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.

***

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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[T]hose who fall within the base of the Democratic Party

are the enemy. Make no mistake about that.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Bah humbug…Reid stinks!!

Scrumpy on August 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Stand your ground Mitt and call for Harry’s,Pelosi’s,little Debbies,and Axelrods tax returns.

docflash on August 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Always with the “what is he hiding” meme… What is Obama hiding eh?
Get off it already…

Evening all!! Have a wonderful QOTD!! I shall return :-)

Scrumpy on August 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Stand your ground Mitt and call for Harry’s,Pelosi’s,little Debbies,and Axelrods RESIGNATIONS.

docflash on August 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

That too.

CurtZHP on August 5, 2012 at 8:09 PM

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

The point here Chris is that we are desperate. Nevermind presumption of innocence or having to prove allegations of wrong doing. We in the Obama campaign are nothing more than worthless latrine rats pretending to care about this nation and her citizens.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2012 at 8:09 PM

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?

Obama would be the answer to both of those questions! Too bad there wasn’t anyone to answer them. I didn’t watch that show, so don’t know if any R’s were on or not. What a missed opportunity.

Romney needs to make a video of that!!!

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, DWS, BHO, the whole bunch of them are dirty as day-old diapers, but the mainstream media continues to carry their water. Pathetic.

Ishmael on August 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Stop giving the damned story a new set of legs everyday and the dimwit dems will stop making attacks like this, in the form of baseless accusations, because they will cease to be effective.

*changes channel*

Wolfmoon on August 5, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Just the release the returns.
What is he hiding? Either there is something to hide, or he’d release them. At least this is the logic that seems plausible to the not so brilliant voters. The voters are not so smart, but Romney must have a good reason to hide the returns. And why run for office if you have something to hide? I know, that’s a Dem talking point that is nonsensical.

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Are you in the habit of giving ammunition to a thug that wants to shoot you dead?

Wolfmoon on August 5, 2012 at 8:19 PM

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.

Perhaps while we are waiting for Romney to comply with the tactics of Axelrod, these two traitors could explain why it took so long for the jug-eared Kenyan to release his birth certificate. After all this issue could clearly have been resolved years before it was. Why the delay? Why the hiding if there was nothing to this?

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM

With McCain, Palin, Romney, anyone from the GOP side, it’s an anal probe. But with Billy Jeff and Barry & Co. it’s, “who cares?”

predator on August 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I think Mitt should say, I will release all my tax returns as soon as Obama lifts the executive privilage off of the Fast and Furious documents he is hiding.

magicbeans on August 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Meanwhile…..GaffeBiden Strikes Again!

Biden: Put Osama on Obama’s 2012 bumper sticker

The quest marches on for a bumper sticker for the 2012 Obama campaign, and Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. believes the slogan should highlight the death of Osama bin Laden.

At a campaign event in Manchester, N.H., Thursday night,

Mr. Biden offered this suggestion for the campaign’s 2012 bumper sticker:

“Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”
**********************************************************

The vice president said the bailout of the American auto industry saved “millions” of jobs, including 20,000 in New Hampshire. The administration cites the killing of bin Laden last spring as one of its top national-security achievements.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/feb/24/biden-put-osama-bin-laden-obamas-2012-bumper-stick/

canopfor on August 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Just the release the returns.
What is he hiding? Either there is something to hide, or he’d release them. At least this is the logic that seems plausible to the not so brilliant voters. The voters are not so smart, but Romney must have a good reason to hide the returns. And why run for office if you have something to hide? I know, that’s a Dem talking point that is nonsensical.

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Oh, I don’t know, I think that most voters know extortion when they see it.

The thing is if they had not called Romney a felon based on nothing other than their own vivid imagination…then Romney might well have relented and released more tax returns..but between the bs put out by the Democrats over Bain and Reid’s insane and unsubstantiated charges, the Democrats have made it easier for Romney to say NO…

I think he should tell them to go pound sand myself.

BTW, why won’t Holder and Obama release the documents pertaining to Fast Furious? What are they hiding? Do you care? Probably not..we are just talking about dead people..no big deal.Right?

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 8:33 PM

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Foolish idea.
It’s about controlling the narrative.
It needs to stay on the economy and Obama’s failed policies.
Nothing should be done to take away from those matters.

22044 on August 5, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Romney has publicly stated that the statements of dingy-harry reid and other d-cRAT socialists concerning his taxes are LIES without a shred of truth behind them.

Meanwhile, dingy-harry has NOT denied the rumors that he is a life-long pederast.

Interesting.

TeaPartyNation on August 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

With McCain, Palin, Romney, anyone from the GOP side, it’s an anal probe. But with Billy Jeff and Barry & Co. it’s, “who cares?”

predator on August 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Absolutely true.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I see the libs have their talking points all in sync-”Romney could clear this up in just a few minutes”. Many of us have been saying that about Obama for the past 3 1/2 years.

iamsaved on August 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM

the left.media is giddy over this.

Trippi said this am that barry is holding a bag of goodies for his constituents to sweeten the pot…and that he’ll release the goodies a little at a time to help his GOTV.

the Rs and their pundits need to talk about the Machine and the spoils system. Cost wrote a whole book on it.

it might work at a city level…but for an advanced country this system will implode…you can not give treats to everyone everyday.

most of our voters an infantile enough to go along…and the press is just one more progressive/leftist special interest group.

We need intelligent, free thinking people to start talking seriously about our current model of governance…regrettably that rules out the press.

r keller on August 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I see the libs have their talking points all in sync-”Romney could clear this up in just a few minutes”. Many of us have been saying that about Obama for the past 3 1/2 years.

iamsaved on August 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Actually, they said 10 seconds..not a minute or two minutes, but specifically 10 seconds.

hmmmm

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Oops,that gaffe was from, February 24, 2012, 08:21AM
sorry!!

Heres the latest story,er,re-cycled gaffe!

Disabled American Veterans welcome VP Joe Biden
Aug. 4, 2012
*************

The VP used the opportunity to tout the policies of the last 4 years and how the Obama presidency was able to help disabled veterans. Offering up,

“Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,”
*******************************************************

as a possible bumper sticker slogan.

The fact that this year is an election year was not lost on disabled veterans.
==================

http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/165030506.html

canopfor on August 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Not to worry. Lowerbackside assures us regularly that he and his comrades are going to out the returns in October.

CurtZHP on August 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM

We need intelligent, free thinking people to start talking seriously about our current model of governance…regrettably that rules out the press.

r keller on August 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Yes, the press is disgraceful.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Harry Reid always has been the second stage of what’s in Rafalca’s feed bag, he’s a completely owned democrat machine, organized crime syndicate liberal.

Like uncle Joe would say, he’s a Vegas pol man!

What do you expect? He’s just one more knob job away from freedom.

Speakup on August 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM

If the Dems want a credible liar, then they need to pick someone other than Harry Reid. He may be a power broker in the Senate, but I’ve always seen him as the guy who was born to play Uriah Heep.

INC on August 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM

DO NOT CAVE MITT….

tell them all to pound sand…this is just distraction part 45 by the obama administration and nothing else….

folks are trying to compare this to dear leader’s birth certificate…apples and oranges my friend…

cmsinaz on August 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

canopfor on August 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM

what a maroon

cmsinaz on August 5, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 8:33 PM

THIS

spot on T

cmsinaz on August 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

[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]
===============

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,I smell Donkey Poo!

canopfor on August 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Did Team Mitt forget that this is going to be the nastiest Presidential Race in U.S. history? Obama is not going to go down quietly.

Did the GOP and Team Mitt not learn the lessons of why the W. Bush years were a failure? Allowing the Left to define who you are to the American people without fighting back was one.

Team Mitt better start fighting back or Obama is going to win in Nov. If his team of advisers aren’t up to the job, then he better replace them stat.

RedRobin145 on August 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Candy, have you ever seen anybody go to such great lengths to not put something out?

Confirmed: Gibbs either born about two weeks ago or has been in a coma since 2008.

Bishop on August 5, 2012 at 8:46 PM

The worst thing Romney can do is release his tax returns. If he releases 6 they’ll want 8, if he releases 8 they’ll want 10. They know he paid taxes, he paid more taxes than GE did, which would be what I’d say if I were Romney. I’m sure he paid more than Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz combined.

Look at the ad Obama’s putting out, that he made $20 million and only paid 14.5% taxes, you notice how they scrupulously avoid how much money that is? If he releases 12 years they’ll be doing this with every single one of those years.

Just refuse, like JOhn Kerry did, and tell the world you paid more taxes, as an individual, than GE did as a corporation. Let Obama defend his big jobs guy, who not only doesn’t pay taxes, but sends jobs to China.

bflat879 on August 5, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I think Mitt should say, I will release all my tax returns as soon as Obama lifts the executive privilage off of the Fast and Furious documents he is hiding.

magicbeans on August 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Huge! Don’t give it away for free! Romney should make a lot of noise that he will release those returns in exchange for those F & F docs and O’s college transcripts and (Marxist) college thesis.
Brilliant! … unless Mitt does have something to hide, and he won’t even offer that deal. Still, no problem, just go ahead and offer the deal, because you can bet your bottom dollar that the transcripts and F & F docs won’t be released.

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I am really interested in seeing Obama’s thesis and college transcripts more.

Mutnodjmet on August 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM

bflat879 on August 5, 2012 at 8:47 PM

+1

cmsinaz on August 5, 2012 at 8:51 PM

canopfor on August 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

stinkaroo

cmsinaz on August 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Mitt needs to give a speech and basically say I will not give into Chicago thug style threats and intimidation.

Then point out everything they are hiding.

Guy would pick up 10 points in a heartbeat.

gophergirl on August 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Team Mitt better start fighting back or Obama is going to win in Nov. If his team of advisers aren’t up to the job, then he better replace them stat.

RedRobin145 on August 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Exactly. Axelrod had destroyed every opponent this clown has ever had in some fashion. It’s the only way the guy can win. He is the template for “empty suit.”

predator on August 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Bob Schieffer Invokes Joe McCarthy During Discussion On Harry Reid
video
11:52 am, August 5th, 2012
***************************

Strickland said the best way for Romney to put the whole issue to rest is to release the returns. 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.”
(more…)
==========

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bob-schieffer-invokes-joe-mccarthy-during-discussion-on-harry-reid/

canopfor on August 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

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 income 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.”

He noted that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee gave 23 years of returns to John McCain and has only released one year to the American people.

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

“They ought to release the returns and that would put all of this to rest.”

What is it that he’s hiding?

Is he talking about the FAST & FURIOUS documents?

Is he talking about the college transcripts?

Is he talking about the passport records?

Is he talking about his records from Occidental?

Is he talking about…………..oh, wait is Axelrod talking about Obama or that Romney guy?

PappyD61 on August 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

DO NOT CAVE MITT….

tell them all to pound sand…this is just distraction part 45 by the obama administration and nothing else….

folks are trying to compare this to dear leader’s birth certificate…apples and oranges my friend…

cmsinaz on August 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

AMEN.

Mitt should also start saying that while the democrats are only focused on my tax return – I’m focused on improving the tax returns for millions of Americans.

gophergirl on August 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Mitt needs to give a speech and basically say I will not give into Chicago thug style threats and intimidation.

Then point out everything they are hiding.

Guy would pick up 10 points in a heartbeat.

gophergirl on August 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

**unless he wants to throw the election like McCain did.

PappyD61 on August 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Fast and Furious: what are they hiding?
Obama’s medical records: what are they hiding?
Leaks of classified information: what are they hiding?
Solyndra: what are they hiding?
Foreign campaign donors: what are they hiding?
Back room deals on Obamacare: what are they hiding?
Location of Joe Biden’s brain: where is it hiding?

natasha333 on August 5, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Bah humbug…Reid stinks!!

Scrumpy on August 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM

He does look like the kind of guy that has let personal hygiene go to hell. If I am on an airplane and he comes along and mumbles something about my row, I’m thinking “oh no, please”.

slickwillie2001 on August 5, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Mitt needs to give a speech and basically say I will not give into Chicago thug style threats and intimidation.

Then point out everything they are hiding.

Guy would pick up 10 points in a heartbeat.

gophergirl on August 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

He should also point out that Reid and his “informants” having access to his (Romney’s) tax returns is a violation of Federal law. And that if the IRS gave this information out on him, they could do the same to anybody the Obamanista crowd doesn’t like.

It’s not enough that Romney tell them “you first”. He should demand a Federal investigation of exactly who is playing fast and loose with the rules at the IRS. And if the orders came from the White House, then that alone should be grounds for the House Judiciary Committee to subpoena a few people, like Reid and Axelrod, to explain themselves.

Criminal charges to follow.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Team Mitt better start fighting back or Obama is going to win in Nov. If his team of advisers aren’t up to the job, then he better replace them stat.

RedRobin145 on August 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Exactly what do you suggest that he do? He has already told them to put up or shut up..Is he supposed to spend all of his time and energy calling these people liars?

That might be what they want..the more time he spends responding to this, the less time we are talking about Obama’s crappy record.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Doesn’t anyone besides me see the link between this farce and the “BIRTHER” line of logic. Simply go through all of Reid’s and the surrogates’ quotes, and replace the word “tax returns” with birth certificates, then you’ll see the template unfolding.

kburchard on August 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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?

oh my gosh!!! and Candy Crowley asked what freeking followup question about this statement?

If she didn’t ask about Obama and the Fast and Furious docs then she just ads more fuel to the fire……THAT THE AMERICAN MEDIA IS TRAITOROUS!!!

PappyD61 on August 5, 2012 at 9:01 PM

It’s not enough that Romney tell them “you first”. He should demand a Federal investigation of exactly who is playing fast and loose with the rules at the IRS. And if the orders came from the White House, then that alone should be grounds for the House Judiciary Committee to subpoena a few people, like Reid and Axelrod, to explain themselves.

Criminal charges to follow.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

But they never actually said they had access to the returns..the careful to never mention the IRS. Who would the feds investigate?

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Candy, have you ever seen anybody go to such great lengths to not put something out?

Why, yes, Gibbsy, I have.

And when you generally don’t put something out, isn’t it because you’re generally hiding something?

Is that what it means, Gibbsy?

John the Libertarian on August 5, 2012 at 9:03 PM

RNC weighs in on Harry “The Liar”!

RNC’s Reince Priebus: Harry Reid Is A ‘Dirty Liar’
video
11:33 am, August 5th, 2012
**************************

Priebus first went after President Obama over the unemployment rate and his overall record on the economy before preemptively tearing into Reid.

“I’m not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn’t fired a single page of tax returns himself, complains about people with money but lives in the Ritz Carlton here down the street… this is just a made-up issue.”
=====================

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rncs-reince-priebus-harry-reid-is-a-dirty-liar/

canopfor on August 5, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Doesn’t anyone besides me see the link between this farce and the “BIRTHER” line of logic. Simply go through all of Reid’s and the surrogates’ quotes, and replace the word “tax returns” with birth certificates, then you’ll see the template unfolding.

kburchard on August 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Except that Mitch McConnell is not a birther…no high ranking Republican actually went on the news and acted like a birther.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

gophergirl on August 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

absolutely…

cmsinaz on August 5, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Strickland said the best way for Romney to put the whole issue to rest is to release the returns. Schieffer compared the whole controversy with Reid and Romney to the days of Joe McCarthy.

canopfor on August 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Strickland ran for Governor here in Ohio in 2006, claiming he wasn’t the “usual kind of Democrat”, being an ordained minister, etc.

Once he was in the State House, he soon proved that the only difference between him and the “usual kind of Democrat”, like Dennis Kucinich, was an even more heightened sense of self-righteousness when he was doing something exuberantly stupid. Which is why we fired his ecclesiastical a$$ in 2010.

This latest bit of blather from Ted shows that all he has ever been is a sock-puppet for the DNC. I asssume Debbie Wasserman-Shultz is the one with her hand up his back right now.

Axelrod being busy trying to keep everybody in the MSM on the same page of the hymnal, so to speak.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Is Reid a pedophile or not?

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

davidk on August 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

exactamundo

cmsinaz on August 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM

canopfor on August 5, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I love that he called him a liar. Time to start calling them exactly what they are.

gophergirl on August 5, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Just the release the returns.
What is he hiding? Either there is something to hide, or he’d release them

The voters are not so smart, but Romney must have a good reason to hide the returns. And why run for office if you have something to hide?

… unless Mitt does have something to hide, and he won’t even offer that deal.

This seems to be the theme of your posts.

What is your purpose? Troll?

Barred on August 5, 2012 at 9:15 PM

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?

Did Peter Griffin say this with a straight face?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

More to the point, no Republican Senator stood in the well of the Senate floor and demanded Obama’s birth certificate.

No Republican Senator stood behind a podium on the Senate floor, using the nations time, breaching Senate ethics, and made unfounded and unsupported allegations regarding the president’s ethics or legitimacy.

No Republican Senator engaged in an illegality by standing on the floor of the Senate accusing a candidate for the presidency of tax evasion, a felony, to openly campaign for the sitting president, also a candidate for the presidency.

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

“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.

Who in the McCain campaign would have had access to those 23 years of Tax Returns of Romney’s? Hmmmm Not that I believe Reid, but a leak from McCain’s campaign would be a possibility considering some that were working for him.

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

[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.”

No, actually, no one “deserves” to know what’s in his taxes. Only the IRS has that “right” and it’s none of everyone else’s business.

kim roy on August 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Peeps: I think Wolfmoon is right:

Stop giving the damned story a new set of legs everyday and the dimwit dems will stop making attacks like this, in the form of baseless accusations, because they will cease to be effective.
*changes channel*
Wolfmoon on August 5, 2012 at 8:12 PM

This horse needs die. The flies have already landed. How about Nate Silver’s article that there will be no states that will go from red to blue in 2012. whoohoo! And Mitt resoundingly picks off NC and IN. Good. Now we work at picking off some more like Colorado, FL, VA and on and on. Stay positive. Morale is good when the troops have something to do.

gracie on August 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Who in the McCain campaign would have had access to those 23 years of Tax Returns of Romney’s? Hmmmm Not that I believe Reid, but a leak from McCain’s campaign would be a possibility considering some that were working for him.

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Earlier there was an article by Guy Benson in the headlines..in that article he mentioned that someone from the McCain campaign had said not only did Romney pay taxes, he paid more than he probably had to. The media did not much seem to care what he said.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Doesn’t anyone besides me see the link between this farce and the “BIRTHER” line of logic. Simply go through all of Reid’s and the surrogates’ quotes, and replace the word “tax returns” with birth certificates, then you’ll see the template unfolding.

kburchard on August 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Exactly.

rjl1999 on August 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

This horse needs to die.

oops…fixed

gracie on August 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

You are right.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:24 PM

eon on August 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

So glad we got rid of Strickland and his S.O.S. Brunner. She denied all 88 County Board of Elections access to the State Voter Data Base. Plus many other tricks to throw the vote to B.O.’s favor in 2008.

Gov. Kasich is a breath of fresh air and doing a great job here in Ohio.

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Exactly.

rjl1999 on August 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Not really..

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

The Democrat party is standing with the accused pedophile Harry Reid. I think that says enough to turn decent and civilized people off from the pedophile party but the MSM might just tell them it is OK to support an accused pederast.

jukin3 on August 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Earlier there was an article by Guy Benson in the headlines..in that article he mentioned that someone from the McCain campaign had said not only did Romney pay taxes, he paid more than he probably had to. The media did not much seem to care what he said.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Oh, really? Well if that is true, why wouldn’t McCain get that out?
I would think this would be something to pursue.

Thanks.

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM

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

This completely misses the point that the Dems, especially those in the Senate, are guilty of the sin of omission for not roundly condemning the outright lie.

College Prof on August 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM

You know what “turns me off from politics”???? Hearing Van Jones – a self-declared Communist Revolutionary/Storm Front member and Green Jobs Corruptocrat “Czar” (erstwhile of the Soros-funded Center from American Progress) opine on what turns people off from politics. What makes me throw a shoe at the screen before I throw up? Listening to a smirking George Stephanopolous (the Dem Party hack who fed America the W.H. talking point that Republicans want to prevent women from having access to contraception) – commiserate on the topic of…. what turns people off to politics.

Buy Danish on August 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I have it on good authority from super reliable sources that H. Reid’s millions came from drugs and prostitution. Just thought I throw it out there as concerned and outrages citizen. It is time for H. Reid to come clean about the source of his ill-gotten millions.

runner on August 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

This completely misses the point that the Dems, especially those in the Senate, are guilty of the sin of omission for not roundly condemning the outright lie.

College Prof on August 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Like they care

Rio Linda Refugee on August 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

[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.

Gold Medal for Joesph Goebbels level lie.

VorDaj on August 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Oh, really? Well if that is true, why wouldn’t McCain get that out?
I would think this would be something to pursue.

Thanks.

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM

McCain has tried to say there is nothing there…but it is not as if the media is hanging on his every word.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

gracie on August 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

+infinity!

22044 on August 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Actually, I’m perfectly content to allow the Democrats to bang away on this non-issue for as long as they like. While they are ranting and raving about this tax issue, they aren’t trying to make an issue of anything else.

We have about three weeks left until the convention where Romney will become the official nominee and he, and his choice for VP, will then take the battle directly to Obama. Obama will be forced to defend himself, in specifics, on his abysmal record, and answer for theses spurious charges that he and his surrogates have been making in the absence of any substantive campaign strategy.

September will see the prelude for the debates. October will see the real fireworks.

Those of us, like the HA readership, who actually follow politics already know for whom we will cast our ballots. Those who are low information voters won’t begin to pay attention until the conventions. Among this group are the vast majority of the ‘undecided’ voters.

I’m not concerned with this watery, unsubstantiated, smear-line that Obama is feeding the public right now. All of that will evaporate in the real heat of September and October.

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Even if he did release his tax returns, how many people could really understand anything about them? They don’t show assets owned, only income.

markrose1957 on August 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I still think more should proclaim my theory – 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 very shady looking real estate deals in Chicago and Nevada.

VorDaj on August 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Barred on August 5, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I seem to be about the only one here suggesting that perhaps he should consider releasing his returns, despite the fact that there are a number of high profile Repubs that have said that that’s the thing to do. Calling me a troll is not really appreciated. Further, you seem to take my quotes out of context, as they say, removing the parts where I highlighted the point that I was repeating Dem talking points.
But I’ll add here that the point of all this is to win an election, not to stick up for Mitt Romney for its own sake. We don’t want these returns dogging us all summer and fall. Also, maybe there is a way around it, as perhaps you didn’t notice that I concurred on a suggestion made by magicbeans that Mitt offer his returns in exchange for the release of the F & F docs, see: anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM.

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Sorry. My post was directed to anotherJoe.

Barred on August 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

” 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?”

Yes, Candy, I have seen ‘somebody’ go to even greater lengths to not put something out…I have seen OBAMA pay gobs of money to seal his school records, his medical records, his state senate records, etc.

Obama is definitely hiding something…a whole lot of something..a whole lot more than Romney ever thought about hiding.

marybel on August 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Candy, have you ever seen anybody go to such great lengths to not put something out?

You mean like a birth certificate? Or college transcripts?

RoadRunner on August 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM

All of this just goes to show that while you might be able to take the KKK specifically out of the democrat party, you can’t take the lynch mob out of it.

VorDaj on August 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Red herring alert.

watch the other hand.

ted c on August 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Occidental
Harvard
Columbia
Rashid Khalidi tapes

on and on and on.

ted c on August 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

we always knew this was going to get ugly…and it will get worse. Leftists don’t give up power that easily. In 2000 they got so hysterical that their mantra was that bush was ‘selected’ not ‘elected’

i think most lib/left think that obama is their birthright…so they will do anything and everything to protect it

this will be won or lost in just a couple of states…so we can expect a vicious fight in those states. all R pundits must be on board and willing to fight…i’m not sure our pundits are that much into street fighting. All left pundits love street fights (think beckel)…as Alinsky says, give them stuff they enjoy doing.

r keller on August 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

This whole thing means that their opposition research turned up absolutely nothing, zero , zilch and this is their last desperate salvo. They want Romney to do their job for them. FAt chance. He will release as much as required by law. No more no less.

runner on August 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

But I’ll add here that the point of all this is to win an election, not to stick up for Mitt Romney for its own sake. We don’t want these returns dogging us all summer and fall. Also, maybe there is a way around it, as perhaps you didn’t notice that I concurred on a suggestion made by magicbeans that Mitt offer his returns in exchange for the release of the F & F docs, see: anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM.

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

The problem with this is that they will lie about the returns, distort what is in there…make an issue of things that are not an issue and it will be a new charge every day over some real or imagined slight. If I thought they would look at those returns with any kind of good faith and honesty,then I would say release them…but considering the fact that they called the man a felon based on nothing…why would you think that just releasing those returns would end anything?

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

If you want to him to release his returns, fine. But it seems like there is always that little addition of maybe he has something to hide.

Just my opinion.

Barred on August 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Harry Reid can be ignored.

Hear me mitt?

ted c on August 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

thatsafactjack on August 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Sanity. Thank you.

kim roy on August 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Earlier there was an article by Guy Benson in the headlines..in that article he mentioned that someone from the McCain campaign had said not only did Romney pay taxes, he paid more than he probably had to. The media did not much seem to care what he said.

Terrye on August 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Oh, really? Well if that is true, why wouldn’t McCain get that out?
I would think this would be something to pursue.

Thanks.

bluefox on August 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM

McCain has already said that there’s nothing there, but we shouldn’t expect the liberal media to give McCain’s statement much play. They are desperately fighting for little Bammie.

slickwillie2001 on August 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

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