Steve Schmidt worked in the George W. Bush White House and ran Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. He’s the Republican who quit theparty over the administration’s policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
As the Senior Adviser to John McCain, he told McCain that that picking Sarah Palin as his running mate could win him the White House. Instead, her selection was widely viewed as one of the “most calamitous political judgments in modern presidential politics.”
At a postelection forum sponsored by The Atlantic, he said it would be “catastrophic” for Republicans to nominate Ms. Palin in 2012.
Thus Schmidt has developed a reputation for honesty that he often escaped other Republicans.
Schmidt has now spoken out in condemnation of the Republican Party. The “baby internment camps was enough to cause him to leave the party. Now he has gone a step further. Because of the ” indecency, the cruelty, the meanness, the lying, the complicit nature of this Republican majority with an attack on the country that’s launched by the Russian Federation” Schmidt has signaled the end of the Republican Party. Schmidt explained that :
” the Republican party of Teddy Roosevelt and John McCain and Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush is dead. It’s over. It doesn’t exist anymore. It has been taken over, lock, stock, and barrel. For there to be any redemption of a right of center conservative party in the United States of America means the party of Trump must be destroyed politically.
It’s like a fire. Fires are a part of the ecosystem, part of the natural progress. And when the forest burns, it’s purified. There can be new growth. For there to be new growth of a conservative movement, of a right center party, the one that I joined in 1988, it needs to burn to the ground.”