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Senior McCain aide: The GOP is a 'shrinking entity' [praises Zero, says Palin token conservative]
CNN - Political Ticker ^ | 2009-04-23

Posted on 04/23/2009 6:43:40 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

(CNN) — John McCain’s general election campaign began as “the strategic equivalent of throwing a football through a tire at 50 yards” – and was doomed weeks before Election Day, his former chief strategist said Thursday.

“We were running a campaign under extra difficult circumstances — the state of the Republican Party, the president’s unpopularity, the economy — a lot of issues that were not John McCain’s fault, but were John McCain’s problem in this race,” Schmidt told an audience at the University of Delaware, according to Politico. “When Lehman Brothers collapsed in the fall I knew pretty much right away that … from an electoral strategy perspective, the campaign was finished.”

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1 posted on 04/23/2009 6:43:40 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: Dick Bachert; 50mm; stockpirate; Eaker; ducdriver; ChrisInAR; AvOrdVet; MaggieCarta; indylindy; ...

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—John McCain, October 2, 2008

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2 posted on 04/23/2009 6:44:12 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

It wasn’t McCain, it wasn’t him, it wasn’t RINOism, it was us.

Yeah. Right.


3 posted on 04/23/2009 6:45:18 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: rabscuttle385

His campaign was doomed when he was nominated. If it hadn’t been for Palin, it would have been a landslide.


4 posted on 04/23/2009 6:45:43 PM PDT by nobama08
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To: rabscuttle385

before Palin he had 2,000 people at his rallies and was broke.


5 posted on 04/23/2009 6:45:48 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain(and his allies) are *****STILL***** attacking Sarah Palin?!?!?!?
6 posted on 04/23/2009 6:45:53 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (The media are WINOs - Watchdogs in name only)
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To: rabscuttle385
Senior McCain aide: The GOP is a 'shrinking entity'

That's because the party is thoroughly infested with RINOs like your boss.

7 posted on 04/23/2009 6:46:11 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: rabscuttle385

Steve Schmidt emerges more and more every day as a major self-serving, cynical political operative asswipe.


8 posted on 04/23/2009 6:46:24 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: rabscuttle385

Schmidt is a moron and a quitter. When Lehman collapsed...he knew it was over? This guy would go broke running a brewery in the desert with thousands of thirsty oil workers. What a moron.


9 posted on 04/23/2009 6:47:15 PM PDT by Frantzie (Bumper Sticker idea: "Remember when Bush was President & Americans had jobs?")
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To: rabscuttle385

I’m thinking there has been some serious Soros infiltration of the GOP and it started with McQueeg and his main street republicans.


10 posted on 04/23/2009 6:47:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Sarah Palin is pro-amnesty, just like McCain.


11 posted on 04/23/2009 6:48:17 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (Flying my flag upside down until our constitution is respected/our nation is restored.)
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To: rabscuttle385

This guy is an idiot. No wonder McCain lost.


12 posted on 04/23/2009 6:48:55 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Leisler

Mr. Schmitt gives bald assholes a bad name.

Mr. S, just dry up and blow away like the dried up turd you are.


13 posted on 04/23/2009 6:49:21 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (No greater friend, no worse enemy -The United States Marine Corps.)
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To: rabscuttle385
So I take it Schmidt, like Nicole Wallace can't get any work in politics. People who build their house on sand....
14 posted on 04/23/2009 6:50:48 PM PDT by redk
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To: cripplecreek
-- it started with McQueeg and his main street republicans. --

I dunno if McCain was in the vanguard, but the Republican Main Street Partnership is an essentially "statist" and "top-down" operation that is void of social-conservative values.

In other words, the RMSP is the face of the GOP.

15 posted on 04/23/2009 6:52:13 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: rabscuttle385
“We were running a campaign under extra difficult circumstances — the state of the Republican Party, the president’s unpopularity, the economy — a lot of issues that were not John McCain’s fault, but were John McCain’s problem in this race,” Schmidt told an audience...

Sure. Blame everything and everybody but the lame-o candidate. Tell us another bedtime story, Schmidt. Ooh, I know - how about the one where the tanned John McCain - always ready with an easy, reassuring smile (complete with Lyle Waggoner sparkle) - was the darling of the grassroots Republicans who donated and donated until their pockets were practically empty (until that Sarah Palin came along and killed all the enthusiasm). Tell us that one, Schmidt.

16 posted on 04/23/2009 6:53:56 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: nobama08
His campaign was doomed when he was nominated. If it hadn’t been for Palin, it would have been a landslide.

Right on. I'm glad Chris Simcox is challenging McJerk in the GOP Primary for Senate this time around.....

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17 posted on 04/23/2009 6:54:10 PM PDT by repentant_pundit (Fighting recession by spending trillions is like fighting a forest fire with an AK-47)
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To: rabscuttle385

McCain, please go away and take your attention-starved daughter with you.


18 posted on 04/23/2009 6:54:29 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: Cboldt

All I know is that the GOP is growing increasingly hostile toward conservatives and can’t realistically think they’ll win in future elections.


19 posted on 04/23/2009 6:55:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Can the AZ freepers PLEASE find a true Republican to run against this man? He needs to GO and take Megan with him.


20 posted on 04/23/2009 6:56:24 PM PDT by RRismyhero (Mr. Obama - You can keep your change.)
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To: RRismyhero
Can the AZ freepers PLEASE find a true Republican to run against this man?

Chris Simcox is running.

21 posted on 04/23/2009 6:57:18 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

With aides like that, McCain didn’t need any enemies. Cheez.


22 posted on 04/23/2009 6:57:25 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: rabscuttle385

I propose we temporarily suspend all rules relating to profanity, personal attacks and threats of violence for this one thread...


23 posted on 04/23/2009 6:57:49 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (Check out Puppy News at www.buyingapuppy.com)
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To: rabscuttle385

mccain’s an ass.

he should retire and let new blood into the senate.


24 posted on 04/23/2009 6:58:27 PM PDT by ken21 (the only thing we have to fear is fdr deja vu.)
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To: rabscuttle385

“Senior McCain aide: The GOP is a ‘shrinking entity’...”

Well, according to the McCain definition of GOP... I suppose it is.

but GOP /= Conservative and we are just beginning to fight.


25 posted on 04/23/2009 6:58:29 PM PDT by KarenMarie
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To: Kimberly GG

So was Reagan, for that matter.


26 posted on 04/23/2009 7:01:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: rabscuttle385

How about a name? I wanna know who each of my enemies are.


27 posted on 04/23/2009 7:01:32 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Schmidt. Gotta remember to read the article before posting.


28 posted on 04/23/2009 7:02:12 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Mr. Mojo

RINOs and neo-cons....They’ve sacrificed conservative values on the alter of “Go Team!”....and ruined the party.


29 posted on 04/23/2009 7:02:21 PM PDT by softengine (Betrayal and Hypocrisy play on both sides of the fence.......but no one will admit it.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Oh yeah, Everyone else is to blame for Juanito's historically gigantic arse whipping...

His lamo campaign dudes should never work on any race ever again, unless it is for Dims.
30 posted on 04/23/2009 7:02:40 PM PDT by Fred (Proud Member of the Obama Enemies List)
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To: nickcarraway

Reagan supported a limited amnesty without lots of weasel words.


31 posted on 04/23/2009 7:03:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: rabscuttle385; All
“John McCain’s general election campaign began as “the strategic equivalent of throwing a football through a tire at 50 yards” – and was doomed weeks before Election Day, his former chief strategist said Thursday”

When Obama went around the battleground states, especially in places like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and even in California, proposing to tax and spend our way out of our problems, while blaming it all on Bush, McCain had no come-backs, on the economy - or to put it correctly, McCain offered no comebacks to Obama on the economy; when he could have said: “My opponent is offering for the government to tax and spend us out of the current problems. So, ask your self, here in xxxxxxxxxx (Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and yes even California), hows that been working for you recently??”

Instead McCain's only economic ploy was his same “bash the greedy” populist sentiments, which impressed no one.

McCain lost, because he was never expected or entitled to win - he was a nice guy, a war hero, a “maverick” populist, without a plan, an agenda or an idea of his own, beyond the insipid celebration of who he is. He insulted the GOP base, for years, tried to play nice with conservatives in the short period leading to the primaries, went to the largest conservative PAC gathering and told them, in the politest of terms, he respectfully was not one of them; built no major grass-roots get out the vote organization (from what), picked Palin to account for his own conservative weakness, and then, and now blames her for not making up for all his deficits. Ego.; Ego; Ego.

32 posted on 04/23/2009 7:04:16 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli
he was a nice guy

McQueeg was never a "nice guy". Nice guys don't openly insult their constituents.
33 posted on 04/23/2009 7:07:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Senior McCain aide: The GOP Is A 'Shrinking Entity'

Let's fix that title:

Senior McCain aide: The GOP Is A 'Shrinking Entity' Thanks To RINOs Like John McCain

34 posted on 04/23/2009 7:08:05 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: cripplecreek
Reagan supported a limited amnesty without lots of weasel words.

Reagan trusted the democrats to hold up their end of the deal - put teeth in border enforcement and no more amnesties.

Trusting democrats to be as good as their word turned out to be a major mistake.

35 posted on 04/23/2009 7:09:28 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: cripplecreek

I meant to put that term in quotes, for the media impression it represents; missed them when my fingers went faster than my brain.


36 posted on 04/23/2009 7:09:51 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: rabscuttle385

Geez with friends like these who needs enemies. Nicole Wallace and Schmidt are both bastards. Let’s face facts, John McCain NEVER wanted to become President. If he did he would have tried just a wee bit harder actually FIGHTING to win. No, instead he bends over and kissed Obama’s ass whenever he had the chance. From saying “Don’t be afraid of Obama, he would make a great President” comment, to going to Washington to vote for a bailout that NO ONE wanted, to those boring as hell debates that he had with Obama that I could have literally kicked Obama’s ass on without any preparation time. He chose Sarah so that he would have someone to blame for the loss. He never expected to win and he never really wanted to win. He became jealous after seeing Sarah get all of the spotlight and all of the support. I watched the majority of the rallies that McCain and Palin had and I would see after Sarah would be finished talking people would actually leave when John came to the podium to talk. They didn’t give a damn about him, they came to see HER and that ate him alive. I am sick of these Beltway Republicans talking trash about a human being who busted her ass to get Yosemite Sam into the White House. They don’t appreciate the time and effort she gave on getting his stupid ass elected. They are worse then scum


37 posted on 04/23/2009 7:10:20 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Wuli

No harm no foul.


38 posted on 04/23/2009 7:11:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: rabscuttle385

I am waiting for someone to say:

“We don’t need any advice from the losers!”


39 posted on 04/23/2009 7:12:42 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
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To: rabscuttle385

And McCain hung her out to dry when he got a better deal from the empty suit.


40 posted on 04/23/2009 7:13:16 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: skeeter

Reagan wouldn’t try to feed us the 12 million line knowing full well that it was 30 million or more and he sure as heck wouldn’t tell us that dumping them on our failing economy was the cure for all that ails us.


41 posted on 04/23/2009 7:13:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Wuli
Ego.; Ego; Ego.

Ego sinus super , proinde ego perdo.

Cheers!

42 posted on 04/23/2009 7:17:09 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: rabscuttle385
I thought that if Obama won, we'd at least get one benefit - not hearing from McCain or any of his idiot crew - but it seems like there's another story every day from McNasty, his crew, or his idiot pig daughter.
43 posted on 04/23/2009 7:17:14 PM PDT by SeafoodGumbo
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To: cripplecreek
Just for perspective's sake, Reagan's amnesty - initially guessed to include about 1.5 million illegals - thru chain migration ended up changing the demographic and political landscape of California forever.

Just imagine what 20 or 30 million will do to the country.

44 posted on 04/23/2009 7:17:24 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: rabscuttle385
The behavior of the McCain campaign before the election was as absymal as its' behavior after the campaign. First they came off looking like like the gang that couldn't shoot straight. Then they started the blame game and put the failure squarely on Gov. Palin. And it looks like they still haven't taken responsibility for that failure.

Memo to other GOP candidates: If you want to win your election, take note of who worked for the McCain campaign and avoid them like the plague.

45 posted on 04/23/2009 7:18:50 PM PDT by blake6900 (YOUR AD HERE)
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To: Onelifetogive

I second that motion.


46 posted on 04/23/2009 7:20:27 PM PDT by Gator113 (I'm a PROUD RIGHT WING EXTREMIST.... Obama has failed, IMPEACH Obama NOW....)
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To: EyeGuy
He should pal around with Bob Schrum. They have a lot in common.
47 posted on 04/23/2009 7:20:47 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: cripplecreek
-- All I know is that the GOP is growing increasingly hostile toward conservatives and can't realistically think they'll win in future elections. --

But the GOP is perfectly willing to browbeat voters for its own failure. Go figure! My take is that the GOP is a statist/liberal operation, at heart.

48 posted on 04/23/2009 7:22:54 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Sarah Barracuda
And don't forget that it was McCain who wouldn't hear of anyone referring to BHO by his middle name Hussain.

McCain was put in the race by the MSM because they knew that he could be beat by BHO.

49 posted on 04/23/2009 7:25:54 PM PDT by mickie
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To: nobama08
Truer words, my friend, truer words.....
50 posted on 04/23/2009 7:26:05 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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