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VIDEO- Former McCain/Palin strategist: GOP, Rand Paul need to "de-kookify, there should be total disassociation with the nuts."


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Rachel Maddow discusses the nut-itude of the GOP. She likely needed more than two segments, but she managed to cover a lot despite the time limitations:

For the record, the Southern Avenger guy who Rand Paul hired to write his book for him in 2010 and then to become part of his senate office thereafter, the Southern Avenger is 39 years old. In 2009, he was 35 years old, still going by the title the Southern Avenger and still writing about how the confederacy needed to rise again. And secede from the nation.

And then within a year of that, Rand Paul had him on staff on the payroll writing Rand Paul's book.

And now that Rand Paul is getting asked about it, Senator Paul says the whole secessionist neo-confederacy thing was a youthful indiscretion which this 39-year-old put down months before Rand Paul hired him.

That's apparently all you have to say. That's how Rand Paul is explaining that he's keeping this guy on with him. Salary paid by the taxpayers.

As he heads to purple state Nevada this weekend to attend one of two conservative movement and Republican party Vegas events this weekend spotlighting the most ambitious Republican federal officeholders in the nation alongside the nation's leading proponents of the theory that our country's first black president could not possibly be American, he must be secretly foreign, his presidency is illegitimate and it's a giant conspiracy.

When Republicans talk to each other about how to spend their time, especially in states like Nevada where elections have been pretty close, where Republicans conceivably could have a shot at being competitive in a national race if they could figure out a way to broaden their appeal, when Republicans talk about these things, do they ever talk about how stuff like they're doing this weekend in Las Vegas might interfere with the whole broadening the party's appeal thing? Do you guys ever talk about Joseph Farrah being at your events? Does that ever come up?

So, GOP, how's that reinvention thing (scroll) workin' for ya?

Rachel then interviewed Steve Schmidt, the senior adviser in 2008 to presidential candidate John McCain and his regrettable running mate, Sarah Whatsername:

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In Nevada, it was Sharron Angle. We nominate these kooky people, and we lose general elections. It's extraordinary when you consider the 5 U.S. Senate seats the Republicans have given up. and clearly the lessons have not been learned. There should be a total disassociation with the nuts that are associated with the party here...

What Rand Paul has to understand is that his chief strategic imperative in the race is to de-kookify himself from his dad's shadow. He's not doing that. He's going in the wrong direction...

 What everybody should agree on is that there is no place for the kooks at the table. And this is nutty stuff. 


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VIDEO-- Former McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt: GOP "doesn’t give equal opportunity to women."


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You'd think after losing the women's vote, Republicans would start paying attention to analyses like this one:

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NBC contributor, GOP political operative, and former John McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt:

"I think in any organization where women are not at the table, where it is skewed male, in today’s day and age, that’s an organization that’s deficient. That’s an organization that’s going to have problems. It’s one of the problems we have structurally in the Republican Party. We don’t have enough women at the table. But any company, any organization in today’s day and age that doesn’t give equal opportunity to women, that doesn’t advance women to the table, is going to be an organization that has difficulty competing."

The problem is, the GOP can put Band-aid after Band-aid on their misogynistic 'tudes, but their regressive actions and forced-trans-vaginal-probesque policies speak way louder than their reframed words.

Inclusive they're not.

Think Progress:

[O]ut of the record 20 women currently in the Senate, only four are Republicans. President Obama handily carried women voters in the 2012 election, thanks in large part to horrific comments about rape and the Republican Party’s overall decidedly anti-women policies.

Here is the entire segment:

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WaPo's Ruth Marcus:

"I want to say one thing about Sarah Palin... You talked about jumping the queue. Yes, queue jumping is important, it's really important that when women jump the queue they are ready to jump the queue and they come with the background and expertise. Otherwise it sets everybody back."

Forget about jumping the queue. Palin jumped the shark.

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VIDEO-- Former McCain senior strategist: "Voting fraud, that doesn’t really exist... It’s part of the [Republican] mythology."


Hate to say we told you so, GOP, but...

"I think that one of the things you always want to be for whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you want everyone who is eligible to vote to vote. That’s how you want to win elections. I think that all of this stuff that has transpired over the last two years is in search of a solution to a problem, voting fraud, that doesn’t really exist when you look deeply at the question. It’s part of the mythology now in the Republican Party that there’s widespread voter fraud across the country. In fact, there’s not. Both sides are lawyered up to the nth degree and they’ll all posture back and forth on it but it probably won’t come down to lawyers."

Yes, one of their own is proving a point Democrats such as myself have been making over and over again. Voter fraud is a myth.

Actually, it’s the Republicans that have tried to suppress the vote in several Republican-run states, and from the reports I’ve seen, it’s Republicans who have been caught committing voter fraud.

Voter I.D. fraud is nearly non-existent, and, of course, the GOP-generated Voter I.D. laws affect mostly Democratic voters.

Thanks for your support, sane Republican Steven Schmidt.

Source: Think Progress.


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If Romney "wound up paying no U.S. federal taxes at all in 2009... this would be politically deadly for him."


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Above is a clip of Steve Schmidt from The Last Word answering questions, sort of, about Willard Romney's tax returns. He managed John McCain’s presidential 2008 campaign back when they had access to years and years worth of the potential running mate's tax records.

Via, Joshua Green offers pure speculation after discussing the matter with some (non-Bain) private equity executives. He believes the 2009 returns are "singularly important":

[Romney] suffered a large enough capital loss [in 2008] that, carried forward and coupled with his various offshore tax havens, he wound up paying no U.S. federal taxes at all in 2009. If true, this would be politically deadly for him. Even assuming that his return was thoroughly clean and legal—a safe assumption, it seems to me—the fallout would dwarf the controversy that attended the news that Romney had paid a tax rate of just 14 percent in 2010 and that estimated he’d pay a similar rate in 2011.

Interestingly, over at CNN, McCain got a little testy when asked if he "could vouch for the fact that Romney had paid taxes and didn't hide his money from taxes offshore... McCain reacted strongly but didn't directly answer the question":

"I can personally vouch for the fact that there was nothing in his tax return that would in anyway be disqualifying for him to be a candidate. Okay?... We're getting into areas now that are improper for me to talk about. Because when people gave us all those records we agreed to confidentiality. The only reason I'm saying what I'm saying now is because of the scurrilous, scurrilous Chicago style sleaze intimations with no basis in fact that there might have been something wrong with his tax returns, which is disgraceful."

Asked again if he knew if Romney had in fact paid taxes over the years, McCain responded, "Oh please. I am not going to get into that kind of conversation. All I can tell you, and I will tell you again, there was nothing disqualifying in his tax returns. And that is a fact."

Got it. Nothing disqualifying, but plenty to hide.


"The fact that we haven’t reached that point yet suggests [Romney's tax returns] are full of ugly stuff."


Willard M. Romney gave the McCain campaign something like 23 years of tax returns. (That was then, this is now.) That means key people know what's in them, and those same key people aren't talking. Yet.

As was noted in a previous post, after vetting Romney, Team McCain chose Sarah Palin. Ahem.

Via TPM, we have this January 2012 quote from the guy who ran John McCain's campaign, Steve Schmidt:

He shouldn't release information that disadvantages himself and opens up a lot of attacks.

To which Brian Beutler responded:

I could be wrong about this. But if Schmidt cries uncle, I think we’ll have reached the point where the attacks Romney’s weathering right now are more harmful than what’s in those returns. And the fact that we haven’t reached that point yet suggests they’re full of ugly stuff.

Team Willard is willing to endure days and days of bad news cycles, damage control, questions about his time and responsibilities at Bain, and his credibility in general, just to avoid revealing pertinent information that voters have a right to know. After all, an informed electorate makes much wiser choices at the polls than ...

Oh wait. My bad. That was the intent all along.