Steve Schmidt, the political adviser who suggested that John McCain choose a fresh new face from Alaska as his running mate, now says he has “deep regret” for his role in helping to bring on the “freak show that’s been running wild for four years” in American politics.
So, yeah, apology accepted. Now here’s a broom, buddy. Get to cleaning up. Wait, you’ll need this hose. And this bleach…
The subject of a short profile in the Washington Examiner, Schimdt gazes out at the smoking wreckage of the modern GOP and says, in essence, DAY-ummmm, well, that didn’t work.
Palin became a leader of what Schmidt called an “asininity” wing of the Republican Party, hardcore conservatives looking to purge the party of moderates and anyone willing to compromise with Democrats.
“For the last couple of years, we’ve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party,” Schmidt said on MSNBC. “Tossing out terms like RINO, saying we’re going to purge, you know, the moderates out of the party.
“We’ve lost five U.S. Senate seats over the last two election cycles,” he said. “And fundamentally we need Republicans, whether they’re running for president, whether they’re in the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.”
Yeah, sounds like a strategy all right. That toothpaste should just slide right back into that tube, you betcha.
Still, Schmidt doesn’t get all of the blame; the bugfuck-crazy wing of the R’s had been slowly rising since the Reagan years; he’s just the lucky schmuck who said, hey, let’s see what happen if we hand the car keys to this grinning lunatic. We need some fresh blood, right?