November 9, 2012
I remember seeing this as a kid on Saturday Night Live. It never aired again on NBC. But I knew somehow it was something I really wasn’t supposed to see. Looking up all the sources up that were footnoted in the cartoon on this kinda new thing of broadband internet. I can say without a doubt this was the beginning of my paradigm shift. Thanks Robert Smigel
November 6, 2012
When you cant win an election just steal it. There is going to be some….how did Joe Biden put it. Oh yes malarkey tomorrow. We can not be moved. Stay in that line. DO NOT accept a provisional ballet and VOTE. It your birthright as an American.
November 6, 2012
So I just got around finally to watching HBO’s Game Change and boy did I just get all warm and fuzzy for this guy. I love him on MSNBC. (More on that later.) But watching Woody Harrelson as Schmidt giving Sarah Palin the business made me want to stand up and slow clap.
Now you are probably thinking. “What gives Robert? Aren’t you a lefty, bleeding heart liberal? How can you write a post praising a conservative. And not only a conservative but a conservative strategist no less?” And my reply would be that while I might disagree with his ideals. This difference in itself does not make someone a bad person. Steve Schmidt admitted that after the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign that there were “worse things than losing” and that “losing the election was the best thing that could have happened for the country. That takes a lot of courage to say and he has been black listed by the Republican party for admitting something that in hindsight seems so obvious.
MSNBC hiring Steve Schmidt is also the best pick up of talent on that network in ages. I like MSNBC but I don’t like living and thinking in an echo chamber where everyone just agrees with each other and no dissenting views are expressed. Also I don’t like the Fox style of straw men that are set up by people like Alan Colmes that only serve up softball arguments that Fox’s core commentators hit out of the park.
When there is a round table discussion on MSNBC and it gets all gooey and lefty you can rest assured that Steve Schmidt will be there in that monotone voice of his to throw a wet blanket on top of MSNBC’s party. What Schmidt does is take emotion out of the equation and give you a real look at what it takes to compete in and win elections in the United States. Liberals need an eternal cynic like this. So here’s to you Steve Schmidt you cold, pessimistic, political cyborg. And to what Democrats can learn from you about how to win elections.