In 2008, it was partly under guidance from political strategist Steve Schmidt that Senator John McCain tapped a little-known governor from Alaska to be his running-mate in that year’s presidential election. Maybe Schmidt thought she’d be the spark plug needed to combat the tidal wave of good vibes behind then candidate Obama’s campaign. Maybe he thought she really was a diamond in the rough. But for whatever reasons he had back then, clearly the decision to unleash Sarah Palin on a national stage is something Schmidt deeply regrets — because he said as much on “Hardball” the other night, as well has having a few other choice words for Palin and her ilk.
Chris Matthews, the show’s host, was engaging Schmidt and another guest on the topic of the GOP’s quest to kill Obamacare by any means necessary, up to and including a government shutdown. Matthews mentioned that while Ted Cruz has taken a hit from other Republicans for his theatrics and his demagoguery, Palin has ridden to his rescue on more than one occasion, casting aspersions and deflecting the blame onto establishment Republicans, playing the role of Cruz’s accomplice.
Clearly Schmidt is not a fan of either Palin or Cruz, and he laid into them and their cohorts. He said that Palin and Cruz’s Tea Party faction have been trying to rid the party of moderates, along with “running roughshod” over less ideologically entrenched members of their party. In closing, Schmidt put it into very clear terms, “We need Republicans, whether they’re running for president, whether they’re the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.” Good luck with that, Steve!
Watch Steve Schmidt in the video below: