It seems like a day doesn’t elapse without catching a glimpse of Karl Rove and his whiteboards on FoxNews. From the sounds of things, you might come to think he’s in charge of something at the GOP. Unfortunately, while he holds no official office, he’s always working on behalf of his patrons in the party, and he serves the interests of the surrender-monkey wing of the Republican party. Steve Schmidt, the architect of McCain’s loss in 2008, is another example of the sort of consultant with which DC Republicans seem to surround themselves. Schmidt is still bitter over his 2008 defeat, and he blames much of it on Sarah Palin. The truth is that she was the only good thing about the ticket, and exit-polling demonstrated quite clearly at the time that McCain would have done far worse without her on the ticket. It was Schmidt’s bright idea to have McCain suspend his campaign, and that was precisely the root of the collapse in McCain’s support. Looking to blame his own strategic failings on somebody – anybody – Schmidt is still on the Palin-hater bandwagon because to regain any credibility in his profession, he must shift blame to somebody else. These consultants are one of the biggest problems grass-roots conservatives face because they tend to turn candidates against their base, and wonder why they lose.
In an epic rant for Politico, McCain adviser and professional boot-licker Steve Schmidt claimed to feel “deep regret” for helping to fuel the creation of a “freak show” wing of the GOP. By “freak show” wing, he means you and I. He means real conservatives. He is referencing those who rose under the general label of “Tea Party.” Most of all, in singling out somebody that personifies what he termed “asininity,” he means Sarah Palin. Said Schmidt:
“For the last couple of years, we’ve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party. Tossing out terms like RINO saying we’re going to purge, you know, the moderates out of the party,” Schmidt said. “We’ve lost five U.S. Senate seats over the last two election cycles. 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.”
“You finally you saw it with Ted Cruz. Maybe he was the one that who’s got a bridge too far,” Schmidt said. “Maybe we’ll start seeing our elected leaders stop being intimidated by this nonsense, have the nerve, have the guts to stand up and … to fight to take conservatism’s good name back from the freak show that’s been running wild for four years and that I have deep regret in my part, certainly, in initiating.”
Psssst. Hey Steve! We should purge you from the party, since there seems to be no other way to have you shut up and go away. Massive failure doesn’t seem to convince you. Frankly, the reason Republicans lose elections is because they listen to jerks like Schmidt who view actual conservatives as the problem. You see, Schmidt doesn’t recognize actual conservatism, but instead views “conservatism” as a label to be shifted onto his clients who in no way match the meaning of the term. If one wishes to see this at work, consider only the Bush campaigns of 2000 and 2004. Here, you had Rove positioning Bush as a “compassionate conservative,” when it was evident(or should have been) that Bush wasn’t conservative, and that he would wreck actual conservatism by the false association. In 2006, when Republicans lost the Congress, it was on the basis of this bastardized notion of conservatism. The Republicans lost control of Congress because under Bush, they were spending just like big-spending Democrats. It had been consultants like Schmidt and Rove who led the GOP to that and subsequent defeats.
If you want to know what constitutes a real freak-show in the Republican party, it is the unparalleled spectacle of hucksters in the consultancy class attempting to pass off moderates as conservatives. It is the inglorious pinnacle of asininity to pretend now that John McCain is conservative, and even more galling to pretend that his policy positions represent conservative principles, and yet con-men like Schmidt labor endlessly to carry out that fraud. When McCain was up for re-election in 2010, you may remember that the McCain camp had no problem soliciting the help of Sarah Palin, but now they betray her with this nonsense about “freak show” and alleged “asininity.” McCain might have been beat in the 2010 primaries without her, but does that fact earn even the smallest bit of respect from a hateful little troll like Schmidt? No. You see, in his book, it’s all about him. Admitting that Sarah Palin did more to boost either McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, or his 2010 Senatorial re-election campaign would be to admit that Schmidt is entirely useless, never mind the candidate in question.
The fact of the matter is that Schmidt and those in the consultancy class like Rove, who infamously once claimed that Palin’s endorsement wasn’t “worth snot” don’t have any credibility. For all their alleged gifts and talents as political analysts, advisers, and consultants, they don’t seem to have produced results to scale of their fame. Bush barely managed to prevail over Al Gore in 2000, relying on the electoral college, and in 2004, what should have been a walk-over victory was uncomfortably close against John Kerry, a man who should never be let near the oval office. Worse, under the guidance of Rove, in 2006, Republicans lost the Congress, permitting Barack Obama to have both Houses in 2009. We wouldn’t even be talking about Obama-care had the Republicans not joined Democrats in spending like drunks in support of the George W. Bush spending priorities, which had been massive.
It was the participation of Republicans like McCain in the Amnesty kerfuffle of 2007 that helped keep the Republicans in the wilderness too, another great idea from the consultancy wing of the party. How did that work out for us? Democrats kept control of Congress, and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid made sure we’d have Obama-care so we could learn what was in it. We’re learning, and the real lesson we conservatives must take is that these professional beltway consultants and advisers are leading us off a cliff.
There’s no way around it. If we listen to the likes of Schmidt or Rove, we’re taking advice from people who don’t have our interests at heart. They’re profiteers on the political process, and they ply their trade by linguistic manipulations. It’s no surprising that they work hardest to protect their own images, and will stab anybody in the back in order to preserve their own reputations. In the end, they’re only accountable inasmuch as their political patrons are held accountable. They aren’t elected, and they never pay the price for shafting the American people. They are insulated from our direct anger as voters, and they always seem to move on to new patrons if their existing ones fall out of favor with voters. As long as they’re setting the direction of the Republican party, one shouldn’t expect that the GOP will be friendly to actual conservatives. They don’t care about our principles, as they pursue profit and power at our expense. If the last decade has taught us anything, it should be that it is we who are forced to pay for their failures. Noticing that fact will brand you as part of a “freak show.”
As published at: Mark America