Skip to comments.John McCain adviser regrets starting Sarah Palin 'freak show' (FUJM)
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, weve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party, Schmidt said on MSNBC. Tossing out terms like RINO, saying were going to purge, you know, the moderates out of the party.
Weve lost five U.S. Senate seats over the last two election cycles, he said. And fundamentally we need Republicans, whether theyre running for president, whether theyre in the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.
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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.
Steve Schmidt, another Democrat, speaks.
John McCain is getting freakier than McQueeg with every passing day. I am waiting for him to start chewing the carpet.
The rats just love to get quotes from this little scumbag Schmidt.
He’s a poofter. He sees Sarah and conservatives as the enemy, not Obama.
It was a big mistake to get someone on the ticket who is a patriot and stirs the passions of conservatives.
I honestly think he is insane
Sarah was the only reason I voted for McCain, and I still had to hold my nose.
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.
He's just jealous Palin and conservatives see him for the weasel he is, and her popularity eludes him.
And Conservatives still didn’t vote for McInsane, many stayed home because he’s a Democrat.. Jerk.
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.
Ever notice how the only time Republican operatives and official can play “guts ball” is when attacking the democrats’ enemies?
“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.
Here we go ...
Without Sarah on the ticket, McLame would have gotten less than 20% of the popular vote.
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.
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...
Id love to see his client list....just saying.
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?
Steve Schmidt is a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, GAY LOVING CREEP of a guy.......ANY REPUBLICAN that HIRES HIM MUST BE DEFEATED!!
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.
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.
It’s McCain who was, and still is, the freak show.
Schmidt and McCain are Progressives.
dear Steve....you’re the freak show.....and where is the asshole alert
The Cancer has effected the GOP
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.
McCain was disastrous for McCain. The main problem is McCain continues to inflict his disastrous self on the rest of us.
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....
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.
Disasterous?! No ... she’s the only reason he got any votes at all.
I don’t have to know him to know Schmidt leaves a slime trail wherever he goes.
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.
Progressives are Communists.
Don’t sugarcoat the truth - call ‘em out by their real label.
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.
In other words, the operative is sorry Palin could not be controlled as well as the sell-outs he is used to.
No neck tie; he must be circumcised.
It really, really is time to leave the GOP. The only way we are going to fix this country is to start another party.
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!
I just knew he smoked the cork!
That’s ok sweetie, we all regret whoever started the John McCain 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
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.
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.
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.