In a town full of politicians who peddle half-truths, partial-truths, quarter-truths, semi-truths, iffy-truths, eighth-truths and bald-faced lies (though, interestingly, hardly any full-truths), it's relatively rare for people to come right out and call each other on their bullshit in no uncertain terms.
Which is why RNC chairman Reince Priebus' Sunday-morning appearance on ABC's This Week was somewhat noteworthy…
"As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen, I know you might want to go down that road, I'm not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn't filed a single page of tax returns himself."
A dirty liar! He didn't specify, but I believe that we can extrapolate that he meant of the pants-on-fire variety. And I'm not 100 percent certain, but I think he meant that as an insult.
I've got to say, for once, I'm on Priebus' side. I think he's right. I just hope he doesn't immediately follow this up with an ad hominem mischaracterization of Reid's policies which having nothing to do with the argument and pull him down from the moral high ground…
"[He] complains about people with money but lives in the Ritz Carlton here down the street."
Oh well. It was nice siding with the RNC for a minute at any rate.
Tags: ABC, Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Reince Priebus, Senate, Taxes
Fast becoming the honey badger of American politics, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has officially stopped caring about what people think of his charge that a totally-real-and-credible-but-secret source told him that Mitt Romney hasn't released more of his tax returns because he didn't pay taxes for 10 years…
The source said Reid is "happy to mix it up and put this back in the news" and added the "finger waggers of the Acela corridor won't dissuade him from speaking his mind."
Reid, the source said, is unconcerned about the hits he is taking on making unsubstantiated claims, because the Democratic base is fired up. The source says they know that anecdotally. It's not an accident that Reid said this to the Huffington Post, a friendly outlet, and did so as Romney was returning from his overseas trip.
In response to Reid's rumor mongering in the Huffington Post, conservative activists were quick to point out that Reid was being Wrong on the Internet, and launched a hashtag – #HarryReidisaPederast — asking Reid to definitively disprove that he is not a sex murderer. Increasingly, a Google search reveals that Reid's name is synonymous with a frothy mix of wild allegations and unrestrained partisanship.
Nevertheless, Obama-supporters are keen to keep Romney's tax returns in the news, even if the media cycle is fed by Reid's unsubstantiated sourcing. Which is a little unfair — it's not like the other side ever made baseless accusation against our Muslim, Kenyan, socialist president.
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Tags: Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Money, Taxes
Okay, I feel a little bit silly for having made fun of Harry Reid the other day when he claimed that Mitt Romney had not paid taxes in a decade and offered only the word of a single mysterious anonymous shadow person as proof.
Turns out we're not supposed to believe the Senate Majority Leader's story based upon the word of the word of a single mysterious anonymous shadow person. That would be ridiculous! Heavens no! We're supposed to believe it based upon the word of a whole bunch of mysterious anonymous shadow people…
"I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination," Reid said in a telephone call with Nevada reporters. "I have had a number of people tell me that."
Asked to elaborate on his sources, Reid declined. "No, that's the best you're going to get from me."
"I don't think the burden should be on me," Reid said. "The burden should be on him. He's the one I've alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn't he release his tax returns?"
As one of the two most senior law-makers in the country, Harry Reid understands how accusations work better than anybody. A person is guilty until proven innocent. It's the whole foundation of our justice system. So, the burden is clearly on Romney to prove Reid's outrageous claims. And he doesn't even have to release his tax returns if he doesn't want to. There's other ways for Romney to prove his innocence of this accusation.
Like, we can tie him up and throw him into the Potomac. If he floats, he's a tax dodger; if he drowns, he's innocent.
Also, I hear that tax dodgers do not burn.
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Tags: Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Money, Senate, Taxes
Sen. Harry Reid has done what nobody else in the country has been able to do! He's cracked the case on the Mystery of Mitt Romney's Undisclosed Tax Returns! And all it took was a little help from a magical invisible friend…
A month or so ago, [Herry Reid] said, a person who had invested with Bain Capital called his office.
"Harry, he didn't pay any taxes for 10 years," Reid recounted the person as saying. "He didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain," said Reid. "But obviously he can't release those tax returns. How would it look?
"You guys have said his wealth is $250 million," Reid went on. "Not a chance in the world. It's a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don't pay taxes for 10 years when you're making millions and millions of dollars."
Yes, this is certainly a believable story. "Hello? Hi, I'm some anonymous guy from Bain Capital, and I have a piece of bombshell information for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Speaking. Don't use my name for this, but I happen to know that Mitt Romney went an entire decade without paying taxes. You don't say! Scout's honor. Well, thanks for the tip, none-make-believe person."
You know, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this is the same guy who was sending Donald Trump all that unbelievable information about the President's birth certificate from Hawaii.
Obviously, a story this flimsy is pretty much the easiest thing in the world for Mitt Romney to smack down. All he has to do is… Oh, right. Oh, I see the problem.
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Tags: Bain Capital, Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Money, Senate, Taxes