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Steve Schmidt: Palin Believed Candidacy 'God's Plan'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin believed that Sen. John McCain chose her to be his running mate in 2008 because of "God's plan," according to a top pol...

The Inevitable Fluke That Is Sarah Palin

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

Five minutes into yesterday's Oprah extravaganza with Sarah Palin, I messaged Steve Schmidt, John McCain's presidential campaign manager: "So how did you know Bristol was pregnant before it was announced?"

McCain's Chief Strategist Defends Palin VP Choice

AP | ANDREW DeMILLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A top adviser from John McCain's presidential campaign who has criticized Sarah Palin's odds as a 2012 presidential candidat...

The Last Clinton Melodrama? (And Other Sensationalist Game Change Gossip)

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Game Change is interesting, but there's not much in it that wasn't already known. It's not a strong analytical book.

A Rogue Review

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

What passes for policy with Palin are the standard conservative talking points -- lower taxes, lower deficits, less government and a strong defense.

The First Ten Lies from Going Rogue

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Geoffrey Dunn

Excerpts from Sarah Palin's Going Rogue have been released by several news agencies that have received advanced copies. Here are the first ten lies from the memoir.

Gridiron Dinner 2009: Palin Comes For Russian Embassy, Barney Frank Talks About Twitter

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin poked fun at herself in a speech to journalists Saturday night, drawing laughter when she announced she "came down from...

The Audacity of Dopes

Ian Gurvitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Gurvitz

No one did more damage to Sarah Palin than Sarah Palin. She was handed a national platform on which she could dazzle the country with her brilliance. And she winked, smirked, and crapped all over it.

Sarah Palin's Bewitching of John McCain

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Almonte

What magic spell has Sarah Palin cast over John McCain? Since bringing her on board as his vice presidential running mate on that fateful summer night in August 2008, he has been like a man possessed.

Palin's Former Ally Calls More Lies to Rogue

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

Palin would like everyone to believe that all of her problems began after she was named as McCain's running mate, when in reality the ethics complaint were pouring in months earlier.

Palin Usurped "Concession" Speech

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

Headlines recently declared "Sarah Palin's Speeches Were Ready but Never Seen -- Until Now." While Palin did not deliver her concession speech on election night, she did deliver most of it eight days later.

Schmidt Calls Palin's Memoirs "Total Fiction"

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

Steve Schmidt now joins a host of former McCain staffers who have challenged the veracity of Sarah Palin's book, Going Rogue, even before it hits the streets on Tuesday.

Sam Stein

Steve Schmidt, McCain Campaign Manager: Religion Could Kill The GOP | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaking publicly for one of the first times since the end of the presidential campaign, John McCain's campaign manager Steve Schmidt painted a dire p...

Sam Stein

Schmidt: The GOP "Holistically Is Bereft Of Ideas" On Health Care | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In comments almost certain to rankle Republicans on Capital Hill, Sen. John McCain's 2008 campaign manager Steve Schmidt accused the GOP on Friday of ...

The GOP's Palin Food Fight: Why Now?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

This is a fight between some neocons who still want to promote Palin and their discredited geopolitical agenda against some Republican would-be modernizers.

Jason Linkins

Meghan McCain Unhappy With Being Deemed Less Influential Than Dick Cheney [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Megan McCain's response to the Washington Monthly's Steve Benen about Cheney seems to be the sort of weird petulance that could undermine her strong advocacy.

William Smith, GOP Chief Counsel, Links Gay Marriage To Pedophilia

Legal Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The new chief Republican counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote a blog post last month in which he linked same-sex marriage to pedophilia, a...

Star Trek's New Coming-of-Age Saga for Generation O

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Star Trek's message, focusing on a future of diversity, teamwork, and technology, appropriately used -- is especially attuned to the Obama era.

Jason Linkins

Steve Schmidt, McCain Campaign Manager: 'When Lehman Collapsed...The Campaign Was Finished' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Ben Smith reports on a joint appearance by opposing campaign gurus Steve Schmidt and David Plouffe, who gave the students of the University of Delawar...

The Republican Choice: React or Modernize

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

It's been a strange week for the Republican Party, with noisy events pushing the old-time religion, a speech urging a new moderation, and back-to-the-future reactions to Obama's friendly gestures to Chavez.

Steve Schmidt To Call On GOP To Back Gay Marriage

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Steve Schmidt, a key architect of John McCain's presidential campaign, is making his first public return to Washington a bold one. Schmidt will use a...

Steve Schmidt: Political Ambulance Chaser

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

While it is great to see people like Schmidt so dramatically shift their positions on such a hot-button political issue as gay marriage, we should all clearly realize see this for what it is: political ambulance chasing.

McCain's Chief Strategist Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain's chief strategist during the presidential campaign, said in a recent interview with the Washington Blade that he supp...

Whitman's Sampler: The Ex-eBay CEO's Moves Mirror the Republican Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Whitman, pushing policies that resonate on the far right of American politics even as some doubt her sincerity, has her work cut out for her in winning the governorship of blue state California.

This Crazy Sex Ad is Obama's Dukakis Moment

John Neffinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Neffinger

Everyone who sees this ad can see how dirty it is. If Obama wants Americans to respect him, he should react with the kind of anger -- controlled, but still palpable -- anyone would feel if somebody did this to them.