Pat Caddell is a fixture on Fox News and routinely presented as a
Democrat who cut his teeth doing polling for Jimmy Carter, before that
George McGovern; and, after that, Walter Mondale, Gary Hart and Joe
Biden; in other words, Caddell’s resume puts him solidly left of
I’ve watched him scores of times on Sean Hannity’s show, and he agrees with Hannity almost all the time.
Caddell is back in the news as one of the lead people behind a group called SecureAmericaNow, which is running an ad in Florida, targeted at Jewish voters, and featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning that the world sleeps as Iran develops nuclear weapons. “The world tells Israel, 'Wait. There’s still time.’ And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' ... The world needs American strength, not apologies.”
So while the ad mentions neither Obama nor Romney, the word “apologies” is clearly meant to conjure Obama and his fraught relationship with Netanyahu.
I wrote about Caddell almost three years ago because I could never understand why someone — perhaps a liberal panelist on any given episode (and yes, they do exist on Hannity’s show — think Fox contributor Joe Trippi, best known for being Howard Dean’s campaign manager in the 2004 presidential primary) — doesn’t complain that Caddell allows himself to be misrepresented and then reliably promotes conservatives and bashes liberals.
Worth noting, I think, that the highly intelligent and articulate Caddell and his host, Hannity, are still presenting, without an objection from anyone, anywhere, the same performance.