On Fox News’ “Campaign Insiders” web show, pollsters Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen and John LeBoutillier discussed the ineptness of the Romney campaign. They make many of the same points I’ve been making … and then some. What’s most interesting is their obvious frustration with Romney’s disastrous campaign. He and his SuperPACs have raised hundreds of millions of dollars and can’t even figure out what to do with it when their opponent has a record which makes Jimmy Carter’s look good. Caddell is particularly passionate in his criticism of the Mittster’s unintelligible campaign “strategery”. I understand that Caddell and Schoen are Democrats, but they are anything but Obama supporters. I’ve excerpted a partial transcript of their discussion from Real Clear Politics. To watch the video, click the image below the excerpt. Be sure to watch the whole thing. LeBoutillier makes a great point at the end. It’s refreshing to see a Republican insider, which LeBoutillier certainly is, provide an honest assessment of Mitt Romney and his difficulties.
“I swear to God, everything we have been saying for months, and I know a lot of the audience doesn’t want to hear this, this is the worst campaign in my lifetime,” Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said on the Monday edition of FOX News’ “Campaign Insiders” web show. “A challenging campaign, with a chance to win. They have set themselves on a course that says, ‘We don’t have to do anything, we’re going to win because they don’t like the other guy.’”
“Obama’s fighting for his life, his party is fighting for their life, and they’re winning. This is, I’ve said all along, this is Romney’s election to lose and by God he’s losing,” Caddell said.
“That 50% approval rating — if the president is at 50% approval, it is hundreds of millions of dollars raised and spent by Republican and conservative consultants and organizations have failed. They have failed because they have no real credibility as a message. If he’s at 50%, somebody needs to sit down and rethink,” Caddell said.
“Republicans have no response mechanism. Hundreds of millions of dollars, they’re still not on the air explaining to people that with the labor participation rate, if it was the same as he came into office the unemployment would be 11.2%. There is a missing case and I watched Romeney yesterday, I watched Romney yesterday, I swear to God, there is no urgency to this man. He is running, as I said this morning, bored,” Caddell observed.
“And the fact of the matter is, we’re heading for a major crisis. You see it coming, ‘Here are the three or four things that I’m going to do, we must make a change.’ He has no message other than ‘i’d like to win and by the way I have a secret formula.’ He may still win with his, but not if Obama’s at 50% approval,” he added.
“They’re strategists from the beginning have decided — I just, you know can’t say enough bad things about them. They are incompetent, that believe that you can sit and election will automatically come to you. And that they don’t respond. They never sold Romney with the message that we talked about for months and I’m sorry to the audience out there. It’s not the American people are stupid, your candidate is stupid,” Caddell said. “They never gave his message of who he is.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Unless Romney makes drastic and credible changes to his campaign, I don’t see how he beats Obama regardless of how many of The Messiah’s chickens come home to roost in the Middle East. At the end of the day, you can’t beat something — even a bad something — with nothing.