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GOP guru Steve Schmidt: exit polls suggest Perry, Bachmann no longer “plausible”
SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/3/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer

Posted on 01/03/2012 6:07:34 PM PST by SmithL

GOP political consultant Steve Schmidt, one of the toughest guys in the business and the guru behind the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign, said that early polls suggest Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are likely no longer “plausible” candidates after tonight.

And he told MSNBC it increasingly looks like former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum “may well emerge as the chief alternative to Mitt Romney.”

With Santorum showing strong in early exit polls, Schmidt — an MSNBC analyst — told the network moments ago that Santorum is “going to have to make a lot of decisions very quickly if he comes out on top tonight..he’s going to have to be drinking water out of a fire hose.”

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: bachmann; ia2012; perry; sanfranciscovalues; steveschmidt; waronsarah
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Well, if the Comicle says it's so, . . .
1 posted on 01/03/2012 6:07:46 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
the guru behind the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign

LOL
2 posted on 01/03/2012 6:08:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

Indeed. that should be the “goo-goo” behind the 2008 McCain campaign.


3 posted on 01/03/2012 6:10:05 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: SmithL

Mclame....ha ha


4 posted on 01/03/2012 6:12:20 PM PST by muddler (Chaos is coming..)
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To: SmithL

“GOP Guru”

ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 01/03/2012 6:13:09 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Dr. Sivana

I think he’s worried that one of those icky conservatives will regain some support as Ron Paul falls off after Iowa.

Things are a bit different this primary season and I want the conservatives to stay in so we can see how things shake out.

Personally I want a single primary day nationwide.


6 posted on 01/03/2012 6:15:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: SmithL
"Plausible" ?

What is this, an episode of Mitt-busters?

(I'd suggest "viable" but that would start a pro-life avalanche.)

Cheers!

7 posted on 01/03/2012 6:16:49 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: SmithL
"Steve Schmidt, one of the toughest guys in the business"

Tee-hee! Tee-hee!

8 posted on 01/03/2012 6:17:26 PM PST by DemforBush (May I have 10,000 marbles, please?)
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To: SmithL

Steve Schmidt is a JackAss!

The only people listening to this dolt are uninformed conservatives, moderates, and liberals.


9 posted on 01/03/2012 6:18:02 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: grey_whiskers

Like Romney, Santorum can’t win in the South. McCain came in 4th place four years ago in Iowa. The baldfaced lies
from richey mitt romney worked. That one trick pony wont play when the primaries swing to all points South!

Newt Gingrich will win the GOP nomination.


10 posted on 01/03/2012 6:20:14 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: SmithL
"GOP political consultant Steve Schmidt, one of the toughest guys in the business and the guru behind the 2008 John McCain..."

I could be wrong but I think I remember Schmidt as being behind the smearing of Sarah Palin, anyone else besides me remember this guy?

11 posted on 01/03/2012 6:20:56 PM PST by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: zerosix

you are correct, schmidt is a rat.


12 posted on 01/03/2012 6:23:45 PM PST by biggredd1
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To: SmithL

Perry needs to spend more money!

lol...


13 posted on 01/03/2012 6:23:45 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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14 posted on 01/03/2012 6:24:04 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: DemforBush; SoConPubbie

>>>Steve Schmidt GOP guru and one of the toughest guys in the business<<<

Right. That’s why the only gig he can get is on MSNBC, for eff’s sake.


15 posted on 01/03/2012 6:25:01 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: cripplecreek

You don’t consider Santorum a conservative??


16 posted on 01/03/2012 6:26:58 PM PST by Nifster
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To: SmithL

Brains behind McCain?

LMAO


17 posted on 01/03/2012 6:27:29 PM PST by marty60
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To: zerosix

Your right , this village idiot was campaigning to blame and smear Palin.
A creep and moron who could only get a gig trashing the GOP like
Traitor Joe on MS-DNC


18 posted on 01/03/2012 6:27:55 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: SmithL
Schmidt — an MSNBC analyst...

Such a tough GOP "guru" that he's working for MSNBC.

19 posted on 01/03/2012 6:27:55 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: SmithL

Who the hell is Steve Schmidt?


20 posted on 01/03/2012 6:30:58 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Nifster
You don’t consider Santorum a conservative??

Of course.
21 posted on 01/03/2012 6:31:21 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: SmithL

Why would a so-called “conservative” work for MSNBC?


22 posted on 01/03/2012 6:31:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: SmithL

A blog that actually thinks Iowa’s caucus is somehow relevant.


23 posted on 01/03/2012 6:32:08 PM PST by Venturer
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To: cripplecreek

So does that mean of course you do not consider him a conservative or of course you do consider him a conservative? Your answer is confusing


24 posted on 01/03/2012 6:33:40 PM PST by Nifster
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To: SmithL

Schmidt, the guru for McCain, was also a top campaign guy for Bush 2004. He took a sure landslide against an ignorant dilletante and turned it into a near loss.

So why should we listen to Schmidt?


25 posted on 01/03/2012 6:35:11 PM PST by oldbill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why would a so-called “conservative” work for MSNBC?

The "so-called 'conservative'" slot is already filled at cnn?

26 posted on 01/03/2012 6:37:43 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Jim Robinson

A poisonous viper, evidently. See the interest in him by the left:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/17/steve-schmidt-mccain-camp_n_188354.html

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/01/11/sarah-palin-and-steve-schmidt-the-intra-gop-feud-continues-on/


27 posted on 01/03/2012 6:38:24 PM PST by bvw
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To: Nifster

He’s a conservative and one of my top picks.


28 posted on 01/03/2012 6:41:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: SmithL

Steve Schmidt - only in San Francisco would they think he’s a Republican “tough guy” - looks like that creepy internal affairs cop on Mentalist.


29 posted on 01/03/2012 6:45:17 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: SmithL
Santorum “may well emerge as the chief alternative to Mitt Romney.”

Fine with me.

No Romney/Paul/Huntsman.

30 posted on 01/03/2012 6:50:32 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Steve Schmidt’s comments and views are identical to Kark Rove, another Republican “tough guy” and “guru.”


31 posted on 01/03/2012 6:51:11 PM PST by Luke21
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Steve Schmidt’s comments and views are identical to Karl Rove, another Republican “tough guy” and “guru.”


32 posted on 01/03/2012 6:52:10 PM PST by Luke21
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To: cripplecreek

Personally I want a single primary day nationwide.

When there are so many candidates, that would mean that someone could win the nomination with only around 25% of the vote( which means that 75% do not support the winner).
Not sure that would be so great for conservatives.


33 posted on 01/03/2012 6:54:26 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

to be fair and balanced


34 posted on 01/03/2012 6:55:43 PM PST by Reynoldo
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To: greeneyes

GURU....FU......LOL!!!!!


35 posted on 01/03/2012 6:56:52 PM PST by Michigan Bowhunter
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To: greeneyes
When there are so many candidates, that would mean that someone could win the nomination with only around 25% of the vote( which means that 75% do not support the winner).

So you're OK with middle of the road Iowa and left leaning east coast states picking the candidates for us?

Do away with this first in the nation crap and let the candidates campaign to their strengths all across the country instead of spending 9 months in Iowa and NH.
36 posted on 01/03/2012 7:00:49 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: DemforBush

I think that would actually be Steve Schmuck they’re talking about.


37 posted on 01/03/2012 7:03:59 PM PST by allblues
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To: NKP_Vet

Ahh yes newt wins the south and we are stuck with another progressive republican who will then be torn apart by another liberal in the general election...


38 posted on 01/03/2012 7:04:03 PM PST by CSI007
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To: SmithL

Steve Schmidt, one of the toughest guys in the business and the guru behind the FAILED 2008 John McCain presidential campaign.

Schmidt is a nothing but a hack who is still doing the bidding of the GOP establishment to knock down Rick Perry in the waning moments of the Iowa caucus.

Just like he failed in 2008, Schmidt failed here. Perry got 24% and tied for first place.


39 posted on 01/03/2012 7:29:36 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: SmithL

This guy is an idiot. From Drudge:

“RICK 24.3% MITT 23.6% RON 21.8%”

Yea, Perry is done after WINNING.


40 posted on 01/03/2012 7:36:21 PM PST by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: piytar
This guy is an idiot. From Drudge:

“RICK 24.3% MITT 23.6% RON 21.8%”

Yea, Perry is done after WINNING.

Uh, that's Rick SANTORUM who has 24.3%, not Rick Perry. According to the (somewhat) up to the minute results at Google's politics and elections map, Perry is pulling in a distant 5th at 10%, behind Gingrich.

41 posted on 01/03/2012 7:43:09 PM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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To: piytar

Poor showing for Milt given the amount of money he has spent. I think HE should drop out.

Anyone care to argue with me on that one? ;)


42 posted on 01/03/2012 7:43:32 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: cripplecreek

“So you’re OK with middle of the road Iowa and left leaning east coast states picking the candidates for us?”

No I think the first states should be the swing states, or midwest and southern states. LOL. Let the east coastees be last. If they don’t like it, let them secede.LOL.


43 posted on 01/03/2012 7:44:21 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

44 posted on 01/03/2012 7:46:12 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Whoa. My bad...


45 posted on 01/03/2012 7:53:51 PM PST by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Who the hell is Steve Schmidt?

He's kind of a 'Mark McKinnon-lite'.

VERY lite. lol
46 posted on 01/03/2012 7:54:23 PM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: greeneyes
Personally I want a single primary day nationwide.
When there are so many candidates, that would mean that someone could win the nomination with only around 25% of the vote( which means that 75% do not support the winner). Not sure that would be so great for conservatives.


Well you are correct that it would not be great for conservatives, however after this latest electoral cycle of primary foolishness, I actually have a solution that not only would bring balance and common sense back into the GOP primaries, it will never be adopted because it is above all things, infinitely FAIR:

Adopt a lottery selection process to determine the order of the presidential primaries. Each election cycle, all the states names go into a hat, and the order in which they are drawn will determine 'who goes first' as the primary process begins on 3 January of that election year.

Every 4 years, a new lottery is drawn with new results every time, a November/Thanksgiving date would be a good point to pull the names from the hat.

Iowa and New Hampshire can take their chances with the rest of their fellow states, no more favorites, no more divas, no more of the clamoring about how 'special' this caucus or this primary is, and ONLY Republicans registering within 30 days of the primaries will be allowed to participate.

Well, it was a neat brainstorm anyhow.
47 posted on 01/03/2012 8:07:30 PM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: cripplecreek

Great at getting the nomination. He ran a HORRIBLE mushy-moderate presidential campaign.


48 posted on 01/03/2012 8:24:21 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: cableguymn
Poor showing for Milt given the amount of money he has spent. I think HE should drop out.

I second.

I call for Romney to drop out now!
49 posted on 01/03/2012 8:25:18 PM PST by Antoninus (Defeat Romney--Defeat Obama.)
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To: mkjessup

LOL. Especially the part about registered Republicans would be better to pick a Pubbie candidate. We don’t have to do anything other than ask for a ballot in the primary, show our driver’s license, and sign our name next to our address.

Sometimes I get a Dem ballot when I need to for some reason.


50 posted on 01/03/2012 8:25:54 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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