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Was Steve Schmidt Qualified to be McCain's Campaign Manager?
Beitbart News ^ | 5-7-2012 | Whitney Pitchet

Posted on 05/07/2012 4:18:26 PM PDT by palin45potus

Was Steve Schmidt Qualified to Be McCain’s Campaign Manager?

by WHITNEY PITCHER

www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/was-steve-schmidt-qualified-to-be-mccains-campaign-manager

In a recent article at the National Review, John McCain’s failed 2008 campaign manager Steve Schmidt is quoted as saying “it will be a very long time before questions about capability and preparedness are not a part of the process.” The implication is that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was neither “prepared” nor “capable” to be vice president in the 2008 cycle, and that now hangs over the current vice presidential selection process. 

In his comments about the VP selection process, Schmidt indicates a pretty simple concept-- “capability and preparedness” are characteristics that a presidential nominee would seek in his or her running mate. However, Schmidt’s comments indicate that the selection process and the entire campaign he was involved in during 2008 did not consider such factors, which leads one to ask, “did Steve Schmidt have the ‘capability and preparedness’ necessary to perform his role as campaign strategist?" In other words, let the vetting of Steve Schmidt begin.

The 42 year-old New Jersey native’s campaign experience started with work for four failed state and national races during his mid to late twenties—ranging from the Kentucky Attorney General’s race in 1995 to working as Communication Director for Lamar Alexander’s 2000 presidential bid. He also managed failed Lt. Governor and Senatorial bids in California in 1998. 

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hatinpalin; nicollewallace; palin; pds; steveschmidt; waronsarah
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1 posted on 05/07/2012 4:18:31 PM PDT by palin45potus
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To: palin45potus

I think he was qualified but then again, I am a huge Steve Schmidt fan.


2 posted on 05/07/2012 4:29:19 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: palin45potus

No.


3 posted on 05/07/2012 4:30:12 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: palin45potus

Palin was every bit as prepared as this whiney little narcissist we have in that job now; and Biden, Biden, don’t get me started on that gaffer. He tied up rush hour traffic in Nashville today like you wouldn’t believe.


4 posted on 05/07/2012 4:30:16 PM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: palin45potus

Steve Schmidt still does not get it. If if had not been for Palin on the ticket, Obama would have won a landslide.

Steve Schmidt reminds me of Dan Rather who still not get it.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 4:32:00 PM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: palin45potus

why would anyone hire Steve or whats-her-name ever again?

They proved to be leakers and whiners who will sandbag you at the first sign of trouble.


6 posted on 05/07/2012 4:32:44 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: palin45potus

A question nobody is asking.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 4:34:41 PM PDT by Wagonboy (STOP GLOBAL WHINING!)
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To: palin45potus

I looked up the word putz and Steve Schmidt’s picture popped up.


8 posted on 05/07/2012 4:35:06 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: CaptainK
Steve Schmidt...played in "Game Change" by... Woody Harrelson.

When Woody was interviewed for Men's Health magazine he was asked: "Do you have any sympathy for the republicans now that you've played one?"

Harrelson: "F**k, no! Those people make me weep".

IMO, Steve and Woody should get a room.

9 posted on 05/07/2012 4:40:13 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: DallasSun

Really?


10 posted on 05/07/2012 4:46:04 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: SuzyQue

Absolutely.


11 posted on 05/07/2012 4:47:30 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Scotswife

here he is cozying up the MSNBC crowd ....judge this guy for yourself.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-tS2cXwFV98#t=9s


12 posted on 05/07/2012 4:47:46 PM PDT by jimsin
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To: DallasSun
I think he was qualified but then again, I am a huge Steve Schmidt fan.

???????????????

Seriously? Sarcastically?

You are perhaps thinking of Phillies great Mike Schmidt?

13 posted on 05/07/2012 4:50:43 PM PDT by x
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To: DallasSun

Ok, then...


14 posted on 05/07/2012 4:51:22 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: palin45potus

Steve Schmidt is a POS! End of story.


15 posted on 05/07/2012 4:52:23 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: SuzyQue

You have freep mail.


16 posted on 05/07/2012 4:53:14 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: DallasSun

You’re a what??????????????? Better get back to Dummie Underground! So to you, McLame was a GREAT candidate and Steve Schmidt was a wunderkind at getting him........................defeated???? Dumbest comment yet on FR.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 4:54:34 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: x

LOL. Yes, as a matter of fact I was a huge fan of his too. But I just wrote SuzyQue. Boy do I look like an idiot. Think I am in unfriendly territory?...but Mike Schmidt was great.


18 posted on 05/07/2012 4:55:04 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Doc Savage

Why thank you kindly.


19 posted on 05/07/2012 4:55:51 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Doc Savage

The go back to DU thing is really old. And rude. Disagree all you want. There is no need to be rude. People have different opinions. I do not insult them.


20 posted on 05/07/2012 5:00:24 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: palin45potus

I thought he worked for Obama. This guy was worse than bad.


21 posted on 05/07/2012 5:00:42 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: DallasSun
I think he was qualified but then again, I am a huge Steve Schmidt fan.

This cretin is as vile and unscrupulous as anyone on the left.

What lies and smears this cretin said about Sarah is unforgivable. He is only worthy of contempt.

22 posted on 05/07/2012 5:06:04 PM PDT by sand88 (Nothing on this Earth would get me to vote for Mitt.)
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To: palin45potus

It was refreshing to read the comments on the Breitbart article about Schmidt. The comments veered off and defended Sarah Palin. The comments were very good.

In my book, Steve Schmidt was a DemonRAT mole who has sabataged every campaign he has touched. From the article:

“The 42 year-old New Jersey native’s campaign experience started with work for four failed state and national races during his mid to late twenties—ranging from the Kentucky Attorney General’s race in 1995 to working as Communication Director for Lamar Alexander’s 2000 presidential bid. He also managed failed Lt. Governor and Senatorial bids in California in 1998.”

I wouldn’t trust this SOB further than I could throw a stick. As far as I am concerned, Steve Schmidt deserves the FUSS acronym for causing (along with McCain in mental decline) Zer0 to get into office and destroy this nation.


23 posted on 05/07/2012 5:07:07 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: palin45potus

McCain lost didn’t he? Next question.

Re the guy who “liked” Steve Schmidt. Dummy. You like “Mike Schmidt”, the former Philadelphia power-hitter. Remember, it is “Mike” not “Steve”.

There, all is good in the world.


24 posted on 05/07/2012 5:08:33 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: palin45potus
Doc is right!

Steve Schmidt is a POS! End of story.

25 posted on 05/07/2012 5:11:08 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

“Steve Schmidt still does not get it. If if had not been for Palin on the ticket, Obama would have won a landslide.

Steve Schmidt reminds me of Dan Rather who still not get it.”

Exactly right. Steve Schmidt lives in a dream world. IMHO he is a fool.


26 posted on 05/07/2012 5:14:49 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: palin45potus
"Leaked memos from the waning days of the McCain campaign indicated that Schmidt and his buddies aimed to protect Schmidt’s reputation in the impending electoral loss...... These memos and Schmidt’s desire to deflect blame likely provided the impetus for the anonymous lies spread about Governor Palin’s geographic knowledge following the campaign.

Schmidt was all about himself. He's certainly not the the only "me first" political campaign "professional" looking ut for his own career first, but he did an awful job, especially ignoring Palin's many, many accomplishments in her short tenure in the Governor's office.

27 posted on 05/07/2012 5:20:36 PM PDT by cookcounty ("Corpse -men For Obama!" (Chicago campaign slogan))
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To: DallasSun
I think he was qualified but then again, I am a huge Steve Schmidt fan.

I'm hoping that was tongue in cheek or sarcasm?

As I did not note any /s tag at the end, I'm going out on a limb and suggest you put the crack pipe down and wait until you come down from your high before posting anything else to prove the ol' saw that it is better to stay quiet and be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove to one and all, you are.

28 posted on 05/07/2012 5:22:29 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: DallasSun
"I think he was qualified but then again, I am a huge Steve Schmidt fan.

Why?

29 posted on 05/07/2012 5:24:15 PM PDT by cookcounty ("Corpse -men For Obama!" (Chicago campaign slogan))
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To: cookcounty

A myriad of reasons, cookcountry. But they would not be well received and I understand that. I should not have posted. I am not asking anyone to agree with me. But I stand by my opinion. But I am not going to say anything that would suggest it is a free for all to pile on. Thank you for being kind in your question though. Have a good evening.


30 posted on 05/07/2012 5:27:46 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: palin45potus

I have thought...for a looooong time...that he was a demonrat mole.


31 posted on 05/07/2012 5:29:35 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: DallasSun

You have to expect a fair amount of blowback for your comment. Schmidt, I believe, brought in Nicole Wallace to handle Palin. That move alone is worth ridicule.


32 posted on 05/07/2012 5:30:33 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: DallasSun
You deserve to be insulted if you think that conceited jackass Schmidt is your man.

Fluke Steve Schmidt. ...sorta reminds me of that pedophile Scott Ritter.

He's lucky Todd Palin didn't just kick his ass.

33 posted on 05/07/2012 5:33:23 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GQuagmire

You are certainly entitled to your opinion. I have no problem with you disagreeing with me. I know you have your own reasons and that is fine with me. I am certainly not going to insult you.


34 posted on 05/07/2012 5:39:27 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: palin45potus

This takes place within the ranks of both parties, but it never ceases to amaze me how failed political operatives are still considered ‘experts’. Very very few are.

I don’t even consider all successful political operatives to be ‘experts. All too often their views change more frequently than the direction of the wind.

Show me a person whose core values haven’t changed in twenty years, and I’ll show you a guy I could most likely support.

That still leaves folks like Ayers and Dorn, but they’re not running for office either. Those they support sure are though, and any tie to these folks or people they are fellow travelers with, should be a disqualifier. Hense my inability to back McCain, Soros and Terresa Heinz Kerry’s business partner.


35 posted on 05/07/2012 5:43:59 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Okay, now lets see if the RNC, Rove, and Card can get him elected without their core base. Game on!)
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To: palin45potus

Schmidt/Wallace were yet more building blocks in my conclusion that the “GOP Establishment” is fully populated by closet libs, whose primary agenda is to sabotage any kind of genuine conservative/grassroots movement that could endanger the power of the big-government ruling elites of the DC beltway and its media handmaidens.


36 posted on 05/07/2012 5:44:18 PM PDT by greene66
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To: DallasSun

Well, that’s hardly fair to the rest of us. Raise our expectations of a rousing defense of a controversial figure, then run and hide when asked forthrightly to stand and deliver. Reminds me of those neighborhood kids who would sneak up to your door, ring the door bell, then run away as quick as they could. Highly aggravating. Oh well.


37 posted on 05/07/2012 6:21:01 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: palin45potus

Schmidt is a POS Democrat who, in a sane world, would be fed to starving Kodiak bears.


38 posted on 05/07/2012 6:21:59 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: DallasSun

You are either a relative of Schmidt’s or you are insane or you are a DUmmy.

Schmidt and Wallace did more to sabotage Palin and the Right than any dummy could have done. They WERE the inner circle. It was Schmidt’s and Wallace’s comments that made me demand a refund for my donation to the McCain campaign in 08.


39 posted on 05/07/2012 6:30:11 PM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: boop

A room with a bong.


40 posted on 05/07/2012 6:47:20 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: palin45potus
When Sarah first came on the scene for me in '08, I heard generally good things about her. Beck, Limbaugh, and others had good things to say, so I was perhaps predisposed to give her a favorable listen. When I heard her speak, both in speeches and in press Q&A's, I was very impressed. However, Rove, Krauthimer(sp?), and others were decidedly not. So the question became, what do they know that I do not? I read and watched her speeches more carefully, looking for the clues that she was incompetent, unknowing, uninformed, or otherwise unqualified to hold office. What I found was that she was MUCH more qualified then Obama, McCain, or Biden.

This was disturbing, as the pundits, writers, and others that I trusted seemed to be much more perceptive than I, as they had her spotted as a fraud before she got off the plane, or that there seemed to be another agenda playing out before my eyes.

What we now call The Establishment seemed to have their poor opinion of her in very solid terms, very quickly. The evidence cited to bolster this opinion wandered from lines from a SNL skit, to 'a woman's place is in the home, caring for her family'. When they said she was uninformed, they did not offer, nor could I find evidence that this was true. When they said she was naive to the ways the real world worked, Both her words and her actions in Alaska belied that. So that brings me to the belief that I was being lied to. Why? Are these people all privy to what goes on 'behind the curtain?' A view that we commoners must be protected from? A view that Sarah doesn't have?

Like Reagan?

41 posted on 05/07/2012 7:03:06 PM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: Wingy

There have only been two ‘watershed’ situations in my lifetime that have truly contributed to my political/ideological direction. The first was with Reagan’s triumph over the Carter years, and the whole return to patriotism and common-sense conservatism, which totally solidified me as a Republican voter all these decades. The second was this ‘establishment-GOP’ backstabbing of Palin, who was the first figure in ages to come along and fully represent my views ideologically, politically, and culturally. And as a result, I basically now have a deep, intense distrust of the GOP. I’m nowhere near as willing to give my vote to some “R” candidate unless I’m entirely convinced of their conservatism. And, to be honest, I could bolt to a 3rd-party at the drop of a hat.


42 posted on 05/07/2012 7:30:11 PM PDT by greene66
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To: jimsin

what a jerk...but I hope he keeps it up.
The more he does this the better everyone can see what the real problem was with that campaign.


43 posted on 05/07/2012 7:52:37 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: AdamBomb

You are wrong on all counts.


44 posted on 05/08/2012 3:02:31 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Springfield Reformer

I do not have to defend Schmidt. And I did not run anywhere. Remember the old adage....Choose your battles wisely? There is not a thing I could say to change your mind nor you mine. We would both be wasting our keystrokes. You are entitled to your opinion as I am entitled to mine.


45 posted on 05/08/2012 3:05:34 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

I am not a guy. Just sayin’


46 posted on 05/08/2012 3:41:02 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: palin45potus
The rumors of Schmidt and Wallace sandbagging Palin should have put a cloud over them for any future campaign work. The fact that Schmidt and his old PR firm were trying to figure out how to cover his ass for his campaign fail before the campaign was even over, and stupid enough to put it on paper, should not so much have put a cloud over his career as a stake through its heart.

(Regardless of whom McCain’s running mate was, incidentally.)

47 posted on 05/08/2012 4:09:23 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: DallasSun

Ha, then you are a mind reader too, for I have never expressed a thought about Schmidt, here or anywhere else. No, even better, you are a thought predictor, because Schmidt was utterly unknown to me before this thread. At least as far as I can recall. So here I am, the truly objective, uncommitted lurker, hoping to see a real contest and learn the truth in the process, and yes you did run away, howsoever much you may protest the charge. You tell me by this you lack confidence in the persuasive power of your arguments, or else that you believe in them, but are convinced we are nothing but barbarians incapable of appreciating the sophistication of your gossamer elocutions. You misjudge us. I for one truly desired to know both sides, and now I won’t. Regrettable.


48 posted on 05/08/2012 8:15:07 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: palin45potus

Steve Schmidt isn’t qualified to manage your kid’s campaign for Student Council.


49 posted on 05/08/2012 8:27:19 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Springfield Reformer

I apologize if you feel I misjudged you or anyone else. I simply know when I am certainly in the minority and I do choose my battles. It is not that I do not have confidence in my “persuasive powers.”....It is that I am not interested in persuading anyone to have the same opinion as I. I am very well aware...now..that most on this thread disagree with me. They have a right to their opinions. I am not one who tries to get people to agree with me. I have said before I have been married for 46 years to a yellow dog democrat. I do not try to persuade him to change his political beliefs. He is a smart man. I respect him and his opinions even when we disagree. I do appreciate your polite response.


50 posted on 05/09/2012 8:46:13 AM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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