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October 6, 2008 | Dan Morain and Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writers
In the wild ride that is the McCain presidential campaign, Steve Schmidt has been at the wheel, steering -- some say careering -- from Paris Hilton to Sarah Palin, from abrupt "suspension" to abrupt restart. Schmidt is McCain's day-to-day operations boss.
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January 11, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
HADDONFIELD, N.J. - A four-day traffic hell that trapped cars headed to one of the nation's busiest bridges, supposedly engineered by gleeful political operatives as payback: Deeply stupid, for sure. Unbelievably vindictive and petty. And, in its way, so quintessentially New Jersey. The George Washington Bridge scandal that has engulfed Gov. Chris Christie, bizarre as it is, also somehow stands as an example of the state's hardball political traditions. In the Garden State, political bosses have never gone out of style, corruption cases pile up more victims than the Sopranos, and elbow-to-the-face tactics are shrugged off by voters - as much a part of Jersey culture as boardwalk custard and stainless-steel diners.
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NEWS
August 19, 2004
I empathize with Geoff Boucher in describing dangers of learning the virtues of his doppelganger during Google searches ("Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me -- Hey, Who's He?," Aug. 12). For years, all I had to contend with was an occasional misdirected piece of junk mail for a Sherman Oaks attorney with my name, but lately things took a fateful turn. A couple of years ago, a Jonathan Demme film, "The Truth About Charlie," co-written by Steve Schmidt, earned me a few errant voicemail accolades, until the movie tanked.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2009 | By Dan Simmons
In one of my last memories before the truck hit, I was in the driver's seat of my mother's Honda Civic, stuck in an 8-foot snowdrift on a rural Iowa highway. The wind was screaming across the fields, spawning tornadoes of snow. I had been heading to Minneapolis to catch a flight the next day. But the blizzard cut visibility to 10 feet, at most. Then the drift swallowed my car. A stranger knocked on my window. "I'll try to push you out from behind," he said. I now know him as Steve Schmidt, a father of six who owns a construction company in Iowa City.
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December 25, 2009 | By Dan Simmons
In one of my last memories before the truck hit, I was in the driver's seat of my mother's Honda Civic, stuck in an 8-foot snowdrift on a rural Iowa highway. The wind was screaming across the fields, spawning tornadoes of snow. I had been heading to Minneapolis to catch a flight the next day. But the blizzard cut visibility to 10 feet, at most. Then the drift swallowed my car. A stranger knocked on my window. "I'll try to push you out from behind," he said. I now know him as Steve Schmidt, a father of six who owns a construction company in Iowa City.
NATIONAL
January 11, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
HADDONFIELD, N.J. - A four-day traffic hell that trapped cars headed to one of the nation's busiest bridges, supposedly engineered by gleeful political operatives as payback: Deeply stupid, for sure. Unbelievably vindictive and petty. And, in its way, so quintessentially New Jersey. The George Washington Bridge scandal that has engulfed Gov. Chris Christie, bizarre as it is, also somehow stands as an example of the state's hardball political traditions. In the Garden State, political bosses have never gone out of style, corruption cases pile up more victims than the Sopranos, and elbow-to-the-face tactics are shrugged off by voters - as much a part of Jersey culture as boardwalk custard and stainless-steel diners.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2008 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Steve Schmidt, the hard-bitten operative who on Wednesday took control of John McCain's campaign, was put in charge of Arnold Schwarzenegger's political organization after the governor's stinging ballot defeats in 2005. Then, like now, Schmidt's task was to impose strict discipline on a muddled campaign operation. The bald and tough-talking consultant has never run a presidential campaign. But Schmidt, 37, played a senior role in President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign.
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September 11, 1992 | M. E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Loose" would be a friendly way to describe Way Off Broadway's latest comedy night, "Catch Us Now, We're Fallin'." If there's a positive thematic thrust to that title, it was mislaid in this seat-of-the-pants scramble of a revue offering some modest satire spiced with music.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2012 | By David Horsey
The HBO movie “Game Change” may not be the whole story, but it is a true story about Sarah Palin and the power of ineptitude in American politics. Palin and her partisans have trashed the movie for one very good reason: no matter how sympathetic to Palin's personal predicament the film may be, the central plot point is that John McCain and his campaign team picked a shockingly unprepared person to be his running mate. Steve Schmidt, McCain's senior political advisor, and other top campaign operatives were primary sources for the book on which “Game Change” was based.
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May 10, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Mitt Romney apologized Thursday after a newspaper story described bullying behavior on his part when he was an 18-year-old senior at an elite, all-boys prep school in Michigan. The Washington Post detailed a 1965 incident at Cranbrook School in which a buttoned-down Romney apparently was incensed by the dyed blond locks of a junior known for his "nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. " He led a "posse" of students in a charge against the boy, the Post reported. "He can't look like that," Romney reportedly told a close friend at the time.
NATIONAL
October 6, 2008 | Dan Morain and Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writers
In the wild ride that is the McCain presidential campaign, Steve Schmidt has been at the wheel, steering -- some say careering -- from Paris Hilton to Sarah Palin, from abrupt "suspension" to abrupt restart. Schmidt is McCain's day-to-day operations boss.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2008 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Steve Schmidt, the hard-bitten operative who on Wednesday took control of John McCain's campaign, was put in charge of Arnold Schwarzenegger's political organization after the governor's stinging ballot defeats in 2005. Then, like now, Schmidt's task was to impose strict discipline on a muddled campaign operation. The bald and tough-talking consultant has never run a presidential campaign. But Schmidt, 37, played a senior role in President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign.
NEWS
August 19, 2004
I empathize with Geoff Boucher in describing dangers of learning the virtues of his doppelganger during Google searches ("Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me -- Hey, Who's He?," Aug. 12). For years, all I had to contend with was an occasional misdirected piece of junk mail for a Sherman Oaks attorney with my name, but lately things took a fateful turn. A couple of years ago, a Jonathan Demme film, "The Truth About Charlie," co-written by Steve Schmidt, earned me a few errant voicemail accolades, until the movie tanked.
NATIONAL
November 7, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
His approval ratings are down and the economic recovery is sputtering. But President Obama brings to the 2012 campaign one strategic advantage that previous Democratic presidential candidates would have envied: the money to compete everywhere. Flush with more cash than all the Republican candidates combined, Obama's reelection campaign envisions an electoral map every bit as expansive as that of 2008, when he picked up a string of states that had been safe GOP territory for decades.
NEWS
June 2, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Sarah Palin will be casting a long shadow over Mitt Romney’s day in the sun in New Hampshire on Thursday. She’s bringing her I-haven’t-made-up-my-mind-yet bus tour across America to the Granite State even as Romney formally declares he’s in the 2012 race. Palin will attend a coastal clambake Thursday evening with some key New Hampshire Republicans. According to Politico, she called the timing “coincidental.” Palin is spending much of the day in Boston.
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