Monday, March 12, 2012

US: Lessons learned from the 2008 campaign

PJ: This column highlights one man's honesty in American politics that is rarely seen. Steve Schmidt, who ran the McCain campaign in 2008, is brutally honest about the dangerous mistakes he made during that campaign. He also tries to convey the lessons that he learned in the hope that others will learn them. His hope is that politics and winning elections is done for the right reason with the right candidates and not simply because candidates can deliver votes. He had a lot to lose by being honest, his reputation and livelyhood for instance. But he should be commended for stepping forward as few have done.

The Washington Post

Steve Schmidt’s brutally honest assessment of Sarah Palin
By Jonathan Capehart

Rare is it that a political operative owns up to mistakes. But Steve Schmidt did just that a few hours ago on “Morning Joe.” The chief strategist for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign is a plain-spoken and direct man. And he was ever thus when asked for his thoughts on HBO’s movie “Game Change.”

Schmidt’s blunt and unblinking honesty in talking about the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain’s vice presidential nominee and his role in that decision is to be commended. Others who would follow in his footsteps must learn from the mistakes he willingly admits he made.

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