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John McCain adviser regrets starting Sarah Palin 'freak show' (FUJM)
Washington Examiner ^ | 9/27/2013 | By Washington Examiner staff reports

Posted on 09/27/2013 2:05:36 AM PDT by markomalley

The political operative who brought former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin onto the national political stage as Sen. John McCain's 2008 vice presidential running mate now says he has “deep regret” about doing creating the “freak show that's been running wild for four years” in the Republican Party.

Steve Schmidt was running McCain's presidential race when he helped convince the GOP nominee that bringing in a fresh, conservative face like Palin would be a game changer in a race being dominated by Democrat Barack Obama. The results proved disastrous for McCain.

Palin became a leader of what Schmidt called an “asininity” wing of the Republican Party, hardcore conservatives looking to purge the party of moderates and anyone willing to compromise with Democrats.

“For the last couple of years, we’ve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party,” Schmidt said on MSNBC. “Tossing out terms like RINO, saying we’re going to purge, you know, the moderates out of the party.

“We’ve lost five U.S. Senate seats over the last two election cycles,” he said. “And fundamentally we need Republicans, whether they’re running for president, whether they’re in the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.”

 

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To hell with the GOP.
1 posted on 09/27/2013 2:05:36 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Senator, the freak show was YOU! It still is.

You did a great service for your country during your time in the military. Thank you. Your ensuing service in the Senate has undone all that prior military service many times over. For that, damn you.


2 posted on 09/27/2013 2:09:58 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: markomalley

Steve Schmidt, another Democrat, speaks.


3 posted on 09/27/2013 2:12:01 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Gaffer

John McCain is getting freakier than McQueeg with every passing day. I am waiting for him to start chewing the carpet.


4 posted on 09/27/2013 2:13:11 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: markomalley
...Schmidt said on MSNBC...

LMBO!!
The rats just love to get quotes from this little scumbag Schmidt.

5 posted on 09/27/2013 2:13:14 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: markomalley

https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/aclu-hires-steve-schmidt-bring-republicans-same-sex-marriage-push

He’s a poofter. He sees Sarah and conservatives as the enemy, not Obama.


6 posted on 09/27/2013 2:14:05 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: markomalley

It was a big mistake to get someone on the ticket who is a patriot and stirs the passions of conservatives.


7 posted on 09/27/2013 2:14:54 AM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: Ronin

I honestly think he is insane


8 posted on 09/27/2013 2:15:39 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: markomalley

Sarah was the only reason I voted for McCain, and I still had to hold my nose.


9 posted on 09/27/2013 2:19:44 AM PDT by gattaca ("Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: markomalley

WHAT a jerk. First he takes credit for bringing her in, and then disses her as obnoxiously as he can...which means that HE couldn’t control her, HE didn’t like it, SHE was a thousand times more popular than juan, and now he can’t get rid of her no matter how hard he tries. And that’s a good thing.


10 posted on 09/27/2013 2:20:03 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: markomalley
If Steve Schmidt really, really, sincerely believes this than he should get the hell out of politics and off tv because he unleashed a horrible, unstoppable force!

He's just jealous Palin and conservatives see him for the weasel he is, and her popularity eludes him.

11 posted on 09/27/2013 2:23:18 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: markomalley

And Conservatives still didn’t vote for McInsane, many stayed home because he’s a Democrat.. Jerk.


12 posted on 09/27/2013 2:23:31 AM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: markomalley

Without Palin on the ticket, Republicans wouldn’t have gotten out of single digits.

McCain tried to get elected by making a deal with conservatives, then threw away the election by reneging on the deal before the election was even over.

Welcome to history’s footnotes, Senator.


13 posted on 09/27/2013 2:24:46 AM PDT by papertyger (Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken....)
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To: Truth29

Ever notice how the only time Republican operatives and official can play “guts ball” is when attacking the democrats’ enemies?


14 posted on 09/27/2013 2:27:03 AM PDT by papertyger (Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken....)
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To: gitmo

“It was a big mistake to get someone on the ticket who is a patriot and stirs the passions of conservatives”....

It was PALIN who brought McLame up to be the “almost” president but it was McLame himself who defeated...himself.

I would loved to have seen someone other than the old RINO McLame running at that time, having Palin as his VP candidate. We wouldn’t be agonizing over odumbocare right now if that had taken place. McLame is a looser who needs to be sent to pasture, his “service” days are over. He has screwed the country enough.


15 posted on 09/27/2013 2:27:44 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: markomalley

Here we go ...


16 posted on 09/27/2013 2:30:11 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: markomalley

Without Sarah on the ticket, McLame would have gotten less than 20% of the popular vote.


17 posted on 09/27/2013 2:33:05 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (What's the frequency, Kenneth?)
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To: markomalley

Sarah Palin was worth over 20 million votes to McLoser.

Steve Schmidt shows us the Loony Left is still afraid of her.

She does more to influence the national debate from her kitchen counter in Wasilla, AK than the power brokers in DC do.


18 posted on 09/27/2013 2:38:03 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: markomalley
The title is misleading. I thought he would apologize for the freak show he caused by back stabbing her for eons and awaking us to the enemies within.

I also thought incorrectly, that would he would change his twisted ways, turn a new leaf, and make nice.

Instead the Hss-Aat doubled down. Is this guy a Kamikaze pilot or what...

19 posted on 09/27/2013 2:46:23 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: markomalley

Id love to see his client list....just saying.


20 posted on 09/27/2013 2:50:11 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: markomalley

Did Schmidt tell McCainus to say we had nothing to fear from an Obama _residency, or did he come up with that bit of stupidity all by himself?


21 posted on 09/27/2013 2:56:51 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: markomalley

Steve Schmidt is a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, GAY LOVING CREEP of a guy.......ANY REPUBLICAN that HIRES HIM MUST BE DEFEATED!!


22 posted on 09/27/2013 3:20:55 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: markomalley

Sarah Palin’s presence on the 2008 ticket is the only thing that saved John McCain from taking a beating the size of the one administered to George McGovern in 1972.


23 posted on 09/27/2013 3:23:15 AM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: markomalley

I’m sure Schmidt wishes he had helped select a vp candidate who was agreeable to the folks at MSLSD and the other lib media outlets. He was excluded from many lib-run parties and soirees, and he wants to get invited to them again.


24 posted on 09/27/2013 3:26:29 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: markomalley

It’s McCain who was, and still is, the freak show.


25 posted on 09/27/2013 3:28:59 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: Truth29

Schmidt and McCain are Progressives.


26 posted on 09/27/2013 3:35:28 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: markomalley

dear Steve....you’re the freak show.....and where is the asshole alert


27 posted on 09/27/2013 3:38:12 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: markomalley

The Cancer has effected the GOP


28 posted on 09/27/2013 3:40:23 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (What you get when you refuse to vet)
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To: markomalley

To me, this has become very simple. The reaction by the GOP Senators to Ted Cruz tells us what we need to know.

We are losing. And we are on the verge of being crushed. The political class has contrived to reduce, and to eliminate if possible, the essence of elections, which are a tool for the people to exercise their role in a system premised on self-government.

The 2012 election was about vaginas (amazing, isn’t it?). The 2014 election MUST be about “Obamacare” so that the 2016 election can be about state and popular sovereignty.

Will the RNC and the Senate campaign committee run an election about Obamacare? Are they even capable of doing so? Even to ask the question reveals is absurdity.

There are only 45-50 liberty supporters in the House and only 5-7 in the Senate. To call them “real Republicans” is a lie - John Boehner and his vile crew, Mitch McConnell and John McCain, Jeb Bush above all - these ARE the “real” Republicans, this is what “real Republican” MEANS.

I don’t know what to call our supporters in Congress. But f they break with the Republican party NOW, there is time to run the 2014 election, in all 435 congressional districts, on the single issue of “Obamacare”, by a fighting, inspired party that will roll over the dying remnants of statist Republicanism.

The congressional Republicans have spoken decisively. They will not oppose Obamacare, and they will work hard to make the next election about anything but. They have planted their flag.

It’s time for a change.


29 posted on 09/27/2013 3:43:32 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: markomalley
The results proved disastrous for McCain.

McCain was disastrous for McCain. The main problem is McCain continues to inflict his disastrous self on the rest of us.

30 posted on 09/27/2013 3:46:56 AM PDT by stevem
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To: markomalley
I Hate This Penis-Head!


31 posted on 09/27/2013 3:47:53 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: markomalley

If not for Palin on the ticket you would have been part of the greatest margin of defeat in a presidential election...EVER. Not because of Obama, because the number of people who did not vote would have been in the tens of millions.Stick that up your RINO sphincter Steve....


32 posted on 09/27/2013 3:48:44 AM PDT by Nekman (A vote made for Obama......was a vote made By a MORON!)
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To: markomalley
Sarah Palin was the only thing that renewed my interest in the Republican party after 2004 and the Bush-GOP abandonment and sabotage of their conservative base.

I viewed her selection as a genuine move to reaffirm support of Constitutional, conservative, corruption fighting, rule of law government, as intended by the founders.

Boy was I ignorant.

Of course, now I know that the GOP-E intended to use and discard Sarah Palin exactly as they has done with their conservative base since the day Ronald Reagan left office.

I have also learned that it is impossible to defend a worthy construction from it's critic group's intent to change that construction's fundamental nature, when the defenders have traitors and saboteurs in their group. Those traitors completely co opt the defenders efforts, and turn them to assist the attackers, leaving the worthy construction no defenders whatsoever.

This principle is illustrated in the scale, spectrum and vindictiveness of the attacks on Sarah Palin.

Before any defense of any worthy construction can even begin, the traitors in the ranks of the defenders must be identified and removed. Sarah Palin remains stalwart, and a few have joined her in the service of identification of these traitors.

The ONLY effective response to these traitors is their total and merciless destruction, and the total destruction of the Republican party if they (expectedly)choose to drag it down with themselves.

It's on Juan, take the GOP-E with you to Hell.

33 posted on 09/27/2013 3:55:58 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: markomalley

Disasterous?! No ... she’s the only reason he got any votes at all.


34 posted on 09/27/2013 3:56:38 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: markomalley

I don’t have to know him to know Schmidt leaves a slime trail wherever he goes.


35 posted on 09/27/2013 3:59:45 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: markomalley
whether they’re in the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.”

He still doesn't get it. The reason for the Tea Party came into being is because the GOPe won't stand up against democraps.

36 posted on 09/27/2013 4:03:05 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: savedbygrace

Progressives are Communists.

Don’t sugarcoat the truth - call ‘em out by their real label.


37 posted on 09/27/2013 4:05:18 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: markomalley
Palin became a leader of what Schmidt called an “asininity” wing of the Republican Party, hardcore conservatives looking to purge the party of moderates and anyone willing to compromise with Democrats.

As a CCW card carrying proud member of the Asininity Wing of America, steve schmidt can ESAD.

Sarah is the only reason mcpain got any votes and if they had allowed her to go all out, mcpain may have won.

38 posted on 09/27/2013 4:07:41 AM PDT by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: markomalley

In other words, the operative is sorry Palin could not be controlled as well as the sell-outs he is used to.


39 posted on 09/27/2013 4:08:17 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: TexasCajun

No neck tie; he must be circumcised.


40 posted on 09/27/2013 4:09:17 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: markomalley

It really, really is time to leave the GOP. The only way we are going to fix this country is to start another party.


41 posted on 09/27/2013 4:25:34 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: markomalley

THE LOSSES OF THOSE SENATE RACES WERE BECAUSE YOU AND YOUR DIVISION OF THE GOP TURD... FUNDED AND CREATED ATTACK ADS AND STORIES PLANTED IN THE MEDIA TO ENSURE THE LOSS OF THOSE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES. YOU WERE IN LOCK STEP WITH DIMS... JUST LIKE YOU ARE ON FUNDING DEATHCARE. FU stevie!


42 posted on 09/27/2013 4:25:58 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: DesertRhino

I just knew he smoked the cork!


43 posted on 09/27/2013 4:26:36 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: markomalley

That’s ok sweetie, we all regret whoever started the John McCain freak show.


44 posted on 09/27/2013 4:29:48 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: markomalley
WHAT??? I wake up this morning and read that McCain's team said that Sara Palin is a "freak show".

Yesterday, in a rather strange moment, Lamar Alexander defendied being a RINO by insulting Davy Crockett.

And the day before that McCains "whackobird" spoke for 21 hours, trying to explain how nutty the way DC does business is.

Can't wait for today's chapter

45 posted on 09/27/2013 4:32:51 AM PDT by grania
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To: markomalley

If McCain nominated a fellow RINO he would have lost by a landslide. Steve Schmidt knows it, knew it at the time, but needs visibility on MSNBC to get any attention. He’s using Sarah Palin’s name to drum up work. Pathetic.


46 posted on 09/27/2013 4:33:43 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: markomalley
It would be interesting to ask Schmidt why he is a Republican, and then to contrast what he believes in as a Republican with those things that Palin and others he calls extremists within the Republican party believe.
47 posted on 09/27/2013 4:36:14 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: markomalley

Amazing how they wish to take back the one thing McCain has gotten right, even if he did do it as a last-minute desperate measure, a Hail Mary pass that was answered.


48 posted on 09/27/2013 4:45:10 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

I see, the dems disposed of all vestiges of conservatives over the past 40 years. Many joined the GOP and some who were not quite that conservative became independents. Obviously that is what we must do, push out the libs from the GOP. Some can move to independent some can go back to where they came from, Crist in Florida for example.

Meanwhile, what is it they are so concerned with about party affiliation....drum roll: THE MONEY. All these POSs have one thing in common, they go where the money is. Campaign chairmen, consultants, media types et al, they only care about one thing: MONEY. Once the RINOs are gone, there will be less MONEY to throw around by the party.


49 posted on 09/27/2013 4:49:50 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: markomalley
Steve Schmidt, serial loser "Republican" strategist, just can not shut his flapping yapper about Sarah Palin.
We know Sarah as a tireless champion for freedom, so what does that make the serial loser "Republican" strategist?
An advocate for government tyranny?
Or perhaps Steve Schmidt is just a bald, lardass, jealous beyotch.
50 posted on 09/27/2013 4:58:10 AM PDT by Amagi (God Save the Republic.)
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