 2012. Well, if Rinse had a brain inside his skull, he'd listen to Newt, Sarah Palin, and Pat Caddell, a Democrat pollster who worker for Jimmy Carter, who said on Thursday at CPAC.
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.
Here's the video of Caddell, via my new friends at Politichicks.

Now if a Democrat pollster knows more about why the GOP failed to defeat Obama and win the Senate than Rinse Preibus does, do you have a lot of confidence in his leadership, let alone effort to get the party to win?

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