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04/19/2007


ACLU Starts $10 Million Campaign To Convince Republicans To Repeal Statewide Marriage Bans

Shortly after the Supreme Court released its rulings on same-sex marriage, the American Civil Liberties Union announced the start of a $10 million dollar nationwide campaign to bring marriage equality to more non-marriage states with the help of Republican leaders:

Schmidt_lasalviaWith the goal of working both with and within the Republican Party, the ACLU has hired Steve Schmidt (pictured left)...

Previously, he has worked on Capitol Hill as the communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, served as one of the top strategists during President Bush's 2004 re-election and as a deputy assistant to President George W. Bush. Schmidt also directed strategic communications for the nomination of Chief Justice Roberts and led the nomination of Justice Alito...

Schmidt's role will be to help spearhead the campaign to strike down state-based laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. The campaign will, over the next four years, challenge legislative and constitutional provisions in states such as Illinois, Oregon, Hawaii, New Mexico, and others. The ACLU aims to spend roughly $10 million through 2016 and will officially announce the initiative with an ad in tomorrow's edition of The Wall Street Journal.

Most recently Schmidt told political satirist Bill Maher that the Republican party's anti-gay positions repel tech-savvy developers from working with the GOP. 

The ACLU will also hire Jimmy LaSalvia (pictured right) the former executive director of the gay Republican group GOProud to help with outreach efforts to gay conservatives and Tea Party members.


Rachel Maddow Dissects What's Wrong with the GOP: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow looks back at Bob Dole (aka the beginning of time) and the vast move to the right of the Republican Party since his campaign for President in 1996. Dole/Kemp's campaign website is still live today. Maddow looks back at it as a time capsule.

Mediate writes:

She brought up how Dole touted his support for the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Voting Rights Act, food stamps and the Americans with Disabilities Act, among other things. She said that it would be “impossible” to imagine this being part of any Republican campaign platform in the year 2013, pointing out how Republicans in Congress gutted the Clean Water Act, voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and are now targeting food stamp programs.

So what does the Republican Party need today? McCain/Palin campaign manager Steve Schmidt joins Maddow to talk about the mechanisms that are pulling the GOP into unelectable territory.

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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

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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.

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Rachel Maddow Rips the New Jeremiah Wright Race Nonsense: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow looks at the old Jeremiah Wright tape that was dragged out by Drudge and the right-wing last night in an attempt to spring somekind of  'October surprise' on Obama. Unfortunately, the tape had been well-covered before, back in 2007.

Maddow sees what they're trying to do, if it isn't obvious:

"See this is supposed to make you think that in this tape from before he was President Barack Obama he's revealing his secret plan to be way more Black than he seems to you now. This is how he snuck into the White House. People actually didn't know he was this Black and if they had known he was this Black they never would have elected him. That's the idea here, righ?. The efforts to make President Obama's race sound like new news and to make it seem shocking are now ramping up aggressively."

Later, Maddow was joined by Republican strategist Steve Schmidt to discuss this new strategy.

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Former McCain Campaign Manager Schmidt Says Gay Marriage a Conservative Issue

Former John McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, a co-host of Ken Mehlman's Perry v. Schwarzenegger fundraiser in September, talks to Sam Stein at the Huffington Post about growing conservative support for marriage equality:

Schmidt "There is a strong conservative case to be made in favor of gay marriage. Marriage is an institution that strengthens and stabilizes society. It is an institution that has the capacity to bring profound joy and happiness to people and it is a matter of equality and keeping faith of one of the charters of the nation, the right to live your life. More and more conservatives are saying that opposition to gay marriage would not be a litmus test for membership in the GOP. And more conservatives are making the case that no more do you want big government conservatives in the bedroom than big government liberals telling you how to live your life."

You may recall that Schmidt made headlines in September 2008 for a speech to the Log Cabin Republicans thanking them for their support of McCain (despite McCain's slate of anti-gay positions . This was followed up by Schmidt's full-on endorsement, in April 2009, of marriage equality at a speech to the same group.

But here's something I wish someone would ask Schmidt about — this bit from a 2005 GQ profile of blogger Mike Rogers by Jake Tapper:

"'Ken Mehlman is not gay,' insists Steve Schmidt, a senior official of the Bush campaign and a friend of Mehlman's, who refers to Rogers as a 'bottom dweller.'"

One wonders what definitive (but wrong) knowledge Schmidt had to make such an assertion about Mehlman, who was working hard to destroy (with anti-gay marriage initiatives and hateful rhetoric) the cause that Schmidt now seems to be championing.


Meghan McCain's Marriage Equality Tweet to Iowa Gays and Lesbians

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Meghan McCain pro-marriage equality tweet today. Over the weekend, McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, who has also been speaking out for marriage equality, declared the GOP "extinct" in many areas of the country.

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