About damn time!
Courtesy of WaPo:
Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), announced early Wednesday that he is leaving the Republican Party, which he decried as “fully the party of Trump” and “a danger to our democracy and values.”
In early-morning tweets, Schmidt, a vocal Trump critic, urged voters to elect Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections and harshly criticized the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border, describing the government-run detention centers as “internment camps for babies.”
“29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life,” Schmidt wrote. “Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump.”
To his credit, Schmidt has been a consistent critic of Donald Trump since well before he won the Republican nomination.
He has also sounded off against Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and a number of GOP heavy hitters.
Personally, I think that Steve Schmidt has been fairly disappointed in his party since they tapped Sarah Palin to run as McCain’s running mate back in 2008.
I think that is why he and Nicolle Wallace helped the authors of Game Change get all of the behind the scenes details which made it crystal clear that she was completely unfit to be on the ticket, and repeatedly went on TV to criticize her at every turn.
Schmidt has been in the unenviable position of watching first hand while his party devolved under the influence of Palin and her Tea Partiers until it became a party that he no longer recognized, the party of Trump.
While I doubt that Schmidt will get much credit for his integrity here, I have little doubt that he will soon be joined by many more disillusioned Republican insiders.