When John McCain’s 2008 campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, decided to throw GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin under the bus after he lost the election to Barack Obama, I thought it was wrong.
Sure, the game with Palin ended in bust, but Schmidt had picked her, and there’s an implicit covenant of loyalty and discretion to a campaign. Just as smart defendants need to be eye to eye with their defense attorney, candidates need to let their campaign manager know everything. This makes them vulnerable, which is why it takes professionalism to keep secrets like a priest or a lawyer would. (Okay, maybe you don’t take everything to your grave, but wait a few decades before writing a memoir.)
Schmidt didn’t follow that old-fashioned ethos of babbling all sorts of Palin campaign smut into the media, and it led him down a path that made him insanely wealthy.
We may never know how much of the negative information leaked to the press about Palin came from inside the house, but Schmidt landed on his feet after losing on the biggest stage by helping draft the first draft to write the story.
When The New York Times As noted in 2012, Schmidt’s reinvention “was aided in large part by the book and the film game changeparticularly the likable portrayal of him in the Woody Harrelson film.” Schmidt, the play continued, “has settled into a lucrative and prominent existence that suggests he is the beneficiary of some sort of political resurgence [he] might have orchestrated for a beleaguered socialite.
Of course, Palin was expendable. dish on she could be excused. It was also designed to uphold McCain’s status as a heroic prisoner of war and outspoken reformer who always sought to select Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman as his running mate. Schmidt could get away with betraying Palin as long as he remained loyal to the man who famously corrected an older conservative voter who called Obama an “Arab.”
Now, 14 years after surviving that losing race, and four years after McCain’s death (he was not invited to the funeral), Schmidt is back to stab the great war hero in the back (a level of disrespect unheard of since Donald Trump was no longer visible). “Liked people who weren’t captured.”)
In recent days, Schmidt has claimed that McCain was involved in a long-standing “relationship” with a lobbyist (as hinted at during the campaign), and says he’s so disillusioned with McCain that he didn’t even vote for him–despite run his campaign.
What was the triggering event that caused Schmidt to exonerate himself with this revelation? I mean why now?
The impetus seems to be taking revenge Meghan McCain liked a tweet claimed that Schmidt operated a “pedo racket”. Schmidt drew attention to this in the second tweet of an 11-part Twitter rant on May 7, in which he heaped a report on Meghan’s meager book sales. Just two days later, Schmidt’s attack on her father, John McCain, was made public. If the attack on Senator McCain was indeed aimed at hurting Meghan, it was a shoddy move.
Think of it as another example of Schmidt making dramatic changes depending on which way the wind is blowing.
In March 2016, Schmidt met with then-GOP leader Trump at Trump Tower “to join his campaign.” According to the The New York Post Source, Trump “was very put off by the fact that Schmidt hit on McCain.” Schmidt later dismissed the meeting as just “an opportunity for me to take measurements, to see what he was up to, to see a man’s reality face-to-face.”
“One could also generously argue that he is a political strategist who has no idea what is happening right under his nose.”
Incidentally, Schmidt’s most lucrative career move was his decision to co-found the scandal-plagued anti-Trump “conservative” group, the Lincoln Project, to earn “generational wealth.” He has achieved this goal.
According to a report dated February 11, 2021 by Associated Press“Of the $90 million raised by the Lincoln project, more than $50 million went to companies controlled by the leaders of the group.” And “only about a third of the money, about 27 Millions of dollars paid directly for advertisements aired on radio, cable and online during the 2020 campaign.”
The report went on to say that “According to property records and real estate listings, Schmidt has a $1.4 million ‘Mountain Modern’ custom home in Kamas, Utah with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a ‘breathtaking’ view.” bought on the Uinta mountains. He is currently trying to resell the house for $2.9 million.”
Around the same time, Schmidt resigned from the Lincoln Project’s board of directors after reports that co-founder John Weaver had been sexually molesting young men. Schmidt claims he was previously unaware of the allegations against Weaver, but there is some disagreement over this claim.
Nevertheless, Schmidt was anything but transparent before his resignation.
“The Lincoln Project will be pleased to open its books for scrutiny immediately after the Trump campaign and all associated super PACs,” he said. When Politically‘s John Harris wrote, “A willingness to stoop to Trump’s level was actually a fundamental premise of the Lincoln Project … The key difference, according to the Lincoln Project’s founders and much of their press coverage, was that they do.” would be on the side of the good guys.”
While Schmidt and the Lincoln Project were lecturing the nation on morals, ethics, and propriety, there was clearly something wrong at home. (Disclaimer: I personally witnessed Schmidt’s penchant for impersonating Trump, most famously as Schmidt compared you and the conservative writer Noah Rothman to “American Chamberlins” (sic) and “Vichy” France (aka Nazi collaborators).
This is the guy who put Sarah Palin on national politics, admitting to covering up John McCain’s lies during a presidential election, and helping run a political activist group that was little more than a fundraiser for him and himself -Congratulations “conservative” cronies. And yet he’s out there throwing stones.
Also Schmidt recently tweeted that the Supreme Court had “completely broken trust and shattered his credibility” after learning of the leaked statement roeeven though he was the guy who “ran the Roberts and Alito endorsements.” Yet he’s portrayed as some rock star by Woody Harrelson on HBO, is a fixture on political panel shows Meet the press to Real time with Bill Maherand is regularly celebrated by the liberal elite on networks like MSNBC.
One could also generously argue that he is a political strategist who has no idea what is happening right under his nose.
Schmidt thought he’d identified a breakthrough contender, but she turned out to be Palin. He thought he was working for a loner, but he really was (according to Schmidt) a villain. He was completely taken aback that his business partner was still sexually harassing young men other persons who are aware of this information.
He’s sort of the DEA agent whose brother-in-law is Walter White breaking Bad– or Stan Beeman, the FBI agent who lives next door to Russian spies The American. Completely forgetful.
Either Steve Schmidt wasn’t the brilliant and astute strategist he always made out to be, or he was willing to look the other way at major leaks until they became uncomfortable. And when that happened, he switched sides and conceded. I’ll let you decide.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/steve-schmidt-was-always-a-hack?source=articles&via=rss Steve Schmidt has always been a hacker