Cliff Schecter

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Cliff Schecter
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Notable workThe Real McCain
🏛️ Political partyDemocratic

Clifford D. "Cliff" Schecter (born 1971) is an American political writer, commentator, and operative. Schecter is the author of The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don't Trust Him And Independents Shouldn't, a book that is highly critical of former Republican senator and Presidential nominee John McCain.

Media work[edit]

As a commentator and political analyst, Schecter has made many appearances on MSNBC,[1] FOX News,[2] CNBC, CNN,[3] Air America Radio and National Public Radio.

Schecter's work has appeared in print as well, where he gained a reputation for being a defender of progressive ideology and candidates, in publications such as,[4] The Washington Monthly,[5] and The American Prospect.[6] His pieces were syndicated by Knight Ridder and United Press International, among other outlets. He also became a regular on The Young Turks radio program with a weekly segment called "Republican Sexcapades".[7] Schecter is also a regular contributor and guest on The Majority Report with Sam Seder.

The Real McCain[edit]

In April 2008, Schecter published his first book, The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don't Trust Him And Independents Shouldn't. The book controverted the image of Republican Presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, as a maverick politician who worked assiduously in the public's interest. The book asserted instead that McCain was really animated by a desire to wreak vengeance upon his political foes, a desperate need to be liked by others, an all-consuming love affair with the spotlight, and a willingness to do whatever was necessary to get ahead politically.

The book claimed to break a number of highly controversial stories, all of which McCain's campaign stoutly denied. The most controversial story featured McCain calling his wife Cindy a "cunt"[8] in front of reporters and aides at the end of a long day campaigning for re-election in 1992. The McCain campaign responded by calling Schecter a "trash journalist" and "unstable." Another story, which had McCain assaulting fellow Congressman Rick Renzi,[9] was subsequently backed up by other parties in major media.


  1. Schecter, Cliff. (November 10, 2006) Election day coverage, MSNBC
  2. O'Reilly, Bill. (July 8, 2008) Health care reform. The O'Reilly Factor
  3. Zahn, Paula (September 7, 2008). Election coverage. Paula Zahn Today Archived August 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Schecter, Cliff (October 5, 2004). Sweetheart deal.". Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2010. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Schecter, Cliff. (2006, June). Bluegrass Baron, The Washington Monthly". Archived from the original on 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2010-11-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Schecter, Cliff and Teixeira, Ruy. (February 1, 2004). All Eyes on Dixie. The American Prospect
  7. The Young Turks (December 6, 2009). "Republican Sexcapades" The Young Turks Archived December 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  8. Thomas, Will. (April 7, 2008). Report: McCain's Profane Tirade at His Wife. The Huffington Post
  9. Stein, Sam. (April 8, 2008). New Book: McCain Once Physically Attacked Fellow Congressman. The Huffington Post

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