Quoting Steve Schmidt:
If you look at your first guest on talking about brilliant young people in computers who understand all this stuff [and] be at the cutting edge, it's difficult to make the case to work for a political party that wants to discriminate against their friend who happens to be gay. So we have an enormous problem because of some of our issues in the Republican party that are so out of step whether its with regard to women, gays, the anti-immigrant rhetoric, and it makes it difficult to attract the best and the brightest in this space."Schmidt, of course, was famously at odds with McCain's VP choice, Sarah Palin, in 2008, despite having helped recruit her. The icy relationship is detailed in both the book and the film "Game Change."