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Patrick Caddell, pollster to Former President Jimmy Carter, Dies at 68

February 18th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The left-of-center New York Times dubbed Patrick Caddell as the self-taught pollster who helped propel an obscure Georgia peanut farmer – Jimmy Carter – onto the White House.

 

Right-of-center Townhall said, “Carter Pollster Turned MAGA Supporter” Pat Caddell “Has Passed Away.”  As MHProNews examines the emerging politics of the 2020 campaign, Caddell is an example of a man who adapted based upon circumstances.  He wasn’t a pure ideologue, as those who followed his colorful career know.

 

 

The AP gave a balanced perspective of the late Caddell, who died in Charleston, SC as a result of a stroke.  Consider the following pointers and pull quotes, which are timely for the topic of bipartisanship here on the Daily Business News in several ways.

As Daily Business News on MHProNews readers may recall, President Carter and his brother Billy played interesting roles with respect to the evolution of manufactured homes from the mobile homes of the past.

Quoting Caddell on his support for the upset win of Governor Jimmy Carter (GA-D), “In order to win, he had to articulate a sense of what had happened to the country through Vietnam and Watergate. If you go back and look at those speeches that he gave early in the campaign, he would talk about the damage to the country, its psychology,” Caddell stated as part of an oral history. “Essentially, what he [Carter] was running on in the campaign was that the country had been psychologically devastated by the previous decade of events. He was offering himself as a healer…”

 

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To explain his split over the years from Democrats, Caddell said they party were no longer “a party of the people.”  He said they had been hijacked by elites, the well-educated, Wall Street and special interest groups.

Caddell said, per the AP, in a 2016 speech to students at Michigan’s Hillsdale College that he was offended when the Democratic national convention would not allow Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey Sr. to speak.  Casey Sr. was against abortion, and he was not allowed to deliver a convention speech. Carter’s former pollster considered the Democrats of being guilty of “the stifling of dissent.”

He explained his support for candidate Donald J. Trump for reaching out to those Democrats and others the party he once served were not effective in reaching.  Caddell said he admired now President Trump’s  willingness to take on “the political class.”

Stewart said Caddell died early Saturday at the hospital and had not been ill, so it was a surprise to those who knew him.

According to Professor Kendra Stewart, Caddell was a guest lecturer at the College of Charleston and the Citadel.

After escaping Washington, he sought refuge in L.A., where he was a writer and producer on ‘West Wing’ with Aaron Sorkin and consulted on other films such as ‘Outbreak,’ ‘Air Force One’ and ‘In the Line of Fire,’” Stewart told the AP.

These past years he has been consulting, conducting research and writing on the state of voter unrest and dissatisfaction with the political system. I worked with him through his company, Caddell Associates, on many of these projects,” Stewart stated. “He was a passionate man who wanted nothing more than to leave his grandchildren a better country.”

 

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May Pat Caddell rest in peace.  The MHProNews team extends its sincere condolences to all who are touched by his loss.  ## (Passages, obituary, news.)

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