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(Politico)   Former McCain campaign chief strategist Steven Schmidt, he who unleashed Sarah Palin on an innocent and unsuspecting world, offers Ted Cruz advice on his next career move: "Go back to Canada"   (politico.com) divider line 71
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2013-11-01 10:13:41 AM
Schmidt knew Palin was a mistake and regrets the whole thing, I think he apologized and disowned her.
 
2013-11-01 10:21:57 AM

vernonFL: Schmidt knew Palin was a mistake and regrets the whole thing, I think he apologized and disowned her.


Apparently he was the Primary source for the movie "Game Change" as well.  Still. mea culpas don't completely absolve him of making the decision in the first place
 
2013-11-01 10:24:11 AM

Magorn: vernonFL: Schmidt knew Palin was a mistake and regrets the whole thing, I think he apologized and disowned her.

Apparently he was the Primary source for the movie "Game Change" as well.  Still. mea culpas don't completely absolve him of making the decision in the first place


It is said that, having witnessed the Vice Presidential debates and seen the mushroom cloud of word salad above the podium, Steven Schmidt said, "I am become Shiva, derpstroyer of worlds."
 
2013-11-01 10:36:57 AM
He was perfectly fine when he left Calgary.  You broke him, you bought him.

farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2013-11-01 10:37:36 AM

Bloody William: It is said that, having witnessed the Vice Presidential debates and seen the mushroom cloud of word salad above the podium, Steven Schmidt said, "I am become Shiva, derpstroyer of worlds."


That is an insult to Shiva.  She creates as she destroys.  Example, the dinosaurs die out but the mammals get a promotion.  Sucks if you are a T-Rex but hey... yeah us!  There is no creation here just the conversion of useful materials into toxic shat that can't even be used as fertilizer.
 
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2013-11-01 10:41:30 AM

gunslinger_RG: That is an insult to Shiva.  She creates as she destroys.  Example, the dinosaurs die out but the mammals get a promotion.  Sucks if you are a T-Rex but hey... yeah us!  There is no creation here just the conversion of useful materials into toxic shat that can't even be used as fertilizer.


But what if tea partiers are a new form of Homo?  Sort of like the Morlocks in The Time Machine?
 
2013-11-01 10:58:12 AM

Magorn: Apparently he was the Primary source for the movie "Game Change" as well.  Still. mea culpas don't completely absolve him of making the decision in the first place


I like Steve.  Yea, Palin was an enormous failure, but my takeaway from the whole debacle was a failure of "trust but verify;" he and the rest of the McCain team assumed that anyone who made it to that level of politics should be at least marginally intelligent.  Also they just waited too long, but the time they figured out she was a potatohead it was too late.

In the time between, he has been honest about the mistakes in their process which will hopefully mitigate the chances of something like that happening again.  I don't much care for his politics, but at least he has policy opinions beyond "If he's fer it I'm agin it."

Unfortunately for him, he's a RINO, and so therefore he must be killed. (Read that in Jeremy Clarkson's voice)
 
2013-11-01 11:01:53 AM
Cruz is already poison to the Derp Brigade for capitulating to the forces of Obama on the shutdown -- using the eminently scientific polling method of "what my aunt shares on Facebook" -- the rallying cry is now for a Palin/Walker 2016 presidential campaign, as they are the only two TRUE Conservatives left untainted by Washington.
 
2013-11-01 11:12:42 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Cruz is already poison to the Derp Brigade for capitulating to the forces of Obama on the shutdown -- using the eminently scientific polling method of "what my aunt shares on Facebook" -- the rallying cry is now for a Palin/Walker 2016 presidential campaign, as they are the only two TRUE Conservatives left untainted by Washington.


Well if you are going to practice tea bagging, it is only a matter of time before you become tainted.
 
2013-11-01 11:14:48 AM
Palin wasn't the problem. Or rather, she was a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.

Folks are looking for easy answers. They are looking to replace actual ideas, and hard work, with narrative. With an easy to follow narrative. If we do this, and that, then we'll get there. Nothing actually difficult, just easy to perform steps. And it isn't just in politics, but all throughout the country. I want to lose weight, then I eat this, and I don't eat that, and *poof* I'm thin. I want to bed a particular woman, then I just have to dress like this, say that, and *bam* she falls in love with me, and we live happily ever after.

Problem is: sh*t ain't like that. And never has been.

For all the grandiose talk about responsibility and the value of work, folks don't want to do the work. Or even the thinking, and planning that goes into such things. We want easy fixes. We want convenience. We don't want to choose leaders, we want them chosen for us, and save us. From thinking, from our own tendencies to be sort of intellectually and spiritually lazy. Sort of like the Catholics who are somewhat discomfited by the new Pope reminding folks that they can't just give to some charities and suddenly be expiated from doing actual good work. Folks are looking to outsource pretty much all their own labor, and reap the benefits. Give to a charity, and *boom* you're a good person. Even if you drive by those homeless folks and swear under your breath, you're good, because you already gave at the office.

Our politics is similar. Our politics is centered around folks who want to talk a good game, but when it comes down to the actual work of governance, then it suddenly becomes hard, and no one wants that. They want easy. They want wars that are simple to think about, and executed with pinpoint accuracy, with no random casualties, and the troops are back home in a few weeks, and sh*t liberated toot sweet. We want terrorists identified, taken away, and never thought of again. We want our intelligence agencies to have broad powers, and little oversight, and expect that once this is set into place, then we never have to think about it again. We want to pass laws, and the problems to be fixed. The problem is, that there is work between the steps. It's never been easy as One, Two, Three. Ever. Not when you were in grammar school, not when you were in high school. Not when raising your kids. Not with education. Not with crime. Not with even choosing what goes in your f*cking grocery cart.

This nation has to face some simple truths: sh*t ain't ever easy. Not with damn near anything. Not when it comes to feeding yourself. Not with dealing with people. Not with educating your kids. Not with negotiating interpersonal relationships with live people. Not with international relations. Not with paying for the myriad of crap that we expect to have to make our lives work. Roads have to be maintained. That takes some work. And money. We want national parks to preserve our heritage for our posterity: that takes some work. And money. We want to have safe borders: that takes some work--both to figure out who to let in, and how to maintain said borders. It also takes money. We want clean air and water: that takes more than just buying a clean air credit. The nation has been glutting itself on the thought that we can reduce complex and difficult issues down to simple narrative, and easy to say slogans, and sh*t doesn't work that way, and no amount of pounding on tables, holding our breath, or complaining bitterly and thrown tantrums is going to change that. And feeding the public MOAR simplistic narrative, as opposed to actually rolling up our sleeves to do that hard work doesn't make it any easier. It only feeds more tantrums and seals folks off from the reality that we HAVE to do more than just jabber and sloganize our politics.

Schmidt isn't even the problem. He himself is a symptom of a deeper problem, and it comes down to the perception that we have a right to convenience in everything. That we can pass off our problems to someone else, and they'll fix everything.

You know who does that? Children. Very young children. You want to fix things? You want this nation to prosper? Then shut up about all the "simple" fixes, and grow the f*ck up.
 
2013-11-01 11:16:13 AM

unyon: He was perfectly fine when he left Calgary.  You broke him, you bought him.


Considering the derptitude of his father, I seriously doubt that is true.
 
2013-11-01 11:20:33 AM
Yes but who would Ted Cruz have to pick as a VP to seem less crazy? Michelle Bachmann?
 
2013-11-01 11:26:46 AM

hubiestubert: Palin wasn't the problem. Or rather, she was a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.

Folks are looking for easy answers. They are looking to replace actual ideas, and hard work, with narrative. With an easy to follow narrative. If we do this, and that, then we'll get there. Nothing actually difficult, just easy to perform steps. And it isn't just in politics, but all throughout the country. I want to lose weight, then I eat this, and I don't eat that, and *poof* I'm thin. I want to bed a particular woman, then I just have to dress like this, say that, and *bam* she falls in love with me, and we live happily ever after.

Problem is: sh*t ain't like that. And never has been.

For all the grandiose talk about responsibility and the value of work, folks don't want to do the work. Or even the thinking, and planning that goes into such things. We want easy fixes. We want convenience. We don't want to choose leaders, we want them chosen for us, and save us. From thinking, from our own tendencies to be sort of intellectually and spiritually lazy. Sort of like the Catholics who are somewhat discomfited by the new Pope reminding folks that they can't just give to some charities and suddenly be expiated from doing actual good work. Folks are looking to outsource pretty much all their own labor, and reap the benefits. Give to a charity, and *boom* you're a good person. Even if you drive by those homeless folks and swear under your breath, you're good, because you already gave at the office.

Our politics is similar. Our politics is centered around folks who want to talk a good game, but when it comes down to the actual work of governance, then it suddenly becomes hard, and no one wants that. They want easy. They want wars that are simple to think about, and executed with pinpoint accuracy, with no random casualties, and the troops are back home in a few weeks, and sh*t liberated toot sweet. We want terrorists identified, taken away, and never thought of again. We wan ...


There's are reasons you have your own color on my favorites list, and that post was most of them.  Well said
 
2013-11-01 11:28:58 AM
More xenophobic republicans.  Ted Cruz should go away because he's Ted Cruz, not because he's Canadian.
 
2013-11-01 11:29:34 AM

hubiestubert: [words]


Small government and freedoms!
 
2013-11-01 11:30:25 AM
Schmidt said. "We're following ideologues down a policy path that will ultimately lead to the destruction of the Republican Party's ability to compete as a national party.

Well, we can hope.....
 
2013-11-01 11:30:27 AM
Dear Steve Schmidt;

No. Finders keepers.

Apologetically,
Canada
 
2013-11-01 11:31:44 AM

hubiestubert: Palin wasn't the problem. Or rather, she was a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.

Folks are looking for easy answers. They are looking to replace actual ideas, and hard work, with narrative. With an easy to follow narrative. If we do this, and that, then we'll get there. Nothing actually difficult, just easy to perform steps. And it isn't just in politics, but all throughout the country. I want to lose weight, then I eat this, and I don't eat that, and *poof* I'm thin. I want to bed a particular woman, then I just have to dress like this, say that, and *bam* she falls in love with me, and we live happily ever after.

Problem is: sh*t ain't like that. And never has been.

For all the grandiose talk about responsibility and the value of work, folks don't want to do the work. Or even the thinking, and planning that goes into such things. We want easy fixes. We want convenience. We don't want to choose leaders, we want them chosen for us, and save us. From thinking, from our own tendencies to be sort of intellectually and spiritually lazy. Sort of like the Catholics who are somewhat discomfited by the new Pope reminding folks that they can't just give to some charities and suddenly be expiated from doing actual good work. Folks are looking to outsource pretty much all their own labor, and reap the benefits. Give to a charity, and *boom* you're a good person. Even if you drive by those homeless folks and swear under your breath, you're good, because you already gave at the office.

Our politics is similar. Our politics is centered around folks who want to talk a good game, but when it comes down to the actual work of governance, then it suddenly becomes hard, and no one wants that. They want easy. They want wars that are simple to think about, and executed with pinpoint accuracy, with no random casualties, and the troops are back home in a few weeks, and sh*t liberated toot sweet. We want terrorists identified, taken away, and never thought of again. We wan ...


tl;dr

/J/K
 
2013-11-01 11:32:18 AM
We distinctly called 'no backsies' as he crossed the border. Maybe his dad can get him into Cuba or something.
 
2013-11-01 11:32:53 AM

apoptotic: Dear Steve Schmidt;

No. Finders keepers.

Apologetically,
Canada


Don't push us maple boys. We've been itching for operation leaf blower for a long time.
 
2013-11-01 11:34:09 AM
"We're following ideologues down a policy path that will ultimately lead to the destruction of the Republican Party's ability to compete as a national party.

Sounds good to me.
 
2013-11-01 11:35:49 AM
I just love this blurb:

Schmidt was referencing the fact that Texas Republican was born in Canada, though experts say his American mother still makes him a natural citizen if he were to run for president.

What's the birther spin on Cruz? Is he ok because he's not blah?
 
2013-11-01 11:35:57 AM
i.huffpost.com

HAIL, CONSERVATIVE MESSIAH WITH YOUR HALO!

/well, that's what the advertising money says. And it ain't the Left doing the ads. Is it.
 
2013-11-01 11:38:37 AM

lockers: Don't push us maple boys. We've been itching for operation leaf blower for a long time.


As one of your lot once said, "bring 'em on".
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-01 11:39:45 AM

Ivo Shandor: lockers: Don't push us maple boys. We've been itching for operation leaf blower for a long time.

As one of your lot once said, "bring 'em on".
[i.imgur.com image 464x600]


Look, we beefed you guys out, don't make us heel you down the drain.
 
2013-11-01 11:42:42 AM

Kiler: I just love this blurb:

Schmidt was referencing the fact that Texas Republican was born in Canada, though experts say his American mother still makes him a natural citizen if he were to run for president.

What's the birther spin on Cruz? Is he ok because he's not blah?


Well even they're more subtle than that.  The "DeVattel" birthers, the ones who say it doesn't matter WHERE Obama was born or who his momma was because some 18th century Swiss legal philosopher said you don't count as natural born if your father is a citizen of a foreign power, genrally say, in ragards to Cruz, "Well YOU GUYS violated our sacred Constitution and put an illegal Usurper on the throne, so now we get one too"
 
2013-11-01 11:47:27 AM

hubiestubert: Palin wasn't the problem. Or rather, she was a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.

Folks are looking for easy answers. They are looking to replace actual ideas, and hard work, with narrative. With an easy to follow narrative. If we do this, and that, then we'll get there. Nothing actually difficult, just easy to perform steps. And it isn't just in politics, but all throughout the country. I want to lose weight, then I eat this, and I don't eat that, and *poof* I'm thin. I want to bed a particular woman, then I just have to dress like this, say that, and *bam* she falls in love with me, and we live happily ever after.

Problem is: sh*t ain't like that. And never has been.

For all the grandiose talk about responsibility and the value of work, folks don't want to do the work. Or even the thinking, and planning that goes into such things. We want easy fixes. We want convenience. We don't want to choose leaders, we want them chosen for us, and save us. From thinking, from our own tendencies to be sort of intellectually and spiritually lazy. Sort of like the Catholics who are somewhat discomfited by the new Pope reminding folks that they can't just give to some charities and suddenly be expiated from doing actual good work. Folks are looking to outsource pretty much all their own labor, and reap the benefits. Give to a charity, and *boom* you're a good person. Even if you drive by those homeless folks and swear under your breath, you're good, because you already gave at the office.

Our politics is similar. Our politics is centered around folks who want to talk a good game, but when it comes down to the actual work of governance, then it suddenly becomes hard, and no one wants that. They want easy. They want wars that are simple to think about, and executed with pinpoint accuracy, with no random casualties, and the troops are back home in a few weeks, and sh*t liberated toot sweet. We want terrorists identified, taken away, and never thought of again. We wan ...


who-is-awesome.com
 
2013-11-01 11:48:13 AM
McCain dressed as Steve Martin in The Jerk:  "It's these CANadas!  He really hates these CANadas!"
 
2013-11-01 11:48:55 AM
OK I screwed that up.  Pretty weak joke anyway.
 
2013-11-01 11:58:23 AM

Ivo Shandor: lockers: Don't push us maple boys. We've been itching for operation leaf blower for a long time.

As one of your lot once said, "bring 'em on".
[i.imgur.com image 464x600]


That's so Soviet!
 
2013-11-01 11:59:11 AM
Ted Cruz? Who the fark is that?
I know there is a texas teahadist who is legally named Rafael Cruz. Maybe its him?
 
2013-11-01 12:04:44 PM
The guy who opened Pandora' s Box of right wing lunatics realizes he probably made a big mistake. Good for him,I guess.
 
2013-11-01 12:04:57 PM

hubiestubert: Palin wasn't the problem. Or rather, she was a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.

Folks are looking for easy answers. They are looking to replace actual ideas, and hard work, with narrative. With an easy to follow narrative. If we do this, and that, then we'll get there. Nothing actually difficult, just easy to perform steps. And it isn't just in politics, but all throughout the country. I want to lose weight, then I eat this, and I don't eat that, and *poof* I'm thin. I want to bed a particular woman, then I just have to dress like this, say that, and *bam* she falls in love with me, and we live happily ever after.

Problem is: sh*t ain't like that. And never has been.

For all the grandiose talk about responsibility and the value of work, folks don't want to do the work. Or even the thinking, and planning that goes into such things. We want easy fixes. We want convenience. We don't want to choose leaders, we want them chosen for us, and save us. From thinking, from our own tendencies to be sort of intellectually and spiritually lazy. Sort of like the Catholics who are somewhat discomfited by the new Pope reminding folks that they can't just give to some charities and suddenly be expiated from doing actual good work. Folks are looking to outsource pretty much all their own labor, and reap the benefits. Give to a charity, and *boom* you're a good person. Even if you drive by those homeless folks and swear under your breath, you're good, because you already gave at the office.

Our politics is similar. Our politics is centered around folks who want to talk a good game, but when it comes down to the actual work of governance, then it suddenly becomes hard, and no one wants that. They want easy. They want wars that are simple to think about, and executed with pinpoint accuracy, with no random casualties, and the troops are back home in a few weeks, and sh*t liberated toot sweet. We want terrorists identified, taken away, and never thought of again. We wan ...


Damnit, when am I going to be able to vote for you?
 
2013-11-01 12:05:08 PM

Ivo Shandor: We distinctly called 'no backsies' as he crossed the border. Maybe his dad can get him into Cuba or something.


The Charter says that any Canadian citizen cannot be denied entry into Canada (Section VI). Don't blame us, we didn't write it.
 
2013-11-01 12:07:23 PM
Cruz can fark right off! Alberta has enough derp with the Wild Rose Alliance, we don't need anymore.
 
2013-11-01 12:10:04 PM
McCain needed a hail mary but the ball landed in the stands and the fans all started knifing each other over it.
 
2013-11-01 12:11:04 PM

Fart_Machine: Yes but who would Ted Cruz have to pick as a VP to seem less crazy? Michelle Bachmann?


Hillary.

Thousands die of heart attacks when she comes out to some pyro and her new bad guy theme music at the RNC.
 
2013-11-01 12:11:52 PM

sheep snorter: Ted Cruz? Who the fark is that?
I know there is a texas teahadist who is legally named Rafael Cruz. Maybe its him?


You have to admit; visualize inauguration day for this sack of pudding, and this is what you get.

"Raise your right hand... Rafael Eduardo Cruz, do you solemnly..."

And xenophobic anti-immigrant Teahadist heads all across the country explode. Those who survive grit their teeth, tremble, and try to insist that they're not racist because they helped inaugurate a Cuban-Canadian. Then they burst into tears.
 
2013-11-01 12:12:02 PM
hubiestubert:

Are you trying t tell me that if I wear Axe body spray it WON'T get me laid?

You're a jerk. You should feel bad about yourself.
 
2013-11-01 12:14:36 PM

gunslinger_RG: She creates as she destroys.


Shiva is male.
 
2013-11-01 12:15:31 PM

dustman81: The Charter says that any Canadian citizen cannot be denied entry into Canada (Section VI). Don't blame us, we didn't write it.


Nice try, but Cruz is on record as saying that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship (and we up here would really appreciate it if he could get moving on that paperwork).
 
2013-11-01 12:18:13 PM

Ivo Shandor: dustman81: The Charter says that any Canadian citizen cannot be denied entry into Canada (Section VI). Don't blame us, we didn't write it.

Nice try, but Cruz is on record as saying that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship (and we up here would really appreciate it if he could get moving on that paperwork).


Until he does and Canada approves it, he's still yours.
 
2013-11-01 12:20:05 PM

dustman81: Ivo Shandor: dustman81: The Charter says that any Canadian citizen cannot be denied entry into Canada (Section VI). Don't blame us, we didn't write it.

Nice try, but Cruz is on record as saying that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship (and we up here would really appreciate it if he could get moving on that paperwork).

Until he does and Canada approves it, he's still yours.


Yep, a whole lot of right wing idiots are on record saying that they would move out of the US if Obama won, but we are still stuck with the assholes.
 
2013-11-01 12:21:35 PM
I've always liked Steve.
 
2013-11-01 12:24:06 PM

hubiestubert: Palin wasn't the problem. Or rather, she was a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.

Folks are looking for easy answers. They are looking to replace actual ideas, and hard work, with narrative. With an easy to follow narrative. If we do this, and that, then we'll get there. Nothing actually difficult, just easy to perform steps. And it isn't just in politics, but all throughout the country. I want to lose weight, then I eat this, and I don't eat that, and *poof* I'm thin. I want to bed a particular woman, then I just have to dress like this, say that, and *bam* she falls in love with me, and we live happily ever after.

Problem is: sh*t ain't like that. And never has been.

For all the grandiose talk about responsibility and the value of work, folks don't want to do the work. Or even the thinking, and planning that goes into such things. We want easy fixes. We want convenience. We don't want to choose leaders, we want them chosen for us, and save us. From thinking, from our own tendencies to be sort of intellectually and spiritually lazy. Sort of like the Catholics who are somewhat discomfited by the new Pope reminding folks that they can't just give to some charities and suddenly be expiated from doing actual good work. Folks are looking to outsource pretty much all their own labor, and reap the benefits. Give to a charity, and *boom* you're a good person. Even if you drive by those homeless folks and swear under your breath, you're good, because you already gave at the office.

Our politics is similar. Our politics is centered around folks who want to talk a good game, but when it comes down to the actual work of governance, then it suddenly becomes hard, and no one wants that. They want easy. They want wars that are simple to think about, and executed with pinpoint accuracy, with no random casualties, and the troops are back home in a few weeks, and sh*t liberated toot sweet. We want terrorists identified, taken away, and never thought of again. We wan ...

STANDING OVATION!  I would also like permission to use this as a quote!

 
2013-11-01 12:33:00 PM

gnosis301: gunslinger_RG: She creates as she destroys.

Shiva is male.


Except when he is Kali.  Programs! Programs! Can't tell your Aspects from your Incarnations without a Pro-gram!

/i
n the most technical sense of the term Hinduism is a monotheistic religion and all its gods and goddess are really various incarnations  of  the trinity of Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, who are in turn really just Aspects of the same Universal, All-powerful diety Atman  (sound familiar?  There is a reason Hindus claim the Biblical Abraham's name should reall be spelled "Brahmin" instead)
 
2013-11-01 12:34:23 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again.  We're truly, TRULY sorry for Ted Cruz, but we're not taking him back.
 
2013-11-01 12:35:44 PM

vernonFL: Schmidt knew Palin was a mistake and regrets the whole thing, I think he apologized and disowned her.


No. A simple "oops, my bad" just isn't sufficient in this case.
 
2013-11-01 12:39:20 PM
In 2008, the Democratic National Convention was a knock-out in Denver.  It was widely praised for Bill and Hillary joining the Obamas onstage after a rough primary.

McCain's campaign had to do something.  They were losing momentum and looking dead in the water.  Palin was a hail mary, like so many other GOP plays nowadays -- made in duress, without due process, and going for the shiny thing.  It galvanized them for a brief period before her complete lack of worth showed itself.

Look at the results.
 
2013-11-01 12:39:47 PM

The Why Not Guy: vernonFL: Schmidt knew Palin was a mistake and regrets the whole thing, I think he apologized and disowned her.

No. A simple "oops, my bad" just isn't sufficient in this case.


I think he has done much more than "oops, my bad".

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31420.html
 
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