BREAKING NEWS: John McCain is still not dead!


Former McCain senior campaign strategist Steve Schmidt sat down with MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday morning and spoke candidly about his role in the 2008 presidential campaign, saying HBO’s Game Change was largely true.

“I think it was very accurate,” Schmidt acknowledged. “For all of us in the campaign, it really rang true. It gave you a little bit of PTSD at times. It did for me.But, look, I think it’s a story of when cynicism and idealism collide. When you have to do things necessary to win, to try to get in office to do the great things you want to do for the country and I think it showed a process of vetting that was debilitated by secrecy, that was compartmentalized, that failed, that led to a result that was reckless for the country and I think when you look back at that race, you see this person who is just so phenomenally talented at so many levels, an ability to connect but also someone who had a lot of flaws as someone running, you know, to be in the national command authority who clearly wasn’t prepared.”


“Politically, she was a net positive to the campaign,” Schmidt observed. “John McCain lost that race because the global economy imploded in the middle of September, and we were outspent by $250 million. I think a net negative in the sense that someone was nominated to the vice presidency who was manifestly unprepared to take the oath of office should it become necessary. And as it has become necessary many times in America.”


“Well, I was part of a team that settled on the result, you know. I didn’t wake up one day and say ‘let’s pick her,’” Schmidt explained. “But there’s a scene in the movie where I’m saying to Senator McCain — it’s almost verbatim– the conversation that happened, saying I would rather lose by ten points than lose by one point saying, ‘did we do everything we can to win?’ And for me, the experience on this campaign is that there are worse things than losing.”


“When a result happens that puts someone who is not prepared to be president on the ticket, that’s a bad result,” Schmidt added. “I think the notion of Sarah Palin being President of the United States is something that frightens me, frankly. And I played a part in that. And played a part in that because we were fueled by ambition to win. And I think that ambition to win, to victory is what drives people in politics. It is a chess match in a lot of ways, but that result in how we got there is something that troubles me a lot.”

Steve Schmidt is a political campaign consultant. Or rather, he was. It’s doubtful anyone would trust him now. Along with Nicolle Wallace he is responsible for most or all the negative stories about Sarah Palin portrayed in the book Game Change and the movie of the same name. In most professions it is considered unethical to kiss and tell about your clients.

As we all know, McCain-Palin lost the election. In the weeks and months that followed the election Schmidt and Wallace did something unheard of – they began leaking information to the media blaming the loss on Sarah. They may have hoped to remain anonymous but it soon became clear who the sources were.

The original version was that Sarah was the reason McCain lost. The problem with that story was it didn’t fit the narrative of “Obama the unbeatable.” It didn’t fit the facts either.

The current version is that Sarah shook up the race but that she was/is unqualified to hold the office. At least that’s progress.

No one, including Sarah, has ever claimed that in the fall of 2008 she had all the training and experience necessary to hold the office of President. But she wasn’t running for that job, she was running for Vice President.

As a council member and Mayor of Wasilla she didn’t have to deal with the issue of Israel and Palestine. As Chairperson of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission she didn’t have to deal with NATO and the former Soviet Union. As Governor of Alaska she didn’t need to know about the finer points of the dispute between India and Pakistan.

She was a full time governor and in her spare time she was a wife and mother. That would keep anybody busy. So when exactly was she supposed to become an expert in foreign policy?

But ignorance and inexperience can easily be cured. Let’s assume for the moment that John McCain had won the election. What would Sarah have been doing the past three years?

She would have been attending a lot of briefings. She would have been reading stacks of information about every issue under the sun, foreign and domestic. She would have been heavily involved in negotiations with Congress and Cabinet discussions. She would have been gaining knowledge and experience.

While Sarah hasn’t increased her level of experience in the last three years she definitely has raised her knowledge level. Speeches and papers could easily be ghost-written, but if you take the time to listen to her in interviews it is obvious that she is well-informed on a wide variety of issues.

Which brings us to the last smear originating from Schmidt and Wallace. If you were to believe them then Sarah Palin is emotionally unfit to lead. But all the evidence to support this comes from just two sources – Schmidt and Wallace. And they won’t even make those allegations publicly.

I’m guessing that Schmidt and Wallace will be joining Dick Morris and Ed Rollins as members of the dolchstoß media. As long as Sarah has a career, so will they.

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39 Responses to BREAKING NEWS: John McCain is still not dead!

  1. cjwk says:

    Game Change was promoted by the same PR firm that represents Sandra Fluke. Former WH communications director Anita Dunn is one of the PR firm’s managing directors. But, of course, HBO (along with all the leftists who wrote, starred in, directed and produced the film, which carries no fiction disclaimer) denies that GC is a hit piece against Gov. Palin.

  2. HELENK says:

    Damn she is one powerful woman. Now it is her fault that many think backtrack is a muslim.

    4 years later she still scares the hell out of them.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    I don’t believe it:

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Michael Goldfarb Chairman, Center for American Freedom; Deputy director of communications for McCain-Palin ’08. :

    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.

    • votermom says:

      Isn’t it strange that McCain got backstabbed by his top aides, and Hillary got backstabbed by her top aide Solis-Doyle too?

      • honora says:

        Last month, Solis-Doyle spoke at a local college on AAs and women joining to control American politics. I almost went, the ‘tickets’ were free, but I figured paying for my lawyer and bail afterwards would have cost me. She is the one person that I loathe more than Dick Cheney.

  5. Three Wickets says:

    Is Sarah positioning for a run this year. Aside from being good for ratings, not sure why there’s so much attention being paid to her on both sides. Schmidt and Wallace both seem mostly interested in keeping their own careers visible, and I agree they sound full of it. Personally I think the media is fighting for ratings, because headlines telling us the economy still sux for most people and Obama/Romney will be running in November are not making money for the media.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I don’t think they could hired by someone running for city council at this point. Time for a Career Change for Schmidt and Wallace 😀

    • jjmtacoma says:

      I wonder if they are just trying to make the obama koolaid club feel better by making alternatives seem like they would have been worse or something.

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Game Change is about as historically accurate as this movie:

  7. DandyTiger says:

    Remember the out of context Obama ad with Palin mentioning the Civil War? I thought there might be more to the story. It turns out she was saying the opposite of what was heavily edited. No surprise. Here is a article (warning for the purists, it’s from the Breitbar conservative blog):

    In other words, she’s opposing Obama’s attempt to divide us along racial and class lines. Which is what Critical Race Theory is all about – it suggests that our charters of liberty are fundamentally corrupted and there is no possibility of true change so long as they hold sway.

    It includes the transcript of what she said in full. It also talks about an even newer crazy ad, even more out of context, but also playing the race card.

    So it’s an all out assault on Palin. Fascinating. Either they’re just insanely paranoid about her, or something’s up.

  8. T says:

    It would be completely out of the question for these idiots to blame the loss on the fact that a cardboard cutout would have beat the Republican after 8 years of the Bush regime….(and a cardboard cutout pretty much did. — along with a couple of flat teleprompters!)

    So instead, let’s blame the woman that we asked to run as VP. A person almost wonders if she was intended as the scapegoat all along.

    And it’s not a “lefty” movie. It’s a “progressive” movie. Progressive is a catchall word for whatever awfulness the Democrats want to mold themselves into..

    • JeanLouise says:

      Hillary describes herself as a progressive. I have no problem with the term at all. I think that I’m even more comfortable with it since Glenn Beck tried to turn it into a dirty word just as Gingrich, et al, turned liberal into a dirty word.

  9. votermom says:

    No one, including Sarah, has ever claimed that in the fall of 2008 she had all the training and experience necessary to hold the office of President. But she wasn’t running for that job, she was running for Vice President.

    People forget that as Alaska governor she actually had to deal with border issues with Russia and therefore had a very high security clearance. She was actually more qualified than Senator Obama, who never convened his foreign relations committee, and more qualified then than Senator Rick Santorum is now. She was probably equally if not more qualified than Gov. Mitt Romney.
    But of course they are men so they get 100 extra qualification points just for peeing while standing.

    • honora says:

      For the record, I can pee while standing. I am just smart enough not to do it.

    • driguana says:

      And also with Canada. Any governor of a border state has certain obligations that they need to be aware of. Another example though of how much more qualified to be president she was than Obama, who had virtually no experience other than as a freshamn senator who spent little or no time being senator. What a joke! It is time fro a huge grassroots vetting ceremony…..and this time, insisting on responses!

  10. angienc says:

    That title should be MCCAIN IS STILL ALIVE ASSHOLES! (tm me).

  11. votermom says:

    HelenK linked to this in the other thread.

    Sarah nails backtrack again.

    My comment:

    Along with millions of others, I’m willing and free to discuss these issues with the President anywhere, anytime; and I’m sure any of the four patriots currently running for the GOP nomination would also welcome the opportunity to talk about the problems everyday Americans face due to the abject failure of our current administration’s politics.

    How I would love to see a Palin-Obama debate.
    A Newt-Obama debate would be almost as good.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    What were Obama’s qualifications for President again ? Oh wait, that’s a racist question isn’t it 😛

  13. driguana says:

    I KNOW that the reality of Obama being presidnet frightens me!!!

  14. votermom says:

    I am LMAO. Hardly anyone ever responds to my tweets but as soon as I tweet that Palin would debate Obama anytime anywhere I get 4 obot attacks on it.

  15. yttik says:

    “For all of us in the campaign, it really rang true. It gave you a little bit of PTSD at times.”

    If just being around a strong and capable woman gives you PTSD, that doesn’t say much for the kind of man you are.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    A day in the life of Dear Leader. Ya know, the guy who was qualified to lead our country because Chris Matthews got a tingle up his leg?

  17. votermom says:

    File this under NoShitSherlock:

  18. votermom says:

    Myiq, I scheduled apost. You can change the time on it if there’s a conflict.

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