Blogger Shocked — Shocked! — to Learn That John McCain Would Employ Backstabbing GOP Campaign Operative
Posted on | March 12, 2012 | 26 Comments
Of course, John McCain is a man who has long cherished backstabbing as a fundamental principle of his political career, and yet R.D. Brewer at Ace of Spades HQ is nonetheless surprised by the perverse pride that the McCain campaign’s “chief strategist” Steve Schmidt takes in having helped destroy the GOP’s chances in 2008:
“For me and the experience I had on this campaign is that there are worse things than losing,” Schmidt said. When he was asked to spell that out, he said, “When a result happens that puts someone who’s not prepared to be president on the ticket, that’s a bad result. 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 I played a part in that because we were fueled by ambition to win.”
Hey, Steve: You were paid to do a job. Who paid you? Republican donors, that’s who. Doesn’t it seem like maybe you had an obligation to the people paying the bills to, y’know, elect a Republican?
But as the old saying goes, never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence. Therefore, anyone who wishes to believe that Steve Schmidt wasn’t actively trying to help elect Barack Obama in 2008 should instead believe that Schmidt is an incompetent idiot who’s just trying to scapegoat Sarah Palin in order to exempt himself from responsibility for defeat.
It wouldn’t take a lot to be a better vice president than Joe Biden.
It would take a lot to be a more selfish a–hole than John McCain, but Steve Schmidt seems to be trying his best.