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McCain’s Former Strategist Blasts Palin For Supporting Tea Party “Freakshow” In Defunding Obamacare
Opposing Views ^ | September 24, 2013 | Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht

Posted on 09/24/2013 11:55:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Former John McCain strategist Steve Schmidt criticized former running mate Sarah Palin for throwing her hat into the "defund Obamacare" campaign.

Schmidt, McCain’s 2008 campaign strategist, told “Hardball” host Chris Matthews that Republicans need to rid themselves of the "asininity" of both Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Tea Partier carrying the banner for defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Sarah Palin wrote an op-ed for Breitbart in which she claimed that if Cruz is unsuccessful in his fight against Obamacare it will be failure on the part of the GOP “because there weren’t enough principled leaders to stand with him.”

“It’s time for the Senate to put itself on Cruz Control,” she wrote.

“For the last couple of years we’ve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party” and promising to “purge the moderates” from the GOP, Schmidt said.

“We’ve lost five U.S. Senate seats over the last two election cycles,” he continued. “We need Republicans, whether they’re running for president, whether they’re the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.”

He said Cruz might have finally gone “a bridge too far.”

“Wise people understand the political consequences for the Republican party,” he said of the impending government shut-down and default.

“Maybe we’ll start seeing our elected leaders to stop being intimidated by this nonsense, have the nerve, have the guts to stand up … to fight to take conservatism’s good name back from the freakshow that’s been running wild for four years."

Matthews reminded Schmidt that he is in part responsible for bring this “Frankenstein’s monster” onto the political stage by tapping her as the vice presidential candidate.

“I have deep regret in my part, certainly, for initiating” Palin’s national platform, he said.

Palin said Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, are following through with their campaign promises by fighting to defund Obamacare.

“We’d like to believe that the GOP establishment would applaud the way these bold leaders have rallied the grassroots to their cause,” she wrote. “But, no, such praise would require a commensurate level of guts and leadership, and the permanent political class in D.C. is nothing if not gutless and rudderless.”

She added that GOP senators up for re-election should think twice about voting down the measure.

“Oh, and a little reminder to Republican senators up for re-election in 2014: Moose season ends soon, allowing more time on one’s hands. So, we’ll be watching your votes very carefully this week.”


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: chrissymatthews; collaborator; obamacare; palin; republicans; rinos; steveschmidt; teaparty; tedcruz
Why would a Republican go on Chris Matthews?
1 posted on 09/24/2013 11:55:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOPe supports ObamaCare

Boehner before the last election came right out and said that Obamacare was the law of the land and would be funded.

The looming election didn’t scare him.

Ted Cruz does. It was Ted Cruz who basically forced the House GOPe to pass a defund bill. A very flawed one, but they did it. This “freakshow” has more influence than a looming election.

“Why would a Republican go on Chris Matthews?”

What makes you think McCain strategists are Republicans?


2 posted on 09/25/2013 12:03:12 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
McVain is a despicable, old and bitter man.
3 posted on 09/25/2013 12:03:17 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/aclu-hires-steve-schmidt-bring-republicans-same-sex-marriage-push

Because of things like this? Poofter,,, guaranteed.


4 posted on 09/25/2013 12:08:26 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the jour-nal-whore-list was doing his job and watching the Cruz Fillibuster he might just learn a damned thing or two.


5 posted on 09/25/2013 12:15:45 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GeronL

In retrospect, the McCain aides were more far more worried about opposing Sarah than they did Obama. And they all support Obamas agenda now. And the GOP embraces them, not us. They are mainstream GOP, not us.

The GOP is basically over for me. It’s time to leave them.


6 posted on 09/25/2013 12:19:19 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted & Mike are going strong for over 10hrs now. We can hear you all the way in Wasilla. DC better be listening! #MakeDCListen

7 posted on 09/25/2013 12:24:12 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCain fired his whole campaign staff, twice, before hiring Schmidt who then lost to Obama.

Can we hear sometimes from the two likely losers that came before the absolute loser?


8 posted on 09/25/2013 12:27:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

maybe the other staff were too conservative?


9 posted on 09/25/2013 12:27:47 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: cynwoody

Thanks for the link cynwoody.


10 posted on 09/25/2013 12:33:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: GeronL

LoL, they probably felt relieved.


11 posted on 09/25/2013 12:34:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why would a Republican go on Chris Matthews?

Because he's the "other" kind of Republican. A John McCain supporter.
The kind of Rino Chris Matthews loves!

12 posted on 09/25/2013 12:36:28 AM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Steve Schmidt lost to Obama.


13 posted on 09/25/2013 1:09:54 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What the heck is it with that jerk?


14 posted on 09/25/2013 1:29:43 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s less than a buzzing gnat to Sarah.

I watched as she was asked about his comments, and she didn’t give him the satisfaction of even swatting at him.


15 posted on 09/25/2013 1:43:11 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: GeronL

Mc Cain reps are GOP.....Soros funded GOP.....just not Conservative


16 posted on 09/25/2013 3:02:33 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Unemployment is so high...its getting harder for Obama to job people anymore)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this the guy that now works for Sen Richard Burr?


17 posted on 09/25/2013 3:22:56 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Always with the trashing of Palin and conservative principles, Schmidt does a great impression of a 'Rat mole in the Republican Party --
-- oh wait, Schmidt IS a 'Rat mole in the Republican Party.

Proven fact: any Republican campaign that hires this bald lardass is guaranteed to lose.

18 posted on 09/25/2013 4:16:49 AM PDT by Amagi (God Save the Republic.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I have deep regret in my part, certainly, for initiating” Palin’s national platform, he said.

Poor Sara, she's forever going to be associated with McCain........kinda like Typhoid and Mary.

19 posted on 09/25/2013 4:22:59 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Ms. Muffett suffered from arachnophobia)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another pimp of the Election Industry who is bedding himself with CZAR B.O. & McLame!


20 posted on 09/25/2013 4:45:02 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: GeronL

Credibility immediately destroyed by appearing on Hardball, much less MSNBC.


21 posted on 09/25/2013 6:06:21 AM PDT by Boomer One
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Would this be a strategist that lost a presidential election and wouldn’t let Palin actually go after the opposition because they wanted to play nice or something?


22 posted on 09/25/2013 6:38:18 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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