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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.
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1993 | CAROLINE LEMKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several readers responded last week to my answer to Steve Schmidt, who had asked about solid white lines. It seemed the only person who didn't contact me was Schmidt himself. He had wanted to know if it was legal to cross solid white lines near intersections. After poring over the California Vehicle Code and talking to the Department of Motor Vehicle experts in Sacramento, I said it was illegal to cross limit lines and crosswalks without stopping first.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1997
In addition to their recordings, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks occasionally took their 2,000-Year-Old Man act to television ("2037--and Counting," by Steve Schmidt, May 25). The collection in the UCLA Film and Television Archive holds two of these appearances, broadcast following two "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies" telecasts in 1961 and 1962. These hilarious 12- to 15-minute routines focus on the 2,001-Year-Old Man's (he had just celebrated his birthday) recollections of the French Riviera and of the origins of baseball.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1996
Don Heckman roundly applauds Marcus Roberts for removing "Rhapsody in Blue" "from its usual dated context" ("Roberts Uncovers New Dimension to 'Rhapsody in Blue,' " Calendar, Sept. 30). Is this dated as in how Chopin is dated? How about that Perry Como version of the Polonaise in A-flat, and that bonus lyric "Till the End of Time"? The Roberts rendition of this landmark composition meanders and wanders about cutely, but hardly gives the piece "a vigorous new future." A new version of "Sunset Boulevard" with an added subplot of how the chimp died would be amusing for a while, but eventually we'd get back to the real thing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher
California's high-speed rail commission Thursday postponed a vote on a $9-million public relations contract that had appeared headed to a company led by the governor's top political advisor and his former campaign manager. A panel of three commission staff members recommended that the rail board give the business to Mercury Public Affairs, of which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's political strategist Adam Mendelsohn is a partner. Another partner is Steve Schmidt, who managed the governor's 2006 reelection effort.
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