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‘Game Change’: A made-up narrative from two axe-grinders
The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2012 | Joseph Curl

Posted on 03/18/2012 2:32:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

From watching “Game Change,” this much is clear: (1) Steve Schmidt is an absolutely brilliant campaign strategist who gave Sen. John McCain the idea to put “Country First” (it had never occurred to the war hero); and (2) Nicolle Wallace is a demure, yet quietly ingenious, media savant who can handle any crisis.

Oh, but wait: Mr. Schmidt ran one of the worst campaigns in the history of presidential elections, losing to a first-term senator from Illinois with no experience governing anything, and Ms. Wallace let the entire message of the McCain campaign be overrun by — “Saturday Night Live”?

I spent a year of my life on the McCain campaign, and I can tell you this: Nuh uh. “Game Change” is a ridiculous farce of a movie — even more absurd as a chronicle of a major historical event — that appears to have been written mostly by Mr. Schmidt and Ms. Wallace, two players who have major axes to grind with the higher-ups of the McCain campaign.

Mr. Schmidt was a longtime loser when he entered the McCain campaign, losing race after race — he served as communications director for Lamar (Lamar!) Alexander’s pitiful run for president: Need we say more?

Ms. Wallace took a similar path, starting out in California politics, then switching to Florida. Like Mr. Schmidt, she worked in the George W. Bush White House before joining the McCain campaign. I was covering the White House at the same time; she wasn’t much of a force there, either.

Privately, she got crosswise with Sarah Palin almost immediately after joining the campaign, although publicly, she was all aboard. What’s Mrs. Palin like on the trail?: “She works harder than anyone I’ve known in politics,” Ms. Wallace said....

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: biden; gamechange; leperlist; nicollewallace; obama; palin; rinoscum; romneyscum; sarahpalin; shunthesepukes; steveschmidt; traitorouswitch; waronsarah
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1 posted on 03/18/2012 2:32:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Slowly, but surely, it all starts to leak out. Schmidt, Wallace and the Romney goons (who worked for McCain in the general) are coming off as a bunch of back stabbing malcontents.


2 posted on 03/18/2012 2:36:29 PM PDT by ak267
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump


3 posted on 03/18/2012 2:39:25 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: ak267

Wallace and Schmidt might as well put a D after their names after this.


4 posted on 03/18/2012 2:54:48 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The last sentence in the article (referring to Palin) is intriguing: “Not to be obscure here, but you’re about to find out her true power.”

As for me, I wish he’d been less obscure.


5 posted on 03/18/2012 2:56:01 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nicolle Wallace worked harder to minimalize and destroy Sarah Palin than she did to defeat Obama.


6 posted on 03/18/2012 2:58:59 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repubs paid as much attention to Rush as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Republican Nominating Convention was terrific. McCain didn’t say very much, but he was smiling and gracious and made a good impression as a patriotic war hero. There were no gaffes that I can remember.

Sarah Palin made a tremendous speech, and came over extremely well. And the two candidates with their families looked great standing on the stage to be applauded.

It was all downhill from there. And a big part of the problem was certainly McCain’s handlers. But he has to take responsibility for them.


7 posted on 03/18/2012 3:15:14 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Qwackertoo
Wallace and Schmidt might as well put a D after their names after this.

Or a "C".

8 posted on 03/18/2012 3:15:48 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Cliff Kincaid -- Republicans Raise Money for Homosexual Agenda

Where there is smoke...

9 posted on 03/18/2012 3:25:33 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: Stosh

I’m starting to think she just might be the nominee when the dust settles.


10 posted on 03/18/2012 3:40:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Iron Munro

One was her job, the other is her passion.


11 posted on 03/18/2012 3:43:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is a fundamental difference between

Seeing politics as a product/sales campaign of marketing and brand placement to get people to buy it

vs...

A War/conquest campaign that lead to inspire the troops, convert the populace, and crush the opponents...

The problem is with the country club GOP people that think like sales men rolling out a new product...

While the left thinks like Hitler/Stalin/Mao running a war campaign of conquest...

That why we need to think like Washington/Churchill/Reagan to battle and beat the left

Salesmen are afraid of offending anyone because you want everyone to like you brand...because you make more with everyone

War is about conquest of the enemy not fear of offending the enemy ...you do not need everyone.....you just need enough to win

And in politics like war ...you do not need everyone.....you just need enough to win

12 posted on 03/18/2012 3:47:19 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yet Ms. Wallace appeared on MSNBC (now also a homestay for Mr. Schmidt), to tell a different story: She was in shock just “how close we came to having somebody a heartbeat away from the presidency so fundamentally unprepared and unsuited for the job,” noting that (Poor Nicolle!) it was “the most traumatic experience to realize that they were working on behalf of somebody who — it’s an open question whether she is fit to serve, I certainly don’t think she was.”

So instead we have a Zero who was way over his head as a Jr. Senator. This woman has suffered some serious brain damage from the water bong. She's not even on this planet.

13 posted on 03/18/2012 3:50:49 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
McCain LITERALLY endorsed Obama for President during his campaign.

Now I find out that his team hated Palin more than Obama.

What could POSSIBLY have gone wrong?

14 posted on 03/18/2012 4:10:10 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Lazamataz

Worst hatchet job since G. Washington took out the cherry tree!


15 posted on 03/18/2012 4:18:53 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: BerryDingle

I’ll bet Nicole was thinking that could be me up there.


16 posted on 03/18/2012 4:44:02 PM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Lazamataz
I think it was in Milwaukee a a rally that McCain literally told a woman in the audience that “she had nothing to fear from an Obama presidency”.......... I told my husband that day that we had just LOST this election.

I knew there were folks inside the campaign that hated Palin, but after the dust settled and we got the Won it became abundantly clear who it was. So, let's revue folks. The Establishment GOP also hated Palin enough to let this happen. They hated Palin and what SHE stood for enough to let us (USA) get saddled with this zippy socialist.

And now these same scum - Wallace and Schmidt are again working on Romney's campaign. My 2 cents. And I've got a pocket full of pennies. sigh. So IMHO this is also why they hate Newt. What do you think?

17 posted on 03/18/2012 5:00:03 PM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (If we don't help make a change, then who will? It starts with us.)
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To: Lazamataz
What could POSSIBLY have gone wrong?

He was a RINO in our midst. A true traitor to conservatism. His beliefs are that of a liberal democrat, he was in it for what HE could gain and the country was of little matter to him.
18 posted on 03/18/2012 5:02:44 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: JSteff

Take a look at my freeper home page, and see who pisses me of the most often. ;)


19 posted on 03/18/2012 5:04:48 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obviously Palin would have far superior as president to Obama or Biden. Obama is nothing more than a rank disaster. Does anyone doubt the economy would be as bad with Palin? Does anyone think Palin wouldn’t have given the go ahead to take out Bin-Laden? I get the feeling Schmidt and Wallace have burned their bridges with the GOP.


20 posted on 03/18/2012 5:06:30 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Cicero
"all downhill from there"

It was all downhill after the late September financial collapse. Up to that point, McClain-Palin were still ahead in many polls.

21 posted on 03/18/2012 5:08:38 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Lazamataz
What could POSSIBLY have gone wrong?

He was a RINO in our midst. A true traitor to conservatism. His beliefs are that of a liberal democrat, he was in it for what HE could gain and the country was of little matter to him.
22 posted on 03/18/2012 5:10:33 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: driftless2
Schmidt and Wallace have burned their bridges with the GOP.

Are you kidding? There is always a need for traitors like them. They will get jobs with the MSM as "McCains former staff official." They have stepped in to new positions of demand by the libs. They will never be without a job again.
23 posted on 03/18/2012 5:23:56 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

did anyone ever expect it to be anything BUT a leftwing hit job full of lies?


24 posted on 03/18/2012 5:31:00 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Qwackertoo

The same two people who destroyed the McCain-Palin campaign are the first to cast blame on others.

Why is anyone surprised?


25 posted on 03/18/2012 5:34:04 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: ak267; All
Related:

Memo: Shield Steve Schmidt from John McCain blame (plans to destroy Palin to save Schmidt)

26 posted on 03/18/2012 5:37:49 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Lazamataz
So Schmidt, if Sarah was so bad, why didn't anyone advise McAnus Magnus about it?

BTW, why is that superannuated and unskilled jet jockey still on my TV?

The more likely story: The Dems jumped Sarah, and Schmidt and the stupid girl-what's-er-name decided to jump on with them, as did our beloved candidate, McAnus Magnus. Do these people actually expect ME to believe that there is someone out there dumber than Joe "Plugs" Biden? Or McAnus?

27 posted on 03/18/2012 6:16:44 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: Lazamataz
So Schmidt, if Sarah was so bad, why didn't anyone advise McAnus Magnus about it?

BTW, why is that superannuated and unskilled jet jockey still on my TV?

The more likely story: The Dems jumped Sarah, and Schmidt and the stupid girl-what's-er-name decided to jump on with them, as did our beloved candidate, McAnus Magnus. Do these people actually expect ME to believe that there is someone out there dumber than Joe "Plugs" Biden? Or McAnus?

28 posted on 03/18/2012 6:17:06 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did anyone read the last line of the piece at the link?

Not to be obscure here, but you’re about to find out her true power.

29 posted on 03/18/2012 6:30:19 PM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You’ll notice that neither has been hired by a republican to work on their campaign since the 2008 debacle.

Schmitt went so far as to “apologize to the country” on PMSNBC the other day for being responsible for suggesting Sarah Palin to McCain, a move that was obviously intended to endear himself to potential democrat clients and news operations looking to hire.


30 posted on 03/18/2012 7:04:12 PM PDT by MNnice
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To: MNnice
The Democrats already have Bob Shrum if they want a perennial loser to work on their campaign, why would they need Schmidthead?
31 posted on 03/18/2012 7:06:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: M. Thatcher

“Each campaign that I have ever run in these 20 years of elective office have been kind of unconventional, right, Todd?” Palin told reporters at the Iowa state fair. “We’ve always been outspent, two-to-one, five-to-one, ten-to-one. Never won any polls heading into election night. But usually won the election. So it would be unconventional and very grass roots.”

“And I wouldn’t be out there looking for hires out of that political bubble that seemed to result in the same old ideas, the same old talking points, the things that Americans get so sick and tired of hearing and kind of suffering through,” she added. “We want new energy, we want conviction and passion and candidness.” ~Governor Sarah Palin, August 2011.


32 posted on 03/18/2012 7:12:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Cicero

“And a big part of the problem was certainly McCain’s handlers. But he has to take responsibility for them.”

His wife, daughter, and ego won’t let him.


33 posted on 03/18/2012 7:43:22 PM PDT by carmody
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To: JSteff

yes, they will get jobs with Big Media...but their days of influence with the Republican Party are over.


34 posted on 03/19/2012 4:03:15 AM PDT by driftless2
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