Is Pat Buchanan, former presidential speechwriter, reduced to parroting Steve Schmidt’s blast faxes in for his columns? Here’s Buchanan:

Each time the voters take a second look at Barack, their positive first impressions seem to dissipate. Barack is a weak closer.

And here’s Steve Schmidt:

"Senator Obama is known as a weak closer, and Senator McCain is a strong finisher!"

The whole Buchanan column is one wingnut meme spew after another, but the main framing? Pure Schmidt.

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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