Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on August 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

Mr. Reid appears to be once again reprising a rhetorical technique he has mastered over 25 years in the Senate: repeatedly needling his Republican adversaries in ways that often push the boundaries of political propriety.

During the 2008 campaign, Mr. Reid repeatedly taunted Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee, saying he should show leadership. He told a Las Vegas newspaper, “I can’t stand John McCain.”…

Mr. Reid called Senator Bill Frist, the Republican leader from 2003 to 2007, “amateurish,” and said in 2007 that Gen. Peter Pace, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was “incompetent.” Mr. Reid once said that Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was “one of the biggest political hacks we have in Washington.”

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The ruthless Senate majority leader sees political gold in his attack on Romney — and he’s got the blessing from President Barack Obama’s campaign for the attack, even if he lacks evidence on Romney’s failure to pay taxes…

On top of that, his aides say, Reid genuinely believes his source — an old friend and longtime investor at Romney’s former company Bain Capital — who told the Senate majority leader a couple months back that the GOP nominee didn’t pay taxes for at least a decade…

“What’s the downside? Jon Stewart getting all serious and haughty? Harry Reid could not care less,” said one Reid confidante. “There is no one in politics with a thicker skin. He’s having the last laugh. Reid’s strategy is working. It’s filling news holes and driving conversations.”…

Asked if the Obama campaign agreed with Reid’s comments, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said: “Reflecting the growing number of questions Americans have about Mitt Romney’s finances, Sen. Reid rightfully pointed out that Gov. Romney has something to hide.”

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According to a source familiar with Reid’s thinking, the majority leader, a former boxer, considers himself a political street fighter now, willing to throw a punch and get hit back big time for a cause. In this case, the cause is making sure the topic of Romney’s tax returns remains in the news, and in the campaign narrative.

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…

“I’ve known Sen. Reid for many, many years, and occasionally he displays some rather erratic behavior,” McCain said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” “To accuse someone of doing something without a shred of proof–that the allegation has any substance–is really something I, frankly, don’t understand.”

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“I’m not sure what that line is for him. He keeps moving it further and further,” Ralston said when asked whether Reid crossed the line of propriety. “There are two sides to Reid. He says some intemperate things and he’s not very polished with the media. Then there’s the other side of Reid that is incredibly calculating. He has a goal in mind and he’s sticking fast to it.”…

“It’s absolutely constructive and a very important role not only for getting Obama’s back but also for America,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Progressive Congress. “What frustrates me is Reid seems to be the only one. I’d like to see more senators, more surrogates and more Republicans call out Romney for not doing what other candidates have done, release their tax returns. Thank God for Harry Reid.”…

Thomas F. Schaller, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said Republicans cannot blame Reid because they did not condemn attacks against Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) war record during the 2004 presidential campaign.

“Mitch McConnell and the Republican crowd weren’t saying the Republican attack on John Kerry was beyond the pale. If that’s not offside, this isn’t offside,” he said. “For years Democrats were criticized for not being tough enough and when they get tough they get criticized for being over the line.”

***

Spew first and sweat the details later, or never. Speak loosely and carry a stick-thin collection of backup materials, or none at all. That’s the M.O. of the moment, familiar from the past but in particularly galling and profuse flower of late.

It has spread beyond the practiced rabble-rousers of the far right, and Democrats are exuberantly getting in on this unbecoming, corrosive game. For many years they bemoaned an unfair fight: Republicans were by and large willing to play faster, looser and flat-out nastier than they were. Is there as much credibility to that lament today?

DO one tribe’s antics justify the other’s? Is this a road we really want to continue barreling down? We’re already on it, thanks in part to a presidential contest in which each candidate’s main pitch — I’m not half as awful as the other guy — points everything in a negative direction.

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Reid signaled Friday that he’s not relenting in his attacks. He accused Romney of being “the most secretive presidential candidate since Richard Nixon” and pointed out that even nominees overseen by the Senate Finance Committee have to produce more tax returns that Romney is willing to release.

“Forget about president — Mitt Romney couldn’t get confirmed as a cabinet secretary,” Reid said. “The contents of the one year of returns he has released would probably be enough to tank his nomination anyway: secret overseas bank accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands, tax avoidance tricks and a lower tax rate than middle-class families pay.”

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MARTIN: And that’s politics. The bottom line is if the shoe was reversed, I guarantee –

PONNURU: So why are you playing it Roland?

MARTIN: — you the “National Review” and the GOP would be all over the Democrats saying release your taxes and you know it.

PONNURU: The “National Review” said that Romney should release his taxes.

MARTIN: OK.

PONNURU: That doesn’t make this not a McCarthyite low blow on the part of Harry Reid.

MARTIN: Ah.

PONNURU: You’ve got to call these things as you see them, not just be a political hack for your –

MARTIN: I do.

PONNURU: — for your team, Roland!

***

“Paul, you cannot defend Harry Reid on this,” said Cooper. “Can you? Seriously?”

“You watch me,” answered Begala. “First off, there’s tons of evidence. The one release that he prettied up…”

“There is evidence that he hasn’t paid taxes in 10 years,” asked Cooper.

“There’s evidence of tax avoidance. Incredibly aggressive tax avoidance,” replied Begala.

Cooper pointed out that “tax avoidance” was not the allegation that Reid made against Romney…

“I’ve been doing this for 28 years. When politicians don’t disclose their taxes it’s because they can’t,” Begala concluded.


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cozmo on August 5, 2012 at 1:15 AM

I know what you mean!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Here’s my new favorite video. If you aren’t cracking up at 1:17, you don’t have a soul.

cynccook on August 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Har! That pileup at the door was just like the iranians in the movie “Into The Night” w/ Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfieffer.

A lot of clowns.

jaime on August 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Only thing that ruined it was the “we don’t recommend that store owners confront armed robbers”, and the oh-so-helpful reporterett: “It is not recommended that private citizens confront armed robbers, that could create a dangerous situation” WTF, over? 5 men, several armed and threatening people is not a dangerous situation?

… and my thought was, “Poor store owner, she’s in CA, so is limited to only a 10 round magazine”.

AZfederalist on August 5, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Here’s my new favorite video. If you aren’t cracking up at 1:17, you don’t have a soul.

cynccook on August 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Har! That pileup at the door was just like the iranians in the movie “Into The Night” w/ Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfieffer.

A lot of clowns.

jaime on August 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Only thing that ruined it was the “we don’t recommend that store owners confront armed robbers”, and the oh-so-helpful reporterette: “It is not recommended that private citizens confront armed robbers, that could create a dangerous situation” WTF, over? 5 men, several armed and threatening people is not a dangerous situation?

… and my thought was, “Poor store owner, she’s in CA, so is limited to only a 10 round magazine”.

AZfederalist on August 5, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Bluest Blues

Nova cued this up the other night. Excellent.

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Here’s my new favorite video. If you aren’t cracking up at 1:17, you don’t have a soul.

cynccook on August 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Har! That pileup at the door was just like the iranians in the movie “Into The Night” w/ Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfieffer.

A lot of clowns.

jaime on August 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Only thing that ruined it was the “we don’t recommend that store owners confront a.rmed r.obbers”, and the oh-so-helpful reporterette: “It is not recommended that private citizens confront armed robbers, that could create a dangerous situation” WTF, over? 5 men, several armed and threatening people is not a dangerous situation?

… and my thought was, “Poor store owner, she’s in CA, so is limited to only a 10 r.ound m.agazine”.

/sorry for all the dots, net-nanny is eating my post

AZfederalist on August 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

LazyHips on August 5, 2012 at 1:25 AM

*Wink* I wasn’t talking about you.

a capella on August 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Faithfully

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Very good tune!..:)

PS..Remember this???

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 1:32 AM

/sorry for all the dots, net-nanny is eating my post

AZfederalist on August 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Well, apparently it wasn’t, posting was just being delayed. Sorry for stuttering.

AZfederalist on August 5, 2012 at 1:33 AM

a capella on August 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

;-)

LazyHips on August 5, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 1:32 AM

That’s very good. Interesting that I almost cued up ‘Tulsa Time’ with Winwood, Clapton, Page, and Jeff Beck playing together earlier!

How about This?

Check out those monitors

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Ballad of Jayne

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Well, here is the link.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2012 at 12:34 AM

This limited hang out is not helpful at all. It actually provided opening for the Dems. Romney might have paid little tax in 2008 and 2009 because he had no tax obligation. Those were the 2 years when the economy and market really tanked, and he probably took a lot of capital loss to offset any gain. He also probably deducted the 35 millions dollars that he contributed to his primary campaign in 2008. Now the tax issue will persist and Axelrod/Reid will demand to know about the information from the 2 missing years and implies some evil or illegal tax evasion, when it was perfectly legitimate and legal to offset loss against gains.

bayview on August 5, 2012 at 1:46 AM

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Very nice!!..:)

PS..I made a small mistake earlier..Meant to play this one!!..:)

PSS..This song is so cool!!

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 1:50 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0J_ffTcPv4

The stage was crowded.

bayview on August 5, 2012 at 1:50 AM

bayview on August 5, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Good to see you!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Sipping good wine. Night is still young.

bayview on August 5, 2012 at 1:54 AM

As I have said numerous times here, I don’t give a phuck what Obama’s grades were in college. I don’t give a phuck if Romney beat up some kid in college for being a nerd. What I do care about is if a “potential” president is evading taxes. A billionaire evading taxes is an automatic tax increase for the middle class.

You show me any evidence Obama evaded taxes and I will be on him like white on rice.

Uppereastside on August 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

You’re more like flies on sh*t, but whatever. Having a president who picks a TAX cheat, Tim Geithner, to be treasury secretary, is bad enough. The phucking retard couldn’t figure out Turbo Tax? Please.
You are taking the word of a senile old coot, no proof. Nothing.
And, fair is fair, Obama needs to show his grades and his thesis, but a socialist never wants to show his plan. He’s just implementing it.

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Oh, btw. Evening all!

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Excellent…and the soaring vocals made me go here

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:57 AM

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Good evening, ANH. How are you this evening?

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:59 AM

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:57 AM

You want more Phil?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5i-qcqX-yk

bayview on August 5, 2012 at 2:00 AM

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Good evening, ANH. How are you this evening?

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Doing well. And, you Jack?

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 2:01 AM

bayview on August 5, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Sounds very good!..:)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:01 AM

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 2:01 AM

I’m well. And its ‘Jackie’ to my friends.

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

What I do care about is if a “potential” president is evading taxes.

Uppereastside on August 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

You will be pleased to learn then, that despite a substantial effort in research by the Obama campaign, absolutely no evidence has been found to indicate that Mitt Romney has been cheating on his taxes.

Alberta_Patriot on August 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Sounds very good!..:)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Hoe all is well with you. Have to get away from all the noises and vileness that characterize politics nowadays.

bayview on August 5, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Best LA commuting song

Used to roll up the windows. Throw this in… head for the left lane… and drive like it was a video game! LOL! I drove over 100 miles each way five days a week.

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:09 AM

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Very good!..But we have to play this video for that song!..:):)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:10 AM

bayview on August 5, 2012 at 2:08 AM

I understand!..But I hope you will hang in there!..:)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:10 AM

well…I can certainly see why you’d prefer that video! LOL! And I’d be the first to admit that Phil Collins isn’t exactly inspiring scenery, either! :)

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:16 AM

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 2:01 AM

I’m well. And its ‘Jackie’ to my friends.

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Jackie it is then. Kinda quiet compared to yesterday.

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 2:21 AM

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:16 AM

rofl..I know what you mean..:)

PS.I thought Rsky Business was cool!..:)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:26 AM

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Yes. How about that? :)

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:26 AM

best line: “So whose the U-boat commander?”

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Sorry: who’s….

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Sleep walk

So… I bid you all a fond goodnight. Its been a real pleasure. Sleep well. I’ll see you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:34 AM

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Classic line..There were many more in that movie!..:)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:35 AM

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:34 AM

We need to play more of these guys..:)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:39 AM

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Later..Enjoyed it!..:)

Dire Straits on August 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Yes. How about that? :)

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Insane.
Well, goodnight my friend.
I’m out too….peek in, work to do. Night!

AllahsNippleHair on August 5, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Why do I imagine the smell of old mushrooms when I see a pic of Comrade Reid?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 5, 2012 at 2:58 AM

I think Harry Reid is the most vile politician ever… and I mean EVER…

Thanks a lot, Nevada, you’ve done yourself proud…

Khun Joe on August 5, 2012 at 3:31 AM

Got this in an email. Perhaps someone from Dallas can comment.

The City of Dallas, Texas, has passed an ordinance stating that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement and is not able to provide proof of insurance, the car is towed. To retrieve the car after being impounded, they must show proof of insurance to have the car released. This has made it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars.
Shortly after the “No Insurance” ordinance was passed, the Dallas impound lots began to fill up and were full after nine days. Over 80% of the impounded cars were driven by illegals. Not only must they provide proof of insurance to have their car released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow, a $350 fine, and $20 for every day their car is kept in the lot.
Accident rates have gone down 47%, and Dallas’ solution gets uninsured drivers off the road without making them show proof of nationality.
Wonder how the ACLU and the Justice Department will get around this one. Just brings tears to my eyes.
GO DALLAS.

VorDaj on August 5, 2012 at 4:36 AM

From PJM – In the city of Sirjan [Iran], the [Iranian] regime strung up three men, and the spectators rioted, charged the executioners, drove them off, cut down the intended victims, and saved them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RjfNWvmiVE

VorDaj on August 5, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Got this in an email. Perhaps someone from Dallas can comment.

The City of Dallas, Texas, has passed an ordinance stating that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement and is not able to provide proof of insurance, the car is towed. To retrieve the car after being impounded, they must show proof of insurance to have the car released. This has made it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars.
Shortly after the “No Insurance” ordinance was passed, the Dallas impound lots began to fill up and were full after nine days. Over 80% of the impounded cars were driven by illegals. Not only must they provide proof of insurance to have their car released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow, a $350 fine, and $20 for every day their car is kept in the lot.
Accident rates have gone down 47%, and Dallas’ solution gets uninsured drivers off the road without making them show proof of nationality.
Wonder how the ACLU and the Justice Department will get around this one. Just brings tears to my eyes.
GO DALLAS.

VorDaj on August 5, 2012 at 4:36 AM

By crying racism, like they do with everything.

Alberta_Patriot on August 5, 2012 at 4:57 AM

I have a relative who live in Searchlight, NV, and she says It’s well known around that Reid is a homosexual.

Old eagle on August 5, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Harry Reid’s constantly-mentioned boxing career was so inspiring that no record of it exists anywhere.

joewm315 on August 5, 2012 at 6:47 AM

I have a relative who live in Searchlight, NV, and she says It’s well known around that Reid is a homosexual.
Old eagle on August 5, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Then there’s a real personal connection with BO.

gracie on August 5, 2012 at 7:17 AM

I loathe Harry Reid. I am glad he is not a relative of mine.

shar61 on August 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Used to roll up the windows. Throw this in… head for the left lane… and drive like it was a video game! LOL! I drove over 100 miles each way five days a week.

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 2:09 AM

I did that too, but it was not in or around a city like LA. The only things I had to dodge were coal trucks, farm equipment and deer. I can not imagine driving every day in a place like LA.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

As I have said numerous times here, I don’t give a phuck what Obama’s grades were in college. I don’t give a phuck if Romney beat up some kid in college for being a nerd. What I do care about is if a “potential” president is evading taxes. A billionaire evading taxes is an automatic tax increase for the middle class.

You show me any evidence Obama evaded taxes and I will be on him like white on rice.

Uppereastside on August 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

There is no evidence that Romney evaded taxes…the rambling of some lying old crook like Reid is not evidence…tell you what…let Reid go public with this so-called friend of his and let him tell what his evidence is…but then again, the man probably does not exist and neither does the evidence.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Say, Sen. Reid, why didn’t you stop the nomination of a known tax cheat who couldn’t use Turbo Tax to the head of the Treasury? You had proof that could be presented of that, real penalties to be paid, actual miscategorization with hints of more strenuous neglect of the law going on. And he was head of the NY Fed, to boot, a very dangerous position as it was his ideas that got us TARP, the bailouts, stimulus, et. al.

The head of your party already loves him some tax cheats and you got the guy a vote in the Senate.

What’s up with that?

And, what is wrong with you? What is your dysfunction?

ajacksonian on August 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM

What is your dysfunction?

ajacksonian on August 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Electile?

bayview on August 5, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Here’s my new favorite video. If you aren’t cracking up at 1:17, you don’t have a soul.

cynccook on August 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

I just looked at this. Ha! Two thoughts:

1. The “silent movie” vibe is nice, and the narration fit well with it.
2. Tempted to post this on another blog, which had a pro-gun control post on it a couple of weeks ago. Mmmm…trouble.

22044 on August 5, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Tempted to post this on another blog, which had a pro-gun control post on it a couple of weeks ago. Mmmm…trouble.

22044 on August 5, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I knew there was something good about you.

cozmo on August 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

It’s only early August, folks.

Wait ’til mid-October rolls around with the Dirty Dems and their merry band of fools.

Grace_is_sufficient on August 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Here’s my new favorite video. If you aren’t cracking up at 1:17, you don’t have a soul.

cynccook on August 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

.
I didn’t “crack-up”, but I sure was glowing on the inside. : )
.
I’m guessing it would be an exercise in futility in trying to convince that on-site reporter, “It wasn’t luck.”

Thanks for the link, cynccook.

listens2glenn on August 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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