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.”

***

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.”

***

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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“Smear?” Yeah, that sounds about right.

cynccook on August 4, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Obama owns Harry Reid.

Happy Birthday Mr. Degenerate!

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Just once, I’d like to see a Republican sue the hell out of a Democrat for their slanderous lies.

joekenha on August 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

One Mormon besmirching another one – how Christian is that of Harry?

To think that the Huntsman family helped this monster get re-elected, for the shame of the NV and the nation, is mind-numbing.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Where the Media and Democrats (but I repeat myself) call Reid ruthless, I see nothing more than a bully. Not very intelligent. Not able to debate the issues. Just a small-minded idiot pushed out to make this line of attack because it is Mormon-on-Mormon bullying.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

In an earlier period of our nation’s history “Macho Hairy” Reid, would have faced some serious physical consequences for his outbursts. Too bad.

arnold ziffel on August 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

By the time I got to Begala, I had lost track of the number of slimy liberals who need to be kicked repeatedly in the groin.

greggriffith on August 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

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

What a load of crap…besides, Harry Reid almost did Romney a favor..he made it possible for him to refuse to show those taxes and just blame it on Harry.

Terrye on August 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

More Reid corruption. Why he isn’t investigated is beyond me.

BacaDog on August 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Just once, I’d like to see a Republican sue the hell out of a Democrat for their slanderous lies.

joekenha on August 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I don’t think Romney can sue Harry Reid. He is a Senator, he can lie without having to pay for it.

Terrye on August 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Here in NV it is well know that Harry Reid likes to go to parks and watch little boys while touching himself. Well I heard that so it must be true. He admits that his mother worked in a whorehouse, I wonder if he knows who his father really is.

cjt1957 on August 4, 2012 at 8:41 PM

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

FIFY allah

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

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

The idea that an “investor” in Bain told him that Romney hasn’t paid ANY taxes in the last 10 years is preposterous. What investor is privy to the individual tax returns or lack thereof of a passive owner/investor in an investment firm, especially when the alleged tax evader hasn’t been involved in the management of the company for more than a decade?

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

One Mormon besmirching another one – how Christian is that of Harry?

To think that the Huntsman family helped this monster get re-elected, for the shame of the NV and the nation, is mind-numbing.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Methinks beyond political ideology, there’s a big part of Reid that doesn’t want to give up the title of “Highest Ranking Elected Mormon”.

Kataklysmic on August 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

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

FIFY allah

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 8:43 PM

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

FIFY allah

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 8:43 PM

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

FIFY allah

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

The day will come when Reid is no longer in power…

… and when that happens, I pray his whole world comes crashing down upon him.

He is vile, a liar, and a cheat…

… He has rightfully earned the scorn that he will live out his days in.

Seven Percent Solution on August 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Isn’t twenty five years in the Senate too much..?

d1carter on August 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

11.6% unemployment, suck it NV, you voted for this dung sack.

hillsoftx on August 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

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

FIFY allah

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Too bad Harry did not lose that last election…we would not have to deal with is slimy ass if he had.

Terrye on August 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Boy don’t these people just make you want to hurl.

Romney may not be perfect but damn he’ll at least bring some class back to the WH.

gophergirl on August 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

First…….well almost …….

angrymike on August 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Boy don’t these people just make you want to hurl.

Romney may not be perfect but damn he’ll at least bring some class back to the WH.

gophergirl on August 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Nobody is perfect, but you are right, Romney would be an improvement.

Terrye on August 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I am generally a gentle person, but I would like to shove my fist down his gullett and remove his appendix. Normally I would go for the heart but it appears Herr Reid is lacking that organ.

bluealice on August 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Reid still hasn’t proven that he isn’t a pederast. C’mon, Mr. Speaker – these charges are too important to be ignored.

RoadRunner on August 4, 2012 at 8:50 PM

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

So the hard evidence of Harry Reid’s child molestation habit is in his unreleased tax returns.

forest on August 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Too bad Harry did not lose that last election…we would not have to deal with is slimy ass if he had.

Terrye on August 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Harry Reid: The best senator money can buy!

RoadRunner on August 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

begala, reid, the prog caucus…yeah, angels all.

if the left/media didn’t have double standards, they would have no standards at all

reid knows the media have his back on this…and they’ll ride it all the way to nov if need be

btw, alternet has some scoops on Mormonism and Romney that i bet will be part of the fall campaign…alternet, media matters to ABC news…not far at all

r keller on August 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Howdy
7%, GG, Ted, nomad, Resist, Schadenfreude, and arnold, my favorite pig……;-D

angrymike on August 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I don’t think Romney can sue Harry Reid. He is a Senator, he can lie without having to pay for it.

Terrye on August 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Harry Reid can be sued for defamation. Admittedly, since Mitt Romney is a public person, it would be much more difficult for him to win under the Sullivan standard. Nevertheless, Harry Reid is not immune from defamation suits because he is a Senator.

Romney would have to prove that statement was false and that Reid knew it was untrue or acted in reckless disregard of its truth or falsity.

The Speech & Debate Clause only applies to speech actually uttered on the floor of the House or Senate. Reid made some of the allegations in and interview with the Huffington Post and others in a conference call with the Nevada media.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM

“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.”…

This is the f’n majority leader of the Senate. The Democratic Party is so evil and power-hungry, it’s insane the GOP thinks it can work with them… but if Romney should win, he and the rest of the GOP leadership will quickly cut off their manhood and “reach out” to these snakes hoping for some “bipartisan solutions.”

Sickening… but we know it’s coming.

mankai on August 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Methinks beyond political ideology, there’s a big part of Reid that doesn’t want to give up the title of “Highest Ranking Elected Mormon”.

Kataklysmic on August 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

“Moron”—-normally you never make spelling errors. I guess he could is both. :)

arnold ziffel on August 4, 2012 at 8:53 PM

The Speech & Debate Clause only applies to speech actually uttered on the floor of the House or Senate. Reid made some of the allegations in and interview with the Huffington Post and others in a conference call with the Nevada media.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Thank you for that information. I was wondering..

Terrye on August 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Disgusting little man.

He will pay for his abuse of power.

davidk on August 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

The Democratic Party is being to resemble the movie Cabaret about entertainment in pre-war Germany. Decadence, deceit, lust (for power). And ever onward. The show must go on.

Paul-Cincy on August 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Romney IS disclosing just about exactly.what most presidents have disclosed for decades.
Reid is a liar. Take a look…

http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/Web/PresidentialTaxReturns?OpenDocument

Obama only disclosed more because 1) he wanted the world to see him as a man of modest means and 2) he wanted to distract from all the other stuff he was keeping secret…as in paying money to seal it all up!

marybel on August 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Oh and Cynccook, can’t miss my Ohio bud…..;-)

angrymike on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

O/T I know, but, articles like this leave me very dispirited.

Anyone have an antidote? How can I counter this argument that Obama will win the EC in a landslide?

esr1951 on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

They can pat themselves on the back all they want, but this attack is backfiring. When even John Stewart is calling out Harry Reid for this, the story is no longer about Mitt Romney’s taxes, but about Harry Reid’s desperate flailing.

Obama at least has an out. He can wait to see if it gets traction, and if it looks like it’s hurting him, he can disavow the attack and let Harry Reid take the heat. But I’m starting to wonder if he’s actually got the political savvy to do that.

I don’t see this hurting Romney. Not in the least.

Caiwyn on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

“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.”…

NO he is not—he is a wimpy, chickenshit little bully who would not dare say the stuff he does to a normal man or many women.

arnold ziffel on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

As an atheist, libertarian and registered independent (read: I am not speaking for any Christians, Conservatives, and/or Republicans, so don’t judge them by my words…admittedly, I am not as nice), I might have to read some cowboy poetry and eat a pomegranate in celebration on the day old Harry kicks the proverbial bucket.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Okay, Hot Gassers, you know the drill.

Foo Fighters – The Pretender

Dave Grohl will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Well done, Sir. Well done.

the new aesthetic on August 4, 2012 at 8:57 PM

This is the f’n majority leader of the Senate.

mankai on August 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM

It’s pitiful. And, I earnestly hope, unprecedented, and never to be repeated.

Paul-Cincy on August 4, 2012 at 8:57 PM

every time i see harry ‘pogo the clown’ reid’s face, i see the life of another innocent child ruined by his felonious sexual depravity – which i heard somewhere he is most definitely guilty of. i also heard that it can be said that he is not technically “breaking” the laws against sexually interfering with a minor- just “avoiding” obeying them.

mittens on August 4, 2012 at 8:59 PM

dingy Harrah is one of the biggest pricks out there…

OmahaConservative on August 4, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Prof. Schaller (a lib, no doubt) forgets that the attacks on Kerry featured plenty of real proof. That is why they were effective and why Republicans did not disavow them. Reid’s attack is simply hot air to attract the media’s attention. Reid’s attack is indeed “out of bounds” in a way the swiftboat attacks never were.

tngmv on August 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Anyone have an antidote? How can I counter this argument that Obama will win the EC in a landslide?

esr1951 on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Do not read the Daily Beast…down that road lies madness. Plus, they are full of it..Just the other day I read an article about how Romney is going to win big…truth is no one knows, at this point it is all speculation anyway.

Terrye on August 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Yup.

dingyballs reid is a smear. A stain on his own panties.

But, I do think it’s time to stop giving this story legs.

Wolfmoon on August 4, 2012 at 9:02 PM

yo Mike!

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 9:02 PM

addendum:

Budgets passed by this Senate= 0
Children molested by Senate Majority leader= 100s if not 1,000s( a Mr. Someone in Nevada claims.)

mittens on August 4, 2012 at 9:02 PM

There is no one in politics with a thicker skin skull.

There…fify.

AUINSC on August 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM

This is only the beginning as Harry Reid, on account of his being a great American and all around compassionate man, has been holding off on releasing to the public all he has found out about that no good Mitt Romney who has even made even his own poor dead father cry. Soon now Obama will be way ay up in the polls, a coming electoral and popular vote blowout if ever there was one. Just as soon as honest as the day is long Harry Reid publicly reveals that his multiple sources have told him that Romney won’t release his older tax returns because in those he was using the SSN of a dead guy from Connecticut.and in an older return, paid some taxes on a scholarship he got as a foreign student, and that there are some very questionable items in some of those older Romney returns dealing with shady looking real estate deals in Chicago and Nevada. It’s all over folks.

VorDaj on August 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Doors Down – Kryptonite

the new aesthetic on August 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Um, should be THREE Doors Down, obviously.

the new aesthetic on August 4, 2012 at 9:04 PM

esr1951 on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

This writer is a big lib and the article was written just to do what you are letting it do to you.

Barred on August 4, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Anyone have an antidote? How can I counter this argument that Obama will win the EC in a landslide?

esr1951 on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Why bother? I want the enemy to think that Obama will win in a landslide.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2012 at 9:05 PM

When politicians don’t disclose their taxes it’s because they can’t

Then why wont Reid & Pelosi disclose theirs?

29Victor on August 4, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Occam’s razor is that there is never enough disclosure for Dems. No matter what Romney releases, they’ll ask for more and make up more accusations. Ironically, Obama won’t release his college and medical records.

The funniest part is when Paul said, “There is evidence. We’re just not allowed to look at it.” Err… that’s the definition of no evidence. Unless he’s saying the DID look at it illegally and can’t do anything about unless Romney somehow volunteers it, but the way they’re going about it is weird.

MrX on August 4, 2012 at 9:05 PM

VorDaj on August 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Harry had better worry about more important things…like whether Romney’s dear friend, Bibi, will give him the Mossad’s file on Obama.

hehehe

Evening, Mike.

You’re welcome, Terry.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

It’s pitiful. And, I earnestly hope, unprecedented, and never to be repeated.

Paul-Cincy on August 4, 2012 at 8:57 PM

AMEN to that.

gophergirl on August 4, 2012 at 9:09 PM

The funniest part is when Paul said, “There is evidence. We’re just not allowed to look at it.” Err… that’s the definition of no evidence..

MrX on August 4, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The invisible and the non-existent look VERY much alike.

VorDaj on August 4, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I’ve been thinking all day wondering what to do when being bitten by a snake. And then I thought: WWHBD- What Would Honey Badger Do?
And that’s: be a badass,
a BAMF,
don’t give a sh!t,
get out of the way stupid
Be a BADASS, Mitt and don’t give a sh!t. Make my day….

gracie on August 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Anyone have an antidote? How can I counter this argument that Obama will win the EC in a landslide?

esr1951 on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

This is a good start:

Now to an analysis of the voting blocks that matter in U.S. politics:

*Black voters. Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group. His endorsement of gay marriage has alienated many black church-going Christians. He may get 88% of their vote instead of the 96% he got in 2008. This is not good news for Obama.

*Hispanic voters. Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group. If Romney picks Rubio as his VP running-mate the GOP may pick up an extra 10% to 15% of Hispanic voters (plus lock down Florida). This is not good news for Obama.

*Jewish voters. Obama has been weak in his support of Israel. Many Jewish voters and big donors are angry and disappointed. I predict Obama’s Jewish support drops from 78% in 2008 to the low 60’s. This is not good news for Obama.

*Youth voters. Obama’s biggest and most enthusiastic believers from 4 years ago have graduated into a job market from hell. Young people are disillusioned, frightened, and broke- a bad combination. The enthusiasm is long gone. Turnout will be much lower among young voters, as will actual voting percentages. This not good news for Obama.

*Catholic voters. Obama won a majority of Catholics in 2008. That won’t happen again. Out of desperation to please women, Obama went to war with the Catholic Church over contraception. Now he is being sued by the Catholic Church. Majority lost. This is not good news for Obama.

*Small Business owners. Because I ran for Vice President last time around, and I’m a small businessman myself, I know literally thousands of small business owners. At least 40% of them in my circle of friends, fans and supporters voted for Obama 4 years ago to “give someone different a chance.” I warned them that he would pursue a war on capitalism and demonize anyone who owned a business…that he’d support unions over the private sector in a big way…that he’d overwhelm the economy with spending and debt. My friends didn’t listen. Four years later, I can’t find one person in my circle of small business owner friends voting for Obama. Not one. This is not good news for Obama.

*Blue collar working class whites. Do I need to say a thing? White working class voters are about as happy with Obama as Boston Red Sox fans feel about the New York Yankees. This is not good news for Obama.

*Suburban moms. The issue isn’t contraception…it’s having a job to pay for contraception. Obama’s economy frightens these moms. They are worried about putting food on the table. They fear for their children’s future. This is not good news for Obama.

*Military Veterans. McCain won this group by 10 points. Romney is winning by 24 points. The more our military vets got to see of Obama, the more they disliked him. This is not good news for Obama.

Add it up. Is there one major group where Obama has gained since 2008? Will anyone in America wake up on election day saying “I didn’t vote for Obama 4 years ago. But he’s done such a fantastic job, I can’t wait to vote for him today.” Does anyone feel that a vote for Obama makes their job more secure?

Kataklysmic on August 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM

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

If I had the money that Romney does and my accountant wasn’t practicing “aggressive tax avoidence” he’d be looking for a job.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 4, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench

Foo Fighters, most decibels ever.

the new aesthetic on August 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Hey – Paul Begala – where is Harry’s tax returns? Nancy Pelosi’s? Oh yeah – they file ‘financial disclosure forms’, but do not actually release their tax forms. Matter of fact, Harry has not released his tax forms in 40 years. How exactally did he become rich on a Senator’s salary again? I want to see Harry’s (public financed) tax returns before I focus on Mitt’s (privatly financed) tax returns.

mouell on August 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

“Smear?” Yeah, that sounds about right.

cynccook on August 4, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Skidmark is closer.

Mimzey on August 4, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Kataklysmic on August 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Yes, thank you. Obama has no where to go but down, in just about every group. Must keep repeating this over and over…

esr1951 on August 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM

We know that Romney became a millionaire by his work in the private sector. We don’t know how Reid became a millionaire while working in the public sector. Inquiring minds want to know. Why don’t the Republicans start beating this drum?

Jasper61 on August 4, 2012 at 9:20 PM

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

Only Democrats think that obeying tax laws is somehow a crime or immoral.

“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. THERE IS NOT EVEN A PATRIOTIC DUTY TO INCREASE ONE’S TAXES.

Over and over again, the courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging his affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for NOBODY OWES ANY PUBLIC DUTY TO PAY MORE THAN THE LAW DEMANDS.”

If Harry Reid and Paul Begala do not like the Federal tax code, then change it. Mitt Romney has never been a Senator or worked for a Democratic President. He has never written any Federal tax legislation. He is merely following the laws written by people like Harry Reid and signed by people like President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Interesting: Boleteros’: Inside the Shady World of Ballot-Brokers

When I first glanced at the title I was sure it was in a South American country.

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Karl Rove is right. Romney should dare Reid to accuse him of not paying taxes for a decade in a venue other than on the floor of the house or Senate.

The constitution states that congressmen shall not be questioned in any other place for statements they make in congress. His is insulated from prosecution for libel.

Romney should also say that there is no year in which he has not owed taxes and as such the IRS should arrest him if he failed to pay taxes for even one year, let alone ten.

Reid is despicable.

The Rock on August 4, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Why don’t the Republicans start beating this drum?

Jasper61 on August 4, 2012 at 9:20 PM

You know that little speck on the top of chickensh!t?
It’s still chickensh!t.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 4, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Romney should retain several high profile attorneys, including Bob Bennett, who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment. Have them fly to Boston and meet in one location where they can all review his tax returns, cancelled cheques, bank statements showing the debits for payments, etc. Then, have them swear out affidavits that they have reviewed same and can confirm that Mitt Romney has, in fact, paid taxes every year for the last 10 or 15 or 20 years.

Then, let Harry call them liars.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I’ve been thinking all day wondering what to do when being bitten by a snake. And then I thought: WWHBD- What Would Honey Badger Do?
And that’s: be a badass,
a BAMF,
don’t give a sh!t,
get out of the way stupid
Be a BADASS, Mitt and don’t give a sh!t. Make my day….

gracie on August 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Honey badger..nasty.

Great video.

Terrye on August 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The Scam revealed: Howard Kurtz Exposes How the AP Manufactured Romney’s Palestinian ‘Gaffe’

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Esr1951
Kataklysmic

I disagree. None of that answers the arguement laid out for Obama winning the electoral college, which is all that matters. Now unless you think Obama is going to lose whole states that democrats have normally won, the groups you mentioned don’t matter Except. in the swing states btw most echo reports I have read show Obama winning even with out those states.

Politricks on August 4, 2012 at 9:29 PM

His is insulated from prosecution for libel.

The Rock on August 4, 2012 at 9:23 PM

ONLY for statements made on the floor of the Senate. Thus far, he has given an interview to the Huffington Post and held a telephone conference with the Nevada media. Neither can be conducted on the floor of the Senate. He doesn’t have immunity for slanderous statements made in the hall, his office, on the steps of the Capitol, etc.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 9:29 PM

for the shame of the NV (people), but you knew that :(

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2012 at 9:29 PM

FIFY allah

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Ted c is on a roll. (:

SparkPlug on August 4, 2012 at 9:32 PM

One of the many ironies of Reid’s accusation is that he knows full well Romney pays between 10% and 16% of his gross income in tithes to his church (10% is what is asked so he voulntarily goes above and beyond). If Romney is really the bastard child of Hitler and Gordon Gecko as Reid et al assert, how do they explain his tithes? Wouldn’t a money grubbing degenerate willing to break the law in order to keep every last cent clutched in his grubby paws laugh at the notion of donating to charity? Would such a person waive a 7 figure salary to run the olympics? Would such a person waive a 6 figure salary to govern MA?

Having our intelligence constantly insulted is far more irritating than simply being lied to.

Kataklysmic on August 4, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 9:29 PM

True…and he made the slanderous comment the day bef. he spoke on the floor.

He is a degenerate, but Obama is the biggest rat of all the leftist latrine rats.

Obama owns this.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2012 at 9:32 PM

The Chicago Way: Ten Days in the Police Academy, 14 Years on Disability

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I got a phone call from a very, very credible source this week that Harry Reid and Barney Frank have a lot more in common than
just being fellow democrats. I don’t know that is for certain but it’s something I’ve heard from my anonymous source. Come on Harry, prove this is not true!!

Sailor on August 4, 2012 at 9:32 PM

BallisticBob on August 4, 2012 at 9:28 PM

As long as Obama and his thugs are in power, we will have the best kakistocracy that money, corruption, greed, sloth, envy, self-pity, and hatred can buy.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Kataklysmic on August 4, 2012 at 9:32 PM

In 2004 he forefeited his salary too.

Thease are Thugs of the highest rank, charlatans. They run the land, they own you.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Anyone who believes Reid is a halfwit, the IRS wouldn’t let Mitt slide, not for a New York minute, he’s a republican… and only democrats get away with being tax cheats..

reference Obama’s appointments.

The payback for this outrageous kind of vile smear should be something to behold. But the MSM doggedly repeats the smear without ever questioning Reid’s sanity. Any payback will have to come from the GOP, because the MSM and democrats just don’t care about ethics enough to bother. Reid should be impeached.

mark81150 on August 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

He is a degenerate, but Obama is the biggest rat of all the leftist latrine rats.

Obama owns this.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2012 at 9:32 PM

True, but just remember:

In the grand scheme of things, Obama is nothing but an haemorrhoid on the anus that is Progressivism.

Just getting rid of him will not be enough.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Mitt Romney, Badass for President.
Tell ‘em to FO, Mitt.
U don’t give a sh!t if they want your tax records or not. You’re not coughin’ up. If they get ‘em, Obama stole ‘em, putting him even further on the road to impeachment if he does happen to eek out a win. And just for the rodent say: Oh, and Harry Rodent, whether I win or lose I’m gonna make sure u are no longer top dog in the Senate come January 2013.

gracie on August 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM

like whether Romney’s dear friend, Bibi, will give him the Mossad’s file on Obama.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

There’s none more thorough and comprehensive, and the Degenerate in Chief knows it.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Oh, and Harry Rodent, whether I win or lose I’m gonna make sure u are no longer top dog in the Senate come January 2013.

gracie on August 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM

The only punishment that screaming freak would feel… strip him of his Senate power and watch him come unglued..

mark81150 on August 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Politricks on August 4, 2012 at 9:29 PM

So we just give up?

esr1951 on August 4, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Obama banks on Romney’s decency, the Thug Extraordinaire.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2012 at 9:38 PM

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.”

Really? You are really trying to make moral equivalence here between having actual records from Kerry’s service in Vietnam and actual testimony from people who served with and around Kerry and a nameless, faceless, investor in Bain who claims to have had access to 10 years or more of Romney’s tax records.

Really? Just how stupid do you think we are?

/You don’t need to answer that, libs always think everybody else is dumber than they are. That’s why libs hate other people having so much money when they are just college professors and not wildly rich, it seems so unfair for the uber-smart libs not to be as rich as the stupid capitalists around them.

AZfederalist on August 4, 2012 at 9:38 PM

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