Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on August 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

[T]hose who fall within the base of the Democratic Party tend not to bite quite as quickly on an unsubstantiated accusation [as Republicans do] — even when the charges are being proposed by their own side. It’s just not the way these folks play the political game and, if truth be told, they are embarrassed that their party has chosen to sign up for the event in the first place.

If you doubt this, good luck finding a Democratic leader willing to stand up for Harry Reid and his unproven accusations.

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Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on Sunday did not disavow claims made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years, although he didn’t indicate that the campaign had reason to believe the claims are true.

“I don’t know who Harry was talking to,” Axelrod told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “The point here, though, Chris, is the Romney campaign and Gov. Romney can resolve this in 10 seconds – they can release the tax returns.”…

“Why don’t they just put this to rest?” he said. “What is it that he’s hiding?”

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Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who appeared on “This Week” before Priebus, declined to criticize Reid and said that Romney could clear the air by releasing more returns.

“I do know that Mitt Romney could clear this up in 10 seconds by releasing the 23 years of tax returns that he gave to John McCain when he was being vetted for vice president. Or even 12 years of tax returns that his own father said were what was appropriate. Because one year of tax returns, like he’s released, could just be for show,” said Wasserman Schultz, who added that she does not know Reid’s source.”Like the overwhelming majority of voters believe, because the polls all show, that Mitt Romney owes us more than one year of tax returns. Owes us answers to questions about his overseas investments, owes us answers to questions about why he’s decided to invest in foreign countries, as opposed to investing in the United States.”

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Schieffer compared the whole controversy with Reid and Romney to the days of Joe McCarthy.

“Isn’t this kind of like Joe McCarthy back in the era when he said, ‘I have in my hand the names of 400 people in the State Department who are communists’? It turns out he didn’t, and he was saying that the way to prove that they’re not is for them to come forward there. I mean, asking somebody to come forward just because there’s been an unsubstantiated charge, that’s a little thin to me.”

[Former Ohio Gov. Ted] Strickland insisted that the people “deserve to know” what is in Romney’s taxes, and defended Reid by saying that Romney’s lack of transparency on his returns “invites speculation.”

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Candy Crowley, CNN: To the propriety of the leader of the Democrats in the Senate accusing, based on a source, the Republican nominee of not paying any taxes for 10 years, is that something that Chicago has encouraged? Do you want him to stop?

Robert Gibbs: Let’s be clear, I don’t think anybody controls Harry Reid.

Crowley: But if you asked him to stop, he would.

Gibbs: Again, put the tax returns out. Put this whole thing to rest. Candy, have you ever seen anybody go to such great lengths to not put something out? And when you generally don’t put something out, isn’t it because you’re generally hiding something?

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Robert Gibbs on CNN and David Axelrod on Fox in their own Sunday turns expertly avoided commenting on Reid’s tactics (although they were asked to repeatedly) and did their more-in-sadness-than-in-anger act suggesting that all Romney has to do is release more years and everything will be just fine.

But it is all status quo: Romney has no intention of releasing additional years; the media will keep demanding it; most Republicans will quietly gripe that Romney has handled this all badly; many Republicans will quietly argue that Romney should and will put out additional years; a few Republicans will continue to break ranks and publicly urge Romney to put out additional years; the Obama campaign and the White House will continue to laugh and laugh and laugh at how easily they have hijacked the debate, moved the spotlight off the economy, and put Romney on the defensive; and polls will show a mixed verdict on if the matter is hurting Romney or not.

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Via Mediaite.


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Gary Johnson is the solution candidate.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 3:38 AM

Gary Johnson is Ron Paul. Without the broad public support.

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Gary Johnson is the solution candidate.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 3:38 AM

Honest question here. How heavily did you promote GJ before Daddy Paul suspended campaigning and Rand endorsed Romney? From what I’ve seen, THAT (Rand’s endorsement) is what truly sent all of the Paul folks into a frenzy.

I really must be off to bed, but I’ll check tomorrow for your honest answer.

4Grace on August 6, 2012 at 3:48 AM

you don’t “harp” on them equally.

Slade73 on August 6, 2012 at 3:36 AM

I’ve spent a lot more time here at HotAir over the years fighting Obama and the Democrats than I have Romney.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 3:49 AM

why do you both love playing the harp, and also love floating? cause that’s sorta…gay.

Slade73 on August 6, 2012 at 3:50 AM

You should attend one of his rallies and then faint like the Obama Hope-n-Changers did. : )

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 3:41 AM

aww, I sense some hair envy there :-)…whadda matter, nobody faints at garry johnson’s rallies’??? no pretty boy and no charisma?? :)…

jimver on August 6, 2012 at 3:56 AM

wtf? rock is a sorta gay

Slade73 on August 6, 2012 at 4:12 AM

Systematic deceit and deflection turned into a personal attack. It’s somewhere in that satanic Rules for Radicals, by their patron saint- Saul Alinsky.

Or their other hero who told us that if you tell a big enough lie, over and over, it soon becomes the truth.

Immorality, the left’s best weapon against America.

Don L on August 6, 2012 at 4:16 AM

Immorality? The left’s best weapon is that everyone is stupid.

Slade73 on August 6, 2012 at 4:19 AM

Is there anyone awake who isn’t stupid?

Slade73 on August 6, 2012 at 4:25 AM

wuss

Slade73 on August 6, 2012 at 4:29 AM

Put this whole thing to rest. Candy, have you ever seen anybody go to such great lengths to not put something out? And when you generally don’t put something out, isn’t it because you’re generally hiding something?

That’s rich, coming from Gibbs. Late to the party, but do his remarks apply to Barky’s birth certificate, school and college records, academic papers, legislative records, and the list goes on…?

indyvet on August 6, 2012 at 5:55 AM

O/T: We just have to keep standing up for what we believe in. Like this guy. My take.

kingsjester on August 6, 2012 at 6:27 AM

good morning HA crew!

mika digging warrens latest article…no bias there/

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 6:52 AM

kingsjester on August 6, 2012 at 6:27 AM

good take KJ :)

telling it like it is….

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Gosh, how liberals are so offended by hearing the truth.
As Pope John Paul II urged us; call black, black, white, white, and sin, sin.

So calling a politician a liar is like saying fish do swim.

Calling a liberal politician a liar is like saying dead fish stink!!

Don L on August 6, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Systematic deceit and deflection turned into a personal attack. It’s somewhere in that satanic Rules for Radicals, by their patron saint- Saul Alinsky.

Or their other hero who told us that if you tell a big enough lie, over and over, it soon becomes the truth.

Immorality, the left’s best weapon against America.

Don L on August 6, 2012 at 4:16 AM

Immorality? The left’s best weapon is that everyone is stupid.

Slade73 on August 6, 2012 at 4:19 AM

Stupid, or content with the corrupt culture we have made?

Don L on August 6, 2012 at 6:57 AM

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Thank you, ma’am! He’s a proud American.

kingsjester on August 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Don L on August 6, 2012 at 6:57 AM

When you don’t believe in morality and ethics, you have nothing to be ashamed of…unfortunately.

kingsjester on August 6, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Well, Ann Coulter has finally sunk so low she is appearing, right next to, that POS Van Jones. When you swim in the sewer, you just might get e-coli.

As for all of the talk about:

“Why not just release the tax records and this will be done with in 10 seconds”

- That is only being a puppet, dancing to their tune.
Mittens would be a fool to fold now.
And speaking of “transparency”, how those Leftist talking heads can accuse Romney of being secretive when even they knew nothing of Barry Soetoro in 2008, makes me wonder on what planet they have been living.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Between those two C0cksucking, lying sons of b!tches, I’m not sure who’s more inept. Who needs this brand of political bullsh!t?

These two couldn’t find their a$$ with both hands. They don’t even pretend to act like adults.

Just pathetic.

DevilsPrinciple on August 6, 2012 at 7:12 AM

The WI shooter has been ID’d in the shooting thread…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2012 at 7:13 AM

joe thinks he is a true conservative….now that is funny

heh

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 7:14 AM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2012 at 7:13 AM

thanks OC…

saw an article from across the pond calling him a racist white supremist…

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 7:15 AM

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 7:15 AM

LSM to turn up rhetoric that he is a Tea Party conservative in 5 4 3 3 1…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2012 at 7:18 AM

MJ crew really wants portman to be the vp…

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 7:20 AM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2012 at 7:18 AM

no doubt

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 7:21 AM

joe thinks he is a true conservative….now that is funny

heh

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 7:14 AM

I heard that. It’s not good to SNORT first thing in the morning when you have just taken a sip of coffee.

Naturally Curly on August 6, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Naturally Curly on August 6, 2012 at 7:44 AM

:)

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 7:47 AM

mika appalled that reince called harry a dirty liar….

when the shoe fits mika…

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Gary Johnson is the solution candidate.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 3:38 AM

This real conservative simply cannot vote for Mittens. I am sick and tired of the GOP offering another “My Turn” candidate.
Gary Johnson would be a breath of very fresh air.
(of course he has one helluva lot of homework to do, but so did barry)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 8:04 AM

OT: Oy. NRO is reporting that the GOP is releasing the names of some of the speakers for the RNCC in Tampa. McCain’s on the list. Lousy speaker, lousy message. What could go wrong? If he suffers from flashbacks, I hope he doesn’t tell the RNCC gathering that Obama’s not dangerous.

Seriously, can’t the GOP just quietly push the Bush and McCain era aside? Why go there?

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 8:08 AM

This real conservative simply cannot vote for Mittens.

Gary Johnson would be a breath of very fresh air.

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 8:04 AM

This is why election year is called “the silly season”.

Where else would you hear someone supporting a gay coddler against someone who defends traditional marriage because they are a “real conservative”?

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 8:43 AM

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 8:08 AM

You got that right!
We need someone with fire in his belly like Patrick J. Buchanan!
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Well, Ann Coulter has finally sunk so low she is appearing, right next to, that POS Van Jones.

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Yeah, they were at an Obama rally, right?

She handled herself quite well on that ABC panel and he wasn’t exactly getting away with his BS with her hovering over him, was he?

Marcus on August 6, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Where else would you hear someone supporting a gay coddler against someone who defends traditional marriage because they are a “real conservative”?

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 8:43 AM

And that differs from the progeny of polygamists, how?
Recall the Stevie Ray Vaughn tune “Willy the Wimp”?
That is Mittens. He evaded the draft and NONE of his FIVE sons ever serve their country. Pretty damn pathetic in my eyes.
Of course that would be MessKo since that is from where the Romney clan hails, but I digress.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Axelrod ~ “Why don’t they just put this to rest?” he said. “What is it that he’s hiding?”

Wasserman-Schultz ~ “Owes us answers to questions about his …”

Schieffer ~ “lack of transparency … invites speculation.”

Gibbs ~ “Candy, have you ever seen anybody go to such great lengths to not put something out? And when you generally don’t put something out, isn’t it because you’re generally hiding something?”

Now, let’s ask all these very, very concerned citizens about Obama’s travel, school, and citizenship records, and see if any of these same words come forth.

Freelancer on August 6, 2012 at 9:15 AM

It almost sounds like they know what’s in Romney’s tax returns from previous years that they want out in the open so they can point to it and say, SEE, SEE. I think he’s released 2 years of returns and will comply with the law. Other than that, all the dems can go to he!!.

Kissmygrits on August 6, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Good morning all — Just popping in to say that last night in this thread I apologized on behalf of all Greek-Americans for the embarrassment that is George Stephanopolous. However, this morning my mother (who knows *every* Greek-American there is) informed me that Reince Priebus is Greek too (I checked it out — he is). So, I believe Priebus’s awesomeness cancels out George Stephanopolous’s sucktitude.

Kind of like how Jennifer Aniston cancels out Tina Fey. ;-)

Have a good day.

Dark Star on August 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM

“The point here, though, Chris, is the Romney campaign and Gov. Romney can resolve this in 10 seconds – they can release the tax returns.”…

What a lie. He releases his tax returns and the Democrat attack dogs go over them at length and point out how he used mechanisms to save here & there on taxes not available to the average or poor man. More ways to generate accusations in the Democrat’s distract the dumb public & class warfare strategies. Besides it makes Romney jump through hoops on his time. They’ll then generate more lies for more hoop jumping.

Romney is no fool and is not falling for this while the attack dogs self-righteously claim he’s hiding evil stuff. It’s the old communist/left wing rationale of lies in the service of the party are really admirable acts for the noble cause.

Chessplayer on August 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I wonder why no one has realized yet that this is a classic Romney rope-a-dope: there’s nothing to hide in his tax returns, and he’s probably known for a decade that Democrats would try to make this an issue. So he’s letting the Dems focus their attacks on something he can easily clear up in September/October.

And then, there’s three months and tens of millions of Dem effort wasted on a non-issue. Plus, the nuttier Dems get on this issue the more he can play the self-righteous indignation card when he finally releases them. Reid is playing right into Romney’s hands here.

Notice that this is very similar to what Barack Obama did with the Birther issue.

TallDave on August 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

It’s genius, really — when he does release them, all the erstwhile Dem speculation will also inoculate Romney against the inevitable “Bush DUI” “Forged Bush Guard Memos” October surprises.

He can just say “Yeah, remember all that stuff they said about my tax returns? Remind me how that one turned out.”

TallDave on August 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

And that differs from the progeny of polygamists, how?

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Romney has only ever had one wife. That’s less than John McCain and Rudy Guiliani.

Marriage according to Mitt:
“A relationship between one man and one woman.”

Marriage according to Gary Johnson:

A man and a woman
A man and a man
A woman and a woman and 50 guys watching over the internet
A man, a five piece Ikea™ dinette set and a very naughty hex wrench
A 17 year old girl and a 140 year old borderline child molester that drinks blood (hey, I just had a great idea for a movie!)
A man, two sets of siamese triplets and a registered sex offender who swears he just likes to watch
A man, a latvian circus dwarf and a hot tub full of chocolate pudding
Two “bronies” who think that “friendship is magic”

Plus anything else that is technically illegal but the San Francisco DA has been ordered not to prosecute.

Mitt Romney believes that the traditional family is the bedrock of our society. While Gary Johnson thinks that marriage is a traveling freak show because he’s a “real conservative”!

You sick @#$%.

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

You sick @#$%.

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

You are a Canadian and call ME a “sick @#$%”, eh?
LMAO
Look around, hoser.
States´ Rights are just that. Read the AMERICAN Constitution.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

You are a Canadian and call ME a “sick @#$%”, eh?

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

1st, being from somewhere other than the United States doesn’t make one sick, you racist.

2nd, my ancestors fought for Americas Independence during the American Revolution.

3rd, I love your country more than your own First Lady does. Like my fellow Canadian Mark Steyn, I’ve long held a deep respect and fondness for our neighbors to the south. Both he and I recognize the the United States of America is the lynch-pin of western civilization and without it, we will all fall.

Finally, a gay-marrying baby-killer is not conservative.

God Bless America and God Save the Queen.

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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