Steve Schmidt is most famous for his role as key backstabber from the John McCain campaign in 2008. Before that however, Schmidt worked for the Bush administration. As one of his key roles during his time with the Bush White House, Schmidt was responsible for Chief Justice John Roberts Senate confirmation.
Via the LA Times from 2008:
Schmidt then was entrusted with managing the Senate confirmation of John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice in 2005.
Then there was the article from Byron York over the weekend that provided more details about that confirmation process:
Yet two years later, when Bush nominated Roberts to the Supreme Court, little things — or maybe not so little things — popped up to make conservatives uneasy.
Roberts also troubled some conservatives by the positions he argued on behalf of plaintiffs in the giant antitrust case against Microsoft.
And while it was at first reported that Roberts had been a member of the Federalist Society — standard procedure for conservative lawyers — it turned out he had never, in fact, joined the group.
Roberts and his supporters — among them Steve Schmidt, the operative chosen by the Bush White House to shepherd Roberts’ nomination through the Senate before later going on to run John McCain’s presidential campaign — argued that Roberts was simply working as a lawyer, representing his clients as best he could, and his work didn’t say anything about his judicial philosophy.
I think there has always been a side of Steve Schmidt who worked for the other side. Too bad we didn’t know that Robert’s was cut from the same cloth.
(H/T: Whitney y DosMasCervezas)