Wasserman Schultz adds ten years to his greatness: For our money, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was less than great on Fox News Sunday this week.
But the analysts came right out of their chairs when she uttered the highlighted howlers. John Roberts served as guest host:
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (8/12/12): The bottom line is, I'd like to know how many years of tax returns did Mitt Romney review and ask Paul Ryan to give him when he was vetting him for vice president? And is he going to require the release of those tax returns?Wow. Is it dimly possible that Wasserman Schultz still believed the things she said? (We suppose it pretty much is.)
Barack Obama and Joe Biden have released 12 years of tax returns. Mitt Romney has released one and a partial view of a second one. His own father—
ROBERTS: John McCain released two.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: His own father— No, John McCain released more than, released about 12 years of tax returns.
ROBERTS: John Kerry didn't release his wife's tax returns. I mean, you can make a lot of arguments what is appropriate in terms of—
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Spouses are not running for president. The major— Mitt Romney is the first major party candidate for president of the United States in modern times not to release at least 12 years of tax returns. It's unacceptable.
Roberts was right on the facts. In 2008, Candidate McCain released two years of tax returns. His wife released no full returns, although the family’s extensive wealth was contained in her returns. Candidate Palin also released two years of tax returns.
McCain released two years of tax returns. Is there any chance that Wasserman Schultz still didn’t know that fact?
As recently as a month ago, Tom Schaller (the analysts call him Terrific) said he couldn’t think of a major issue where our tribe is surfing fake facts.
We could think of several. Life in the tribe makes us blind.
(For PolitiFact’s review of that exchange, click here. Warning! The site is right on its facts.)