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  • Russia’s actions in Crimea ‘completely understandable’ – German ex-chancellor

    03/26/2014 6:35:52 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 7 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 03-26-2014 | Staff
    Moscow’s actions in the Crimea are comprehensible, former German chancellor, Helmut Schmidt said, criticizing the Western reaction to the peninsula’s reunification with Russia. President Vladimir Putin’s approach to the Crimean issue is “completely understandable,” Schmidt wrote in Die Zeit newspaper where he’s employed as an editor. While the sanctions, which target individual Russian politicians and businessmen, employed by the EU and the US against Russia are “a stupid idea,” he added. The current restrictive measures are of symbolic nature, but if more serious economic sanctions are introduced “they’ll hit the West as hard as Russia,” Schmidt warned. He also believes...
  • Occupy founder calls on Obama to appoint Eric Schmidt "CEO of America"

    03/21/2014 4:34:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 21, 2014 | Alex Hern
    One of the co-founders of the Occupy Wall Street movement has called on Barack Obama to resign as president, and “appoint Eric Schmidt CEO of America”.
  • Helmut Schmidt: 'The state of Europe is problematic'

    12/22/2013 6:27:06 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday 22 December 2013 09.06 EST | Larry Elliott
    Out of office for more than three decades, Helmut Schmidt has strong views about the state of the European Union that he helped to forge out of the tough economic conditions of the late 1970s and early 1980s. "The state of Europe is problematic. European institutions are not really functioning any more. Why? Because of a lack of leadership." Schmidt says he is concerned about the "enormous, outlandish" debts of Greece, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Ireland and about the lack of jobs for the young. "We need a better coordination of fiscal policies. We need more solidarity in order to...
  • Fmr. McCain Strategist Blasts Sarah Palin’s ‘Asininity’ on Obamacare (Steve Schmidt of course)

    09/23/2013 7:46:48 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 58 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Monday September 23, 2013
    Sarah Palin jumped into the “defund Obamacare” fray this week with a full defense of Ted Cruz‘s efforts to defund the health care law by any means necessary. On Hardball Monday, former McCain 2008 campaign strategist Steve Schmidt said that Republicans need to wash themselves of this “asininity.” “We need Republicans, whether they’re running for president, whether they’re the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.” He declared that moderates need to take “conservatism’s good name back from the freakshow that’s been running wild for four years,”
  • RINO Consultant Steve Schmidt Blames Rush Limbaugh & Tea Party for Romney Loss

    11/25/2012 8:55:15 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 32 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-26-2012 | MOTUS
    On the last day of this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, we are going to focus on a few more things that the Wons and their constituents have to be truly thankful for this year. Number one on the list of heretofore unmentioned blessings is Rush Limbaugh. Apparently without him Big Guy never would have WON! Let’s start with the charge made by Steve-Sarah-Palin-made-McCain-lose-not-our-crappy-campaign-Schmidt: on Meet the Press two weeks ago he named Rush as this year’s scapegoat. He explained how the lovable little fluff ball was responsible for undermining the Romney campaign strategy developed by himself and fellow Big Brained consultant Mike Murphy....
  • Was Steve Schmidt Qualified to Be McCain's Campaign Manager? (Hell no! How not to win 101)

    11/21/2012 7:44:17 AM PST · by Kolath · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/21/2012 | Whitney Pitcher
    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.
  • Vanity: Why did an Obama advisor's company release the unknown homemade anti Muslim movie to the wor

    09/13/2012 2:01:43 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 81 replies
    Spet 13 2012 | NLZ
    Why did an Obama advisor’s company release the unknown homemade anti Muslim movie to the world? The 6 month old homemade film went unnoticed until it was given worldwide release on Google. The corporation that released the film is Google. headed by Obama advisor and DNC donor Eric Schmidt : Schmidt was a campaign advisor and major donor to Barack Obama, and when he announced he was leaving that perch, he planned to remain at the forefront of Google’s government relations team. Obama has even considered him for Commerce Secretary.[29] Schmidt was an informal advisor to the Obama presidential campaign...
  • Voter ID cause furthered by Philadelphia fraud report

    07/20/2012 8:49:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/20/2012 | John Gizzi
    Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt At a time when voter ID laws in 30 states are coming under intense fire from the liberal media, the Obama administration and civil rights leaders, one of the strongest cases anywhere was offered for voter identification by the lone Republican on the three-member panel overseeing elections in Philadelphia. Wednesday, City Commissioner Al Schmidt unveiled a 27 page report that his office had commissioned entitled “Voting Irregularities in Philadelphia County, 2012 Primary Election.” The report, which focused on cases in 15 of the city’s 1,687 election districts, found cases of double voting, voter impersonation,...
  • Huffington Post Mocks Republican Congresswoman By Splicing Clip of Her With Orgasm Scene

    07/02/2012 5:10:16 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/2/2012 | Mytheos Holt
    The Huffington Post created a video mixing scenes of Republican congresswoman Jean Schmidt celebrating initial, inaccurate reports that Supreme Court struck down the individual mandate with the iconic orgasm scene from the movie “When Harry Met Sally.”
  • No Surprise: Steve Schmidt Now Buddies with the Obama Administration (backstabbed Palin)

    06/09/2012 4:13:10 PM PDT · by ak267 · 12 replies
    C4P ^ | 6/8/2012 | Stacy Drake
    The history of Steve Schmidt’s lies and perpetual backstabbing of Governor Palin have been well documented here and elsewhere. In an article published today in the New York Times (“Fashion & Style” section), he continued his quest to scapegoat his own poor decision-making in 2008 (like telling McCain to suspend his campaign during the financial crisis), and his need for relevancy within political circles, albeit now only with those who reside on the left. The writer who Schmidt sat down with to continue his lucrative charade, is a man by the name of Adam Nagourney. Nagourney was on the list...
  • Mark Levin: Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt are Evil

    03/12/2012 11:58:26 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 03-13-12 | Mark Levin
    Audio from Marks show this evening perfectly summing up who Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace are. They earn their living, since losing the McCain campaign, trashing Sarah Palin 24/7. Runs about 4 minutes.
  • Schmidt: GOP Establishment Will Have A Meltdown If Newt Wins Florida

    01/21/2012 8:01:49 PM PST · by VinL · 213 replies
    Schmidt: "Not only are we not moving toward a coalescing of support with the establishment of Newt Gingrich, we're probably moving toward a declaration of war on Newt Gingrich by the Republican establishment. And if Newt Gingrich is able to win the Florida primary, you will see a panic and a meltdown of the Republican establishment that is beyond my ability to articulate in the English language. People will go crazy," And you will have this five week period until the Super Tuesday states that will be just as unpredictable, tumultuous as any period in modern American politics. It will...
  • Former Obama adviser Eric Schmidt tries to hide donations at Google

    04/01/2011 6:18:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/1/11 | Neil Stevens
    Correction on the title of this piece: His campaign advisory role carried over to a ongoing Presidential advisory role, so “Former” isn’t quite accurate. Google Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt tried to use his influence within Google to gain privacy from searches about him, specifically trying to hide his political donations through secret “whitelists” whose existence has only recently been admitted. This revelation from Steven Levy’s new book In the Plex is not surprising given Schmidt’s high level of political activity, advising candidate Barack Obama on tech issues, and now rumored as a candidate to be the next Secretary...
  • Kansas AG Says Localities Cannot Ban Unloaded Open Carry

    03/24/2011 4:09:40 PM PDT · by majstoll
    Ammoland.com ^ | March 23, 2007 | John Pierce
    Kansas Attorney General Says Localities Cannot Ban Unloaded Open Carry in Town, or at City Hall But Law Remains Clear as Mud When it Comes to Concealed Handgun Permit Holders. AG Standing Ready to Help Legislature Clarify Permit Holders’ Rights. OpenCarry.org Sacramento, California --(Ammoland.com)- Like most states, Kansas state law allows law-abiding adults to openly carry properly holstered handguns without any permit. And now Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has issued an opinion . . ."
  • Twitter, Yahoo called

    02/17/2011 9:03:23 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 02/17/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    The White House has released the list of tech leaders meeting with President Obama this evening in San Francisco: • John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers • Carol Bartz, President and CEO, Yahoo! • John Chambers, CEO and Chairman, Cisco Systems • Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter • Larry Ellison, Co-Founder and CEO, Oracle • Reed Hastings, CEO, NetFlix • John Hennessy, President, Stanford University • Steve Jobs, Chairman and CEO, Apple • Art Levinson, Chairman and former CEO, Genentech • Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google • Steve Westly, Managing Partner and Founder, The Westly Group • Mark...
  • Google CEO: "We Know Where You Are. We Know Where You've Been...What You're Thinking About."

    10/04/2010 8:20:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 4, 2010 | Nick Saint
    Google CEO Eric Schmidt really has a knack for expressing relatively benign ideas in a way that makes him and his company look incredibly creepy... " With your permission, you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about. "
  • Support for Obama Pays Off for World's Creepiest Company

    09/08/2010 12:52:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 8, 2010 | Ken Boehm
      A major Internet company is under investigation by more than 30 state attorneys-general for alleged wiretapping violations. In Europe and now Texas that same company faces anti-trust inquiries on whether it unfairly penalizes its competitors, and its operations face criminal wiretapping inquiries throughout Europe, as well as in Australia and South Korea.Yet, inside the Beltway, it’s business as usual. The Obama Administration plans to award the company a sweetheart, no-bid contract for satellite imagery and access to classified data. After protests, the Administration backtracks, allowing other companies to bid, but still intends to award the contract to the...
  • Schmidt: Gay Marriage Now a Conservative Cause [retread ZOT!]

    09/03/2010 10:22:09 AM PDT · by BitterKlingon · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Frum Forum ^ | 8/31/10
    Former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt tells Sam Stein of the Huffington Post why gay marriage is now a conservative cause: "There is a strong conservative case to be made in favor of gay marriage," former McCain campaign manager and fellow same-sex marriage fundraiser Steve Schmidt told the Huffington Post on Tuesday. "Marriage is an institution that strengthens and stabilizes society. It is an institution that has the capacity to bring profound joy and happiness to people and it is a matter of equality and keeping faith of one of the charters of the nation, the right to live your...
  • The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

    06/25/2010 10:55:29 PM PDT · by cryptical · 13 replies
    White House Blog ^ | June 25, 2010 | Howard A. Schmidt
    Cyberspace has become an indispensible component of everyday life for all Americans.  We have all witnessed how the application and use of this technology has increased exponentially over the years. Cyberspace includes the networks in our homes, businesses, schools, and our Nation’s critical infrastructure.  It is where we exchange information, buy and sell products and services, and enable many other types of transactions across a wide range of sectors. But not all components of this technology have kept up with the pace of growth.  Privacy and security require greater emphasis moving forward; and because of this, the technology that has brought many...
  • State GOP is asked to void re-election of city party chief (PA)

    06/13/2010 5:39:35 AM PDT · by grace522 · 7 replies · 491+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 12 June 2010 | Bob Warner
    Citing multiple irregularities in this week's election of party leaders, a couple of dissident Philadelphia Republicans want the Republican State Committee to void Vito Canuso's re-election as city GOP chairman. Kevin J. Kelly, a newly elected State Committee member and outspoken critic of the local Republican organization, and his attorney, Matthew Wolfe, the Republican leader of University City's 27th Ward, filed a formal petition yesterday contending that Canuso violated state election laws and the party's own bylaws when ward leaders convened Wednesday night to elect a citywide leadership slate. If all the legal issues had been properly handled, the petition...
  • Republican leader challenges election of party chairman

    06/13/2010 5:37:00 AM PDT · by grace522 · 1 replies · 353+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12 June 2010 | Robert Moran
    A Republican ward leader, claiming internal party shenanigans, has petitioned the GOP State Committee to overturn a vote Wednesday that allowed Michael Meehan to retain control over the city party. Kevin Kelly, leader of the 22d Ward in West Mount Airy, on Friday handed the 162-page petition to Pennsylvania Republican Chairman Robert Gleason at the state committee's summer meeting in Hershey, according to Kelly's attorney. At a raucous city Republican Party meeting Wednesday night, ward leaders were asked to vote on either retaining Vito F. Canuso Jr. as city chairman or elevating Al Schmidt to the position. Though Canuso is...
  • Party of Palin [Eleanor has dinner with Steve Schmidt, failed McCain campaign manager]

    04/24/2010 3:16:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies · 2,162+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 23, 2010 | Eleanor Clift
    I had never met Steve Schmidt and only knew him through the media. When I found myself seated at the former McCain campaign manager's table at a Washington dinner hosted by The Week magazine, it was like a flashback to the 2008 campaign. Schmidt is instantly recognizable with his trademark shaved head, his bulldog physique, and the restless intensity that marks him as a political operative of the first order. He had spent 10 weeks trying to mold Sarah Palin into a plausible national candidate, and when the campaign ended, he assessed her shortcomings, as she did his, in what...
  • Google Frankenstein: Machines to Choose Your News

    04/12/2010 6:27:54 AM PDT · by webschooner · 17 replies · 782+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | April 12, 2010 | Drudge
    GOOGLE FRANKENSTEIN: MACHINES TO CHOOSE YOUR NEWS Mon Apr 12 2010 08:15:34 ET GOOGLE CEO and Obama political activist Eric Schmidt declared this weekend that his machines will help decide what news you receive! News sites should use technology to PREDICT what a user wants to read by what they have already read, Schmidt told the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEWS EDITORS, where a few humans still remained in the audience. "We're all in this together." MORE Schmidt said he doesn't want 'to be treated as a stranger' when reading online. He envisions a future where technology for news editing could...
  • Google Wants To Interrogate CNET Journalist To Find Out Who Ratted On Eric Schmidt*

    03/28/2010 8:45:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 680+ views
    Business Insider. ^ | Mar. 27, 2010 | Henry Blodget |
    What was that we were hearing a few days ago from Google about the importance of free speech, protection from tyranny, etc.? We take it that this moral crusade doesn't include support for a free press. "An attorney for Google and YouTube indicated today that the Web giants may call a prominent tech reporter to the witness stand in an effort to reveal who leaked the journalist confidential documents from the ongoing Viacom and Premier League copyright cases." the enormously public stance and actions Google is taking right now to protest censorship and government control over the media in China,...
  • Sarah Palin decries ‘bunch of B.S.’ in ‘60 Minutes’ report

    01/12/2010 5:44:01 PM PST · by maggief · 47 replies · 2,182+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 12, 2010 | Hal Boedeker
    In her new role as a Fox News Channel contributor, Sarah Palin blasted a “60 Minutes” report on her knowledge during the 2008 presidential campaign. She appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor,” the top-rated program in cable news. The segment on the CBS newsmagazine suggested that she didn’t know the difference between North and South Korea. “I had been warned, you know, don’t watch,” Palin said of the segment. “It’s a bunch of B.S. from [Steve] Schmidt and from of those.” Schmidt was the manager of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, and Palin was McCain’s running mate. She said the Korea...
  • Sarah Palin campaign was a 'train wreck', insiders say (RINO Charges BARF Alert)

    01/12/2010 7:31:05 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 172 replies · 4,460+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | 2010-01-12 | Jenny Booth
    Fresh details emerged today of the backroom dramas as Sarah Palin alarmed her campaign managers with a string of gaffes during her run for vice-president in 2008. Race of a Lifetime, a new book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin which is serialised in The Times this week, reveals that advisers to John McCain were taken aback by how little Mrs Palin knew about politics and history when she was confirmed as Mr McCain's Republican running mate after a cursory, 12-hour selection process. "You guys have a lot of work to do," Steve Schmidt, Mr McCain's campaign chief, is said...
  • "Et Tu, Dufus?" (with Apologies to William Shakespeare)

    01/10/2010 7:16:56 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies · 964+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-10-2009 | grey_whiskers
    Friends, Romneybots, CBSnewmen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Palin, not to praise her. The gaffes that candidates do lives after them; The good is oft interred on the cutting-room floor; So let it be with Palin. The noble Frum Hath told you Palin was uncultured: If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Palin answer'd it. Here, under leave of Brooks and the rest - For Brooks is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men - Come I to speak in Palin's funeral. She was my friend, faithful and just...
  • Schmidt: Palin has trouble with truth

    01/10/2010 5:35:37 PM PST · by writer33 · 316 replies · 8,291+ views
    Politico ^ | 01/10/10 | Jonathan Martin
    John McCain’s top campaign strategist said in an interview Sunday that Sarah Palin was dishonest as the GOP’s vice-presidential nominee and that her untruths have done long-term damage to her public image. “There were numerous instances that she said things that were – that were not accurate that ultimately, the campaign had to deal with,” said Steve Schmidt in an interview broadcast on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” “And that opened the door to criticism that she was being untruthful and inaccurate. And I think that is something that continues to this day.”
  • McCain aide: Palin believed candidacy 'God's plan'

    01/10/2010 4:57:28 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies · 2,420+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 10, 2010
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Sarah Palin believed that Sen. John McCain chose her to be his running mate in 2008 because of "God's plan," according to a top political strategist in the Arizona Republican's campaign. In an interview with the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes," Steve Schmidt described Palin as "very calm—nonplussed" after McCain met with her at his Arizona ranch just before putting her on the Republican ticket. McCain had planned to name Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., as his vice presidential choice until word leaked, sparking what Schmidt called political blowback over picking the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee. Schmidt...
  • W.H. taps former Microsoft, eBay exec as new cyber czar

    12/22/2009 9:04:47 AM PST · by RGirard · 11 replies · 652+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 22, 2009 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON – The White House has tapped a corporate cyber security expert and former Bush administration official to lead the effort to shore up the country's computer networks and better coordinate with companies that operate 80 percent of those critical systems. Howard A. Schmidt, a former eBay and Microsoft executive, will become the government's cyber security coordinator, weathering a rocky selection process that dragged on for months, as others turned the job down. In a letter posted on the White House web site Tuesday, John Brennan, assistant to President Barack Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism, said Schmidt will have...
  • Palin's Pals (anti-Palin hit piece)

    12/12/2009 6:20:12 PM PST · by Salman · 44 replies · 1,613+ views
    Slate ^ | Dec. 7, 2009 | Christopher Hitchens
    Writing about Sarah Palin in Newsweek last month, I pointed out the crude way in which she tried to Teflon-ize herself when allegations of weird political extremism were made against her. Thus, she had once gone to a Pat Buchanan rally wearing a pro-Buchanan button, but only because she thought it was the polite thing to do. She and her husband had both attended meetings of the Alaskan Independence Party—he as a member—but its name, she later tried to claim, only meant "independent." (The AIP is a straightforward secessionist party.) She didn't disbelieve all the evidence for evolution, only some...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils dramatic climate change map which shows flooded San Francisco

    12/03/2009 5:40:17 PM PST · by george76 · 90 replies · 3,197+ views
    Mail ^ | 03rd December 2009
    The map, which demonstrates the devastating effects of global warming in just a century, shows how San Francisco Airport would be completely underwater if sea levels were to rise by ...60in. The coastline on the map was also coloured, highlighting how nearly half a million Californians are at risk from rising sea levels. The map, named CalAdapt, which was revealed at a press conference on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay by Mr Schwarzenegger and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, was created as part of a plan for the state to adapt to global warming. 'Within a century, Treasure Island, this...
  • US Sen. McCain defends campaign team against Palin (McCain praises Schmidt, Wallace, others) (barf)

    11/18/2009 1:23:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 89 replies · 2,447+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-11-18 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator John McCain on Wednesday strongly defended the top advisers from his 2008 presidential campaign in the face of sharp criticism from his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin. McCain, in a telephone interview with Reuters, singled out campaign manager Steve Schmidt and senior adviser Nicolle Wallace for praise after Palin blasted the pair in her memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life." "There's been a lot of dust flying around in the last few days and I just wanted to mention that I have the highest regard for Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace...
  • Schmidt calls Palin claims 'total fiction'

    11/14/2009 1:47:49 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 68 replies · 3,375+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's former presidential campaign manager Steve Schmidt is the latest McCain adviser to cry foul over accusations Sarah Palin has penned in her yet to be released memoir "Going Rogue." Excerpts obtained by The Huffington Post characterize Schmidt in an unfavorable light, particularly in reference to the prank phone call Palin received from someone pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "Right away, the phones started ringing," Palin writes. "One of the first calls was Schmidt, and the force of his screaming blew my hair back. 'How can anyone be so stupid?! Why would the president...
  • McCain aide defends Palin pick, criticizes talk radio (Schmidt running scared)

    10/14/2009 6:21:58 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 19 replies · 1,128+ views
    http://arkansasnews.com/ ^ | October 14, 2009 | By John Lyon
    LITTLE ROCK — In a talk here today, the top strategist for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign defended the decision to pick Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate and criticized conservative talk radio hosts who opposed McCain’s nomination. Former McCain adviser Steve Schmidt praised Palin during remarks at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, despite having said earlier this month that a Palin presidential nomination would be “catastrophic” for the GOP. “I believe to this day that had she not been picked as the vice presidential candidate, we would never have been ahead — not for...
  • McCain strategist defends Palin as VP choice in 08 [after attacking Palin, Schmidt now praises her]

    10/14/2009 8:48:24 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,938+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-14
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A top adviser from John McCain's presidential campaign who has criticized Sarah Palin's odds as a presidential candidate in 2012 is standing by the decision to pick her as McCain's running mate in the 2008 election. Steve Schmidt, who was chief strategist for McCain's presidential race, said Palin helped McCain as a running mate in the 2008 race. Schmidt earlier this month said that Palin would be a catastrophe for the GOP if she's the party's presidential nominee in 2012.
  • Palin's persistent grassroots popularity chafes key Republican strategists (RINOs)

    10/08/2009 7:22:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies · 3,377+ views
    Google News / The Canadian Press ^ | October 8, 2009 | Lee-Anne Goodman
    She's poised to become the best-selling author in the United States, has a devoted base of conservative supporters and is considered a front-runner to lead the Republicans into the next election in 2012 - and yet key party strategists are tormented by the popularity of Sarah Palin. The very notion of a Palin candidacy has been derided in recent days by some of the brightest minds in the Republican party even as the former governor of Alaska outlines her policies on Afghanistan, energy and other issues of national importance. "Were she to be the nominee, we could have a catastrophic...
  • Dear Steve Schmidt, A Love Letter (satire and snark)

    10/05/2009 9:35:39 PM PDT · by Wanpeirui · 2 replies · 626+ views
    The Tree of Mamre ^ | October 4, 2009 | Wanpeirui
    Dear Steve Schmidt, You don't know me, but I'm the one who got you your last job. Indeed, one could say that I am your current employer. I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful job you did in the 2008 election as John McCain's strategist. To be fair, he was a spectacular candidate for our cause. Who would have ever thought that a man who had endured so much, so heroically, a man who has had a career of taking principled stands, could be so utterly self-absorbed, narcissistic, and erratic? He was...
  • Democrat Columnist Endorses Republican Candidate Al Schmidt over Corruption in Philadelphia

    10/05/2009 7:03:56 AM PDT · by grace522 · 28 replies · 2,173+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 5 Oct 2009 | Stu Bykofsky
    Stu Bykofsky: Philly politics is Einsteinian insanity: It's time for 2-party rule By Stu Bykofsky Philadelphia Daily News Daily News Columnist EINSTEIN DEFINED insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Next month, will Philadelphians hoping for an improved city again elect nothing but Democrats and expect a different result? Under Democratic monopoly, Philly residents have: the highest city tax rate in the nation, craven Council members cashing in on DROP, an incompetent Board of Revision of Taxes, a 25 percent city poverty rate, a pinball pay-to-play system, a Department of Human Services that...
  • Opponent: Butkovitz, GOP had PPA deal

    10/05/2009 6:44:42 AM PDT · by grace522 · 5 replies · 917+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 5 Oct 2009 | Bob Warner
    Opponent: Butkovitz, GOP had PPA deal Schmidt claims he was told to lay off controller by party leaders. They deny it. By BOB WARNER Philadelphia Daily News warnerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5885 DID CITY Controller Alan Butkovitz pull his punches in a recent investigation of the Philadelphia Parking Authority as a favor to city Republicans? The GOP's candidate for controller, Al Schmidt, says that it looks that way to him, based on the tepid results of the probe and the warnings that he received from a couple of Republican leaders, telling him to tone down his criticism of Butkovitz. " 'Back off him...
  • Senior GOP Consultant(Steve Schmidt)Backs Gay Marriage

    10/02/2009 8:49:14 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 23 replies · 1,356+ views
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | Apr 17, 2009 | By Perry Bacon Jr.
    Steve Schmidt, a top adviser to Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, today laid out the case for gay marriage, warning that the GOP will continue to lose young voters and the Northeast as long the party opposes it. At a meeting in Washington of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights GOP group, Schmidt dismissed conservative arguments that allowing gay marriage would weaken the institution, as well as objections from religious conservatives, warning that they could turn the Republican Party into a "sectarian" party. "For the party to be seen as an antigay, that is injurious to its...
  • McCain manager (Steve Schmidt) predicts Palin could prove 'catastrophic'

    10/02/2009 8:29:06 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 135 replies · 3,861+ views
    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/ ^ | October 2nd, 2009 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The man who ran John McCain's presidential campaign warned Friday that Sarah Palin could lead to a 'catastrophic' election result for the GOP in 2012 if the former Alaska governor captures the party's presidential nomination. "I think that she has talents," Steve Schmidt, the former campaign manager of McCain's failed presidential bid, told CNN's John King. "But my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she the nominee, we could have a catastrophic election result." The comments came during The Atlantic Magazine's First...
  • OBAMA WAS PROJECT VOTE!! Must read article from 1993 Chicago Magazine

    09/26/2009 1:50:20 AM PDT · by neverbluffer · 33 replies · 1,950+ views
    Chicago Magazine 1993 Article | 09-26-2009 | neverbluffer
    Vote of Confidence A huge black turnout in November 1992 altered Chicago's electoral landscape—and raised a new political star: a 31-year-old lawyer named Barack Obama. By Gretchen Reynolds A huge black turnout in November 1992 altered Chicago's electoral landscape-and raised a new political star: a 31-year-old lawyer named Barack Obama. In the final, climactic buildup to November's general election, with George Bush gaining ground on Bill Clinton in Illinois and the once-unstoppable campaign of senatorial candidate Carol Moseley Braun embroiled in allegations about her mother's Medicare liability, one of the most important local stories managed to go virtually unreported: The...
  • Hardball: Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum Discusses His Recent Article on Sarah Palin

    07/05/2009 9:48:02 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 824+ views
    Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum joined Chuck Todd, filling in for Chris Matthews on Hardball, to discuss his recent article on Sarah Palin.
  • McCain And Palin Personally Approved Internal Email Hunt For Leakers, Campaign Manager Says

    07/02/2009 12:59:47 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 2,030+ views
    Who Runs Gov / The Washington Post ^ | 2009-07-02 | Greg Sargent
    John McCain and Sarah Palin both personally approved an intensive internal search of the emails of top campaign staffers in order to determine who had been leaking damaging information about Palin to reporters, McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt just told me in an interview. “John McCain and Sarah Palin were both informed that we were doing this in an attempt to catch the person,” Schmidt told me, referring to his decision to undertake the email search, which has been the topic of fierce controversy since it was revealed yesterday. Schmidt’s revelation sheds new light on the campaign’s internal discord and...
  • McCain staffers push back on Vanity Fair's Palin profile

    06/30/2009 2:48:35 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 75 replies · 4,655+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2009 | Amanda Carpenter
    Alaskan Governor and GOP 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin may be nice looking, but she sure wasn’t a very good candidate is the bottom line of Vanity Fair’s 9,920-word profile about her released Tuesday. The comments about her beauty weren't entirely complimentary, either. Vanity Fair writer Todd S. Purdum said her looks probably hurt her as much it helped win voters during the campaign. The brunt of his article, the notion that she was never suited to run nationally, relied heavily on unattributed quotes from McCain campaign staffers who felt she wasn’t up to snuff and refused properly study...
  • Steve Schmidt the Republican traitor (Palin hidden attackers in GOP)

    06/30/2009 10:05:16 AM PDT · by 4rcane · 31 replies · 1,015+ views
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/06/kristol_liberal_media_and_gop.asp Lefty journalist Todd Purdum has a hit piece in the new Vanity Fair on Sarah Palin. You don’t have to be a big Palin fan to recognize the article is full of dubious claims, and is dependent on self-serving stories provided on background by some of the people who ran the McCain campaign into the ground. Here’s a highlight of Purdum’s reporting: “More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of ‘narcissistic personality disorder’ in...
  • Signs G.O.P. Is Rethinking Stance on Gay Marriage

    04/28/2009 10:20:05 AM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 76 replies · 2,604+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 28, 2009 | Adam Nagourney
    It was only five years ago that opposition to gay marriage was so strong that Republicans explicitly turned to the issue as a way to energize conservative voters. Yet today, as the party contemplates the task of rebuilding itself, some Republicans say the issue of gay marriage may be turning into more of a hindrance than a help. The fact that a run of states have legalized gay marriage in recent months — either by court decision or by legislative action — with little backlash is only one indication of how public attitudes about this subject appear to be changing....
  • Schmidt, Plouffe: McCain was a long shot

    04/23/2009 8:14:26 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 41 replies · 1,820+ views
    Politico ^ | 04/2309 | Ben Smith
    NEWARK, Del. – The men who ran the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain appeared together on stage for the first time Thursday at the University of Delaware to complete a pair of tasks: To articulate their (remarkably similar) views of the election, and to hash out the details of continuing coursework so that they can, at last, graduate. McCain chief strategist Steve Schmidt and Obama campaign manager David Plouffe seemed to agree on a central point: McCain was always the longest of long-shot candidates. (You would not have known this from hearing either of them talk during...
  • Google stock below $300 mark, first time since 2005

    11/12/2008 12:05:04 PM PST · by Ravi · 40 replies · 1,078+ views
    marketwatch ^ | 11/12/08 | marketwatch
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Analysts who follow Google Inc. cut their estimates for the Internet giant's fourth-quarter financial results Wednesday, as the company's shares dipped below the $300 mark for the first time in more than three years