WIKILEAKS: Lincoln Project Co-Founder And ‘Defender Of Democracy’ … Caught Red-Handed

Written by Wes Walker on December 31, 2020

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[Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story mistakenly identified this email as coming from within Clinton’s campaign. It has been rewritten to reflect that Schmidt worked for McCain’s campaign.]

Wikileaks has proven itself to be an equal-opportunity offender.

In the latest batch of emails being revealed was one message from McCain’s campaign manager (and later, Lincoln Project co-founder) Steve Schmidt.

Considering Schmidt’s rebranding as the ‘defender of Democracy’ and the way the left has sided with both the Lincon Project and ‘hero’ McCain against the supposedly ‘despotic’ and anti-Democratic Trump, this particular email is an awkward one they could do without.

Here it is in full so that nobody can complain about ‘context’ issues.

MEMORANDUM
To: *******
From: S. Schmidt
Date: May 15, 2008
Subject: Clinton Strategy
According to both internal polling and exit polls by independent news
organizations, the Democratic Party is becoming increasingly polarized along
certain segments of its base. The recent result in West Virginia, while generally
unsurprising and definitely unlikely to cause any real shift in the race,
highlights the growing bitterness between certain supporters of Clinton and
the Obama camp in general. This unique situation has created an opening that
could help depress the turnout of key Democratic demographics in November.
The specific group we are targeting is a cross-section of white, female voters
over the age of 40. Internal polling reveals that this group is the most likely to
support John McCain after Obama wins the nomination. However, we expect
Obama’s numbers to improve following Clinton’s drop. Our job is to make sure
that number stays as low as possible.
Our limited financial resources and the media’s attention on the Democratic
race, however, prevent us from reaching this group. Our aim is to point out
specific issues that we believe resonate well:
1. Sen. Obama’s connection to Rev. Wright
2. His inexperience
3. His links to the corrupt Chicago political machine
However, we cannot fully achieve this goal without a greater commitment on
the part of McCain’s fundraisers and our various media partners. In lieu of
that, we have developed a number of inexpensive ways to reach this audience.
We have already worked to reinforce the Clinton campaign’s narrative about
the unfair treatment that some networks, specifically MSNBC, have given her
camp. We are also planning to unroll a new campaign to highlight Obama’s
experience deficit.
Simultaneously, our team has been testing new lines of attack through
independent pro-Clinton communities on the Internet. Our hope is that our
message here will spread by word-of-mouth. Our local community organizing
has also been successful. We have organized dozens of “meet-ups” across the
country for Clinton supporters, and we have used that time to stress the
importance of punishing the DNC for choosing the undemocratically selected
far-left Obama. At the moment, this is nothing more than a headache for the
Obama campaign. With a greater commitment on your part, I hope to see it
metastasize into something much more.
Let me know if you need more detail.
-S

Yikes.

With a cynical attitude like that one, it’s no wonder this guy eventually sided with Biden and against the ‘drain-the-swamp’ message of MAGA peeps.

This unique situation has created an opening that could help depress the turnout of key Democratic demographics in November. The specific group we are targeting is a cross-section of white, female voters over the age of 40. Internal polling reveals that this group is the most likely to support John McCain after Obama wins the nomination. However, we expect Obama’s numbers to improve following Clinton’s drop. Our job is to make sure that number stays as low as possible.

It also describes the identical (low-impact) cross-party tactics they brought to their Lincoln Project smears against Trump a decade or so later.

Simultaneously, our team has been testing new lines of attack through independent pro-Clinton communities on the Internet. Our hope is that our message here will spread by word-of-mouth. Our local community organizing has also been successful. We have organized dozens of “meet-ups” across the country for Clinton supporters, and we have used that time to stress the importance of punishing the DNC for choosing the undemocratically selected far-left Obama.

If Schmidt is the ‘great defender’ of democracy he presents himself as — and McCain was the hero he pretended to be, and not just another soul that succumbed to the sucking pressure and favor-trading of the DC swamp — how do we explain his campaign manager suggesting that he LITERALLY work to suppress the vote?

Democrats have been hard at work breaking down the various guardrails and fail-safes put in place to prevent election fraud. Chain of custody issues have worsened. Scrutiny by impartial and partisan observers has been curtailed. And at least one billionaire has even introduced private strings-attached money into local elections, introducing financial conflicts-of-interest into a supposedly impartial process executed by civic officials and civil servants.

Meanwhile, in this past election, Trump was nearly the only one focussed on telling everyone to get out and vote… while he giving those same citizens reasons to support his policies and not the other guy’s.