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A Tale Of Treachery In The GOP

08 May 2012 @ 14:01

He who controls the past, controls the future.

Over at Breitbart, Tony Lee has written a well-researched expose of the tactics used in the effort to destroy Sarah Palin’s name and character and blame conservatives for the debacle that was the John McCain Campaign of 2008.

Laid out in detail is the successful attempt by McCain Campaign Manager Steven Schmidt to deflect blame for his bosses loss onto the shoulders of Mrs. Palin. It is a tale of a small man, thrust into a big position, who in desperation to preserve his precious reputation [and earning potential in the political game] masterminds the destruction of another human being’s reputation — go so far in one instance, through one of his toadies in the media, to question Mrs. Palin’s mental state.

He was not alone in his efforts. Nicolle Wallace engaged in the same methods for the same reasons.

Members of the GOP Establishment helped spread the false stories, like the Fellow Travellers they are [yeah, that includes you, Rove].

Here are a few highlights:

Winston Churchill said “history is written by the victors.” But too often in politics, where professional tacticians want to preserve their permanent paychecks by deflecting their mistakes onto everyone but themselves, losers often desperately attempt to re-write history.

And that is exactly what GOP establishment operatives, aided and abetted by members of the mainstream media who want to preserve access to them, are now doing to the history of the 2008 presidential campaign, as they attempt to blame Palin — and, by association, non-establishment grassroots conservatives — for their own professional malpractice during that campaign.


POLITICO reported on a memo, "Shield Steve Schmidt From McCain Blame," put together in the waning days of the 2008 presidential campaign by associates of Schmidt to absolve him of campaign mismanagement. The memo lays out a strategy to shape conventional wisdom by targeting mainstream journalists and Republican talking heads and to blitz the media landscape with friendly talking points that would make it seem like even Ronald Reagan could not have won in 2008.

The obvious purpose was to absolve the professional operatives of all blame, allowing them to get hired again and sell their “snake oil” magic to the next politician. The quid pro quo was simple: we give you exclusive “gossip” and minutiae and you get exclusive reporting and access.

Of course Palin was vetted, and she was vetted by none other than thorough Washington, D.C. power-lawyer A.B. Culvahouse. In an interview Culvahouse gave to The Washingtonian magazine, he described his impressions of Palin when he was vetting her: "She gave a very thoughtful answer to all those questions. People who are more experienced, more savvy — maybe some of them gave less savvy answers…".

But nobody mentions this inconvenient fact, and that is why it is important to look more closely at the “Schmidt Memo,” as it is important for two reasons.

First, it reveals how conventional wisdom is often invented for personal gain in the political world, and the same tactics are usually employed to try to destroy conservatives. Second, the tactics described in the memo are the exact same ones used by the Democrat-Media complex to tear down conservatives. Palin and her supporters have had to relentlessly and ruthlessly combat this false narrative, which has become conventional wisdom among the political and chattering class. If Team Schmidt employed these tactics to try to preserve Schmidt’s reputation, one can only expect they employed similar tactics to smear Palin.


But because the mainstream media hated Palin and wanted to take her down from the beginning, they were more than happy to collude with Schmidt to cement a conventional wisdom about Palin that they thought would permanently damage her.


Too often, those who have conventional wisdom manufactured about them cannot fight back. And that is why McCain’s paid professionals and the mainstream media thought they could target Palin and absolve Schmidt of any blame. Palin would go back to the hinterland and would not be heard from again, they thought. And conservatives, the conventional thinking went, would lose even more power and influence after the 2008 elections, even in a country in which a plurality has repeatedly identified themselves as conservative. But the mainstream media and those Republicans who have never understood conservatives underestimated Palin’s appeal, the power of the forthcoming Tea Party movement, and the fierceness with which her supporters would defend her when they figured out this charade.

As Charles Hurt of the Washington Times wrote, “what people like Mr. Schmidt don’t understand is that the reason so many Americans fell in love with Sarah Palin is not because they hate Democrats. It’s because they hate Republicans. Specifically, Republicans like Steve Schmidt.”

I do urge you to read the whole thing by clicking here.

Tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain, who comments:

…When Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace backstabbed Palin and threw her under their RINO careerism bus, they thought their vicious treachery would never be discovered, because they’re so much smarter than everybody in the conservative grassroots.

Indeed. Luckily for us, these two soulless fools forgot that we are in the Information Age, where it’s much, much easier to uncover such revolting behavior.

Let us hope these revelations finish Schmidt’s and Wallace’s careers in the Big Show. It would be fitting for them to be reduced to working state legislative campaigns.


One Comment
  1. M. Thompson permalink
    08 May 2012 @ 20:15 20:15

    Nobody likes a vicious careerist weasel. And throwing someone who ought to be running for President now under the bus is the weaseliest move possible.

    It makes most weasel ways seem honest.

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