When I first posted on Operation Leper, I put Steve Schmidt on the list. His name appeared in both a CNN story as someone saying negative things about Sarah Palin and in a Politico story.
I can no longer say that Steve Schmidt was one of the smear artists out to harm Palin in order to protect his reputation. In fact, at this time I feel extremely comfortable saying Steve Schmidt has gotten a bad rap. That I played a part in it, I must apologize to him.
To his great credit, he has refused to talk one way or the other. I did not put Steve on the list until seeing the Politico and CNN stories, as well as talking to people I trusted who were familiar with the situation. Nonetheless, I think those of us who judged Steve Schmidt harshly and were willing to list him as a smear artist got it wrong.