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Two days ago it leaked out of Arnold Schwarzenegger's bunker that his new campaign manager will be none other than Dick Cheney's aide (henchman), Steve Schmidt. Schmidt is the 2nd BushCo operative sent in, (the first being Adam Mendelsohn, the governor's new communications director:

This interest by the Bush Crime Family is very very bad not only for California but for the entire nation here's why:

Steve Schmidt is a deeply embedded BushCo criminal crony who ran the 2004 campaign (swindle) and up until today was helping to handle the Alito nomination. This guy is big shit and he's now pointed directly at the Golden State.

Schmidt's assignment to run Schwartzenegger's 2006 campaign builds a bridge directly from the White House that has until now been blocked from the Washington side. The Bush cabinet have kept Arnold out in the cold since his arrival in California's statehouse. We must take this appointment as a credible sign that the Bushies intend to try and steal California in 2006.

This will be aided by the new Republican-appointed Secretary of State, Bruce McPherson, who has opened the door to re-certifying Diebold black box voting machines in California. The machines had been stopped cold by Democratic former Secretary of State  Kevin Shelley (who resigned in disgrace with no support from a single Democrat).

It appears the same groundwork is forming in California that occured in Florida prior to 2000, and in Ohio prior to 2004. If the Republicans can gain a foothold in California it will be mighty tough to take back the White House in 2008. Our 54 deliciously tempting electoral votes will cinch a continued GOP domination for decades to come. Whether by hook or crook, they'll try to steal 'em.

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a signal that he'll mount an aggressive 2006 re-election campaign, has hired one of the White House's top political operatives to run his campaign -- a former California GOP strategist who has been described by Newsweek as a political "artillery shell" for his hard-charging tactics.

The governor's office would not confirm the hiring on Tuesday, but sources said Steve Schmidt, 35, is expected to be announced shortly as Schwarzenegger's 2006 re-election campaign manager. Schmidt, a deputy assistant to President Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney who is responsible for Cheney's press relations and communications, will not join the governor's campaign until February, the sources said."

Full article here:

Mr. Schmidt is Cheney's personal gatekeeper as evidenced by the following fine examples of his M/O:


Published: November 28, 2005

"Built like the tight end he was in high school, with a gleaming shaved head that sets off his pinstriped suits, Steve Schmidt looks like someone you would not want to bump into in a dark corner of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, his current lair.

''Obviously, his look has a high degree of intensity,'' said Matthew Dowd, President Bush's chief strategist in the 2004 campaign and a friend of Mr. Schmidt.

But Mr. Schmidt, 35, is more of a subtle tactician than his appearance might suggest. At the moment, he is using that skill, with varying success, in two crucial jobs: counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, with responsibility for press relations and communications, and chief White House strategist in charge of selling the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Capitol Hill.

In short, he is one of those people most Americans have never heard of who is at the center of the big brawls in Washington. He got his start in the administration by running the Bush campaign's war room in 2004, when Newsweek likened him to an artillery shell and said he stalked through campaign headquarters declaring, ''Kill, kill, kill.'' Mr. Schmidt said he had devoted most of his time since June to two of President Bush's three Supreme Court nominations, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Judge Alito. Mr. Schmidt would have worked on the nomination of Harriet E. Miers but was in Iraq at the time, dispatched by the White House to assess problems in the American government's press operation in Baghdad."

And there's more:

"On Tuesday, the Republican party seemed to mount an uncharacteristically hard-hitting, three-pronged counter-attack against those who would have the American public believe they were lied to about pre-war intelligence.

The first prong of the attack came when White House spokesman Scott Mclellan on Tuesday accused Sen. Reid as going on "rants that were "unbecoming of a leader of any party." He then pondered whether the American public would think of Democrats statements as genuine concerns about America, or as an effort to undermine a "dedicated public servant."

Prong number two occurred when the chief spokesman for Vice President Cheney, Steve Schmidt, also came out harshly against Democrat Minority leader Harry Reid, saying his comments were "unconscionable personal attacks and malicious." Schmidt then added, "These are beneath the office of the Democrat leader."


Schmidt was Deputy Communications Director for Bush/Cheney 2004.

Guardian Unlimited

August 2004

"Yesterday Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt explicitly linked the Vietnam row to the emergence of these powerful groups. 'Real coordination is what John Kerry's campaign has been engaged in with the Media Fund, America Coming Together, and,' he said. '(It) is a flagrant disregard of the spirit and letter of the campaign finance reform law.'"


Regarding Kitty Kelley's bio on the Bush Clan:

"Kitty Kelley is a discredited purveyor of trash," Bush-Cheney campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt said Monday. "She smeared the Reagan family and now she is peddling garbage about the current first family."


The Nader Campaign reported some shenanigans:

"Spokesman for the Bush campaign, Steve Schmidt, told the Oregonian (newspaper) that no paid campaign staffers were making calls to help Nader but said that some volunteers may have made calls from the campaign's office. "The campaign certainly understands that when Republican volunteers see that there are Democrat volunteers trying to restrict the choice and keep Ralph Nader off the ballot, that they should work to expand choice," Schmidt said."


Schmidt was involved in blurring the lines between church & State:

"The Bush-Cheney '04 national headquarters in Virginia has asked us to identify 1,600 'Friendly Congregations' in Pennsylvania where voters friendly to President Bush might gather on a regular basis," a senior Bush election official in Pennsylvania wrote to clergy members and others on Tuesday.


If congregations take the Bush campaign up on the request, they could lose their tax-exempt status, say some critics.


But not very often, it should be noted. In the 27 years that IRS regulations have banned churches from engaging in electoral politics, only two churches and five religious organizations have lost their tax-exempt status for such a violation. And to date, no church has actually had trouble with "distributing general information" about campaigns or registering voters "in a place accessible to the congregation."

Even less troubling, says Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt, is what Bernstein's message asked for--the names of individuals in various churches who might be interested in volunteering. The campaign isn't asking for endorsements from the pulpit, he said.

"The e-mail is targeted to individuals, asking individuals to become involved in the campaign and to share information about the campaign with other people in their faith community," Schmidt explained. "Yesterday, a liberal judge from San Francisco overturned a partial-birth abortion ban which banned that abhorrent procedure. That is an example of an issue that people of faith from across the United States care about."


So as you can see, BushCo henchmen are setting up shop in California, no doubt with full funding and trunk-loads of dirty tricks. We have to keep these guy as exposed as possible and the Democratic candidates for governor better get a Dr. Dean spinal transplant BUT QUICK!

Originally posted to EmilyD on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 03:26 PM PST.

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  •  Sounds like a job for the... (4.00)
    Alliance for a Better California.

    Juls, do you all know about this?

    Seems if we can make a big press splash tying this guy (and Ahnold) to BushCo's poll numbers and the Culture of Corruption, that may be a counter to the dirty tricks sure to be used...

    •  yeah i know about it (4.00)

      ive been laying off of it for now, but it will be valuable fodder for the race.  it is increasingly difficult to paint Arnold as REPUBLICAN, especially since Dems sound today like the fiscally responsible ones.  the more we can do to tie him to Washington the better.

      i will probably do a piece next week on the new Arnold campaign advisors. (as compared to those in the Horseshoe) they have changed quite a bit.  the more we know now, the better we will be armed later in the year.

      Ann Coulter, the right-wing bully who seems too loud even when you mute the television. -NYT Magazine

      by juls on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 03:49:32 PM PST

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      •  You are not kidding about... (none)
        ... the Dems sounding like the fiscally responsible group after that speech last night.

        I was reminded about how the roles that have reversed in the national arena are now being reflected in Sacramento. Have the GOP and Ahnold decided that winning is everything... No, don't answer that, it was rhetorical... we know the answer :-)

        •  SF Gate Poll (4.00)
          In todays poll about Arnold State of the State speech, when asked "what did you think of the Governor's build it plan" 60% responded

          "Funny, he didn't say pay for it"

          More fiscally irresponsible governance from a Republican.

          "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Lewis Carroll (CA-15)

          by kathyp on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 04:26:36 PM PST

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      •  Don't Forget the Turncoat Dem (none)
        Please post your piece about the new staff when you finish it juls. And don't forget to include turncoat Dem (or DINO) Susan Kennedy. I'm all for cross-party collaboration when both parties have approximate power, and are playing as fair as these types can. There is no point, no benefit, no reward for playing along with any agenda or plan the GOP has in any state in the country right now. Until they're no longer under-the-influence of the rapture right and the dark lords, America, and California loses.
  •  we need a full history (none)
    of this bu$hco skin . this is big ,we need to dig ammo. Ca must stay blue !  reced  .
  •  Ahnuld hires a Bushite guy (4.00)
    known for aggressive, obnoxious comments to the press.

    This is good news -- it shows that Ahnuld is a Bushite puppet and that he's desperate to move his poll rating out of the low-30s.

    2006 will be a big Democratic year, and a big part of that will be sending Ahnuld back to making lousy movies.

    The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

    by devtob on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 03:51:24 PM PST

    •  I never liked Ahnuld as an actor - he stinks. (none)
      After his political career is over I think his acting career will be also. He has crossed the line too many times and shown that the muscles were just a facade for the "girly man" inside.
  •  i think (4.00)
    this needs to be aired quite loudly in california, because I have a feeling , at least I hope, that californians have wised up since their brain dead electing of this clown. I would think most californians would be quite upset at Arnie teamming up with some of these scandal ridden stormtroopers.
  •  Let's Rat Fuck em (none)
    Is grassroots dogging of these characters--pestering and hampering them to the point where they can't focus on their work--beyond the pale? Is it too much in the category of "Dirty Tricks?" It seems to me we need to be more willing to make these people's lives miserable. I've been thinking for awhile that part of the strategy for defeating these people is working guerilla style to undercut them. The old "I'll kneel behind push" play. I'm not talking about illegal, immoral, non-democratic shenanigans. I'm talking about making these creeps wish they'd stayed in bed. My mischievous and irreverent side makes me want to engage in all manner of hijinks designed to smoke out them out in annoying and embarrassing ways.
  •  I said it before, and I'll say it again (4.00)
    Even though I hope the Republicans are dumb enough to spend huge sums of money trying to "steal" California, I don't really believe they will. My guess is that they are going to have to call out the big guns just to try and keep from losing further control of this state. Certainly it is possible that the Republicans see some weakness that I'm not aware of, so I'm glad someone is keeping a close eye on the sneaky bastards. But if they are thinking of taking control of this state they certainly have an expensive uphill slog ahead of them.


    1. Arnold's approval ratings are in the 30s. He was largely castigated by the voters in last November's special election. Not a single one of his ballot initiatives passed.

    2. The California State Senate is made up of 25 Democrats and only 15 Republicans. By my math that's 62.5% Democratic.

    3. The California State Assembly is made up of 48 Democrats and only 32 Republicans. That's 60% Democratic.

    4. The two US Senators are both Democrats. Boxer is arguably one of the most liberal Senators in Congress and she won her last election (2004) with over 58% of the vote. Feinstein, who is up for re-election in 2006, won her last election with 56% of the vote. Both have been Senators since the early 1990s.

    5. The California members of the US House of Representatives are made up of 33 Democrats and only 19 Republicans. That's 63.5% Democratic. And of those 33 winning Democrats, only one carried less than 60% of the vote in thier district.

    6. As far as the presidential election is concerned, Kerry won here rather handily with almost 55% of the vote in 2004. And I believe the Democratic turnout would have been higher if there was any inkling that Kerry wasn't going to win by a wide margin.

    And besides all of that, the Democrats were in charge here when the state went through the last redistricting (we know how to gerrymander too Mr. Delay).
    •  and some of those repuglican got trouble (4.00)
      The California members of the US House of Representatives are made up of 33 Democrats and only 19 Republicans. That's 63.5% Democratic. And of those 33 winning Democrats, only one carried less than 60% of the vote in thier district.

      and one of those 19 repuglicans WAS Duke Cunningham

      Richard Pombo is another

      It don't look good for the repuglicans around here

      I don't think a bushista political advisor is gonna pull the repuglican nuts out of the fire in November

  •  hey (none)
    I know both Schmidt and Mendelsohn. They are bright, funny and moderate guys.

    You may not like their bosses, but these guys are class acts all around.

    I bet they're getting a kick out of being called "henchman."

  •  Borrow and Binge comes to California. (none)
    The frame to counter Ah-nuld's attempts to "reinvent" himself is this: Bush-o-nomics comes to California. Tie this new attempt at "bi-partisanship" to the fiscal irresponsibility of George W. Bush and Dick "Deficits don't matter" Cheney.

    As far as Angelides and Westly go, the first one of them who portray themselves as "responsible adults" and advocate a Clinton-esque PayGo economic plan will be the first one to be well on his way to beating Ah-nuld.

    GOP = Spies, lies, borrowing & binging.
    Enough Is Enough 2006!
    Econ: -4.63 Soc: -6.92

    by MamasGun on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 06:00:12 PM PST

  •  Well Angelides Was Treasurer (none)
    I'm not sure that will help him, in fact it may hurt him to have been writing the checks when Gray Davis was supposedly ruining our economy. Of course those of us who were actually paying attention know that it was the same old Bush Crime Family stealing our $$ via Enron and Reliant energy corps. (etc.)

    Government experience regarding $$ for Phil Angelides:

    Government experience regarding $$ for Steve Westley:

    (Note: Westley was riding Schwartzenegger's coattails early on in the Gov's administration. As far as I can see, he hasn't done enough to distance himself from that "crush".)

    I personaly think Angelides is a great wonk and would no doubt be a much better governor than Ahhhnold but he is in desperate need of a Queer Eye makeover!

    My personal pick for Governor of California would be San Francisco Mayer Gavin Newsome. He's not afraid to act on the progressive agenda and he's pretty enough to kick Ahhhnold's steroid-filled ass back to Beverly Hills.

    •  Oh please... (none)
      He's not afraid to act on the progressive agenda and he's pretty enough to kick Ahhhnold's steroid-filled ass back to Beverly Hills.

      Please, please, don't send Ah-nuld back to Beverly Hills!

      Send him back to...

      Fucking, Austria!!!

      (Yes, the town exists. I know it isn't Ah-nuld's real home town but it should be.)

      GOP = Spies, lies, borrowing & binging.
      Enough Is Enough 2006!
      Econ: -4.63 Soc: -6.92

      by MamasGun on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 07:36:52 PM PST

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