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An adviser molds a tighter, more aggressive McCain campaign
www.iht.com ^ | September 7, 2008 | Jim Rutenberg and Adam Nagourney

Posted on 09/07/2008 6:59:41 AM PDT by Publius804

An adviser molds a tighter, more aggressive McCain campaign By Jim Rutenberg and Adam Nagourney Sunday, September 7, 2008

ST. PAUL: It was what aides to Senator John McCain describe as probably the worst night of his campaign. As Senator Barack Obama claimed the Democratic nomination before a cheering sea of faces on national television, McCain countered with a lackluster speech in a half-empty hall, posed in front of a pea-green screen that became fodder for late-night comedy.

Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to McCain who worked on President George W. Bush's campaign in 2004, could barely hide his fury in the coming days, as he announced — to anyone who would listen that he would personally make certain the McCain campaign would never again embarrass McCain.

"Fun Steve is dead," Schmidt said.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008rncconvention; election; mccain; mccainpalin; palin; schmidt
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1 posted on 09/07/2008 6:59:41 AM PDT by Publius804
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To: Publius804
Still, the new tone has been jarring to some veterans of McCain's unsuccessful presidential run in 2000 ...

Aw, too bad.

2 posted on 09/07/2008 7:03:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: Publius804
Even with all my disagreements with McCain over policy, I am still impressed by how he is actually fighting Hussein. A lot of us thought he would be 2008's version of Bob Dole.

To use a cliche... he's quite refreshing... to not roll over and play dead like a lot of previous GOP candidates would do.

3 posted on 09/07/2008 7:05:01 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: Publius804

Good. Go Sarah Go!


4 posted on 09/07/2008 7:06:46 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (PALIN-MANIA ... I haz it!)
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To: Tax-chick

Schmidt is AWESOME! they say he is a terror with staff..ha. But his staff loves him, he really pushes them.

Of course, myself being a Type A workaholic I love this guy. ha.


5 posted on 09/07/2008 7:07:24 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (GOD BLESS GEORGIA! SAVE GEORGIA, OUR ALLY, NOW!)
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To: pnh102

Yep. I hope they keep the limp-wristed “go along to get along” advisers away. Fighting Obama isn’t a senate campaign, pledging to work with the opposition like a good RINO should.


6 posted on 09/07/2008 7:08:04 AM PDT by kenth (Will Rogers never met Barack Obama.)
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To: pnh102

I think, if it were up to McCain, he wouldn’t be fighting. The GOP is running the “fighting” angle of this election.

We ... the party have a lot to lose if we are not in the Whitehouse. And the GOP is putting money, resources and strategy into winning.


7 posted on 09/07/2008 7:10:00 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (PALIN-MANIA ... I haz it!)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

If they want to win the election, there’s no place for coddling delicate feelings ... not the staff’s feelings, and certainly not the opponent’s feelings.

When people are part of a winning team, the hardships and aggressive personalities are worth it.


8 posted on 09/07/2008 7:10:54 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: Tax-chick

Yup. Yup.


9 posted on 09/07/2008 7:12:51 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (GOD BLESS GEORGIA! SAVE GEORGIA, OUR ALLY, NOW!)
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To: Publius804

The thrust of this article seems to be that Schmidt is effective because he’s a liar and a trouble maker who is making McLame behave badly.


10 posted on 09/07/2008 7:14:44 AM PDT by jim35 ("...when the lion and the lamb lie down together, ...we'd better damn sure be the lion")
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To: Publius804

I still don’t like McCain but I tip my hat to his handlers, they are doing a great job.


11 posted on 09/07/2008 7:14:48 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Ditto that.


12 posted on 09/07/2008 7:17:03 AM PDT by jim35 ("...when the lion and the lamb lie down together, ...we'd better damn sure be the lion")
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To: Publius804

Actually a good read.

I said sarcastically for months, “I wonder when McCain is going to begin campaigning?”

Then BOOM! suddenly he has this taut, focused, dynamic, discilined campaign.

I dearly hope it remains so. I’ll never, NEVER understand why W learned nothing from the maddeningly effective campaign-approach of The Nameless One. Seems like this gent did. I hope he sticks with it.


13 posted on 09/07/2008 7:17:57 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Publius804

The article tries to make schmidt out to be a bad guy — IR they are trying to ROVE him.

In reality, Steve Schmidt is the reincarnation of Lee Atwater, and he could not have come along at a better time.


14 posted on 09/07/2008 7:20:17 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

BobRemember early on he kept disavowing anyone who “went too far” (which meant they said something negative about Obama). It was like-Bob Dole time! We knew he’d eventually would have to fight, but he’s doing it smart...not like Dole who came out with “He’s a real Bozo!” Yeah Bob, Chinagate, clean coal, Riady, but you say nothing till the end and then all we got was “Bozo”...Hope your handlers are retired Bob.

IIRC much of this McCain change is due to someone being added to the crew but I forgot his name.


15 posted on 09/07/2008 7:20:26 AM PDT by icwhatudo (If my brother-n-law threatened to kill my father-I'd tell his boss too (Just like Palin did))
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To: icwhatudo

Bobremember? LOL, wish we had an edit. It should read just “remember”


16 posted on 09/07/2008 7:21:28 AM PDT by icwhatudo (If my brother-n-law threatened to kill my father-I'd tell his boss too (Just like Palin did))
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To: Publius804
" It was just that sort of thinking that led McCain to give Schmidt and his street-brawling style of politics such prominence."
This is the kind of fight that we need to battle against the Liberal movement for decades to come.... the gloves are off.
17 posted on 09/07/2008 7:22:08 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Publius804

We’re in a war since last Saturday, and we now have the right GENERAL to fiercely fight this was aggressively (more so than Bush’s campaign IMHO).


18 posted on 09/07/2008 7:24:11 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie; No Surrender No Retreat; Clintonfatigued; freekitty; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

We are at war with treasonous vermin in the drive-by media and their Liberal cohorts everywhere. The enemy was spawned in the gutter and resides there. Our future and freedom are at stake, therefore, we must climb in the gutter and beat them at their own game using their tactics back on them. Our troops are putting their lives on the line to protect and defend this great nation. We can do no less here at home!

We must ensure that voter fraud gets reported and is prosecuted. You can be sure the RATS are digging in grave yards all over this country. The dead will be voting in mass come November.


19 posted on 09/07/2008 7:24:54 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Publius804

Me thinks J McCain wants to be President real bad. I just wish he would go ahead and make some Revum Wright ads. That will be the stake in the heart of Hussein Osama.


20 posted on 09/07/2008 7:28:05 AM PDT by JessieHelmsJr
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To: Publius804

As I think about the convention and now see the line of attack coming from news commentators this Sunday morning, I think the McCain campaign missed an opportunity by not focusing at least some of its convention fire at the Reid-Pelosi Congress.

McCain and Palin should be saying at every stop: imagine the “change” you’ll get if you combine a Reid-Pelosi Congress with an Obama-Bin-Biden Administration!

That’s Change You Should Be Fearful Of!


21 posted on 09/07/2008 7:28:06 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: jim35
“The thrust of this article seems to be that Schmidt is effective because he’s a liar and a trouble maker who is making McLame behave badly.”

Yes, that is the spin... but since America knows that dims lie and turn everything around 180 degrees with projection... let me covert liberalese to English for you.

“Schmidt is effective because he always tells the truth, has eliminated dissension in the McCain campaign and is making McCain get in touch with his Conservative side. They are kicking our liberal a$$es!”

LLS

22 posted on 09/07/2008 7:28:06 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (GOD, Country, Family... except for dims!)
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To: pnh102
" to not roll over and play dead like a lot of previous GOP candidates would do. "

And that's what the DEMS/MSM expected for us to do.. to just roll over and die.

2 things the DEMS/MSM didn't expect... SARAH PALIN and us taking the gloves off.

I would not be surprised if Steve Schmidt is looking here on FR to find some good material to use.


23 posted on 09/07/2008 7:31:00 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Tax-chick

“Still, the new tone has been jarring to some veterans of McCain’s unsuccessful presidential run in 2000 ...”

You mean John Weaver and Mike Murphy right?


24 posted on 09/07/2008 7:32:38 AM PDT by moose2004 (Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill And Then Drill Some More)
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To: Publius804
"But it's important to realize that we lost in 2000, so I'm not sure we're in any position to give lectures about how to effectively win a national election with John McCain."

The dawn breaks...

25 posted on 09/07/2008 7:35:50 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: BunnySlippers

We, Americans, have the most to lose if the democrats rule, especially our unborn. I was just thinking of an advertisement where the unborn kicks the mother because of a a leap of joy in response to McCain. :)


26 posted on 09/07/2008 7:41:38 AM PDT by huldah1776 ( Worthy is the Lamb)
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To: icwhatudo

“LOL, wish we had an edit.”

We do. It’s called preview.

It doesn’t help, though.

: )


27 posted on 09/07/2008 7:42:15 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: commish
The article tries to make schmidt out to be a bad guy...

Of course he's a bad guy. He's a republican who fights to win. Any pubbie who does that will always be a bad guy in the eyes of the left. I tip my hat to Schmidt, who is the second coming of Lee Atwater just when we needed him! May he live long and run many campaigns.

Youngish conservatives are coming to the fore. Maybe it's happening a little sooner than expected, but you can't plan these things. If we can pull this election out, our bench gets pretty thick as the Sarah Palin generation starts assuming more leadership roles. The future has a lot of potential if we just keep upbeat and don't get demoralized.

28 posted on 09/07/2008 7:42:29 AM PDT by ishmac
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To: huldah1776
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29 posted on 09/07/2008 7:45:57 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (PALIN-MANIA ... I haz it!)
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To: moose2004

Who remembers the names of losers?


30 posted on 09/07/2008 7:50:09 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
" Schmidt is AWESOME!
They say he is a terror with staff..ha.
But his staff loves him, he really pushes them. "



Patton
Patton



Rove to Steve Schmidt : Steve you magnificent bastard !
31 posted on 09/07/2008 7:50:54 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Publius804

I was wondering who had the brilliant idea to bring in McCain’s middle initial into Palin’s speach! Now I know. It’s an indirect contrast to the “Husein” middle name!


32 posted on 09/07/2008 7:52:50 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
The best post for Schmidt to use is the one of the soldier addressing "Mr. Obama". That video is SO POWERFUL.

It hits at the heart of what is wrong with the Obama mentality: democracy and freedom are worth fighting for as long as there are no bennies lost and no blood spilled. Which tells our enemies--like bin Laden--that we are too selfish and self-absorbed to fight back when attacked.

That's what caused September 11--and it is the LAST thing the Democrats want to be reminded of.

33 posted on 09/07/2008 7:54:22 AM PDT by milagro
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To: commish

re#14 Agreed. His execution is near perfect and response/rebuttals immediate. I am really impressed. I like the phrase I saw that there has been “unleashed a Schmidt Storm on the arrogant BO and Axelrod”...


34 posted on 09/07/2008 7:55:48 AM PDT by eureka! (Former: McCain....I guess. Now: McCain/Palin....For d*mn sure, Big Time!)
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To: Publius804

McCain has to stop all of this “I respect and admire Obama” bullsh*t. Nobody really respects Obama, the leftist know his is a liar and cheat but he serves his purpose. McLame is talking out of both sides of his mouth when he says he is going to change DC and then goes on to describe how he’ll put demoncrats in his cabinet and how he respects Obama. Respect Obama for what - community organizer for Acorn, a baby killer, a liar? I guess we should respect how well he has lied about being a Christian now that he has revealed to Stephanopolus that he is Muslim.


35 posted on 09/07/2008 8:12:27 AM PDT by sasafras (Diversity Programs = Mandated Racism)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
I would not be surprised if Steve Schmidt is looking here on FR to find some good material to use.

It seems Schmidt is looking everywhere for material. Here's an example. Back in June, a teenaged girl called into Rush's radio show. She said that she once liked obama but she quickly grew tired of him because he was everywhere on TV. She declared that obama was going to become the Britney Spears of politics.

Less than two days later, Schmidt unleashed the 'Celebrity' ad against obama.

36 posted on 09/07/2008 8:12:38 AM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

You bet they will be out voting.


37 posted on 09/07/2008 8:24:20 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Tax-chick

I remember those two because they’ve been close to McCain for many years, until now, and I would much rather have Schmidt running the campaign than them, no question about it.


38 posted on 09/07/2008 8:25:12 AM PDT by moose2004 (Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill And Then Drill Some More)
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To: moose2004

Sounds like McCain wants to win this time. He’s not getting any younger ...


39 posted on 09/07/2008 8:27:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: Tax-chick

I agree.


40 posted on 09/07/2008 8:31:16 AM PDT by moose2004 (Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill And Then Drill Some More)
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To: BunnySlippers

It’s all just practice for 2012.


41 posted on 09/07/2008 9:57:17 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Palin is sugar on a turd ... No mas Juan "Traitor Rat" McAmnesty)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

“I would not be surprised if Steve Schmidt is looking here on FR to find some good material to use.”

Yea, these guys are CLEARLY in touch with the base. No doubt they listen to Rush and probably take a quick look at EVERY article posted...and then dig into the interesting ones.

These guys are phenomenal.


42 posted on 09/07/2008 9:58:54 AM PDT by BobL (http://www.brusselsjournal.com/blog/4556 (here is where the real Europe is going))
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To: VRWC For Truth
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43 posted on 09/07/2008 10:02:20 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (PALIN-MANIA ... I haz it!)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness; Chieftain

GREAT, GREAT , GREAT POST!!!

I LOVE IT!
These are Americans who serve(served ) their country!

Karl Rove said that the Rats are amazed at how “calm” he always is , so they said “He has ice water, not blood, in his veins!”
ha.


44 posted on 09/07/2008 10:09:10 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (GOD BLESS GEORGIA! SAVE GEORGIA, OUR ALLY, NOW!)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
I would not be surprised if Steve Schmidt is looking here on FR to find some good material to use.

The internet can be incredibly intelligent when you get all those minds working together - just look at how quickly they took apart the Rathergate story - a story the professional 60 minutes teams had been working on for weeks.

And sometimes they are just a million monkeys typing on a million typewriters..

46 posted on 09/07/2008 10:09:37 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: BunnySlippers
re: I think, if it were up to McCain, he wouldn’t be fighting.)))

McCain has shut down his cozy little palsywalsy Three Amigos salon now that the media is coming at him with long knives and demanding answers to stupid and nasty questions.

Must have been quite a shock for him. Looks like he's wised up. Good.

Maybe the digs at his party are good politics. I don't appreciate them.

48 posted on 09/07/2008 10:20:42 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Publius804
I always said McCain was too nice. He treats others with respect. The problem with Obama/Biden is that they respect no one. Instead of making McCain appear "above the fray" the Media Spin on it is that he's weak. (Similar things said about Jesus, IIRC.)

McCain has just entered the temple and seen the money exchangers and he's made a whip and is going after them. Time to put on the gloves and take the fighter's stance. McCain is not running against gentlemen, he's running against hooligans. You can't expect hooligans to play "fair" and they'll use YOUR call to fairness and equity against you.

Sarah Palin scares the dickens (devil not charles) out of the democrats because she is everything they're not. Instead of wanting to emulate her, they want to destroy her. How intelligent is that?

Upon reflection: Democrats are unintelligent hooligans.

49 posted on 09/07/2008 10:34:25 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (The Number of the Beast:"six hundred threescore six." Barack Hussein Obama can translate:"Lucifer.")
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To: Fido969
And sometimes they are just a million monkeys typing on a million typewriters..


50 posted on 09/07/2008 11:29:12 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (The Word of God is powerful. That's why so many people are afraid to read it.)
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