#rsrh Free advice to the eventual GOP nominee.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) I don’t care how many memos, deep background revelations, and/or surreptitious back-scratchings take place: former McCain adviser Steve Schmidt’s name will continue to be mud to the activist base of the Republican party.  Hire him for your campaign, and watch enthusiasm for said campaign go off quietly to a corner, cough up a pint of blood or two, and straightforwardly die.

Hey, I’m just the messenger.

Moe Lane

PS: There are three reasons why we lost in 2008 (full disclosure: hope did not die for me until Election Night itself):

  1. McCain wouldn’t ever, ever fight.
  2. The economy tanked in September.
  3. #1 and #2 then met and had a frightening monster baby which then proceeded to spiral in out of the Outer Dark to lay waste to our collective hopes and dreams in a two month waking nightmare of terror and pain.

#2 was not really under the McCain campaign’s control.  #1, however…


  • Finrod says:

    Don’t forget Nicolle Wallace, either.

    Those two truly are harbingers of doom.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    “With the subject line “Schmidt,” the memo went on that the three, along with another former Mercuryite Terry Nelson, would “engage in this project” and seek out the help of other supportive Republicans and some “friendly Democrats.””
    Wow. They considered Schmidt’s viability as a campaign adviser more important than winning the election.
    Perhaps it’s time to ditch all the “professionals”, who seem more interested in keeping their gravy train running than in actually governing the country well.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    And was it Schmidt or someone else who threatened to resign if the McCain campaign ever effectively criticized Obama?

  • Money says:

    #2 – The economy tanked in September [edited], and McCain joined with Bush and Obama in declaring that a bailout was necessary. McCain could have distanced himself from the sitting (unpopular) President and his opponent while simultaneously rallying the American people by saying that government intervention in the mortgage business is what got us into this mess, and more intervention isn’t going to get us out.

    Instead, he played it “safe” and sided with the unpopular President. DOOM.

  • acat says:

    On the money, Money.

    Obama spent the campaign running against George W. Bush, not John McCain .. the worst thing McCain could do was to get closer to W, and make the Dems’ task even easier!


  • jetty says:

    And it was just a coincidence that the moment that Palin caught Obama in the polls the economy tanked. Oh, wait, I mean McCain. A coincidence. What a co-ink-ee-dink. Yessir.

  • DaveP. says:

    Obama was beatable- but not by John McCain, and certainly not by the election team that McCain put together. Good job, RNC…

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