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McCain Strategist Steve Schmidt Trashes Palin in "60 Minutes" Interview; Defends Couric - Video
Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 11, 2010 | Brian

Posted on 01/11/2010 6:25:30 AM PST by Federalist Patriot

Here is video of former McCain Campaign Chief Strategist Steve Schmidt on "60 Minutes" last night, where he claims McCain decided to choose Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate at the last minute as a replacement for preferred choice Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Schmidt says the decision was made late Sunday night just before the beginning of the Republican National Convention in 2008 as they sat around a table and ate "deep fried burritos."

Schmidt essentially trashes Palin in the interview, saying she knew little about Foreign Policy and other issues. He did say she was a "quick study." He claims Palin did poorly in the Katie Couric interview because she "did not prepare for it." Schmidt actually defended Couric, saying he did not feel Couric "asked a single unfair question" in the interview. . . . . (VIDEO)

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: mccain; palin; pawlenty; romney; schmidt4romney; steveschmidt

1 posted on 01/11/2010 6:25:32 AM PST by Federalist Patriot
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To: Federalist Patriot
Reagan's Eleventh Commandment had a Palin exemption, evidently.
2 posted on 01/11/2010 6:27:18 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Federalist Patriot

Another RINO 5th columnist hack needing to be purged from the Republican party.


3 posted on 01/11/2010 6:27:26 AM PST by headstamp 2
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To: Federalist Patriot

While this guy has every right to mouth off, hope he NEVER gets a political job - certainly not with the pubbies - ever again. Thou shalt not RAT...


4 posted on 01/11/2010 6:29:55 AM PST by matginzac
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To: Federalist Patriot

Says more about McCain and his “strategeryists” than Palin.


5 posted on 01/11/2010 6:33:04 AM PST by Voter62vb
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To: Federalist Patriot

Had McCain chosen Lieberman or any other ‘rat, I flat-out would not have voted for him. I really thought that he was going to pick Lieberman.


6 posted on 01/11/2010 6:37:13 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Federalist Patriot
My dentist told me that years ago 60 Minutes did a hit job on silver fillings. He said he couldn't believe his ears as he listened to a spokesman from the American Dental Association seem to agree with the premise that silver fillings caused health issues. Then my dentist said that shortly thereafter the ADA published the full transcript of the interview and that in fact 60 Minutes had taken passages totally out of context to make the spokesman seem to be saying the exact opposite of what he actually said.

I'm sure that is not exactly the case with this Schmidt guy, that in fact there was no need for 60 Minutes to take him out of context to fit their agenda, for Schmidt and 60 Minutes share the same dishonest agenda.

7 posted on 01/11/2010 6:37:49 AM PST by Amagi (Yo, Homeland Security: Stay stupid. Stay PC. Don't profile. Look for the bomb not the bomber.)
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To: Voter62vb

They are pretty much all losers, just look at the great strategy they developed to beat Obama.


8 posted on 01/11/2010 6:40:17 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: Federalist Patriot

The only thing the MSM is good for is hit pieces on decent people. Anyone remember Samoza of Nicaragua ? Media did a hit piece on him but he was friendly to this country unlike the Daniel Ortega dictatorship.


9 posted on 01/11/2010 6:42:21 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: CORedneck

Schmidt has been beating on Palin because to do otherwise would be to admit that he and McCain were totally clueless in running a winning campaign. The fact that Palin is selling books hand-over-fist, and is drawing huge crowds just hacks him off royally. The McCainiacs just cannot accept that they’re out of touch with the Republican base.


10 posted on 01/11/2010 6:45:54 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: CORedneck

Schmidt has been beating on Palin because to do otherwise would be to admit that he and McCain were totally clueless in running a winning campaign. The fact that Palin is selling books hand-over-fist, and is drawing huge crowds just hacks him off royally. The McCainiacs just cannot accept that they’re out of touch with the Republican base.


11 posted on 01/11/2010 6:46:03 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: Federalist Patriot

The only reason Schmidt got this interview was that he was willing to trash Palin. Do you think that 60 Minutes would give him time to talk about his failed McCain campaign strategy? Of course not.


12 posted on 01/11/2010 7:03:29 AM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: rstrahan

Fifty years from now, the world will know who Sarah Palin is, will anyone remember steve what’shisname?


13 posted on 01/11/2010 7:04:59 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: popdonnelly

Balzar should gather his family and go back to France.


14 posted on 01/11/2010 7:13:03 AM PST by dogcaller
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To: Federalist Patriot

Is Schmidt a fag?


15 posted on 01/11/2010 7:18:26 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: rstrahan

This is all old sour grapes stuff. One hopes that Schmidt will at least try to be an adult and move on soon. It was not Palin’s fault McBipartisan was creamed. It was mcBipartisan and Schmidt’s fault.


16 posted on 01/11/2010 7:27:11 AM PST by dools007
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To: Sans-Culotte
The fact that he even considered Liebrman of “Gore - Lieberman” fame says it all. We had Two Democrats running in 2008. If we had a Conservative running in 08, we might not have an Illegal Alien running the Government now.
17 posted on 01/11/2010 7:27:12 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Federalist Patriot
If ANY Republican Hires Steve Schmidt or Mark McKinnon, they should be VOTED AGAINST!!

Mark McKinnon was Bush's "COMMUNICATION" guy!! I think Mark SABOTAGED Bush, since he is a DEMOCRAT!!!!!

Steve Schmidt is a MEAN LIBERAL.

18 posted on 01/11/2010 7:28:22 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Amagi

I recall another incident like that, in which “60 Minutes” did a hatchet-job on some businessman, back in the 1970s or early-80s. They interviewed him and then edited the footage in a deliberate way to conform to their agenda, with him being made into prime villain. Somehow, the full footage of the interview leaked out, which showed how the editing process twisted reality on its head, altering the gist of what their interviewee actually was stating.

It was one of my first encounters with left-wing media bias, and was a very eye-opening experience. That was over two decades ago, but because of it, I never again believed a single word coming out of “60 Minutes,” and immediately took a skeptical eye to everything the network news divisions reported.


19 posted on 01/11/2010 7:34:35 AM PST by greene66
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To: Sans-Culotte
Had McCain chosen Lieberman or any other ‘rat, I flat-out would not have voted for him. I really thought that he was going to pick Lieberman.

Some of us were never fooled. We didn't vote for him anyway.

20 posted on 01/11/2010 7:40:02 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Federalist Patriot

This guy is a top consultant tied to the RNC/GOP elites and more than a few senators from my understanding.


21 posted on 01/11/2010 7:43:49 AM PST by rrrod
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To: Ann Archy

Tell this to lil dickie burr of NC


22 posted on 01/11/2010 7:45:13 AM PST by rrrod
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To: rrrod

Someone SMART better tell dickie Burr that if he WANTS to WIN as a “conservative” to DUMP SCHMIDT!!!


23 posted on 01/11/2010 7:51:14 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Federalist Patriot

People forget that Schmidt was the #3 man in the Bush 2004 campaign and was instrumental in turning what should have been a runaway landslide over a prissy dilletante (Kerry) into a near loss.

His mishandling of the National Guard mess twice in that year was only saved by the Swiftboaters and bloggers who brought out the truth that Schmidt was clueless about.

Schmidt is typical of that inside-the-Beltway culture that thinks themselves brilliant and enlightened and the rest of the populace ignorant rubes ready to respond to the morsels they hand out. Schmidt was more interested in getting puff pieces about himself in the Washington Post and liberal rags and TV than about advancing any conservative causes or principles.

Bad news - the Schmidts and that ilk still run the national Republican party. There will be no return to conservative values while Schmidt clones are still in charge.


24 posted on 01/11/2010 7:52:47 AM PST by oldbill
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To: WashingtonSource

Not that there’s anything wrong with that...


25 posted on 01/11/2010 7:53:31 AM PST by 1raider1
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To: Federalist Patriot

I guess that next week 60 minutes will give Palin an opportunity to rebut what Schmidt said about her, right?


26 posted on 01/11/2010 8:53:43 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Federalist Patriot

Add O’Schmidt to the long list of GOP overweight over hyped overly momma’s boys has beens.

What a disgrace.

Sarah - You go girl!


27 posted on 01/11/2010 9:17:02 AM PST by eleni121 (For Jesus did not give us a timid spirit , but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline)
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To: Federalist Patriot

Watching that fat face of OSCHMIDT last night: all I could recall was another farty fat face: Scott McClellan


28 posted on 01/11/2010 9:20:49 AM PST by eleni121 (For Jesus did not give us a timid spirit , but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline)
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To: Federalist Patriot

Barbara Boxer and Barack Obama are thankful every day for Steve Schmidt.


29 posted on 01/11/2010 9:27:23 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Get rid of the dirty moderates. Get rid of them,)
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To: Ann Archy
If ANY Republican Hires Steve Schmidt or Mark McKinnon, they should be VOTED AGAINST!!

Word is that Schmidt has been hired by MN Gov. Pawlenty.

30 posted on 01/11/2010 9:30:33 AM PST by CedarDave (What Obama and Osama have in common: Both release their terrorism statements on audio tape)
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To: CedarDave; Bahbah; Liz; onyx; STARWISE; hoosiermama
http://www.mercurypublicaffairs.com/team.htm

Steve Schmidt is a Partner of Mercury Public Affairs and leads the firm's operations in California.

http://washingtonindependent.com/61779/tim-pawlentys-pac-hires-sara-taylor

October 1, 2009

Tim Pawlenty Announces “Freedom First” PAC

PAC’s Leadership Team Includes Experienced, Respected, Diverse Talent

Providing management, strategic and political planning will be a cadre of campaign veterans serving as senior advisors, including Phil Musser, President of New Frontier Strategy and former executive director of the Republican Governors Association; Terry Nelson, Partner, Mercury Public Affairs and former RNC and Bush-Cheney 2004 political director; and Sara Taylor, President of BlueFront Strategies and former White House political director. Former FEC Chairman Michael Toner of Bryan Cave, LLP will serve as the PAC’s counsel.

http://timpawlenty.com/

Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC

31 posted on 01/11/2010 9:50:22 AM PST by maggief
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To: Sarah Barracuda; AmishDude; maggief

Please see maggief’s linked info above.
Tim Pawlenty’s PAC & Mercury Public Affairs (Schmidt)


32 posted on 01/11/2010 10:27:17 AM PST by onyx
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To: CedarDave

Then Pawlenty is a FOOL!


33 posted on 01/11/2010 10:38:49 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: kristinn

FYI
Ping to post #31.


http://www.observer.com/node/31884

“Mercury Public Affairs has created a unique, vertically integrated platform for solving high profile public affairs challenges by recognizing that polling, issue advertising, public relations, grassroots and government relations all play a critical role in winning,” stated Schmidt. “Mercury, Crosslink Strategy Group, FHGR and Fleishman-Hillard International Communications represent a global, bi-partisan, best in class capability that I am honored to join.”


34 posted on 01/11/2010 10:46:11 AM PST by maggief
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To: onyx

This is interesting:

http://washingtonindependent.com/61779/tim-pawlentys-pac-hires-sara-taylor

October 1, 2009

Tim Pawlenty Announces “Freedom First” PAC

PAC’s Leadership Team Includes Experienced, Respected, Diverse Talent

Providing management, strategic and political planning will be a cadre of campaign veterans serving as senior advisors, including Phil Musser, President of New Frontier Strategy and former executive director of the Republican Governors Association ...

(snip)

http://www.newfrontierstrategy.com/about.html

Phil Musser is President of New Frontier Strategy, a strategic communication and public relations consulting firm founded in January 2007. He currently represents a variety of corporate clients with a broad spectrum of interests in technology, energy, health care, the environment and real estate. Phil specializes in helping clients understand emerging political and governmental trends at the state and local level.

In 2007, Phil served as a senior advisor to the Presidential campaign of Mitt Romney (R-MA), the campaigns of Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) and Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and he currently advises a variety of state and local leaders nationwide. Additionally, he was recently appointed Finance Co-Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association by Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS).

//

Now go back to this list of names:

http://republicanwhip.house.gov/newsroom/2009/04/national-council-for-a-new-america-formed.html

Our National Panel of Experts:

Governor Haley Barbour
Governor Jeb Bush
Governor Bobby Jindal
Senator John McCain
Governor Mitt Romney

(snip)

Sincerely,

John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mike Pence, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, John Carter, Pete Sessions, David Dreier, Kevin McCarthy, Roy Blunt

Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, Lamar Alexander, John Ensign, John Cornyn, John Thune, Kay Bailey Hutchison

//

http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/republican-party/gingrich-to-be-a-public-face-of-cantors-effort-to-remake-gop/

Gingrich Joins Cantor’s Effort To Remake GOP


Now, why would Steve Schmidt work OT to discredit Sarah?

Hmmm ...


35 posted on 01/11/2010 10:57:28 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
Now, why would Steve Schmidt work OT to discredit Sarah? Hmmm ...

Captain Obvious muses..."he's attempting remove her from the field of his losers in 2012?"

36 posted on 01/11/2010 11:02:52 AM PST by onyx
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To: maggief

Captain Obvious was and is so mad, she is tongue tied...lol.

“Schmidt has to get Sarah out of the way for his field of losers to have any chance at all in 2012.”


37 posted on 01/11/2010 11:06:56 AM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

LOL!

Sorry, the question was rhetorical. I should have noted as such.

:)


38 posted on 01/11/2010 11:11:49 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

ROFL! I knew that. I wanted to answer it!


39 posted on 01/11/2010 11:19:30 AM PST by onyx
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To: Federalist Patriot; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; Tennessee Nana; EternalVigilance; ...
One wonders why McCain and Romney have not spoke up aginst this.
Click below to find out why Mitt is silent.

“Steve Schmidt, campaign manager for John McCain had this to say on last night’s Hugh
Hewitt show talking about the 2012 Presidential campaign:
If I had to bet money on it, if I had to bet money on it today, you’d have to say that the
people that I think look very good, very strong right now are Governor Romney,
Governor Huntsman. I think Newt Gingrich, should he run, is going to be a very
formidable, very formidable candidate. But the history of the Republican Party
nominating process is that it almost always goes to someone who’s been around the track
once before. And in that instance, in this instance, it would be Governor Romney. I
thought he was a very scary opponent looking from the other side of the table in that he
was almost like a learning organism at the end. He just kept getting better week by week
by week, and kept becoming stronger. And I think these national campaigns are very
unique, and I think most people learn a great deal with they go through them. And I think
one of the reasons that President Bush was able to make it through the process the first
time, unlike most people on the Republican side, is because he had been up close and
personal through a couple of national races. And I think Mitt Romney is a candidate, is a
far stronger candidate, prospectively, for the ’12 race because of his experience in ’08
than he was heading into the ’08 race.’

40 posted on 01/11/2010 2:22:47 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: Sans-Culotte
Had McCain chosen Lieberman or any other ‘rat, I flat-out would not have voted for him. I really thought that he was going to pick Lieberman.

He would have, had Charlie Black not spelled out the dire situation McCain's campaign was in to convince him to him choose Palin.

Palin was always McCain's cynical choice to remain viable in the race. He could give a rat's ass about her otherwise, and he allowed his staff of RINO lobbyists to disrespect her at every turn.

41 posted on 01/11/2010 2:57:50 PM PST by TADSLOS (Nigerian Crotch Bombers are U.S. Citizens too!- B. Obama)
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To: Federalist Patriot
He claims Palin did poorly in the Katie Couric interview because she "did not prepare for it."

Next time she'll HAVE a teleprompter!

42 posted on 01/12/2010 6:46:40 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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