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  • John McCain "Responds" to Allegations That Sarah Palin Was Not Adaquately Vetted as Running Mate

    Hey, look at this. It's John McCain doing something that sorta looks kind of like answering a direct question from Matt Lauer about his mavericky choice of running mate last year…

    Here's the best (and maverickiest) part…

    Was it true, Lauer asked, that the vetting of Sarah Palin was so woefully inadequate that no one from the campaign traveled to Alaska to interview her husband or any of her political opponents?

    "I wouldn't know," McCain said.

    Mavericky, man. I can dig it. Regular square old non-mavericks pay attention to boring stuff like a running mate's mental stability, political acumen and if they have ties to fringe ring-wing secessionist groups. Non-non-mavericks like John McCain, Sarah Palin and me have better things to worry about, like new and exciting ways to squeeze the word "maverick" into sentences.

    You anti-mavericks wouldn't understand.

    Tags: Books, John McCain, Matt Lauer, Sarah Palin, Steve Schmidt
  • GOP Strategist Warns of a Sarah Palin Catastrophe in 2012

    going-rogue-coverJohn McCain's former chief campaign strategist Steve Schmidt — the man who supposedly accused Sarah Palin of doing the words in the title to your right — did some "rogueing" of his own today, telling a Washington, D.C. conference exactly what he thinks about the esteemed author's prospects in 2012

    "I think that she has talents, but my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she to be the nominee, we would have a catastrophic election result."

    Now hold your horses, Palinphiles, Steve Schmidt didn't say your gal couldn't get elected in 2012. He just said she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party. So what? George W. Bush helped make 'GOP' a synonym for 'incompetent losers,' and we elected him twice.

    Besides, if Sarah Palin is the Republican nominee and we wind up with a "catastrophic election result," I'm pretty sure that means she's moving into the White House.

    Tags: John McCain, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Steve Schmidt
  • Top Republican Consultant in Favor of Not Being in Favor of Sanctity of Marriage

    Steve Schmidt — former aide to George W. Bush and campaign adviser to John McCain — has recently come out of the closet in favor of gay marriage

    Today, Mr. Schmidt, who also served as a top Bush aide, discusses the subject with the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that supports gay rights. According to CNN, he will call on conservative Republicans to drop their opposition at a lunchtime speech in Washington.

    Mr. Schmidt, who has a sister who is a lesbian, plans to say that there is nothing about gay marriage that is un-American or that threatens the rights of others and that in fact it is in line with conservative principles.

    "There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage," Mr. Schmidt plans to say, according to speech excerpts obtained by CNN. "I believe conservatives, more than liberals, insist that rights come with responsibilities. No other exercise of one's liberty comes with greater responsibilities than marriage."

    Conservatives in favor of equal rights for gays? Heavens to mercy!

    Whatever would Barry Goldwater say?

    Tags: Barry Goldwater, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Steve Schmidt
  • Steve Schmidt's Final Word on Sarah Palin

    If — I'm just saying if — John McCain loses tonight, how long will it take for the GOP to turn on Sarah Palin, the woman who rose from obscurity to became an international punchline?

    According to Ana Marie Cox's recounting of the last-ever press session aboard the Straight Talk Air, the pitchforks are already on standby. Here's McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt:

    QUESTION: And the pick of Palin for you guys? Are you happy with that?

    SCHMIDT: You know, we'll uh, I'm not going to do, there'll be time for all the post mortems in the race.

    QUESTION: But are you happy with what she's done for the ticket?

    SCHMIDT: I think that, you know, I think we'll know in a few hours what the results are, you know and I, there'll be a time for all the post mortem parts of it.

    Especially the post mortem parts where everybody blames it all on Sarah Palin.

    Tags: Ana Marie Cox, John McCain, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Steve Schmidt