July 31st, 2012

Harry Reid offers still more evidence…

…that he’s a lowlife bottom feeder.

But of course, you already knew that.

And Datechguy asks, “Can we stop calling the Washington Post a ‘newspaper’ now, and officially declare it a propaganda organ?”

Answer: yes.

Here’s some of what Reid said—stuff that the WaPo felt we really, really, really needed to know:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed Tuesday in an interview that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney refuses to release additional tax returns because he didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.

The interview, published Tuesday by The Huffington Post, includes several swipes by the Senate leader at the GOP candidate.

“His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said in reference to George Romney’s decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in 1968.

Reid suggested that Romney’s decision to withhold tax information would bar him from ever earning Senate confirmation to a Cabinet post. Then, Reid recalled a phone call his office received about a month ago from “a person who had invested with Bain Capital,” according to The Huffington Post.

Reid said the person told him: “Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.”

“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” Reid told HuffPo. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”

Neither Reid nor his aides would identify the alleged investor, HuffPo reported.

Reid’s accusation is so low (especially the part about Romney’s father) that I don’t even see many pundits on the left standing by it. But hey, Reid doesn’t care. They’re not his audience. His audience is those voters who can’t think it through, not writers like Dan Primak, or their readers:

One of two things has happened: (1) Reid is simply making the whole thing up, in order to pressure Romney into releasing tax returns for years prior to 2010, or (2) Reid’s investor pal lied, and the Senator didn’t bother to conduct even a mild vetting before sharing the accusation with reporters. Either way, shame on gossipy gentleman from Nevada.

Let me make this crystal clear: Investors in private equity funds do not receive, nor are they entitled to request, personal tax returns for fund managers. Not just at Bain Capital, but everywhere. For example, ask the person managing your 401(k) for their personal tax returns. See how far you get.

What makes this particular claim even sillier, of course, is that Romney hasn’t even been managing Bain funds for the past 10 years (no matter when you believe he left the firm). He’s been a silent investor like Harvard and MIT. Think the guy managing private equity for Harvard can get the personal tax returns of the guy managing private equity for MIT? Yes, that’s another rhetorical question.

And just to close the circle, it also isn’t possible that Reid’s source was someone within Bain because partner tax returns are not prepared or reviewed in the firm’s offices. Instead, that’s done at PricewaterhouseCoopers. So no “maybe someone found it on a fax machine” theories. It’s also possible that someone else at Bain didn’t pay taxes for 10 years, but that wouldn’t necessarily mean that Romney did or didn’t (he does have other financial interests).

A Reid spokesman defended his boss to me on the phone, only saying that I’d have to talk to Reid’s original source. But of course he wouldn’t provide the source, or even ask Reid if there had been a follow-up like “How the hell would you know that?”

Whatever the truth about Romney’s tax history, we know that Reid’s “source” is full of it.

I think Reid is either lying and the source doesn’t exist, or there is a source but he knows full well the information is a crock. His remarks were strategic, designed to (1) re-focus attention on Romney’s tax returns; (2) make Romney angry; and (3) increase the pressure for the tax returns’ release, which would then afford Democrats the opportunity to pick through them with a fine-tooth comb. It’s a win-win situation for them, because even if the returns are exemplary, they will underline how much money Romney has. And if they have any irregularities at all (which almost all returns are bound to have), that will be grist for the mill, too.

Reid may be an execrable person, but he’s not a political dummy.

15 Responses to “Harry Reid offers still more evidence…”

  1. holmes Says:

    He should sue Reid personally if he loses the election. If this isn’t actual malice, I don’t know what is.

  2. kolnai Says:

    Harry Reid is as gutter as they come. Like Pelosi, he’s one of those Democrats who makes me dry heave whenever I hear him speak, no matter what he’s speaking about. The guy just oozes slime.

    On a sunnier note – TED CRUZ!!!

  3. Curtis Says:

    Second that!

  4. Curtis Says:

    % Reporting – 53.2
    Ted Cruz – 55
    David Dewhurst – 45

  5. Curtis Says:

    Although the polls can’t be trusted at this early stage of the Romney/Obama race, you might say pretty securely that Mitt’s not going to decrease. And right now, given it’s pretty even, and that “even” includes the built in bias for democrats in polling, I’d say we can start being enthusiastic. The Ted Cruz “miracle” shows what the country is really wanting and it’s not more illiberal cowbell.



  6. J.J. formerly Jimmy J. Says:

    Harry Reid claims to be a Mormon. No real, serious Mormon would deal in the lies and politics of personal destruction that he practices with gusto. In a democrat party rife with despicable people, Reid stands out.

  7. Kurt Says:

    Harry Reid is a sneaky sleazeball and that is how he got to be majority leader of the Senate. I’ve heard that he has had a reputation for sneaky dirty tricks and double-crossing and such ever since his days in the Nevada legislature decades ago. That’s why the Democrats put him in a position of leadership–they knew he’d do what it took to get the party’s business done in the Senate.

  8. Gary Rosen Says:

    “Reid may be an execrable person”

    That is a very insulting and unfair comment, neo. Excrement, after all, has some useful purposes such as fertilizer.

  9. Gringo Says:

    Here is a golden oldie from Harry Reid during the 2010 campaign.

    “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay. Do I need to say more?”

    Harry Reid was running for reelection to the Us Senate. He won. In addition, Reid’s son Rory Reid was running against Brian Sandoval for Governor of Nevada. Rory Reid lost.

    Do I need to say more?

  10. Gringo Says:

    How well would Harry Reid respond to requests that he release 10-20 years of HIS income tax returns?

    That is the approach to take.

  11. Daniel Says:

    The strategy is to place the meme out there:

    Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.

    That hits harder than “he’s hiding something” or “he won’t release returns”. It takes on a life of it’s own in the same way that “Obama is a muslim” did (was that one ever “planted”?) or “Sarah Palin is an idiot”. It doesn’t matter whether it is true or not, vetted or not. It just gets out there and lives.

    Watch it.

  12. Terrye Says:

    Well, I have heard that Reid and his son made millions in Nevada from doing business with the mob and using Harry’s political connections to get him lucrative real estate deals..his poor father would be so sad to know what a crook his son turned out to be.

    Or so I heard.

  13. Maggie's Farm Says:

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  14. Tim Says:

    Amen sister. I don’t think I have ever commented to your posts, but I do check in from time to time. I like the post about Cruz. What a stark contrast between him and Obama.

  15. Grizzly Says:

    Reid’s tactics are like those of most newspapers: Make up an accusation out of whole cloth and put it in the headline on the front page. Publish a retraction or apology a week later (if ever) on the back page in 8 point font, long after the damage is done.

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