Interesting interview with Steve Schmidt by Ana Marie Cox:
Cox: When did you know it was over?
Schmidt: The moment that I will look back at as the moment deep in my gut that I knew, was September 29, when I was flying on a plane with Governor Palin to Sedona for debate prep, watching the split screen on the TVs, because she had a JetBlue charter, and it showed the stock market down seven, eight hundred points; it showed the Congress voting down the bailout package on the other side, and then, House Republicans went out and told the world that the reason that they voted against this legislation, allowed the stock market to crash, allowed the economy to be so injured, was because Nancy Pelosi had given a mean and partisan speech on the floor. And this was their response. And I just viewed it as beyond devastating, and thought that at that moment running with an “R” next to your name, in this year, was probably lethal.
Schmidt goes on to say a number of things which would suggest to me that he is not as dumb as the campaign he ran. Read it, especially the part where he suggest he is unhappy with Prop. 8.
Meanwhile, at the NRO, they are more concerned with rehabilitating Palin. Rather than think about what has happened to the GOP over the past few years, these losers are going to focus on rehabbing Palin, who is merely a symptom of the larger problem. Rather than figure out what is ailing the GOP, it is going to be four years of thinking the media screwed them, and building Palin back up while telling themselves the real problem is they are not, as a party, strident enough about immigration, abortion, and other social issues.