This is an enormous problem not just nationally, but here in the State of Oregon, as well.
It doesn’t matter whether the candidates win or lose…the consultants still make money. In fact, they make more when they can repeatedly run failed candidates for multiple campaigns. Is it any wonder they keep pushing “moderates” that lose elections?
Rush Limbaugh last week blistered Republican establishment consultants like Mike Murphy and Steve Schmidt for getting “rich no matter who wins or loses” and enhancing their profiles with the mainstream media and the permanent political class by publicly denigrating conservatives.
Murphy and Schmidt have torn into Limbaugh after the election as being “poisonous” but, as Limbaugh said, these establishment consultants are really attacking conservative voters and a movement they have loathed, never understood, and been ashamed of in their elitist social circles.
[...] Limbaugh said Murphy spent a hundred million dollars to run Meg Whitman’s failed campaign for governor of California in 2012. And yet, Limbaugh said these consultants continue to push “these squishy candidates” because it enables to them make money while also being liked by the mainstream media.
According to Limbaugh, these moderate consultants “go to every Republican candidate and they say, ‘I’m the guy that can get you the independents. I’m the guy who can run your campaign and get you the moderates so that you will win.’ And they do not win. They lose.”
Naturally, when they lose, the consultants need a fall guy, and the conservatives and Tea Partiers make for their favorite scapegoats.
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, 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.”
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.”