Steve Schmidt: Putting Palin on the ticket taught me there are worse things than losing

posted at 7:10 pm on March 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, Exhibit A in why John Podhoretz’s review of “Game Change” is titled “Back Stab.” Actually, scratch that; this is Exhibit Z. Schmidt’s getting more attention for it now because the movie’s getting attention but he’s been dumping on Palin publicly for more than two years and privately for who knows how long. (Leaks from unnamed staffers began less than a week after election day and Palin allies inside the campaign warned weeks earlier that they were coming.) This is his job now, I think — doing sporadic cable-news cameos as some sort of RINO Dr. Frankenstein who created a grassroots monster and has to atone by killing it. Michael Goldfarb, who left the Weekly Standard to join the McCain campaign’s communications team, has had enough:

I can’t speak to the film, because I can’t bring myself to watch it.

Other loyal McCain staffers I’ve spoken to have had the same reaction. While a few senior aides from the McCain campaign collaborated with the authors of Game Change and painted a picture of John McCain and Sarah Palin as so craven or ill-informed or incompetent that no handler could have gotten them elected, the reality is that John McCain was the better man and would have made a better president.

We lost that campaign partly because of events beyond our control, and partly as a result of bad counsel given by the same people who are apparently so flatteringly portrayed in this movie. John McCain deserved better than to be betrayed by his own top aides, and true to form he has honorably stuck by Gov. Palin even as she’s been smeared in the press over and over again by the same self-serving former staffers. I only hope that the Romney campaign takes notice of what’s happened here.

Says J-Pod, “The movie presents a moral case for the disreputable conduct of aides who, we can presume, fearlessly drop dirty dimes anonymously to save their own standing in the liberal culture from which they desperately wish not to be excluded.” Is that the explanation — that Schmidt is desperate to stay in the media’s good graces, maybe with an eye to a gig as a pundit? I’m not sure what he’d bring to a job like that besides paint-by-numbers Palin criticism for the MSNBC crowd. He could, I suppose, try to fill a niche as a more moderate Karl Rove, the campaign insider who knows how the process works and who loathes the right almost as much as his interviewers do, but Rove is a marquee name whereas right now Schmidt is really just “that guy who Woody Harrelson played.” Maybe he’s planning to rebrand himself as a strategist who caters to Republican candidates who disdain their own base? After the dismal failure of the Huntsman campaign, John Weaver’s likely done. Time for someone else to inherit that prized role.

The best part here is when he deflects a question about his own role in choosing Palin by saying, “Well, I was part of a team that settled on the result.” Click here and scroll down to “Narrative 4″ to remind yourself just how big a part he played in that particular result. Exit question: Knowing now how big a risk Schmidt is to sandbag a campaign once it’s over, why would any candidate hire him?


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You left Diana Rigg of your list…

trigon on March 12, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Dianna Rigg will always be to me the sexy lady in the tight black leather catsuit dispatching villains with a few karate chops (more sex appeal in that clip from over 40 yrs. ago than in a dozen modern films, and she does it in German too! LOL).

Gladtobehere on March 13, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Dianna Rigg will always be to me the sexy lady in the tight black leather catsuit dispatching villains with a few karate chops (more sex appeal in that clip from over 40 yrs. ago than in a dozen modern films, and she does it in German too! LOL).

Gladtobehere on March 13, 2012 at 1:54 AM

The villain was staring at her crotch—that’s how she got his gun away.

arnold ziffel on March 13, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Steve Schmidt LOVES working at MSNBC. He gets to replace Rachel Maddow’s broken mirrors daily and he gets to clean out Crissy’s tingle leg drain tube.
Steve Schmidt should be blacklisted from any and all GOP events/campaigns.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on March 13, 2012 at 2:46 AM

What a back-stabbing hanyack.

Theophile on March 13, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Yeah, look how scary it is to live in Alaska after Palin got through with it / *shudder*

Ronnie on March 13, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Steve Schmidt is kind of the far less-accomplished, far more petty, and far less-informed version of Ed Rollins.

BuckeyeSam on March 13, 2012 at 3:39 AM

CoughWEASELcough cough co–WEASEL–ahem…..

Hey, you call me a weasel??

No, just coughingWEASEL!

Hey!!

Sherman1864 on March 13, 2012 at 4:57 AM

I suspect this guy is an insider hired to advise the GOP elietes as to how to get their annointed one, Oromney, past the tea pary and the social cons -”dump Sarah Palin if the dems fail,before she announces.” If that fails I’ll take her down with this stupid propaganda flick I made with the help of the White House and Tina Fey advising me.

Don L on March 13, 2012 at 6:31 AM

The only reason McCain didn’t lose by 20 points was Sarah Palin. She was the one who energized the base.

How many people said they were voting for Palin and that old guy who happened to be on the ticket?

evilned on March 13, 2012 at 6:56 AM

As I’ve said many times in 2009 and several times since:

Same Old Schmidt. Different Day.

viking01 on March 13, 2012 at 7:13 AM

The Republican Party lost in 2008 because they nominated a weak candidate: John McCain. Sarah Palin, if anything, helped the ticket.

zoyclem on March 13, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Did I read correctly……..NICOLE WALLACE husband works for THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN?

He’s already an admitted Bush type severe “Conservative”…..which means the gop version of a big government Progressive (his own words).

Why Is he a good thing for the gop?

ObamaRomneyCare 2012!

PappyD61 on March 13, 2012 at 7:40 AM

I have one word for Steve Kojack Schmidt: Judas

TxAnn56 on March 13, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Would anybody other than MSNBC ever again hire this particularly vile piece of Poli Scidom?

What in life is Steve Schmidt qualified for?

MNHawk on March 13, 2012 at 7:41 AM

This guy is just mad and very afraid of strong conservative women. Because he knows Palin could kick his A** in knife,gun or bare knuckles fight.

logman1 on March 13, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The Republican Party lost in 2008 because they nominated a weak candidate: John McCain. Sarah Palin, if anything, helped the ticket.

zoyclem on March 13, 2012 at 7:17 AM

If Romney elected, he better take note of your post…he would have to pick someone that can energize the voters, and deflect any scrutiny of his past.

right2bright on March 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Just now coming from Breitbart’s site that posts Sarah Palin’s (and Dana Loesch link) response to Obama SCOAMF distraction attack, it isn’t as if Steve Schmidt is or has been the only Republican self-destructing Party hatchet man.

The “NEED” to attack Palin is emblematic of the Republican/Democrat “shared value” bipartisan NEED to attack the traditional working American for having the come-uppance to demand our constitutional rights, and to demand that our corrupt government be cleansed of illegitimate, unconstitutional powers usurped by authoritarians.

Palin may not represent “every” American conservative. And her message* may not be “perfect”. None the less, the NEED to call her radical is itself a radical and perniciously indecent expression.

*…”a war in Afghanistan that seems unfocused and unending,”…

When did the Bush/Congressional-Approved US War against Afghanistan seem focused, with an end in sight? Afghanistan and Iraq aren’t Obama’s war babies, but the neoconservative.

No, Obama spread the US Wars throughout the entire REGION, toppling nation after nation, never respecting sovereignty anywhere beyond his own self, he being insulated from responsibility, protected by the likes of the perverted whore Steve Schmidt, for instance.

So who is surprised when Obama’s administration clarifies before Congress that Congress is merely ceremonial, wars act or any other constitutional article? Obama’s ’08 potus campaign failed to address his illegitimate candidacy, replete with conflicts of interest. Obama’s first action from the Oval Office was to crush contract law without a peep from Congress, buying bankrupted industry with tax funds. Congress never bothered writing the nationally bankrupting AS IF “Affordable Health Care” Bill before not legitimately voting for it (no thanks to Tom DeLay’s ample Hammer precedence), sending the unfinished Bill for Obama’s presidential signature, signed into law without having been written yet. The entire concept of a “Super Committee” SUPER CONGRESS required BIPARTISAN participation, Republican sponsorship.

Point being, Steve Schmidt is not a Republican anomaly. He would never have been awarded the position to lead McCain’s BIG FAIL ’08 Potus Campaign were he not entirely politically connected. Schmidt says publicly what he hears from within the inner circles (usually) behind closed doors. Schmidt seems to have taken it upon himself to abuse the American voter, brow beating and gut punching as bullies do. There is no surprise to find Schmidt still Schmidt, an exemplary Alinsky Republican, firing warning shots at Palin to keep her on the reservation.

maverick muse on March 13, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Palin and Schmidt bumped heads big time during the campaign if you read Going Rogue. He seemed creepily obsessed with molding Palin into his darling female vision (way beyond the call of campaign handler) of a politician and failed miserably at every step.

I can understand prepping a candidate on history or current world events, but Schmidt wanted to dictate her clothing and even the food she put into her mouth. Apparently he wasn’t happy with her low-carb diet. He didn’t like her dialect. This is why he sucks at his job–he’s an unbalanced OCD control freak three steps removed from Ted Bundy status. This guy is the quintessential political insider way removed from your Average Joe and it’s no surprise people like him and Wallace who live in insulated bubbles fail miserably at having their candidates connect with the voting public and are now desperate to stay relevant in their field.

They thrive on being such insiders and in this club, your standing is fast-tracked when you rag on Palin like good little court jesters entertaining the fat, privileged enthroned king.

They suck and Palin is still undefeated.

RepubChica on March 13, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Romney would not choose Palin as running mate any more than any Bush would.

Were McCain not already an old coot, he’d not have chosen Palin, either. He knew his campaign needed energy recognized in Palin. McCain, not being born yesterday, also anticipated the sentiment against him (neoconservative Republican Party leaders), being scrutinized severely by his own constituents as Senator already. Just as Quayle promised to usurp the Tea Party when the movement proved a STRONG national phenomena, McCain had chosen Palin to complete her political education, and in the process, convert voters to stay in the party reservation (“or else,” always threatening, as if resistance is futile).

maverick muse on March 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

if you read Going Rogue.

Been there; done that.

maverick muse on March 13, 2012 at 8:44 AM

You left Diana Rigg of your list…

trigon on March 12, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Yes and Raquel Welch…delisioso. STILL smoking hot

DevilsPrinciple on March 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Not surprisingly, ‘Julianne’s bender’ leaves out the fact that McCain had met her back in February, and had been much impressed,
because he saw a kindred spirit, a fellow reformer who was out of step with her party, Culvahouse’s vetting including the nuclear use question, the Charlie Rose clip, from October 2007, which featured her and Napolitano, did play a part.

narciso on March 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Is there a bigger creep alive than Schmidt?

Any Repub candidate that uses this guy should be ostracized by all good conservatives and Repubs

georgealbert on March 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Steve Schmidt: Putting Palin on the ticket taught me there are worse things than losing

Thank gawd McCain lost. Hard to imagine how much damage this loose cannon would have caused. At least with the Obama disaster, the nation has realized it’s error and will totally reverse course after Novemeber.

As for this “Steve Schmidt” toadie…if McCain had been elected this prick guy is what would be advising nutjob McCain. Not hard to figure out this guy’s loyalties
self-indulgent agenda is it??

BigSven on March 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Sarah Palin was the ONLY reason that I and everyone I know voted in 2008 for McCain. Before she was added to the ticket, most of us were going to stay home. If not for Palin, Obama would have won in a historic landslide and jerks like Schmidt know it.

fight like a girl on March 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

The reality of Obama being president frightens me!

driguana on March 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

By his own words Schmidt proves he is a liar and a man with no honor. If he truely believed the election of Palin would be the downfall of civilization and the American way he should have resigned his role in McCain’s campaign and gone to work for BO.

katiejane on March 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I think the notion of Sarah Palin being President of the United States is something that frightens me, frankly.

She’s more frightening than the guy who’s in office now?

shinty on March 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Mr Schmidt,

I’m not a Palin fan, but there was nothing worse than Obama winning in 2008. Get that through your thick, bald, misogynistic dome.

Resist We Much on March 12, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Triple amen to that!

Hilts on March 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I’m not voting for a party that thinks that Sarah Palin is toxic and dangerous, and any campaign that hires this piece of Schmidt gives me a reason not to support that campaign.

Aitch748 on March 13, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I’m not voting for a party that thinks that Sarah Palin is toxic and dangerous, and any campaign that hires this piece of Schmidt gives me a reason not to support that campaign.

Aitch748 on March 13, 2012 at 9:45 AM

So are you voting for the other party instead? Good God, man, find it in yourself to vote AGAINST Obama if you can’t bring yourself to vote FOR his opponent.

gryphon202 on March 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I’m not voting for a party that thinks that Sarah Palin is toxic and dangerous, and any campaign that hires this piece of Schmidt gives me a reason not to support that campaign.

Aitch748 on March 13, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. It would be FAR better to have a second Obama term than have a Republican, because the Republican establishment does not like Sarah.

Brilliant.

/sarc

HeatSeeker2011 on March 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

“Steve Schmidt: Putting Palin on the ticket taught me there are worse things than losing”

Like electing a Marxist President and then selling out your integrity to liberals?

cajunpatriot on March 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Schmidt should kiss Palin’s posterior for not proving without doubt that McCain was totally unworthy to hold the office of president. Without Palin, McCain would have broken Mondale’s election total of carrying One state, his own, by less than 2% against Reagan. Schmidt is a RINO inbred who is being flushed from the party who reject those who are completely intellectually bankrupt.

volsense on March 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

To be completely honest McCain with RINOs, like Schmidt at his back, could’ve set us back further than the Marxist regime we have under Obama.The saddest part of a liberal is they are NEVER as smart as they think they are. The disease is so subtle that their reality is what they think is rather than what the facts dictate it is. Living proof, confusion has it’s cost.

volsense on March 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

why don’t we just watch the show… then we could have our own views about it.

Also, people still need to research the terms, “marxism” and “marxist” before trying to use them in complete sentences…

Zekecorlain on March 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Romney probably sent Wallace in to set up Palin for a big fall. [emphasis mine] Now she’s toxic in the GOP and will never get a job working for anyone, while Schmidt has the reputation of a dishonest bumbler who will sell your campaign out to the Democrats and Hollywood for money.

Swine. They deserve what’s coming to them.

Palin wins again. She’s patient, that one.

victor82 on March 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

No, Mitt Romney did not clandestinely engage McCain staffer Nichole Wallace, the wife of his adviser and longtime friend Mark Wallace, to subvert the McCain campaign by undermining Sarah Palin’s credibility. Romney’s not some evil SMERSH villain out of a James Bond movie, stroking his cat while playing three-dimensional chess four moves ahead, although truth be told, we could use a little Machiavellian ruthlessness in a presidential candidate.

Sarah Palin screwed up when dealing with a hostile media during the McCain campaign. Her first mistake was underestimating the extent of MSM bias and the lengths to which they would go to destroy her credibility–as all of us did. Sure, the MSM has always held a liberal bias but before Obama the mainstream press typically went through the pro forma motions of objective journalism. With Obama, they went all in and made of themselves the agitprop arm of the Democratic Party. Her second mistake was lack of preparation. The trick is looking and sounding spontaneous, relaxed, ex tempore, and off-the-cuff, not being so.

troyriser_gopftw on March 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I don’t know if anyone has said this yet, Schmidt Happens.

RUReady2RNR on March 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I have one word for Steve Kojack Schmidt: Judas

TxAnn56 on March 13, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Anyone got some rope to let him use. According to the myth even Judas had enough character to off himself.

Annar on March 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. It would be FAR better to have a second Obama term than have a Republican, because the Republican establishment does not like Sarah.

Brilliant.

/sarc

HeatSeeker2011 on March 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

No, the Republican establishment hates the major course change that politicians like Palin represent. A course change that must happen to avoid a collapse that will make what is happening in Greece look like a walk in the park.

Nathan_OH on March 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

MSNBS……..go figure.

FlaMurph on March 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

No, the Republican establishment hates the major course change that politicians like Palin represent. A course change that must happen to avoid a collapse that will make what is happening in Greece look like a walk in the park.

Nathan_OH on March 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Wouldn’t Paul Ryan be considered ‘Republican Establishment’? He forcefully promotes entitlement reform, traditionally political suicide for those few brave politicians who dare to broach the subject. Romney, supposedly the darling of the Establishment, supports Ryan’s plan. Newt Gingrich (if Gingrich isn’t Establishment the word has no meaning), supports partial privatization of social security. Governors Daniels and Walker are both outspoken about the need for public sector pension and benefits reform, and both have faced down fierce union opposition by doing so. Mitch Daniels is my governor, by the way, and no one anywhere in my home state thinks of Mitch as a anti-Establishment renegade.

The people you consider ‘Republican Establishment’ are, by and large, the same people formulating plans, driving policy initiatives, and putting forward legislation designed to counter a Greek-style collapse. It’ll be them, conventional, mainstream Republican politicians, not some ineffectual fringe blowhard like Ron Paul, who gets us out of this mess.

troyriser_gopftw on March 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Sorry folks but Gibson and Couric interview happened. She didn’t know things that even occasional readers/listeners/watchers of the news/radio would know.

LevStrauss on March 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

yes, but she is a mamma grizzly so there

hanzblinx on March 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. It would be FAR better to have a second Obama term than have a Republican, because the Republican establishment does not like Sarah.

Brilliant.

/sarc

HeatSeeker2011 on March 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Not liking Sarah and regarding her as toxic and dangerous — as basically worse than Obama — are two very different things. Schmidt was implying that a win with Palin as VP would be worse than losing to Obama. If that’s AT ALL indicative of the thought process of the GOP in general — and frankly a certain poll from Rasmussen around a year ago, indicating that a significant minority of “conservatives” would actually vote for Obama if Palin were the nominee this year, suggested that it might be — then I don’t see the point in supporting EITHER party.

Aitch748 on March 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I guess he doesn’t know the comparisons to greatness are supposed to come from others.

troyriser_gopftw on March 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Pot meet kettle

DevilsPrinciple on March 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The only reason McCain didn’t lose by 20 points was Sarah Palin. She was the one who energized the base.

How many people said they were voting for Palin and that old guy who happened to be on the ticket?

evilned on March 13, 2012 at 6:56 AM

You’re exactly correct on that! Until Sarah came along, I was extremely disappointed with McCain.

Cherokee on March 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Steve Schmidt has joined my hall of fame for the most loathsome figures in public life today:
Al Sharpton for building career on the bodies of eight people
Meghan McCain for demonstrating that being an airhead is equal opportunity
Ronald Reagan Jr. and Christopher Buckley for posthumously stabbing their fathers and all they stood for in the back. Schmidt and Nicole Wallace giving new meaning to word slut.

senor on March 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I only hope that the Romney campaign takes notice of what’s happened here.

Goldfarb hits the nail on the head. mccain would have lost by 15 points if he hadn’t picked Palin and he would have won with Palin if his senior advisors weren’t all liberal voters. I said 3 years ago I doubted wallace, schmidt and that other numb nut whose name I can’t remember even voted for mccain. Romney had squandered tons of good will over the past 3 years and with this stupid campaign the washington operatives he hired are running. If he had a true conservative running the campaign, someone outside of the beltway and preferably outside of politics, he would have run away with the primary process. He needed to be the voice against barry and his policies for the past 3 years instead of hiding for 18 months and then showing up with the advisors and campaign he’s got now. I met a black, government working, woman with obama signs in her yard the week after the 2008 election and she asked me what I thought about the election. I wanted to be diplomatic without totally surrendering so I told her I thought it was sad that in a country of 300 million mccain and barry were the best we could do. She said, “I know what you mean. I wanted to vote for Romney. He seems like a good man and knows what he’s talking about.” Romney has squandered that opinion and good will and I place the blame squarely on the lowlifes he hired to run his campaign. They are the same scum that were charlie crists senior political advisors. In the main election they will sabotage Romney and we can kiss our country good bye.

peacenprosperity on March 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Sorry folks but Gibson and Couric interview happened. She didn’t know things that even occasional readers/listeners/watchers of the news/radio would know.

LevStrauss on March 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Nope. That’s the what the intended result of the heavily edited and landmine-stroughn interviews were intended to do. There is plenty of evidence and eye witness accounts to verify that and if you believe the msm narrative about Palin it means you are not very smart and likely a liberal. Palin made two mistakes 1) agreeing to what she knew was not going to go well when she knew that wallace and schmidt and company were not on her side and 2) losing her cool with the nasty little couric.

peacenprosperity on March 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

No, Mitt Romney did not clandestinely engage McCain staffer Nichole Wallace, the wife of his adviser and longtime friend Mark Wallace, to subvert the McCain campaign by undermining Sarah Palin’s credibility.

troyriser_gopftw on March 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

And you know this because….

Well, actually, you don’t. It’s speculation either way. But it is true that backstabbing and leaking occurred on the McCain campaign staff before the election was even over, all aimed at discrediting Sarah Palin, much of it frankly ridiculous, and all of it easily linked to Romney supporters.

It falls short of proof, but did you expect any? Romney’s running for president, for Pete’s sake!

tom on March 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I only hope that the Romney campaign takes notice of what’s happened here.

Goldfarb hits the nail on the head. mccain would have lost by 15 points if he hadn’t picked Palin and he would have won with Palin if his senior advisors weren’t all liberal voters. I said 3 years ago I doubted wallace, schmidt and that other numb nut whose name I can’t remember even voted for mccain. Romney had squandered tons of good will over the past 3 years and with this stupid campaign the washington operatives he hired are running. If he had a true conservative running the campaign, someone outside of the beltway and preferably outside of politics, he would have run away with the primary process. He needed to be the voice against barry and his policies for the past 3 years instead of hiding for 18 months and then showing up with the advisors and campaign he’s got now. I met a black, government working, woman with obama signs in her yard the week after the 2008 election and she asked me what I thought about the election. I wanted to be diplomatic without totally surrendering so I told her I thought it was sad that in a country of 300 million mccain and barry were the best we could do. She said, “I know what you mean. I wanted to vote for Romney. He seems like a good man and knows what he’s talking about.” Romney has squandered that opinion and good will and I place the blame squarely on the lowlifes he hired to run his campaign. They are the same scum that were charlie crists senior political advisors. In the main election they will sabotage Romney and we can kiss our country good bye.

peacenprosperity on March 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I have a feeling Romney would have wrapped up this nomination long ago if he hadn’t decided it was smart to tack to the center instead and undermine all his claims of conservatism from 2008.

Why would you tack to the center during the primaries? It was a pretty bad miscalculation. I can only assume it just comes more naturally to him. Which doesn’t augur well for those who hope he would be a conservative president.

tom on March 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Sorry folks but Gibson and Couric interview happened. She didn’t know things that even occasional readers/listeners/watchers of the news/radio would know.

LevStrauss on March 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

.
Sorry ‘Strauss, but the “heavy editing” of those interviews, before being broadcast “happened”.

listens2glenn on March 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

HBO, Schmidt, and Wallace have one thing in common. They are all parasites feeding off of governor Palin…

Nozzle on March 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

The HBO movie “Game Change” drew 2.1 million viewers Saturday night at 9 PM, 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska premier episode drew over 5 million viewers.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

idesign on March 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM

and all of it easily linked to Romney supporters.

mccains campaign crashed and burned because of the advice and guidance of the same scum that are now attacking Palin. All these “republican” campaign consultants are washington beltway, dirtbag liberals. That got their money, they got their fame, mccain winning was not a goal of their involvement in the campaign. wallace has admitted she didn’t vote for mccain. I’d bet she has never voted for a republican. I guarantee schmidt and the other guy didn’t vote for mccain either and Romney’s advisers have no intention of voting for him either. The republican campaigns and dev=bates are all run by democrats. Think we really have a voice in this election?

And by the way, people, all these dirtbags are regular honored guests on sean “elmer gantry” hannity’s show. hannity doesn’t have liberals vs. conservatives, he has liberals and undercover liberals against conservatives. He has helped line the pockets of these people attacking Palin and all true conservatives.

peacenprosperity on March 13, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Nice hire, McCain.

rdbrewer on March 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM

God some of your responses are going to keep me from drinking water from the faucet.

Heavy editing? You mean she actually knew what the Bush doctrine was? You mean she actually named a Supreme Court case that she disagreed with? You mean she actually could name one paper that she reads?

To people as dumb as you all, everyone must seem like an elitist.

LevStrauss on March 13, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Steve Schmidt… lame attempt at being a Dick Morris.

ActinUpinTexas on March 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Seeing Republican campaign staff go on MSNBC and tearing down Palin when she is not running for anything…shows me John McCain’s biggest judgment lapse was engaging Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace.

Mr. Joe on March 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Any politician who would hire this loser to advise them after this seriously has a death wish. This guy is the epitome of treachery.

hachiban on March 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I’m sure this jerk and Nicholle Wallace had McCain’s best interest at heat,not. He gave him bad advice or McCain chose not to tell the truth about Obama’s record. Wallace is a traitor, I remember reading a few days after it was over that there was a traitor in his camp and was Wallace. She fell for the bull from Obama.
Sarah Palin energized McCain’s campaign. I voted for him for two reasons, one is that I knew how bad Obama was, but he’s much worse than I expected and I liked Sarah and still do.
Apparently Obama still views her a threat or he wouldn’t be campaignng against her. Does he think she’ll emerge from a brokered convention?

carolt2 on March 13, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Steve Schmidt: Putting Palin on the ticket taught me there are worse things than losing

Among them would be having Steve Schmidt in any position of authority.

RJL on March 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

What a sack of Schmidt…

Gohawgs on March 14, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Heavy editing? You mean she actually knew what the Bush doctrine was? You mean she actually named a Supreme Court case that she disagreed with? You mean she actually could name one paper that she reads?

To people as dumb as you all, everyone must seem like an elitist.

LevStrauss on March 13, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Yes, the hours of interview time were edited down. Both ABC and CBS admit that, they’d be fools not to as it’s standard practice…Bush Doctrine: ok, which edition? Krauthammer (who coined the phrase) has said that his original “doctrine” had evolved by the time of the interview. Thus, Palin’s (or anyone else’s) response to Gibson asking him to clarify which incarnation he was referring to…SC decision: she dropped the ball…Paper read: Palin shouldv’e voiced her unspoken biotch slap of Couric…

Gohawgs on March 14, 2012 at 4:03 AM

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