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The GOP strategist behind 'Game Change' [Steve Schmidt]
The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 21, 2012 | Dan Morain

Posted on 03/21/2012 12:39:29 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Some conservatives speak volumes as they try to pillory Steve Schmidt, the strategist who helped run John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and lately has been getting attention thanks to Woody Harrelson's portrayal of him in the movie, "Game Change."

Pay a visit to There, you'll find everything critical about Schmidt. There's a link to a Washington Times piece that denounces him as "a longtime loser," and a broadcast by an angry New York-based radio talk show host, Mark Levin.

"Steve you're quite the punk. You really are a punk," Levin said, incensed that Schmidt would dare to belittle McCain's vice presidential choice, Sarah Palin.

On the flip side, Schmidt has become a regular on MSNBC, offering a conservative counterpoint to the hosts' liberal slant. With Schmidt on hand to provide authentication, "Game Change" gave MSNBC folks plenty of dish about Palin. When I reached Schmidt by phone, he seemed to wear the attacks by Palin's acolytes like a badge of honor.

"I believe it is a profound mistake to define conservatism around issues like gay marriage and contraception," Schmidt told me, "and around a cult of personality, where a true conservative is defined by fidelity to individual radio hosts or the outrageous statements they make."

Conservative talkers are free to use supposedly public airwaves to hurl names at Schmidt. But he has hardly been a loser....

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TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: enemywithin; gamechange; homosexualagenda; leperlist; nicollewallace; palin; romneydirtytrick; romneyvspalin; sarahpalin; schmidt4romney; schmidtvspalin; steveschmidt; waronsarah
So Bill Ayers wasn't a friend and associate of Barack Obama? Is that what they're claiming now?
1 posted on 03/21/2012 12:39:37 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

one candidate claims that a rival palled around with terrorists or about where he was born. As Schmidt believes, the nation’s leaders ought to be better than that.....We think so, also. That’s why we brought it up, asshat.

2 posted on 03/21/2012 12:46:32 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Safetgiver

The guy is a dirtbag. Goes for Nicole Wallace, too.

3 posted on 03/21/2012 12:56:53 AM PDT by Amagi (I challenge Barack Obama to call this Tea Party Patriot a "tea bagger" to my face.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Schmidt works for Romney. Remember?


The McCain/Palin ticket was up ++4 to 10 pts
in some polls, days prior to Election 2008.
So rather than helping the GOP, Romney and
TeamROMNEY and the RNME (Republican National Media Establishment)
decided …to attack Gov. Palin to throw Election2008.

Romney, and the Van der Sloot RNME RINOs for Obama in 2008

Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers…
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide…
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."

The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"I’m told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palin’s people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romney’s former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
… aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.

"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off ….hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."

"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the “Diva” leak was Nicolle Wallace’s husband."

"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"


"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"

4 posted on 03/21/2012 12:57:10 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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Steve Schitt and Nicole Wallace are both human debris and bottom feeding filth. I look forward to their eventual drift into irrelevance and obscurity.

5 posted on 03/21/2012 12:58:44 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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These ‘advisers’ are the ones who advise their clients to not respond to the attacks. Don't say anything about illegal aliens. Don't do conservative Talk Radio. And try to appease the moderates.
6 posted on 03/21/2012 2:13:51 AM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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"On the flip side, Schmidt has become a regular on MSNBC, offering a pseduo-conservative establishment's fake counterpoint to the hosts' liberal slant."

Fixed for accuracy...

7 posted on 03/21/2012 2:26:28 AM PDT by piytar (Rebellion is here! Free Republic is on the front line! NEVER SURRENDER!)
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To: Realman30

Moderates are worse than liberals...they have NO core values or principles.

8 posted on 03/21/2012 2:52:17 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

with any luck, game change will get smith employed by the DNC

9 posted on 03/21/2012 5:46:29 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Surprise, surprise.

Interesting tidbits here:

10 posted on 03/21/2012 6:07:15 AM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President (
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2 words — aRnold SchwarzenKennedy

another Schmidt ‘success’ story..

The 2003 Kauliforniyaaa Recall snowjob..

aRnold is the only electable Republican ..

May he and his ilk Rot in Politico Purgatory

11 posted on 03/21/2012 2:15:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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