My one-question interview with pollster Pat Caddell
Pat Caddell is a political mastermind who was a pollster for McGovern and Jimmy Carter. He's advised a number of insurgent presidential campaigns as well, including Jerry Brown and Howard Dean's. It's pretty much always worth looking for his take on political currents. I conducted a quick interview with Caddell, and I'm releasing the transcript here on AlterNet:
JAN: BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s polls are at their lowest ever, and the Republican Party has extremely low confidence numbers as well. Yet the Democrats' numbers aren't going up either. WhyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that?
PAT CADDELL: Because the Democrats donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stand for anything. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really simple. They donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stand for anything except for the Republicans losing.
It's not pleasant a road to travel down, but in the context of Caddell's response, what does DeLay's departure mean? That the Democrats got exactly what they've been after. A tautology, yes, but that's the point. This is a party and support machine that in its current state exists to make Republicans look bad. D.C. Democrats and their cheerleaders over the past five years have set themselves to be about Republicans. Are you ready to hate, hate, hate Roy Blunt?