- "His son is a lobbyist for the credit card and banking industry," Schmidt said of Joe Biden. Biden's son Hunter is a lobbyist, and once worked for MBNA, but he has never lobbied for banks or credit card companies.
- "Senator Obama began his political career in its early stages raising money at [William] Ayers' house," he said. Obama had an event there in 1995, but it wasn't a fundraiser, and Ayers never donated to Obama's first campaign.
- "As soon as Gov. Palin was nominated, one of … Obama's chief campaign surrogates, [Florida Rep.] Robert Wexler, went out and accused her of being a Nazi sympathizer," Schmidt said. Well. Leaving aside whether or not Wexler is one of Obama's "top surrogates," all Wexler did was call Pat Buchanan a Nazi sympathizer, and say Palin supported Buchanan in 1996. Which Buchanan, at the time, was claiming she did! (Palin eventually said she endorsed Steve Forbes.)
One McCain aide, Michael Goldfarb, said Politico was "quibbling with ridiculously small details when the basic things are completely right." Another, Brian Rogers, responded more directly: "You are in the tank," he e-mailed.Zing!