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Memo: Shield Steve Schmidt from John McCain blame (plans to destroy Palin to save Schmidt)
Politico ^ | 3/15/12

Posted on 03/15/2012 7:32:44 PM PDT by roses of sharon

Ten days before the 2008 presidential election, as blame was beginning to be laid out for John McCain’s “likely defeat,” a top communications adviser to the campaign wrote a detailed strategy memo focused on how to preserve the reputation of another key adviser, Steve Schmidt, POLITICO has learned.

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The protective maneuver sheds more light on the final days of the 2008 campaign, a period of low morale marked by tensions between the Palin and McCain camps and the expectation of defeat.

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“Thankfully, and rightfully so, some members of the political punditry are already coming his defense (Rove, McKinnon, Scarborough), however a well organized and coordinated effort is needed to defend Steve’s good reputation,” Jones wrote in the memo, which was sent to two partners, Adam Mendelsohn and Kirill Goncharenko.

Jones wrote it, sources said, at the request of top Mercury brass, as the campaign wound down and Schmidt was returning to his MPA role. At the time, the Republican nominee was sinking in the polls and the anonymous finger-pointing was well underway in press accounts.

The memo was intended as an in-house Mercury document — but it was discovered by some McCain staffers who were trying to wrap up the campaign, and were troubled by any effort to start looking at damage control before the votes had been cast, a source familiar with it said.

With the subject line “Schmidt,” the memo went on that the three, along with another former Mercuryite Terry Nelson, would “engage in this project,” and seek out the help of other supportive Republicans and some “friendly Democrats.”

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


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From Twitter, BuzzFeedBen: The story McCain staffers planned to spin sounds an awful lot like Game Change
1 posted on 03/15/2012 7:32:48 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: roses of sharon

GOP scum.


2 posted on 03/15/2012 7:34:29 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: roses of sharon

BFD, we all know that Palin was the only thing that made Juan at all palatable.


3 posted on 03/15/2012 7:36:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Bigtigermike; Lakeshark; Al B.; sarah fan UK; Sarah Barracuda; ReneeLynn; Victoria Delsoul; ...

Well, well, well...! Looks like we can now all say we told them so!


4 posted on 03/15/2012 7:40:20 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: roses of sharon

As time goes on, Sarah Palin stands untouched, while McCain, Schimidt, Wallace and others stink more and more.

Palin actually tried to fight for this country, a platitude she believed in, while McCain merely paid it lip service.

I always wondered if McCain was turned in Hanoi, and became a high level mole for the Commies since then.

When he hugged his former NVA torturer, and then dissed the POW-MIA families in 1992, I did not wonder anymore.


5 posted on 03/15/2012 7:41:43 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: roses of sharon

This started with the arrival of the bizarre ‘exit polls’ showing Palin as the reason voted for Obama.

It was nowhere in the narrative in the weeks before the election because she had done well in her debate vs Biden and was pulling tens of thousands to her events, where both McCain and Biden were pulling hundreds to thousands.

The exit polls were the first phase in the Palin attacks. They had some impact in the beginning in terms of public opinion immediately, but settled in to drive up the narrative into fact as this theme was pounded over and over again over the following 12 months.

This memo shows how despicable that group was, and Steve Schmidt is scum. Nicole Wallace is even worse.


6 posted on 03/15/2012 7:42:52 PM PDT by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson
The memo suggested “additional actions,” including, “Monitor coverage (pre and post election) for Schmidt mentions;” “Keep tabs on all post election panels and forums, ensuring we have individuals aligned with MPA participating on them and that ‘friendly’ speakers have our message points;”

I wonder if that included FR?

7 posted on 03/15/2012 7:43:16 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: roses of sharon

Put Nicole Whatsherface Wallace in that pile also.

I don’t care if Vanity has her on his stinkin’ panel or not.


8 posted on 03/15/2012 7:46:19 PM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Marc Levin)
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To: Paladin2
It is a BFD.

The GOP would rather save Schmidt than Palin???

Instead protecting and mentoring magnificent young pol for their future, for their political bench, for fund-raising, they hung her out to dry.

It was irresponsible and counterproductive.

And unforgivable, a last straw for me as a Republican.

9 posted on 03/15/2012 7:49:33 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: roses of sharon

Shmidt is a turd eater


10 posted on 03/15/2012 7:54:13 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: roses of sharon
Flashback from November 2010:

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

11 posted on 03/15/2012 7:55:24 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: roses of sharon

Articles like this are why people like me are giving up on Republicans. McCain was DEAD IN THE WATER until he selected Palin.

Then McCain listened to the GOP brass and let his henchmen go after Palin balming her for the defeat.

I have NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER for John McCain. He let his own people destroy the person that kept him with 10 pts of Obama. Withour her, McCain would have lost by 30.


12 posted on 03/15/2012 7:55:56 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: roses of sharon

I agree. Nothing has remotely severed my lifelong support and allegiance to the GOP as much as the disgusting, backstabbing treatment given to Palin. I have zero faith and zero trust nowadays in the Republican Party. Five years ago, never in my wildest imagination, would I have expected to find myself in this position.


13 posted on 03/15/2012 8:01:02 PM PDT by greene66
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To: roses of sharon

I think I would enjoy Anonymous doing a info dump on the GOP. It would show the party is full of traitors. Common voters would want to kick the s*** out of the party leaders. Start with Schmidt.


14 posted on 03/15/2012 8:01:46 PM PDT by healy61
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To: exit82

I always wondered if McCain was turned in Hanoi, and became a high level mole for the Commies since then.

Bingo!!!! WINNER,WINNER,WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!


15 posted on 03/15/2012 8:02:46 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: exit82

Yes, Sarah stands alone in God’s Truth, charred but unscathed.


16 posted on 03/15/2012 8:02:53 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Timber Rattler
I wonder if that included FR?

I'm so glad you pointed that out. Perhaps some of our more vocal PDS sufferers had an agenda to follow and perhaps were even being paid. Even now we may have some infiltrators doing GOP-E work on our forum. At least it seems that way sometimes when I hear people pretending to support some conservative or another but are really just trolling for Romney.

17 posted on 03/15/2012 8:04:58 PM PDT by Waryone (Mitt Romney, dangerous homosexualist and lying socialist)
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To: Timber Rattler

Thanks for that link....I had forgotten that Romney was said to be concerned that she could win the nom in 2012.

Scum, all of them, they hate us like the Dems hate us, maybe more.


18 posted on 03/15/2012 8:07:49 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: roses of sharon

bttt


19 posted on 03/15/2012 8:07:59 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: roses of sharon

John McCain’s legacy will be that he was a traitor and a coward..instead of defending his running mate he decided that the best thing to do was either join them, or act shocked that they are trashing her. I saw McCain last week on Fox News Sunday, he couldn’t even half ass defend Sarah Palin..his statement was “I dont understand why Wallace and Schmidt are saying this” this is the kind of President he would have been.
The campaign was a disaster from the start, Schmidt and Wallace wanted Romney to be VP, when that failed, they decided to sabotage the campaign, with McCain’s help, so that Romney would be the Frontrunner in 2012..all are a bunch of disgusting roaches, and that is the #1 reason why I can’t stand Romney’s face, I see the people he associates with, and who do his bidding in his name


20 posted on 03/15/2012 8:09:59 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: exit82
As time goes on, Sarah Palin stands untouched, while McCain, Schimidt, Wallace and others stink more and more.

A massive stench is beginning to accumulate around the GOP establishment -- of which Schmidt is an active member.

Schmidt was also among the cabal in the "Newt Takedown" -- a plan formulated in Lindsay Graham's office, as Goober himself has bragged.

Washington -- and their power -- have corrupted them beyond redemption.

21 posted on 03/15/2012 8:12:17 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: roses of sharon; Diogenesis
I had forgotten that Romney was said to be concerned that she could win the nom in 2012.

Romney's flying monkeys started attacking Sarah the very same day that McCain announced her as his VP pick. Diogenesis has the links to the whole sordid series of stories from that period. And very soon after the election, Romney said that "Schmidt always had a place at his table."

22 posted on 03/15/2012 8:15:38 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: roses of sharon

McLame’s POW cred is threadbare and torn. POW or not, you’re a POS.

FOAD McCain, Schmidt and the rest.....

Even given the dead drag of Sea Anchor McLame, any competent campaign was a winner with Sarah Palin on the ticket.

Scumbag, traitorous bastards.


23 posted on 03/15/2012 8:15:56 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: greene66
Yes, and there are many still who cannot face the fact that their own party is embarrassed by them, and dismisses what they stand for.

Most will come around eventually, it's tough to do, and a very sad realization.

24 posted on 03/15/2012 8:16:36 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: okie01
Remember Red State's Leper List from November 5, 2008. Wallace and Schmidt were at the top of it, but Schmidt privately complained to Erickson who then took him off. Erickson should have left the POS right there where he belonged.
25 posted on 03/15/2012 8:22:32 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: roses of sharon

Has this scumbag Schmidt ever been associated with a conservative Republican? I know he managed a whole lot of losing campaigns, and he’s a homo-hugger with a lesbian sister, so why is the guy worth defending? The only positive thing I ever heard about him was that he helped Bush with the Alito and Roberts nominations.


26 posted on 03/15/2012 8:28:30 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: roses of sharon

If not for Sarah, McCain’s defeat would have made McGovern - Nixon look like a squeaker.


27 posted on 03/15/2012 8:35:08 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: roses of sharon
They are trying to stop the conservatives from having a voice.

if they stop Palin and Newt, who else it there?? For

Major reforms to our government.

28 posted on 03/15/2012 8:36:56 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Waryone

Do the names “Pissant” and “Humblegunner” come to mind?

There were others who were pimping Kerry and Cain doing the same kind of stuff.


29 posted on 03/15/2012 8:56:30 PM PDT by ak267
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To: Timber Rattler
I wonder if that included FR?

That would explain much.
30 posted on 03/15/2012 8:56:42 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ping


31 posted on 03/15/2012 8:58:58 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Wow!!Went to your Politico link and looked at the interview with Michael Steele. It kind of explains why they "disappeared" him doesn't it?

I wasn't blown over by him but I certainly thought he was as good as anybody else I could think of,now I find out that he understood the contempt with which so many of our career Republican politicians were held and also knew the tea party was going to be a force for change. He was quite prescient I guess and so of course they didn't like him.

Thanks for your post and link!

32 posted on 03/15/2012 9:27:44 PM PDT by saradippity
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To: Bryan24
I have NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER for John McCain. He let his own people destroy the person that kept him with 10 pts of Obama. Without her, McCain would have lost by 30.

I am humbled and in awe of what Captain McCain did in his service for his country. He acquitted himself with honor and courage during his 5 years of captivity in North Vietnam. I wish I were half the man of Pilot Captain McCain.

I hold Senator McCain in total contempt.

33 posted on 03/15/2012 9:36:20 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Am I right in that Wallace and Schmidt ARE runnning Mitten’s campaign now? I knew this at the time of the Katie Couric interview - was totally P’O’d about the way she was treated.

Romney is surrounded with these scum. And we want him in the White House why? Says it all when Dennis Hastert backs Romney in Illinois, too. good old boys my fanny.


34 posted on 03/15/2012 10:37:35 PM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (If we don't help make a change, then who will? It starts with us.)
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To: WaterWeWaitinFor

That is the rumor I have heard, that Wallace’s husband is running the Romney campaign..not sure about Schmidt or Wallace but I wouldn’t be surprised if they both are running the campaign. They have been running Mitt Romney’s campaign for years now, that is why they had to sabotage the McCain campaign, so that Romney would be the frontrunner in 2012


35 posted on 03/16/2012 12:21:30 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: WaterWeWaitinFor
Romney is surrounded with these scum.

And keep in mind that this very same scum will be populating the White House and federal agencies in the event of a Romney presidency, which in my mind would not be much better than Obama's criminal administration.

36 posted on 03/16/2012 2:10:09 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: saradippity

Whatever Steele’s problems and weaknesses as RNC Chairman-—he was firmly in Sarah Palin’s corner when all this went down and stayed there, and for that, he will always have my respect.


37 posted on 03/16/2012 2:12:12 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: roses of sharon; All
Here's another question that needs to be answered: How long has Politico been sitting on this particular memo, since they admitted not too long ago that they had held a lot of damning stuff back because they did not consider it "news worthy?"
38 posted on 03/16/2012 3:21:55 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: roses of sharon
FLASHBACK:

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"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

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

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"



39 posted on 03/16/2012 3:53:56 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: roses of sharon

40 posted on 03/16/2012 4:19:41 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Diogenesis

Can you imagine Romney’s goons going after Obama like this??

No way.


41 posted on 03/16/2012 12:12:34 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: cpdiii

As far as I’m concerned, Captain John McCain and Senator John McCain are two different people.


42 posted on 03/16/2012 3:36:54 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: roses of sharon
So far eleven advisors close to the McCain/Palin campaign have gone on the record concerning the veracity of the film Game Change. All but two--Steve Schimdt and Nicolle Wallace, have repudiated it as a travesty of the truth, particularly as it has depicted Governor Palin. The film is not only riddled with falsehoods, but it is careless in its falshoods in that some are easily refuted. To take some examples: Gov. Palin allegedly thought the Queen, not the Prime Minister ran the British Government. Yet a quick search would have found previous interviews where Gov. Palin discussed the career of Margaret Thatcher, notably interviews with Sean Hannity in September 2008 and with Charlie Rose in 2007. It is laughable that she was not aware of the role of the British PM. And while slandering the whole GOP voting base as primitive, it repeats the lie that at one of Palin's rallies, someone shouted "kill him" at the mention of Obama's name. This alleged happening was thoroughly investaged by the Secret Service and found to be false. The film also insinuates that Palin's supporters are racist and has insinuations that Obama is a Muslim. Yet there is youtube footage of Palin being asked on a ropeline whether a Muslim could aspire to being president. She answered directly and unhestitatingly that 'there is no religious test in the Constitution'. If the makers of Game Change had made a film about the rest of the book they might have been forced to point out that it was Hillary Clinton who first insinuated that Obama might be Muslim just as it was Clinton who first raised the issues of Obama's association with unrepentent terrorist Professor Bill Ayers and the Reverend Wright. There is also video footage of a vivacious Sarah Palin visiting a restaurant and later an Irish pub on the very day that the film depicts her having a nervous breakdown and curling up into 'fetal' position. Laughable. On could go on listing lies after lie in this evil piece of cheap agit/prop. But what is truly evil--and I use the word evil advisedly---about these lies is the manner in which the producers attempt to carry those lies on the back of sometimes 'sympathic' glimpses of Governor Palin. The most complete demolition job on the film has been done by the website Big Hollywood. Much more than Sarah Palin, this film tells us a great deal more about Barrack Obama and his HBO/Hollywood allies and the world of counterfeit currency in which they live. And no one better than a bunch of forgers knows real coin when they see it.
43 posted on 03/19/2012 3:18:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Lancey Howard
Has this scumbag Schmidt ever been associated with a conservative Republican?

Depends on whether his former boss Dick Cheney is a conservative Republican ...

I know he managed a whole lot of losing campaigns, and he’s a homo-hugger with a lesbian sister ...

Cheney and "lesbian" and "homo-hugger"? I'm not going to touch that ...

44 posted on 03/19/2012 3:32:18 PM PDT by x
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To: x
Depends on whether his former boss Dick Cheney is a conservative Republican ...

I would say he is, but you have to wonder if Cheney ever bothered to listen to him. I'm sure that scumbag Schmidt was far more comfortable out in California with Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he was more in his natural ("moderate") element. Who does he like now? Lemme guess... Romney?

45 posted on 03/19/2012 5:22:00 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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