Steve Schmidt, Liar

The honorable McCain campaign is still telling lies about Barack Obama’s tax policies:

During an interview with Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) senior campaign adviser, last night on CBS Evening News, host Katie Couric noted that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) raised taxes and lobbied for earmarks — policies McCain claims he is against. Couric then asked Schmidt, “how does that square with John McCain’s philosophy?”

In response, Schmidt seemingly decided to ditch any pairing with McCain’s anti-tax philosophy and instead tried to “square” Palin with McCain and his alleged “maverick” persona, praising the fact that Palin had raised taxes because “she doesn’t adhere to a dogmatic principle”:

SCHMIDT: She raised sales taxes because that was the right thing to do for that town at that time. It shows that she doesn’t adhere to a dogmatic principle. We have to have taxes in this country. Here’s the difference. Sen. Obama wants to raise everybody’s federal taxes. Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain are going to cut them.

Forget the double talk and tortured answer, that’s politics. What’s not politics is blatantly lying about what your opponent proposes in such a definitive manner. Obama’s plan cuts taxes on all but the top 5% of earners in this country. Maybe you like that, maybe you don’t, but that’s the fact of the matter. He does not propose to raise taxes on “everyone.” Steve Schmidt and the rest of the McCain campaign know this, because they’ve been corrected on it multiple times, and because Barack Obama said so explictly less than a week ago with 38 million people watching. And when you say something you know for a fact not to be true, you’re lying.