Late Sunday evening, Steve Schmidt unveiled his Big Secret. The secret that is a fatal blow to the myth of the late Republican Senator John McCain, who yesterday was still imbued with the feverish patriotism we bestow on certain war heroes as it was when he was alive. John McCain received special treatment from the press; they supported this myth for him in exchange for his company.
The Big Secret Unveiled Schmidt’s newsletter “The Warning”. is that John McCain was a hero, but also a coward. A coward who has put this country’s national security behind his ambitions and reputation. A man who met Sarah Palin in private and determined that she was indeed ready to be president and hence her choice of vice president for her doomed run in 2008. A man who had allegedly had an affair with a lobbyist for years and lied about it when the New York Times revealed the beans. A man who lied to Steve Schmidt about this, making Schmidt complicit in lying to the press, and then told Schmidt the truth.
In Schmidt’s account, McCain turned a blind eye to the Russian involvement of his best adviser, Rick Davis, who “was making millions of dollars with his partner, Paul Manafort. Manafort was pursuing the interests of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and throughout Eastern Europe. “They worked for Oleg Deripaska and Victor Yanukovych. John McCain was not exactly far from this Russian propaganda laundry factory, writes Schmidt, as he spent the day. his 70th birthday in one Russian yacht.
Why did McCain tolerate it? Schmidt writes that the Republican myth did so due to a long-standing relationship he had with a lobbyist, first publicized in this. New York Times February 21, 2008. A lobbyist “credibly accused of providing special favors,” who at one point, according to Schmidt, called McCain’s Senate Chief of Staff from the front seat of his parked car and racing in his closed garage car “to convey the message that he wanted to say goodbye to John McCain and that he loved him.”
At this point, you might be thinking, but it seems like everyone has business. How is this a killing blow? The NYT piece read: “Mr. McCain, 71, and lobbyist Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they have never been in a romantic relationship. But for his advisers, even the appearance of a close relationship with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee headed Mr. McCain threatened the story of redemption and righteousness that defined his political identity. It had only been a decade since an official favor for a friend with regulatory problems nearly ended Mr. McCain’s political career by trapping him in the Keating Five scandal. In the years that followed, he reinvented himself as the scourge of special interests, a crusader for stricter ethical and financial rules, a man of honor chastised by a brush with shame.
Our media in general fell in love with McCain’s reinvention. He was considered rude and below decent people to refer to his past as him.
Schmidt writes: “For 14 years, I have been accused of being disloyal for speaking out against Sarah Palin by people who failed to control her and who know what happened with the lobbyist.” So we can see how he got to this place where he was finally dumped: no one deserves to be charged with the imprecise charge of having “checked” Sarah Palin and found her competent.
Schmidt writes that it was Rick Davis who “controlled” Sarah Palin, whom Steve admits he pushed like a Hail Mary for the struggling campaign. Schmidt reports that he was very busy dealing with the disturbed lobbyist during this time. All of this work was also unpaid, according to Schmidt. (You can see how his resentment would have erupted by now, for being publicly vilified as a pedophile by the family he worked for for free and then took the blame for Palin.)
“It took me less than three minutes to absorb the extent of the disaster. If that had happened before, his selection would never have happened. This was John’s mistake in judgment, not mine. My mistake was leaving John McCain alone in a room with her, “writes Schmidt.
“The bravest man I have ever met turned out to be terrified of the creature he had created. His refusal to be honest his the mistake of choosing her – and her reluctance to deal with the rampages she unleashed – allowed an ember to grow into a conflagration that underlies our current catastrophic denial of reality and the profound dishonesty of the far right … He said so many other things he didn’t really believe because they were politically convenient. “
That’s not John McCain, the legend, the myth, the brave war hero. This is John McCain, an imperfect human being whom our media have allowed to hide the truth of his personal flaws and his ties to Russia due to the myth of him. Yes, he was a hero. He also chose Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate and allegedly lied to the American people and slandered reporters who reported his close relationship with the lobbyist.
The “maverick” who was sold to you is, in fact, a bit of a coward.
It’s worth asking why for so long the media somehow pretended that Palin’s choice wasn’t John McCain’s responsibility.
Because the broader point of Schmidt’s lightening weekend isn’t about himself or even John McCain or Sarah Palin, and not even the Russians. The bigger point is that we, as Americans, don’t like hearing the truth and how our media love mythology so much that they work to supply us with lies instead of holding the powerful accountable.
“John McCain was a complicated man. He was an idealist, who could be transactional and deeply cynical. He was a mirror, which exposed the vanities of so many “attachments” in the media that sought his favor and his company instead of providing the control that a powerful politician deserved. “
The theme here is TRUE BELIEVERS.
John McCain fell for chaos agent Sarah Palin as a capable vice president because his campaign was falling apart due to his own misdeeds – the Russian connections he allowed to cover up his alleged relationship with the lobbyist. Sarah Palin herself had a lot of time believed that he should be president due to his downfall to a radical far-right Christian fiction. Steve Schmidt let the entire McCain family use him because he believed in the John McCain myth.
The NYT touched upon McCain’s weakness in that 2008 article: “While he promised to abide by the highest ethical standards, his belief in his own integrity at times seemed to blind him in the face of potentially embarrassing conflicts of interest.” Trust him in his own integrity.
Most of us have at some point fallen for what we want to see in someone instead of seeing what they are. Reporters and reporters are also just human beings. Everyone carries a prejudice; it might not be political, it might be their career ambitions or their burning idealism.
A blind spot creates a willingness to look the other way, which ultimately allowed a serious continuing threat to our national security in this case and led us to the point where our highest court in the country is ruled by a majority of agents. of unhealthy-minded chaos with no integrity and certainly no legitimacy – installed by a man Russia saw as another easy, voluntary target because just like Sarah Palin, Donald Trump has that ego. That true fragile believing ego operating under delusions of grandeur that can be easily exploited by a man like Putin.
Here we are again at TRUE BELIEVERS.
“I have always believed that a great nation needs its myths and its heroes…. Today I see loyalty through the prism of duty to my family, my country and the truth, ”Schmidt wrote in his showdown.
Schmidt is certainly not perfect, nor the hero of the greatest story. But then, no one is. There are so few true heroes. True heroes never throw themselves into that light, nor do they seek or demand obedience and obedience. (John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks are just a few examples of true heroism.)
But he’s not the bad guy either. The thing is, Schmidt didn’t claim to be a hero. He has taken the blame all these years for Sarah Palin, while admitting her overwhelming faults and failures. That decision was made by John McCain, who was brought to his knees due to his own cowardice and put his political ambitions ahead of the country. Schmidt carried this burden to protect John McCain’s mythology.
Just as we, as a nation, have clung for so long to the mythology of this young country as being immune to the failures that have brought devastating wars to other nations. This mythology has led to an electorate swinging from Adored Candidate to Adored Candidate, stumbling upon attacks on democracy waiting for the Perfect Candidate to save us. We are a nation that needs a hero and that makes us weak to predators.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine should serve as an opportunity to realize that freedom is a constant battle and sometimes the greatest threat to our freedom is our willingness to obey and keep quiet when we see wrongdoing. This fault is not just John McCain’s. We see today the corruption made possible by this guilt in the Republican Party.
In the end, we all are susceptible. To protect our freedom, we must keep a watchful eye on our beliefs and never put any politician or person on a pedestal that believes they should be given absolute and uncontrolled power. And this is the greatest lesson of the Trump era: we must stop worshiping mere mortals – from Trump to Bernie to Hillary, too many worshiped the person above ideas, and this is how we ended up with the extraordinary Trump disaster. in the White House.
Schmidt’s killing blow to the McCain myth may serve the higher ideal of opening our eyes to the ways in which we have been conditioned to worship the person for the idea. Democracy will not flourish like this. Our nation must become willing to do as France did in the recent elections: hold its nose if necessary, but vote for democracy. We need to put democratic ideals above individuals.
Nobody comes to save us. We must save ourselves with our votes, our voices and our personal courage.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder / chief editor of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-host of Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and others.
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