Karl Rove and his cohorts used to lie about Bill Clinton. Now Rove’s attack operation, Crossroads GPS, is using Bill Clinton to lie about President Obama...The ad is a lie; Rove’s operation knows it’s a lie; and yet they’re pushing the lie anyway.Which lie are we talking about? That Clinton is against tax increases during a recession, but Obama wants immediate tax increases. Which is simply, as Benen explains, not true: both Clinton and Obama support raising taxes on rich people once the economy recovers.
I don't have anything specific to support it, but I suspect that if you went deep enough into the polling, you would find that voters are overwhelmingly cynical about politician promises about taxes, even when the evidence clearly goes the other way. So voters are probably pretty receptive to the idea that Obama will raise their taxes soon, but also generally believe that their taxes have already gone up (even though in fact Obama has cut taxes). But I think that was true under Bush, as well: again, I don't have specific citations, but my impression was that a lot of people thought their taxes went up under Bush, and that includes those who did receive significant tax cuts during the Bush years.
All of which is connected to the thing about how lots of people believe that they pay federal income taxes when they in fact don't.
I'm not sure exactly what explains all of this...I'm sure it has something to do with the complexity and the mechanics of taxation in the US, and with the way people absorb political information. And granted, I'm mostly speculating here, and certainly not nailing down anything solid.
At any rate, yes, Karl Rove is flat-out lying, and one might wish for a world in which that one got as much publicity and hurt his reputation far more than what Mark Block said about Josh Kraushaar. But in this world, we'll just have to settle for Steve Benen. Nice catch!