Phoenix, AZ--Steve Schmidt, John McCain's campaign manager, blamed the Republican party for his candidate's loss in the 2008 election.
"It wasn't the candidate. It certainly wasn't his campaign staffers or manager. It was the fact that the Republican party needs to change, primarily by giving up its core beliefs. The party needs to embrace health care reform, illegal immigration, abortion, the reduction of emissions to stop global warming, gay marriage, and stem cell research. It also needs to be okay with higher spending, and not as irresponsible with tax decreases. It needs to mirror, as exactly as possible, elite media opinion. In short, the Republican party needs to become the Democratic party!"
Another McCain staffer gave Schmidt high marks for his ability to cover his ass. "Impressive! Despite the party nominating the most centrist candidate available, Schmidt was able to still blame the party!"