The vindication of Steve Schmidt continues in earnest. Here he was last year, dealing with the drama queen:
“Secession,” he wrote. “It is their entire reason for existence. A cursory examination of the website shows that the party exists for the purpose of seceding from the union. That is the stated goal on the front page of the web site. Our records indicate that todd was a member for seven years. If this is incorrect then we need to understand the discrepancy. The statement you are suggesting be released would be innaccurate. The innaccuracy would bring greater media attention to this matter and be a distraction. According to your staff there have been no media inquiries into this and you received no questions about it during your interviews. If you are asked about it you should smile and say many alaskans who love their country join the party because it speeks to a tradition of political independence. Todd loves his country.
We will not put out a statement and inflame this and create a situation where john has to adress this.”
This is precisely the kind of ham-handed “get out in front” mentality that is hurting her right now:
Sarah Palin, who’s stayed clear of the MSM since announcing she’d leave office, has kept up her online presence. Her latest Twitter:
Trying to keep up w/getting truth to u, like proof there’s no “FBI scandal”, here’s link http://tinyurl.com/nzlae8 Thanks, AK!
The link goes to this LA Times story, in which an FBI Special Agent Eric Gonzalez says unequivocally, “There is absolutely no truth to those rumors that we’re investigating her or getting ready to indict her.”
Still, most outlets had shied away from the story, which had been making the blog rounds, until her lawyer sent out a letter warning the press in general — and HuffPo, MSNBC, WaPo and the NYT in particular — not to touch the story, which pretty much compelled everyone, including POLITICO, to write about the rumors in the course of reporting on the letter.
Last year, she had the best help and the best strategists the GOP could buy, and other than her recitation of a speech written for someone else at the RNC (before we learned that using teleprompters is bad!), she was an absolute train wreck. Now she has gone rogue, and it is going to get even better and more entertaining, because Meg Stapleton blackberrying from upstate New York is not going to get it done. If you want an idea how
bad awesome this is going to get, watch this Anderson Cooper interview of Meg Stapleton:
To fully appreciate the fail parade that is the current Palin insane clown posse, you have to realize that was THE PROFESSIONAL MEDIA HANDLER dealing with Anderson. In fairness to Stapleton, she has been forced to go all in before the flop, and she’s holding 27 offsuit.