Romney to Reid: “I have paid taxes every year — and a lot of taxes”

posted at 4:41 pm on August 3, 2012 by Allahpundit

Love the bit at the end here about how this smear exposes Obama’s above-the-fray shtick as the cynical Hopenchange branding nonsense that it is. I also like the added emphasis on “a lot of taxes,” although Think Progress or TPM or whoever is no doubt working up a post right now explaining why the millions he’s paid over the years don’t really qualify as “a lot.”

Serious question: Should HuffPo have published Reid’s initial accusation about the mysterious Bain investor who allegedly called him about Romney? WaPo wonders:

In this case, the dissemination of Reid’s words is responsible, compulsory. It would be a shame, after all, if Reid’s constituents passed ignorant of the evidentiary standards to which he subjects his mudslinging…

In a world rigged by the Erik Wemple Blog, the legal system would be prejudiced in the opposite direction: Publications that failed to publish any and all false and defamatory charges made by public officials would be subject to criminal and civil liability. Professor Clay Calvert, the director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida, says, “The real story is the fact that Reid made the allegation in the first place. The second story is whether the allegation is true.”

Yeah, I agree, albeit with misgivings. Reid’s being clever here in using his political stature to push this smear out: “Some anonymous guy told me Romney doesn’t pay his taxes” isn’t a newsworthy story, but “some anonymous guy told me Romney doesn’t pay his taxes, says Senate majority leader” assuredly is. If one of the most powerful Democrats in the country is being this much of a cretin, I want to know about it — even though publicizing his cretinism inadvertently spreads the allegation of Romney’s tax evasion. I think HuffPo had to run with it, even if spreading the allegation was their goal.


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Shut up Dingy Harry…based. on your own partys beliefs…youre a whacko mormon who wears magical underpants…the only differencd is…yours are heavily soiled.

malkinmania on August 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It’s true, Reid has always been a jerk. He’s not known for anything substantial except his crooked deals that made him wealthy. He’s a pipsqueak. He will leave the Senate at some point, and without a legacy after all these years…he’ll be about as relevant as a high pitched fart.

scalleywag on August 4, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Obama’s campaign strategy is clearly to throw out flak – lies & distractions one after the other by attack dogs like Reed & Pelosi. The Romney camp should do the same but with better questions. For example, someone could demand that Obama, who claims to be a Christian, say that he rejects Muhammad and the Koran: a Muslims can say he is a “Christian” and only mean that he is a follower of the true Jesus and not the one distorted and lied about in the corrupted scriptures. I strongly suspect our Islam loving, lying president is a “Christian” only in this Islamic sense.

Fight fire with fire, while Romney himself concentrates on the economy.

Chessplayer on August 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM

With immortal words of the Messiah’s spokesperson…The ever communicative J Carnhole….

Harry Reid knows at least 3 Hillary Rosens who know Mitt Romney is a Tim Geithner wannabe.

FlaMurph on August 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM

CORRECT Answer to Harry Reid:

“You SEE what happens, Harry?!! THIS is what HAPPENS, HARRY!!! You SEE WHAT HAPPENS, HARRY?!! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS, HARRY!!! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU…….!!!!”

Strong Content Warning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQM5nrI0HeE

williamg on August 4, 2012 at 3:43 PM

We KNOW Obama is a liar. We know he told a publisher he was from Kenya to get special consideration. This means he is not above lying to advance his agenda. There is also suspicion his school records are sealed for the same reason, he claimed to be a foreign student in order to capitalize on that fact. It is already established via the publishing issue that he will lie when it is to his advantage. Why should anyone believe anything he says about anything without proof? He has already shown that he is not to be taken at face value.

crosspatch on August 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

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