Republicans Slug it Out Over Sarah

How could I resist! The Vanity Fair article detailing the train wreck that was the Vice Presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin has triggered some rather heated exchanges amongst the operational wing of the McCain camp and the neo-cons who were along for the ride. Bill Kristol got it all started with an attack on Steve Schmidt, who was the McCain campaign guru, essentially accusing him of being a source for the Vanity Fair piece. From Politico:

Kristol cited a passage in Purdum’s piece in which “some top aides” were said to worry about the Alaska governor’s “mental state” and the prospect that the Alaska governor may be suffering from post-partum depression following the birth of her son Trig. “In fact, one aide who raised this possibility in the course of trashing Palin’s mental state to others in the McCain-Palin campaign was Steve Schmidt,” Kristol wrote.

Whoa there Bill. Schmidt fired back a hard one, invoking Kristol’s expert handling of former VP Dan Quayle. Can you spell potato(e)?

“I’m sure John McCain would be president today if only Bill Kristol had been in charge of the campaign.”

“After all, his management of [former Vice President] Dan Quayle’s public image as his chief of staff is still something that takes your breath away,” Schmidt continued. “His attack on me is categorically false.”

And Kristol ally and neo-con stalwart Randy Scheunemann (who we wrote about after Pat Buchanan exposed his ties to foreign governments) piled on Schmidt as well.

“Steve Schmidt has a congenital aversion to the truth,” Scheunemann said. “On two separate and distinct occasions, he speculated about about Governor Palin having post-partum depression, and on the second he threatened that if more negative publicity about the handling of Governor Palin emerged that he would leak his speculation [about post-partum depression] to the press. It was like meeting Tony Soprano.”

The Politico article is a great read, and has brought to light extreme bitterness by Bill Kristol over Schmidt’s firing of Scheunemann, who allegedly leaked to Kristol himself. Schmidt is a first rate political operative, and I thought that before he attacked Kristol. And Sarah, as I have said before, is the gift that keeps on giving.

Read the Politico story here.

Bill Kristol’s Blog at the Weekly Standard is here.

Read the Vanity Fair Article here.

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4 Responses to Republicans Slug it Out Over Sarah

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    I new you would surface after you illness and heroic budget effort and go for some Sara Palin madness while that Autocratic community organizer drives this country to ruin, politically and financially.

    He is so bad, he got Helen Thomas mad at him.

    I’m glad you are feeling better. Good job on the budget.



  2. Bill Manzi says:


    Seeing all the new Sarah Palin stuff has lifted me physically. (I may need a ten step program to stop me from posting even more on Sarah)Thank you!



  3. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,
    While you are wallowing in PMS (see earlier post) just be careful of that which might sneak up behind you.

    Happy New Year, Jules


  4. Jules Gordon says:

    Why am I saying Happy New Year?


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