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  • FLASHBACK: Sarah Palin Kills False Enquirer Affair Story (Just Saying)

    In the critical early days of September 2008, after Sarah Palin was nominated as the Republican Party's candidate for Vice President, the National Enquirer ran a cover story alleging that the Alaska governor had an adulterous affair. Palin, and Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, immediately and unequivocally denied the story. "The smearing of the Palin family must end," said McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, as quoted at the time. "The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie. The efforts of the media...
  • Mika Mocks Cruz Mannerisms: 'Cartoon Character, Oozes Insincerity'

    03/16/2016 7:18:15 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Riffing off a clip of Ted Cruz welcoming Marco Rubio followers to his fold, Mika Brzezinski went on an extended critique of Cruz's mannerisms on today's Morning Joe. Steve Schmidt joined in, accusing Cruz of "oozing insincerity." Joe Scarborough pretended not to know what the others were talking about, facetiously wondering "what are you talking about? You didn't think that was from the heart?" View the video here.
  • ‘It’s a F—ing Bitch, Man’ Why Republicans Hate Political Consultants

    09/25/2015 12:44:02 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 25, 2015 | Matthew Continetti
    One day after Scott Walker dropped out of the presidential race, the Politico headline read: “Walker’s campaign manager unloads.” The same day, the Washington Post had an article, “Inside the collapse of Scott Walker’s presidential bid,” which also drew heavily from Walker’s campaign manager, GOP consultant Rick Wiley. It’s almost as if Wiley had an agenda.
  • The new Trump strategy behind tonight’s candidates’ debate

    09/16/2015 9:31:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | September 16, 2015 | Julie Pace, The Associated Press
    Republican candidates used a hands-off approach to Donald Trump in the first debate. It didn’t work. In the first U.S. Republican presidential debate, most candidates took a hands-off approach to Donald Trump and hoped the brash billionaire would hurt himself. Instead, he only got stronger. Trump’s unexpected durability has led some of his rivals to shift their strategy for Wednesday’s second debate. Now their goal is to engage Trump, without inflicting any damage on their own campaigns. The change reflects an evolution in the way Trump is viewed within the U.S. Republican Party. No longer dismissed as a summer fling...
  • Steve Schmidt: Donald Trump 'emasculating' Jeb Bush

    08/31/2015 5:59:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/31/15 | NICK GASS
    Donald Trump is "emasculating" former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with his attacks and his performance in state and national polling, prominent Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said Monday. "Look, Jeb Bush was a very successful governor, he's a thoughtful man, he was a good, conservative governor. But every day, Donald Trump is emasculating Jeb Bush, and Republican primary voters are not going to default to the establishment candidate who is being weakened by these attacks that go unresponded to." -snip- Breaking down the results of the latest Iowa polling on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Schmidt remarked upon the strong performance of candidates...
  • The Roger Stone Zone: McCain Aides Attacks On Palin Grow Tedious Schmidt = Incompetent (Trump's Ex)

    08/13/2015 4:51:37 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 17 replies
    The Stone Zone ^ | November 19, 2009 | Roger Stone
    By Roger Stone The continued attacks on Sarah Palin by campaign Aides to Senator John McCain are almost beyond belief. Continued attacks on Palin, and on her performance as the Vice Presidential candidate by McCain Aide Steve Schmidt, are particularly ridiculous given Schmidt's track record of incompetence and missteps by the senior McCain aide during the Presidential campaign. Schmidt is, after all, part of the gang that had McCain suspend his presidential campaign and rush back to Washington to take the exact same position as Barack Obama on the first Federal bailout bill which in the end, only bailed out...
  • GOP 2016ers battle for second in fundraising war

    06/24/2015 9:26:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 24, 2015 | Sara Murray, Theodore Schleifer and Tom LoBianco
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The money race for second place is on. With a June 30 fundraising deadline drawing near, speculation over how much money Republican presidential candidates will collect is reaching a fever pitch. It's already clear that Jeb Bush will come out on top regardless of whether he hits or even surpasses the $100 million target many in the donor world set for the former Florida governor. The more interesting question, many donors and campaign operatives say, is who will come in second. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has an unusually broad donor list thanks to his highly publicized recall election and...
  • John Kasich taps noted conservative-basher as senior campaign strategist for some reason

    06/10/2015 1:42:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2015 | Allahpundit
    And I do mean “noted.” With the possible exception of Steve Schmidt, no Republican advisor is better known to the right for sneering at the right than John Weaver. Re-read this old post, written when Weaver was helping to steer Huntsman 2012 to a third-place flameout in New Hampshire, for some of his greatest hits. He advised McCain in 2000, when Maverick was at his media-friendly right-baiting zenith, then caught on with Huntsman during the last cycle to try the ol’ what-our-party-really-needs-is-a-better-base approach again. He’s known for being a difficult boss, losing lots of races (with some notable successes, like...
  • The View From Hell: Nicole Wallace And Hostility To Conservative Women

    09/18/2014 1:12:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 17, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    For a long time before I became a reporter, I never paid attention to bylines — the announcement of who wrote a given article. That all changed for me one day when I was sitting at Jimmy T’s Diner in Washington, D.C., reading a hate-filled “fashion” column that was nothing more than the projection of angry liberal political views. It was so awful that I wanted to know who wrote it. The author, Robin Givhan, of course went on to win a Pulitzer. I’m part of a profession that rewards liberal political views above most all else. Along similar...
  • Steve Schmidt joins Rick Perry's legal team

    08/26/2014 8:57:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/26/2014 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Republican strategist and former John McCain consultant Steve Schmidt has joined the team helping Texas Gov. Rick Perry with the strategy around his indictment, POLITICO has learned. Schmidt is the latest addition to a team that Perry has been expanding with legal hands. The Republican governor, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has been indicted for allegedly abusing his power by vetoing funding to the office of a Democratic prosecutor who wouldn’t resign after a drunken driving arrest. “We’re bringing in the best of the best to help us handle this … this is serious, we’ve got to handle it with...
  • The Psychiatric Gulagization of Sarah Palin

    08/14/2014 9:15:25 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 44 replies
    Common Sense of the Jones of the World ^ | 8/14/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    Nicolle Wallace, former adviser to the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign who worked with Steve Schmidt, appeared on The View on Thursday (3/10/2014) and gushed over Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and even Bill Clinton. Predictably, however, she trashed Sarah Palin.
  • 2016 Elections: Is Palin the GOP’s Answer to Hillary Clinton?

    04/02/2014 5:16:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | April 2, 2014 | Anthea Mitchell
    Will Sarah Palin run against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election? No, it’s safe to say that she likely won’t. Though, as she said herself when asked, “never say never.” She followed the statement up by adding, “I don’t have a team of people, you know, getting out there doing these poll-tested whatever they do to let you know if you should run or not. I don’t have any of that kind of organization going,” according to The Examiner. While her candidacy would certainly be welcomed by some within the GOP, especially further to the right – including the...
  • Judy Woodruff Wonders if ‘Compelling’ Inequality Issue Will Overtake Obamacare in 2014

    01/05/2014 7:44:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies ^ | January 5th, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    A panel of politicians and commentators on NBC’s Meet the Press sized up the political issues that will dominate 2014 heading into the midterm elections on Sunday. The panel largely agreed that the Affordable Care Act is the most pressing issue of the day today, but they were not sure if that dynamic would still be in place by November. PBS anchor Judy Woodruff said that the issue of “inequality” is compelling and could speak to more Americans’ lives than the ACA’s implementation woes. NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd began the segment by observing that the Democrats...
  • Chris Matthews: At Least the ‘Thrill Up My Leg’ Came From Obama, Not Palin

    12/11/2013 10:02:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 11, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    If there’s one off-the-cuff remark that will follow Chris Matthews for the rest of his career as a pundit, it has to be the time in 2008 when he said, in reference to a speech by then-candidate Barack Obama, “I felt this thrill going up my leg.” It’s the one line for which conservatives love to make fun of him most, and he knows it. During a Wednesday evening debate over divisions within the Republican Party, Matthews chose to voluntarily reference the infamous quote and defend the sentiment behind it. Republican strategist Steve Schmidt was denouncing the current state of...
  • With big win, Christie set to wield power on national stage (New chairman Nat'l GOP governors)

    11/06/2013 2:36:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Cranford Chronicle ^ | November 6, 2013 | Jenna Portnoy
    A big win in a big blue state — there are few things that make sweeter music for the fractured Republican Party these days. But many political observers say there is even more to what happened tonight than that. Last year, Chris Christie was elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association and he officially takes over that post in Arizona in 15 days. It’s a position with a high national profile, money to spread around and a bully pulpit. So, in way, Christie’s power just doubled. Friends of Christie and people who have watched him in action the past year...
  • McCain’s Former Strategist Blasts Palin For Supporting Tea Party “Freakshow” In Defunding Obamacare

    09/24/2013 11:55:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | September 24, 2013 | Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht
    Former John McCain strategist Steve Schmidt criticized former running mate Sarah Palin for throwing her hat into the "defund Obamacare" campaign. Schmidt, McCain’s 2008 campaign strategist, told “Hardball” host Chris Matthews that Republicans need to rid themselves of the "asininity" of both Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Tea Partier carrying the banner for defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Sarah Palin wrote an op-ed for Breitbart in which she claimed that if Cruz is unsuccessful in his fight against Obamacare it will be failure on the part of the GOP “because there weren’t enough principled...
  • 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,”
  • MSNBC: Must-agree TV

    08/27/2013 1:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2013 | Erik Wemple
    <p>Virtually every other show [aside from "Morning Joe"] belongs to hosts who unstintingly support Obama and the Democrats, with only minor points of disagreement. ([Host Chris] Hayes criticizes Obama for his drone killings and surveillance programs, and often conducts friendly interviews with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who collaborated with Edward Snowden. Melissa Harris-Perry, who appears on weekends at 10 a.m., nearly always defends Obama, and called Glenn Greenwald a “jerk.”) Conservatives are far less visible on MSNBC than liberals are on Fox News, and the right-leaning guests who do appear are typically critics of the conservative movement: Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist, who says the party is too tolerant of “nuts” and “kooks”; Josh Barro, an advocate for Republican reform who describes himself as “neoliberal”; Abby Huntsman, the daughter of failed presidential candidate Jon, who has described the G.O.P. as a party of “non-inclusion.” The over-all impression is that your average Republican or conservative is simply too fanatical to be part of polite discourse.</p>
  • Big CPAC surprise: Jeb Bush not on ballot (GOP-e RINO afraid of CPAC Straw Poll...)

    03/14/2013 12:53:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/14/13 | Paul Steinhauser
    There are 23 names on the Conservative Political Action Conference's much watched 2016 GOP presidential nomination straw poll. And there's one glaring omission: Jeb Bush. It appears the former two-term Florida governor is the reason his name isn't on the ballot. "He requested not to be put on the poll this year," an official with the American Conservative Union, the group that puts on CPAC, told CNN.
  • Fmr McCain Aide Schmidt Tells Maher GOP Can't Attract Cutting Edge Workers Because They're Anti-Gay

    03/04/2013 9:20:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Towleroad ^ | March 4, 2013
    Former McCain aide Steve Schmidt told a apanel on Bill Maher which included California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom that the GOP lags in its tech and internet capability because it can't attract young, cutting edge workers. Why? They don't want to work for a bigoted party. Said Schmidt. "If you look at your first guest on talking about brilliant young people in computers who understand all this stuff [and] be at the cutting edge, it's difficult to make the case to work for a political party that wants to discriminate against their friend who happens to be gay. So we...
  • Steve Schmidt: There is never a good time for Sarah Palin [VIDEO]

    03/03/2013 1:43:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 2, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, the former campaign adviser to 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has repeatedly argued that the Republican Party should be more inclusive — of almost everyone, it seems, except Sarah Palin. On Friday night’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” during its online “Overtime” segment, Schmidt tersely responded to a viewer question about McCain’s selection of Palin to be his running mate: MAHER: Steve Schmidt, ‘Is it possible you picked Sarah Palin the wrong year?’ Oh, my. ‘Could she have swung the women vote in 2012 enough to have put Romney in the White...
  • Latest Romney Revelation Has Me Incredibly Angry

    12/29/2012 3:45:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | December 28, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    Just before the Christmas break the Boston Globe published a lengthy postmortem on Mitt Romney’s massive failure as a presidential candidate. Between this, and the constant hand-wringing by Geniuses of the GOP™, I think we have beaten this dead horse to a pulp, but there was one thing that came out of this article that has me as angry as I have ever been over a politician. Before we get to that, let’s step back in time to 2008. Like 2012, the Republican Party didn’t exactly put forth an all-star field of candidates for voters to choose from. In the...
  • GOP civil war: Herman Cain calls for third party

    11/09/2012 5:24:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | November 7, 2012 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    It’s been less than 24 hours since the polls closed and already the first shots in an emerging civil war within the conservative movement are being fired. Right-leaning pundits have been taking turns beating up on Mitt Romney and blaming him for the loss last night. Donald Trump just tweeted, “Congrats to @KarlRove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race @CrossroadsGPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money.” And GOP leaders are already taking to the barricades on either side of the divide, which basically comes down to this question: Were Romney and the GOP...
  • Steve Schmidt: GOP must muzzle Rush Limbaugh

    11/06/2012 10:58:51 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 117 replies
    Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said early Wednesday morning on MSNBC that it’s time for Republican leaders to stand up to “extreme statements” and “nonsense” coming from within the GOP, including Rush Limbaugh. “Now, people calling for revolution and these extreme statements — when I talk about a civil war in the Republican Party, what I mean is, it’s time for Republican elected leaders to stand up and to repudiate this nonsense, and to repudiate it directly,” Schmidt said. Read more:
  • How badly did Romney botch response to Libya attack? [Media Sucks Up To Obama]

    09/13/2012 4:17:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    CBS ^ | September 13, 2012
    The conventional wisdom emerged in Washington almost immediately on Wednesday: Mitt Romney's handling of the violence in Egypt and Libya was a disaster. "The comments were a big mistake, and the decision to double down on them was an even bigger mistake," Steve Schmidt, senior campaign strategist to Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, told CBS News. "There are legitimate criticisms to be made but you foreclose on your ability to make them when you try to score easy political points. And the American people, when the country is attacked, whether they're a Republican or Democrat or independent, want to...
  • Eight Legit Reasons Why Palin is the Only Logical Choice to be Our Nation’s Next Vice President

    07/16/2012 9:00:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 16, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    America is at a crossroads. Our government is out of control. All three branches of the federal government have abandoned First Principles and the Constitution. We have a president who ignores Congress and a Congress that cannot get anything done because of obstructionism by Big Government liberals in both parties. We have a Supreme Court Chief Justice who just ruled on the most evil piece of legislation this country has ever seen, one that will destroy America, not based on his understanding of the Constitution, but because he fears bad press for the Court! Corruption, from the Oval Office, to...
  • McCain Camp Didn’t Vet Obama; Palin Thought That Was a Mistake

    05/19/2012 12:38:28 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 36 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | May 19 2012 | Stacy Drake
    Sean Hannity hosted a panel on his show last night, to discuss Barack Obama’s history, in his “own words.” Stephen K. Bannon was a member of that panel, and reminded viewers (around the 3:30 mark) that the McCain campaign failed to vet Obama during the 2008 presidential election. The decision to not vet the current president in 2008 by Steve Schmidt and other incompetent individuals within the McCain camp, played a role in outcome in that race. Governor Palin knew the American people deserved to know the facts about Obama’s history and associations. Schmidt & Co. simply wouldn’t allow it,...
  • Was Steve Schmidt Qualified to Be McCain’s Campaign Manager?

    05/08/2012 7:50:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | May 8, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    Those who were paying attention during the 2008 presidential election know of John McCain’s campaign manager Steve Schmidt, and his equally incompetent cohort Nicole Wallace. We also know that the Schmidt’s many failures during that election were so strong, and so damaging to his already dubious reputation, he, and Wallace, looked for a scapegoat to pin the blame on. In fact, as John Nolte reported on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood a memo was released that proves the attempt to “save” Schmidt and help rewrite history in a way to make him look good, and Sarah Palin, the only bright spot...
  • Was Steve Schmidt Qualified to be McCain's Campaign Manager?

    05/07/2012 4:18:26 PM PDT · by palin45potus · 51 replies
    Beitbart News ^ | 5-7-2012 | Whitney Pitchet
    Was Steve Schmidt Qualified to Be McCain’s Campaign Manager? by 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.  In his comments about the VP selection process, Schmidt indicates a pretty simple concept--...
  • The GOP strategist behind 'Game Change' [Steve Schmidt]

    03/21/2012 12:39:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 21, 2012 | Dan Morain
    Some conservatives speak volumes as they try to pillory Steve Schmidt, the strategist who helped run John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and lately has been getting attention thanks to Woody Harrelson's portrayal of him in the movie, "Game Change."Pay a visit to There, you'll find everything critical about Schmidt. There's a link to a Washington Times piece that denounces him as "a longtime loser," and a broadcast by an angry New York-based radio talk show host, Mark Levin. "Steve you're quite the punk. You really are a punk," Levin said, incensed that Schmidt would dare to belittle McCain's vice...
  • ‘Game Change’: A made-up narrative from two axe-grinders

    03/18/2012 2:32:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2012 | Joseph Curl
    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”?...
  • McCain Staffers Sought To ‘Shield’ Steve Schmidt’s Reputation Days Before ’08 Election

    03/16/2012 10:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | March 16, 2012 | James Crugnale
    As reality began to sink in to the losing McCain presidential campaign in late October 2008, a senior communications adviser, Brian Jones, sent out a comprehensive strategic memo seeking to protect campaign manager Steve Schmidt‘s reputation, the central figure in the HBO political drama Game Change, Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports. “A week out from the election, named and unnamed sources are beginning to pin some of the blame for McCain’s likely defeat on Steve Schmidt,” Jones wrote in the memo. “Thankfully, and rightfully so, some members of the political punditry are already coming to his defense (Rove, McKinnon, Scarborough), however...
  • Memo: Shield Steve Schmidt from John McCain blame (plans to destroy Palin to save Schmidt)

    03/15/2012 7:32:44 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/15/12
    Ten days before the 2008 presidential election, as blame was beginning to be laid out for John McCain’s “likely defeat,” a top communications adviser to the campaign wrote a detailed strategy memo focused on how to preserve the reputation of another key adviser, Steve Schmidt, POLITICO has learned. *** The protective maneuver sheds more light on the final days of the 2008 campaign, a period of low morale marked by tensions between the Palin and McCain camps and the expectation of defeat. *** “Thankfully, and rightfully so, some members of the political punditry are already coming his defense (Rove, McKinnon,...
  • Woody Harrelson on Republicans: 'Those people make me weep for humanity'

    03/12/2012 3:16:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies ^ | March 12, 2012
    <p>Famous liberal Woody Harrelson says he was surprised to find that he liked Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, who he plays in the HBO movie "Game Change," opposite Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.</p> <p>"I wouldn’t imagine myself wanting to have anything to do with [Schmidt], but I really found myself liking him," Harrelson tells the April issue of Men's Journal. "He’s a political animal, but I feel like he’s an idealist and not bogged down in all the bullshit. Let’s face it. Obama was a phenomenon. They knew they were going to get beat, so choosing Palin was just a Hail Mary pass. It was just a wild idea."</p>
  • Moment Of Truth… Just Who Is Behind Those Palin Rumors? Palin 4 America

    Well, it is both but it started with Team Romney. They started the attacks as early as the convention. It wasn’t until later on that Team Rove saw it as an avenue to also clear the path for Jeb. Team Romney? or is it Team Rove/Bush? With the primary season in full swing and the HBO movie coming out, we have gotten a very clear view of how each candidate conducts their campaigns. There is only ONE candidate who has a clear MO of nasty, dishonest attacks and rumors using a tactic that overwhelms their opponents to not just have...
  • 'Game Change' -- Anatomy of a Smear of Sarah Palin (Mittbots and Hollywood in collusion)

    02/22/2012 1:58:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | February 22, 2012 | Mark Whittington
    Thanks to some remarkable reporting from Big Hollywood, it has become increasingly clear the upcoming HBO movie "Game Change" is less a political melodrama than an all-out attempt to destroy the person and reputation of Sarah Palin. The movie is based on a poorly researched book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and it was criticized at the time of its publication by Howard Kurtz, then a media reporter for the Washington Post, and the New York Times for its overreliance on unsourced "deep background" interviews that were difficult to verify. Two of those sources have been revealed, according to...
  • GOP Strategist: Republican Establishment Fears Down-Ballot Disaster If Newt Wins Nomination

    01/23/2012 10:47:02 AM PST · by redstateone · 122 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | January 23, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    On the heels of Newt Gingrich’s trouncing of Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary, Republican Party brass are privately expressing deep concerns that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s high unfavorable rating in national polls could prove catastrophic to the so-called “down ballot”–the House and Senate races under the presidential race–and may even threaten the Republican Party’s control of the House of Representatives...
  • 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...
  • Do I Help or Hurt Republicans?

    01/04/2012 3:09:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush ^ | January 4, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Steve Schmidt's out there again. This is the guy that ran McCain's campaign. Let me find it. It's audio sound bite number nine. Last night, PMSNBC, special coverage of the Hawkeye Cauci. Steve Schmidt's the guest, and the question: "Would the old conservatives who hold a lot of money embrace Rick Santorum? They can't stand Romney. Richard Viguerie told me, 'Not Mitt now or ever,' so who?" SCHMIDT: There will absolutely be a constituency of people out there that rally around the alternative to Mitt Romney, and you saw it absolutely in, uhh, 2008, uhh, with Senator...
  • GOP guru Steve Schmidt: exit polls suggest Perry, Bachmann no longer “plausible”

    01/03/2012 6:07:34 PM PST · by SmithL · 67 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/3/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    GOP political consultant Steve Schmidt, one of the toughest guys in the business and the guru behind the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign, said that early polls suggest Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are likely no longer “plausible” candidates after tonight. And he told MSNBC it increasingly looks like former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum “may well emerge as the chief alternative to Mitt Romney.” With Santorum showing strong in early exit polls, Schmidt — an MSNBC analyst — told the network moments ago that Santorum is “going to have to make a lot of decisions very quickly if he comes...
  • Rachel Maddow – investigative news hound

    10/02/2011 7:20:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 2, 2011 | Joseph Farah
    Rachel Maddow broke some big news on her MSNBC show Sept. 28 – and she wants you to know. She mentioned several times during the program that she was reporting "important real news," "important political news," and so on. Here's my quick rewrite of this earth-shattering development: Two people best known for working on John McCain's failed presidential campaign in 2008 say selecting Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate was "a mistake." Here's the problem with this being big news: Both Steve Schmidt, McCain's campaign manager, and Nicole Wallace, a top aide to the campaign, were actually involved in...
  • McCain Adviser: It's Perry-Romney Race Now (RINO Steve Schmidt praises RINO Romney)

    09/08/2011 6:30:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2011-09-08 | Martin Gould
    Thursday’s Republican presidential debate showed that the race is now down to a two-candidate contest, John McCain’s campaign strategist, Steve Schmidt said minutes after the candidates’ forum ended. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are the only two with a chance, Schmidt said on MSNBC after the debate at the Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley, Calif. “As the campaign progresses you will see an increasing focus on the two of them,” said Schmidt, the token Republican on the left-leaning channel’s after-debate show. Romney, Schmidt said, “did a very good job. He was poised and made no mistakes."
  • Has anybody else been told not to run for President, besides Palin, ever?

    06/01/2011 3:05:28 AM PDT · by factmart · 31 replies
    Has anybody else been told not to run for President, besides Palin, ever? Palin been told not to run by the media and by Conservatives. In the last 40 years, who else has been told they would be a better kingmaker?
  • MEGHAN MCCAIN: My Family & Sarah Palin To Be Nothing Short Of Crucified By HBO's 'GAME CHANGE'

    04/01/2011 11:17:43 AM PDT · by onyx · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 1, 2011 | Meghan McCain
    MEGHAN MCCAIN: I Expect My Family And Sarah Palin To Be Nothing Short Of Crucified By HBO's 'GAME CHANGE' HBO is adapting a miniseries based on Game Change, the book about the 2008 election. But as Hollywood casts liberal actors to play all the parts, Meghan McCain doubts that it will be an accurate portrayal of what actually happened. Game Change, the infamous bestseller written by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, has plagued anyone directly associated with the 2008 election cycle. The first time I heard about the book was within weeks after Obama was elected—my former press person...
  • Harris, Harrelson cast in Palin TV movie (Weirdo Woody playing Steve Schmidt!!)

    03/25/2011 3:05:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Ed Harris has been cast as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as his adviser in HBO's upcoming TV movie, "Game Change," The Hollywood Reporter said. Julianne Moore is to play Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican presidential nominee McCain's running mate in the 2008 U.S. election. Harrelson's will play Steve Schmidt, McCain's senior campaign strategist, in the small-screen adaptation of the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said Friday.
  • Time for the Governor to re-engage and resolve "Duf's Debt"

    02/20/2008 6:52:36 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 4 replies · 95+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 02-20-2008 | Jon Fleischman
    It's the fall of 2006, and the midst of a very intense General Election here in California... a decision was made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, his campaign manager Steve Schmidt, and then State-GOP Chairman Duf Sundheim. You see, while the Governor's re-election campaign was going well but the Victory Program was rapidly running out of money heading into the final month. Then came the big decision -- to literally "bet the bank" and have the State GOP take out a THREE MILLION DOLLAR LOAN thus providing the necessary injection of cash into the CRP coffers to run a full campaign...
  • The GOP's dilemma: Winning over gay rights advocates could mean losing part of its base (RINO ALERT)

    09/28/2010 7:47:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-09-28 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    When Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) agreed to attend a fundraising dinner in Washington for the Log Cabin Republicans, many social conservatives were outraged. The group has long urged the GOP to be more accepting of gay rights, and some Republicans worried that the appearance by Cornyn, a party leader in Congress, would further legitimize its views. The senator not only attended the Log Cabin event at the Capitol Hill Club last Wednesday, he also accepted an award from the group, becoming the highest-ranking Republican to do so. After his speech, though, the group's president, R. Clarke Cooper, privately told Cornyn...
  • Obama's campaign manager waits for a call about 2012 [David Plouffe, partnering w/Steve Schmidt!]

    09/04/2010 10:57:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | September 4, 2010 | Steven Thomma
    David Plouffe's days of spending time with his family may be nearing an end again. His president may need him in his 2012 re-election campaign. Plouffe, who was the manager of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, says Obama hasn't yet given a thought to winning a second term, and that the president hasn't started to build the massive campaign machinery he'll need to compete against whoever the Republicans nominate. "I can tell you that the president is not concerned with his reelection," Plouffe writes in the new paperback version of his book on the 2008 election, The Audacity to Win. "We...
  • 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...
  • Gay Republicans Rising

    08/30/2010 9:18:58 AM PDT · by jackspyder · 78 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug. 29, 2010 | Timothy Patrick McCarthy
    NEW YORK – Will the Republican Party follow Ken Mehlman’s lead and step out on gay rights? Historian Timothy McCarthy imagines a future where the GOP starts talking like Harvey Milk. Every queer knows that some of the biggest homophobes are closet cases. Simply recall the names of Mark Foley, Ted Haggard, Larry Craig, or George “rent-boy” Rekers. The latest Republican to move from the closet to the Log Cabin is Ken Mehlman, the architect of George W. Bush’s successful 2004 reelection campaign and former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Judging by the current political climate, Mehlman’s coming out...