Quote of the day

posted at 10:30 pm on June 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

“But Kristol’s charge was seconded by Randy Scheunemann, a longtime foreign policy adviser to McCain who is also close to the Standard editor and was thought to be a Palin ally within the campaign.

‘Steve Schmidt has a congenital aversion to the truth,’ Scheunemann said. ‘On two separate and distinct occasions, he speculated about about Governor Palin having post-partum depression, and on the second he threatened that if more negative publicity about the handling of Governor Palin emerged that he would leak his speculation [about post-partum depression] to the press. It was like meeting Tony Soprano.’

Schmidt said Scheunemann’s charges were ‘categorically untrue.’…

‘Bill Kristol, going back to the time of the campaign, has taken a lot of cheap shots at the campaign without ever offering a plausible path to victory,’ Schmidt said. ‘He’s in the business of ad hominem insults and criticism.’…

‘At end of campaign there were a series of leaks that were so damaging that it was consuming the 24-hour cable news cycle. Leaks to reporters where Sarah Palin was called all manner of names. [McCain senior adviser] Rick Davis and I jointly felt that was outrageous. So we made an attempt for the first time in the campaign to try to ID who was leaking information that was so damaging and demoralizing to a campaign that was in very difficult circumstances,’ Schmidt said.

‘What was discovered was an email from a very senior staff member to Bill Kristol that then entered into the news current and continued the negative in-fighting stories for an additional news cycles. I recommended tough medicine for that individual that was carried out,’ Schmidt said, again referring to Scheunemann. ‘Bill Kristol might not have liked that decision, and he might be mad about what happened to his friend, but going all the way back he has been a part of this story and I’ve preserved his confidentiality in that until now. But his use of his public forums to take a personal fight and make character attacks is just simply dishonest and wrong.’”


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Give them all guns, stick them in a lock room and don’t open the door until all of the ammo is gone.

myrenovations on June 30, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Oh… finally our first Palin thread.

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:34 PM

Steve Schmidt, you are truly a piece of crap. What a coward you are. You fat bald jerk.

Mr. Joe on June 30, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Oh, it’s Tuesday…It’s Palin’s turn to have a QOTD thread.

jgapinoy on June 30, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Isn’t safe to say that the McCain campaign was staffed by opportunistic losers?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 30, 2009 at 10:35 PM

GOP cannibalism of-the-day! *eats popcorn*

benny shakar on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

I don’t know who’s fault it is, nor do I even care anymore. Anyone who worked on McCain’s campaign has no business ever, EVER, running a campaign again (unless they want to go work for the other side.) I want all of those people to just go away (and take Mark Sanford with them.)

I’ll stick with Palin.

XWing5 on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

myrenovations on June 30, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Bwahahahahahah! + 100 on PayPerView baby

BrideOfRove on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Oh wow Steve Schmidt seems like a mean-spirited man:

“After all, his management of [former Vice President] Dan Quayle’s public image as his chief of staff is still something that takes your breath away,” Schmidt continued. “His attack on me is categorically false.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/24392.html#ixzz0JyHvU2i1&D

How in the world did he become McCain’s campaign manager? Unreal.

terryannonline on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

I can’t believe this dysfunctional group lost an election.

/sarc

Pasalubong on June 30, 2009 at 10:38 PM

So you are feeding these Sullivan bottomfeeders Steve. Good job. Why not make fun of baby Trig while you are at it. There is nothing worse than betraying a boss like this. You disagreed about Palin. Fair enough, go complain to McCain and resign. But keep your fat mouth shut.

What a disgrace.

Mr. Joe on June 30, 2009 at 10:38 PM

The GOP is finally having its civil war.

SP would be wise to stay out of it. This shit has been coming for a long time. I hope both sides suicide bomb each other to pieces.

Guys, read the whole article…. worth it.

BPD on June 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Got a call from the RNC the other day. Told them to call me back when Sarah has a very public role and when the rest of the good ole boys (losers) are NOT taking cheap shots at her.

McCain was the RNC’s posterboy and he lost to a radical left winger with so much baggage he needed a whole nother baggage car to carry it and McCain lost. He would have lost by a MUCH greater margin had Sarah not pulled his old ass across the finish line.

Obama’s baggage

PierreLegrand on June 30, 2009 at 10:40 PM

oh boy! Neocons stabbing each other in the back. We haven’t seen this before.

popularpeoplesfront on June 30, 2009 at 10:40 PM

I have no problem about disagreeing with McCain on his Palin pick. But if you are part of the campaign, you be loyal or be gone. I bet you would have been all cheery and happy though if you were working for Obama and the Wright stuff came out.

Mr. Joe on June 30, 2009 at 10:40 PM

I think Dr.Cwac.Cwac has the best analysis.

revolution on June 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM

BOOM!

BOOM!

HEAD THE HILLS RATS!!!!

TimeTraveler on June 30, 2009 at 10:42 PM

The detritus of the hideous McCain campaign comes back to haunt everyone.
Kristol was a McCain fan, and blames Schmidt for the defeat.
Schmidt blames Palin for the defeat. Now they point to each other, like third graders.
The truth is, McCain was a wornout old creep who should have been shown the door by the Pubbies. Instead, they nominated him. They just couldn’t drag his carcass over the finish line.
Now we have Obama and Franken sticks the knife into our country’s heart by hitting the magic 60 number.
George W. Bush’s political incoherence destroyed a party and movement that he never seemed to understand. The fish rotted from the head, that is, if you ever cared to think that Bush was really much of a party leader.

TexasJew on June 30, 2009 at 10:42 PM

I also love how Schmidt sarcastically says, “If only Kristol had run the campaign, McCain would have won.” Dude. You were the genius behind Lamar’s Alexander’s campaign. Shut. The. Fudge. Up.

Pasalubong on June 30, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Bill Kristol, going back to the time of the campaign, has taken a lot of cheap shots at the campaign without ever offering a plausible path to victory,’ Schmidt said.

THATS YOUR JOB DIPSH!T. Does he have to cut your meat for you too?

This guy is finished. Who wants this guy on a campaign now? He’s radioactive.

STFU Schmidt you sabateur. You couldn’t win a campaign against a socialist,racist,light weight moron and you think people think your relevant?

With guys like this, who need democrats?

portlandon on June 30, 2009 at 10:42 PM

oh boy! Neocons stabbing each other in the back. We haven’t seen this before.

popularpeoplesfront on June 30, 2009 at 10:40 PM

I didn’t know McCain and team were NeoCons…

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:42 PM

What is with these McCain campaign losers? It seems like Palin was the only person in the whole damn campaign who wanted to fight, and at least attempt to win.

These jerks need to get over themselves. Go think about how you ran one of the worst campaigns in presidential history instead of trying to ruin Palin.

Especially Schmidt. What a schmuck.

therightwinger on June 30, 2009 at 10:43 PM

What ever law it was that made dueling illegal has to be repealed. Bring back the dueling grounds, give’m choice of weapons and second, and send them out at daylight and settle it like gentlemen of honor.

Skandia Recluse on June 30, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Schmidt, you are a loser. You are a Daddy Warbucks wannabee who is less than Bob Shrum.

Mr. Joe on June 30, 2009 at 10:44 PM

she’s so
fine

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Kathleen Parker should be claiming to be a victim in about 5 seconds…

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:46 PM

His allegation that I was defaming Palin by alleging post-partum depression at the campaign headquarters is categorically untrue. In fact, I think it rises to the level of a slander because it’s about the worst thing you can say about somebody who does what I do for a living.”

WTF?!
Schmidt just admitted in that statement that he did allege Palin has post-partum depression, but in a good way.
Schmidt is worse than scum. A jerk, phony, and a loser. So is Nicole Wallace and her loser husband, Katie Couric’s BFF’s.

I’m on Kristol’s side here.
And Jonathan Martin, Obama’s personal butt boy and lap dog for republican bashing had to be the one writing this story.

jencab on June 30, 2009 at 10:46 PM

For Schmidt to finger Randy is Orwellian. Randy was the only guy who was even slightly loyal to Sarah and he was promptly removed by the Schmidt and team. F**k off Schimdt.

promachus on June 30, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Steve Schmidt = P.O.S.

Nicole Wallace = P.O.S.

Mark Wallace = P.O.S.

Randy Scheunemann = Palin Defender

aquaviva on June 30, 2009 at 10:47 PM

The sad thing about all of this is that this entire group lives inside of the DC beltway and they think that they know what’s going on. Obama proved them wrong and they are wrong now. We don’t need no stinkin DC politicians, we need a true American like SP! If we listen to this crowd we will lose again.

inspectorudy on June 30, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Scheunemann, Davis, and Schmidt should never be allowed to work another GOP campaign. No one can possibly know the truth about the events that transpired. As such, all three act like a bunch of high school kids bouncing blame and accusations back and forth. I do not have the time, or the patience for these fools, as the stakes are too high.

ICBM on June 30, 2009 at 10:48 PM

I love Governor Palin. But she doesn’t come across well. Even though she probably knew we have 50 states and not 57.

Re the last line of the NR article: They still celebrate Lee’s Birthday here in ole Virginia…

IlikedAUH2O on June 30, 2009 at 10:49 PM

I hope they all fail.

BPD on June 30, 2009 at 10:49 PM

‘Bill Kristol, going back to the time of the campaign, has taken a lot of cheap shots at the campaign without ever offering a plausible path to victory,’ Schmidt said. ‘He’s in the business of ad hominem insults and criticism.’…

Well, Mr Schmidt, when you provide so many opportunities…

ddrintn on June 30, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Isn’t safe to say that the McCain campaign was staffed by opportunistic losers?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 30, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Yup

gatorboy on June 30, 2009 at 10:50 PM

NONE of these folks should should have any affiliation with any candidate, Sarah or other, who hopes to garner any conservative votes. They are toxic, and should be avoided at all costs. Any candidate who hires them goes to the Sh*t list.

james23 on June 30, 2009 at 10:50 PM

GOP cannibalism of-the-day! *eats popcorn*

benny shakar on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

We always do that before the libs f*ck up yet again and get their asses handed to them.

ddrintn on June 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Re the last line of the NR article: They still celebrate Lee’s Birthday here in ole Virginia…

IlikedAUH2O on June 30, 2009 at 10:49 PM

huh?

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

GOP cannibalism of-the-day! *eats popcorn*

benny shakar on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

‘Coarse we all know there’s no one under the obambi bus….
Idiot

chewydog on June 30, 2009 at 10:52 PM

I can’t wait til the Bozo tell all comes out. You know someone will eventually do it for $$$$$$$.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 10:52 PM

If Gov Palin runs in 2012… she would probably be better served ignoring EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST…. I don’t care if she trusts a few of them… hire NONE of them. she is better off going to Hillsdale College and hiring a dozen of their recent graduates.

Serious.

This shit is wack.

BPD on June 30, 2009 at 10:52 PM

If Kristol needs a second for the duel I volunteer

Rob Taylor on June 30, 2009 at 10:53 PM

I just donated to SarahPAC.

I’m not sure who I’ll be voting for in 2012 – I prefer to get through 2010 first. However, I like the idea of donating to her PAC every time there is a hit piece on her.

If it’s a well-researched article that takes a balanced approach, I’ve got no problem with it…even if it puts her in a less than stellar light. If, however, it’s a cheap hit piece, she gets money.

JadeNYU on June 30, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Bill Kristol, going back to the time of the campaign, has taken a lot of cheap shots at the campaign without ever offering a plausible path to victory,’ Schmidt said. ‘He’s in the business of ad hominem insults and criticism.’

Was it Kristol’s idea was it to suspend the campaign and ask the opponent for help? That move will probably hold the record for the stupidest and most embarassing political trick for a long, long time. In fact, my only consolation for such an embarassing, lame, impotent, and vain candidate is the thought that he will be remembered as a buffoon.

casel21 on June 30, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Re the last line of the NR article: They still celebrate Lee’s Birthday here in ole Virginia…

IlikedAUH2O on June 30, 2009 at 10:49 PM
huh?

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

He’s talking about Obama’s joke, referenced in the Geraghty article.

ddrintn on June 30, 2009 at 10:54 PM

This had to be the most incomptent bunch of beltway lightweights to ever run a campaign. These fools managed to lose a campaign that had a war hero POW, Sarah Palin, Talk Radio,and Fox News pushing them along and STILL MANAGED TO LOSE.

I have a feeling these idiots spent more time assigning blame DURING the campaign than actually running it. Once Palin was nominated, the ground swell and feeling of the campaign completely changed. I saw people that NEVER volunteer suddenly working at McCain campaign posts. The day after she was announced Oregon had a major McCain-palin sign outage. People wanted the signs with palins name on it. I saw HOMEMADE signs that had Palin written on them and taped to the McCain signs.

The campaign strategists lost this plain and simple. Damn them for trying to rewrite history and cover their asses. If Schmidt is working in ANY campaign in ’12 (Romney/Huck)….I hope they know what they are in for.

portlandon on June 30, 2009 at 10:55 PM

oh boy! Neocons stabbing each other in the back. We haven’t seen this before.

popularpeoplesfront on June 30, 2009 at 10:40 PM

so tell us popularpeoplesfront just how come you think this Steve Schmidt from North Plainfield is a Neocon.

Mike OMalley on June 30, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Was the McCain Campaign the Worst in Modern Times of Any Presidential Candidate? I can’t think of a worse one. This outfit makes the Bush crew of Brownie, Miers, Paulson, Gonzo and McClellan look like the 1072 Dolphins.

james23 on June 30, 2009 at 10:55 PM

He’s talking about Obama’s joke, referenced in the Geraghty article.

ddrintn on June 30, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Yeah, so how does this make Palin look bad?

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:56 PM

If only these idiots had been so determined to bring Obama down…

msmveritas on June 30, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Kristol was a McCain fan

Sorry, but Kristol was not a McCain fan; he only supported him after he became the party nominee. If anything, Bill Kristol was a Thompson fan.

runner on June 30, 2009 at 10:57 PM

GOP cannibalism of-the-day! *eats popcorn*

benny shakar on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Hey benny, *eat shit*

In all seriousness, what campaign has Schmidt ever run successfully?

dave c on June 30, 2009 at 10:57 PM

If Schmidt is working in ANY campaign in ‘12 (Romney/Huck)….I hope they know what they are in for.

portlandon on June 30, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Actually, I’m sort of hoping that Mitt Romneycare picks up Steve Schmidt.

james23 on June 30, 2009 at 10:58 PM

how come you think this Steve Schmidt from North Plainfield is a Neocon

just curious, do these nefarious “neocons” grow in a specific locale ???

runner on June 30, 2009 at 10:59 PM

… on the second he threatened that if more negative publicity about the handling of Governor Palin emerged that he (Steve Schmidt) would leak his speculation…

Just the kind of guy to put Judas in a better light?

Judas after all regretted his act of betrayal and even tried to return his 30 pieces of silver…

Mike OMalley on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

If Schmidt is working in ANY campaign in ‘12 (Romney/Huck)….I hope they know what they are in for.

I would hope that any Republican candidate would be smart enough to stay away from them. However, is spreading the “postpartum depression” rumors is despicable and should not be helping ANY public official.

terryannonline on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

GOP cannibalism of-the-day! *eats popcorn*

benny shakar on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

don’t even bother anymore

your trolling is subpar in quality

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

GOP cannibalism of-the-day! *eats popcorn*

benny shakar on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

You need to go change your shorts, bunny shaker.

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

don’t even bother anymore

your trolling is subpar in quality

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Again, RIP getalife.

Supreme Troll now gone…

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

After four years of Obamster, Sarah will look like the Second Coming of the Resurrected Political Christ ( no blasphemy intended )

but so will Mitt…….

the Primary will be Ford vs. Reagan in 76, redux

Janos Hunyadi on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Actually, I’m sort of hoping that Mitt Romneycare picks up Steve Schmidt.

james23 on June 30, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Uh, no. We are going to need good options in the 2012 Republican primary. Anyone who is working with these fools is NOT a good option!

terryannonline on June 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Schmidt was Aries campaign manager in CA. Scmidt is a Rove want a be.

Clyde5445 on June 30, 2009 at 11:05 PM

I can tell you right now that I could have run that campaign much better than this pack of weasels. I knew the minute she came out on stage in Ohio that she was “it” and I had hope that maybe just maybe we stood a chance in beating the Obamination. But no, they didn’t listen to us screaming at them or emailing them to let her be herself and do what needed to be done. I respect the fact that John McCain served his country, but he failed his country miserably by allowing these bottom feeders to run his campaign. Governor Palin had to try and survive with no help whatsoever from these absolutely pathetic excuses for Republicans. Every time they come out and say something bad about her I send money to SarahPAC. They are all weak-willed namby pamby bastards that should have been taken out to the woodshed a long time ago.

shomegirl on June 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

A moment of silence for MJ and Getalife/g0tmylifeback

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Schmidt was Aries campaign manager in CA. Scmidt is a Rove want a be.

Clyde5445 on June 30, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Rove seems like a loyal guy. If he wants to be like Rove, he’s not doing a good job. Oh and Rove also won campaigns.

terryannonline on June 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

A moment of silence for MJ and Getalife/g0tmylifeback

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

A moment of silence for getalife

A moment of Boys Cheering for MJ

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Uh, no. We are going to need good options in the 2012 Republican primary. Anyone who is working with these fools is NOT a good option!

terryannonline on June 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Absolutely. We need a winning team. obama may be effin things up, but NEVER underestimate the power of stupid. We will be dealing with welfare rats and black panther shitheels coming out of the wood work to help acorn steal another election.

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 11:07 PM

GOP cannibalism of-the-day! *eats popcorn*

benny shakar on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

HAHA, good one Benny! But alas, I think you would enjoy yourself much more in the Honduras thread…you know, the one where your Bambi backs the dictator, or how about the Pledge of Alliegience thread? You know, the one where all your buddies act like 10 year olds? Perhaps your popcorn taste buds would enjoy something more easily understood or defended like the Sotmayor thread? You know, the one that exposes Bambi’s SC pick as completely incapable of the position?

See? You have all sorts of entertainment!

javamartini on June 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Why hasn’t McCain reigned in all these people? What a classless guy to never come out and state what we all know to be the truth, “Had it not been for Sarah Palin I would not have gotten the camnpaign contributions I did, I would not have had the numbers I ended up with and would have suffered a crushing defeat and she was the real motivator, who else could get 60,000 people to come see them on a hot sticky day in Florida?

I can’t stand Steve Schmidt and any Republican who hires him for anything other than bathing their dog would be an idiot.

CCRWM on June 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

But his use of his public forums to take a personal fight and make character attacks is just simply dishonest and wrong.’”

Unspoken truth: And, now that my name and role are out there, I’ll take Kristol down too if I can.

Sorry Schmidt, I think your future political reputation will rhyme with your last name.

Have a nice life.

cs89 on June 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

We will be dealing with welfare rats and black panther shitheels coming out of the wood work to help acorn steal another election.

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 11:07 PM

You nailed it. We have a hard fight ahead of us, but in the words of BHO, “Yes, we can!” There, now they have more meaning…

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

But his use of his public forums to take a personal fight and make character attacks is just simply dishonest and wrong

The defense of Sarah Plain is wrong, and shining the light on his backstabbing activities is dishonest. How quaint. Perhaps he should work for Axelrod next time around.

runner on June 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Hopefully, Sarah will just sit back and watch the show. Now, the truth comes out. She WAS definitely undermined by McCain’s staff.

And let the finger-pointers just continue to show the root of so many of her so-called “image” problems.

Slimebags.

AnninCA on June 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Whatever. Must have been a slow day for this to end up being QOTD. Typical beltway nonsense. Nobody who had anything to do with McCain should ever be listened to again, McCain sucks and so do his people. He is a loser and not a Conservative.

echosyst on June 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Schmidt worked and study under Rove. At the time I had hopes Sh!ts would be like Rove but McCain would allow it.

Clyde5445 on June 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM

He is a loser and not a Conservative.

echosyst on June 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM

He’s not my first choice, but jeeze

harsh — but then again you always go overboard with your criticisms of others.

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

This seems suspiciously like a staged flamewar for the purpose of giving news outlets a way to repeat cheap shot quotes against Palin.

Buddahpundit on June 30, 2009 at 11:12 PM

I don’t know why we stop at McCain. Can’t we include Nixon, Goldwater, Ford, and Dole too? If we are going to have perpetual spilt milk we need to reach a lot deeper than Johnny Mac.

Limerick on June 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

You have to have a ground game. They had no ground game. I couldn’t get a stinking McCain Palin sign to stick on my car window in a county that is 60% Republican. They were disorganized losers spending money and resources in stupid places. They tried to do everything in the last minute and completely failed at it.

Can you tell that I am pissed?

shomegirl on June 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Actually, I’m sort of hoping that Mitt Romneycare picks up Steve Schmidt.

james23 on June 30, 2009 at 10:58 PM

You have got to be kidding me!!!! Why???

Dire Straits on June 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

This seems suspiciously like a staged flamewar for the purpose of giving news outlets a way to repeat cheap shot quotes against Palin.

Really? Not to me. I’m glad they are finally really getting it on the table. It’s been obvious for a very long time.

AnninCA on June 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

This from that hit piece is hilarious:

Palin is a cipher by choice.

ROFL… She may be lots of things, but “cipher” isn’t one of them. Good grief, libs and their projection problems. The article was large parts taking Obama’s weaknesses and projecting them onto Palin.

ddrintn on June 30, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Funny how people can’t stop squawking about the non-threat that is PALIN.

I love it!

ErinF on June 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Kristol and Scheunemann did us a favor in naming these “anonymous sources” once and for all. Scmidt, Nicole Wallace, and her husband should be shunned by the republican party forever.

jencab on June 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

I don’t know why we stop at McCain. Can’t we include Nixon, Goldwater, Ford, and Dole too? If we are going to have perpetual spilt milk we need to reach a lot deeper than Johnny Mac.

Limerick on June 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Wait, if you are going to include Goldwater, is “we” conservatives or Republicans?

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

I’m glad they are finally really getting it on the table. It’s been obvious for a very long time.

AnninCA on June 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Yep. Kudos to Kristol for pointing the finger. I think it useful to know what kind of people spread gossip like this so that we know what we are getting next time.

terryannonline on June 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

I have thought for a long time that THIS was the real story, and I couldn’t figure out why nobody was digging it out. It was so obvious a case that they smeared their own VP candidate to cover up a badly run campaign for McCain.

Worse, McCain let them. He has absolutely not said a nice word since the election.

I was very sorry I voted for him, frankly. It was pretty awful watching the lack of dignity in his behavior.

Sarah has been nothing but gracious and complimentary about him. She’s the one with real class.

This bunch of losers really should be embarassed to have this story out there.

AnninCA on June 30, 2009 at 11:17 PM

At least it takes the attention off Gov. Palin and she knows who to blame.

Clyde5445 on June 30, 2009 at 11:17 PM

the Primary will be Ford vs. Reagan in 76, redux

Janos Hunyadi on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

It could end up being more like Clinton vs Obama: establishment candidate with awesome organization and pedigree vs one loved by the base.

ddrintn on June 30, 2009 at 11:18 PM

Really? Not to me. I’m glad they are finally really getting it on the table. It’s been obvious for a very long time.

AnninCA on June 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM

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I hope they duke it out again and again so people can see how stupid and out of touch they are.

shomegirl on June 30, 2009 at 11:18 PM

This kind of bullsh#t,personal attacks,and idiotic
in-fighting,within the Republican Party must stop,
ASAP!!

The Liberal press is being fueled by the in-party
back-stabbing,and has being going on,way to damn long!

This seems to be an enjoyable Lefty operative mission,
use what ever is gleemed from leaks,and spend the next
month,slowly spinning,and dripping,the same stories,ad
nausem!

Its apparent,that the party has double agents,working
for the otherside,what else can explain,all the in-gossip
of Sarah Palin on the election trail!!

Its gotta stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 30, 2009 at 11:18 PM

At least it takes the attention off Gov. Palin and she knows who to blame.

If she’s smart, she’ll just not comment on the article or the fall-out.

It speaks for itself.

AnninCA on June 30, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Good question. I also left out Big George. But alas, it doesn’t matter. We have RINOs to the left of just, RINOs to the right. RINOs behind and infront of us. If we ain’t careful RINOs will be falling from the sky and others grabbing at our ankles from underground. With cannibalism you just can’t get a break.

Limerick on June 30, 2009 at 11:19 PM

how come you think this Steve Schmidt from North Plainfield is a Neocon

just curious, do these nefarious “neocons” grow in a specific locale ???

runner on June 30, 2009 at 10:59 PM

… a specific locale? Yeah, City College of New York before open enrollment.

In New Jersey, Weequahic, … upon a time. North Plainfield though seems an unlikely nursery of the Neocon. ;-)

Mike OMalley on June 30, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Palin and Romney will definitely be on the ticket together in 12. Doesn’t matter to me who’s on top.

They both have strengths; He with the economy and she with the personality/fight factor. They’ll make a great team. Mark my words.

ErinF on June 30, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Isn’t it obvious? They are out of the loop in 2012 if Palin runs and wins the nomination.

I’ve seen this before. It’s human nature. “Hooray for me, f&%k you”. Not in national politics, since I don’t play there, but in the military, in free market business it is there. We have a running joke in the company I work in now, “you aren’t part of the management team until you throw Lee (my real name) under the bus”. Problem is, my location is the front runner in every aspect. I don’t have many problems, but as soon as someone I train has a problem they blame me. My advantage? Numbers don’t lie.

This whole arguement is to discredit the results, not the performance. Who drew the biggest crowds? Who fired up the base? It’s still a point to be argued, but who kept the 2008 election from being a total blowout?

Did Palin make some misteps? Yep. Some understandable, some not.

Did McCain make misteps? Yep. And Palin wasn’t one of them. Immigration. Stopping the campaign. McCain’s selection of advisors. To name just three.

Hog Wild on June 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Palin and Romney will definitely be on the ticket together in 12. Doesn’t matter to me who’s on top.

They both have strengths; He with the economy and she with the personality/fight factor. They’ll make a great team. Mark my words.

ErinF on June 30, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Hmmm… I’m sure Huck will do everything in his power to change that…

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

In many ways, I’m glad this “elephant under the table” has now been exposed. Palin has flaws, and made some mistakes, but she was ill-served by the “professional” staff that supposedly knew how to run the campaign. Clear the air. Put some of the issues on the table: Palin probably was difficult to handle at times, she did flub some interviews, and some of the campaign staff learned to hate her.

Now let’s move on. Palin has baggage, but is the most popular GOP leader in the party right now. She can prepare for a run if she wants it.

Others can run as they see fit. Romney needs to generate some enthusiasm, Huckabee needs to stick with his TV career (please, God) and others can step up to the plate.

Oh, and if Schmidt did discipline someone for leaking, good. However, he spoke more truth than he meant to when he identified Kristol’s job as offering criticism: Exactly right, and Schmidt & co. gave him countless targets a blind man could hit.

cs89 on June 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

harsh — but then again you always go overboard with your criticisms of others.

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:11 PM

What exactly is not truthful in that statement?

chewydog on June 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM

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