I think what we’re seeing with Steve Schmidt unloading on Meghan McCain is a man who is at peace with his 401(k)
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) May 8, 2022
Because I do not have BettyC’s essentially optimistic temperament, my first response to Schmidt’s most excellent twitter rants last night was to check his specific targets. He went after:
In other words, Schmidt hasn’t burned any bridges he might want to recross in the future, should Trump’s henchmen go full Jonestown at the 2024 RNC convention.
The specific spark for the whole outburst — McMeghan ‘liking’ a tweet that accused Schmidt of ‘running a pedo racket during the Trump presidency’ — seems more important, IMO, than the exact depths of McCain-era depravity. That’s an attack on Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver, whose career collapsed spectacularly in early 2021:
I worked with a 61 year old closeted Gay man who grew up in a different era in America. He grew up Catholic and Texan. I met him through John McCain. He sent sexts to ADULT MEN and was accused by 21 of sending harassing emails. Let’s be clear about something. His life was
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) May 8, 2022
2/ destroyed because he had the nerve to stand up against Donald Trump. I saw John Weaver on one occasion between July 07 and today. Every person in the organization I founded was smeared in a grotesque series of garbage stories and guilt by association attacks. What is the
3/ Name of a single person who filed a harassment complaint against Weaver at Lincoln Project. There are none. No names. Why? Shouldn’t there be names? Why was the Lincoln Project blamed for Weavers conduct that took place when he worked for @JohnKasich in 2015, years before LP
4/existed? What John did is between John and the men he emailed. There is no evidence whatsoever for the constant Pedophile smear. None. It’s disgusting.
It’s pretty clear, given the Madison Cawthorn accusations, that the Trumpist wing of the GOP Death Cult has decided ‘Smear the Queer’ will be their all-purpose, go-to tactic for the foreseeable future. Every evidence of any Republican’s perfidy during the coming months — the 1/6 Committee investigations, the collapse of the Trump dynasty’s various schemes, the exposure of myriad crimes & misdemeanors by GOP office-holders and candidates — will be met with loud cries about how The pedos are coming for your innocent children!!! Will nobody think of the children!
Even the less demented / stupid members of the Republican Party understand that these accusations are not only toxic but very, very dangerous. (Don’t ask me to explain Peter Thiel’s choices; I’m neither a Master of the Universe nor a libertarian.) Of course, they wouldn’t worry about the collateral damage to individual humans targeted by the Qanonists and crazies they gin up, but those Repubs bright enough to read history remember that Joe McCarthy didn’t die a success. And, given the tenor of the last fifty years, the people who’ve picked up his list of
commies homosexuals, embedded in the government are even more likely to damage the Party while tanking their own careers.
Good for Schmidt that he spoke up, but I’m still not sending the Lincoln Project any money. Not when there are so many Democratic candidates who can make better use of it!