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Former McCain Aide Steve Schmidt Tells Bill Maher GOP Can't Attract Cutting Edge Workers Because They're Anti-Gay: VIDEO


Former McCain aide Steve Schmidt told a apanel on Bill Maher which included California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom that the GOP lags in its tech and internet capability because it can't attract young, cutting edge workers. Why? They don't want to work for a bigoted party.

Said Schmidt.

"If you look at your first guest on talking about brilliant young people in computers who understand all this stuff [and] be at the cutting edge, it's difficult to make the case to work for a political party that wants to discriminate against their friend who happens to be gay. So we have an enormous problem because of some of our issues in the Republican party that are so out of step whether its with regard to women, gays, the anti-immigrant rhetoric, and it makes it difficult to attract the best and the brightest in this space."

The panel then moved on to CPAC and its rejection of Chris Christie, and Schmidt got thanks from Newsom for signing on to the GOP SCOTUS amicus brief.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I'm pretty sure that Schmidt is gay. He mentioned gays several times and has always diverged from the party or kept mum on this topic.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 4, 2013 8:34:20 AM

  2. @ - Paul R, I think he has a gay sibling.

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 4, 2013 8:45:44 AM

  3. He's on Rachel Maddow so much, I thought he was a lesbian.

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Mar 4, 2013 8:58:54 AM

  4. That Steve Schmidt is a dream. A wet dream.

    Posted by: George F | Mar 4, 2013 9:17:12 AM

  5. Paul R: He's not gay; his sister is a lesbian, and he's been open in his support for gay rights, which puts him at odds with his party and in synch with reality. And he probably never wants to hear the two words "Sarah" and "Palin" again as long as he lives.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 4, 2013 9:22:43 AM

  6. OK, I'm sorry that I was wrong. I have a cruddy memory.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 4, 2013 9:30:13 AM

  7. Schmidt is a smart, insightful guy....trying hard to be a Repub, but definitely against the grain!

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 4, 2013 9:49:40 AM

  8. yup, just tired old phobes like him and mehlman

    Posted by: t | Mar 4, 2013 10:00:35 AM

  9. Well DUH!!!!! is all that needs to be said.

    Posted by: KsBrian | Mar 4, 2013 10:14:34 AM

  10. Why aren't you also reporting on this from the show?

    Posted by: And What About the Elephant in the Room? | Mar 4, 2013 12:11:15 PM

  11. Well, the GOP attracts many gay staff people, to be sure, and apparently has a Congreeperson or 2 (in the closet) so what Schmidt is really saying is that the GOP can only attract the second-rate.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 4, 2013 12:29:57 PM

  12. I'm with elephant in the room. Snoop Lion might have just mixed up his words but he seemed to suggest that child-abuse is what led to gay priests abusing children. Bill Maher, the gay-loving Schmidt & SF mayor Gavin Newsome said anything about it?! It seemed like Snoop was just making a ham-fisted "joke" about nuns and priests getting it on but the "like they should be" at the end kind of stung.

    Posted by: Mo | Mar 4, 2013 4:53:21 PM

  13. In 1995, Steve Schmidt managed the unsuccessful campaign for Kentucky Attorney General of Will T. Scott, who is now a Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court... In 1998, Schmidt ran California State Senator Tim Leslie's unsuccessful race for Lt. Governor of California. Also that year, he was the Communications Director for California State Treasurer Matt Fong's unsuccessful campaign to unseat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. In 1999, he was the Communications Director for Lamar Alexander's presidential run, leaving in June when the campaign reduced its senior staff.

    Then there was the 2008 McCain presidential campaign. I'm sensing a pattern here. Is he related to Bob Shrum?

    Posted by: Apollo Sneed | Mar 5, 2013 12:26:06 AM

  14. I love it...I was the guy who posted that Palin/2016 question on for Steve! I'm so happy they got such a great laugh from it. Love the show, the only reason I get HBO.

    Posted by: JD | Mar 6, 2013 5:50:52 PM

  15. How about all the cutting-edge LGBT techies who have persuaded their friends to avoid the bigots? It's not by accident that Silicon Valley is next door to San Francisco.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Mar 7, 2013 12:57:27 AM

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