Skip to comments.McCain’s Former Strategist Blasts Palin For Supporting Tea Party “Freakshow” In Defunding Obamacare
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, McCains 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 werent enough principled leaders to stand with him.
Its time for the Senate to put itself on Cruz Control, she wrote.
For the last couple of years weve 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.
Weve lost five U.S. Senate seats over the last two election cycles, he continued. We need Republicans, whether theyre running for president, whether theyre 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 well 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 conservatisms good name back from the freakshow thats been running wild for four years."
Matthews reminded Schmidt that he is in part responsible for bring this Frankensteins monster onto the political stage by tapping her as the vice presidential candidate.
I have deep regret in my part, certainly, for initiating Palins 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.
Wed 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 ones hands. So, well be watching your votes very carefully this week.
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?
Because of things like this? Poofter,,, guaranteed.
If the jour-nal-whore-list was doing his job and watching the Cruz Fillibuster he might just learn a damned thing or two.
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.
Ted & Mike are going strong for over 10hrs now. We can hear you all the way in Wasilla. DC better be listening! #MakeDCListen
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?
maybe the other staff were too conservative?
Thanks for the link cynwoody.
LoL, they probably felt relieved.
Because he's the "other" kind of Republican. A John McCain supporter.
The kind of Rino Chris Matthews loves!
Steve Schmidt lost to Obama.
What the heck is it with that jerk?
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.
Mc Cain reps are GOP.....Soros funded GOP.....just not Conservative
Is this the guy that now works for Sen Richard Burr?
Proven fact: any Republican campaign that hires this bald lardass is guaranteed to lose.
Poor Sara, she's forever going to be associated with McCain........kinda like Typhoid and Mary.
Another pimp of the Election Industry who is bedding himself with CZAR B.O. & McLame!
Credibility immediately destroyed by appearing on Hardball, much less MSNBC.
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?