Obama campaign surrogates taken to task on the Sunday talk shows over Reid’s tax accusations

posted at 2:56 pm on August 6, 2012 by Dustin Siggins

Ed hit this over the weekend, noting that if the Obama campaign really wanted Reid to stop making unsourced allegations, it would and he would. Ed’s not the only one making this clear, however — Candy Crowley hammered Robert Gibbs on “State of the Union” yesterday, as I pointed out on the Media Research Center’s blog this morning:

Crowley asked [Gibbs] if the campaign was happy with the accusations Reid was leveling, since a Democrat in touch with the re-election campaign had told her “if Chicago wanted Reid to stop, he would stop.” Gibbs ducked the question by talking about tax loopholes and “knowing” what is in the taxes people are paying. Crowley stopped him by stating that Romney didn’t make the loopholes, and pointed out that even the Swiss bank account Gibbs railed against was not used or invested in illegally…Crowley then asked twice, and stated once, about Chicago’s willingness to tell Reid to stop making unsourced allegations. Gibbs pointedly ignored the question, and simply stated that Romney could put the whole thing to rest by releasing his returns. He also said he doesn’t think anyone controls what Reid says or does, but Crowley didn’t let him slide — she slammed him for this misleading statement, noting that if the Obama campaign wanted him to stop, he would.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) was similarly treated by George Stephanopoulos on This Week, though Stephanopoulos focused more on the incredulous idea that Wasserman-Schultz would actually defend Reid’s unsourced allegation:

Wasserman-Schultz…said she “didn’t know” who Reid had spoken to, but that “Mitt Romney could clear this up in ten seconds” if he released the 23 years of tax returns he gave to Senator McCain (R-AZ) in 2008. Stephanopoulos then said he “can’t believe you [Wasserman-Schultz] believe it’s okay to make an allegations like that…with no evidence.” After letting Wasserman-Schultz continue to twist in the wind, he said “I take it from your answer you’re not going to repudiate Senator Reid’s charge,” at which point the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said questions have been raised about Romney’s taxes, and said he “owes” the American people answers on his time at Bain Capital, his overseas investment, etc. Stephanopoulos interrupted her to point out nobody except for Reid is making the accusation Reid made, but Wasserman-Schultz continued to ignore the question.

This reminds me of the old quote about how the Roman people were distracted by bread and circuses even as Rome itself fell. The Sunday talk shows are supposed to address substantive, important issues with some of the top political players of the week, month, year, era, etc. Yet too often, and epitomized yesterday, these and other political media outlets would rather focus on political tit-for-tat instead of actually addressing the economy’s slow stagger to recovery, Obama’s approval of assassination of American citizens, the failure of the GOP to hold the line on spending, etc.

In this case, of course, they are not entirely to blame; the decision by Huffington Post to first publish the accusations basically dictated that the shows address what Reid said. Huffington forced action by other outlets as well — this is my second post on the subject for Hot Air, for example, and both Ed and AllahPundit have blogged about Reid’s claims at least twice. I know the three of us would like to focus on improving the country, not engaging in political drama, but here we are.

What is the balance? Should Reid’s outrageous accusations be addressed by Megyn Kelly, Ed, AP, Crowley, Stephanopoulos, etc.? Or should they be ignored in the hope that the accusations die quickly as the news cycle moves along? Either approach has risk to it, but it seems like even the most honest and well-intentioned of political journalists and commentators get caught up in such soap operas on a regular basis.

Note: A little less than two hours before this went up, but after I’d completed the original post above, Ed posted about an article in The Hill pointing out that ducking the question is not limited to Obama’s campaign surrogates — it’s now spread to the White House’s Press Secretary. From the article:

“He certainly speaks for himself,” Carney said, adding that Obama hasn’t expressed an opinion on Reid’s recent comments…

Carney maintained that Reid has been known to speak his mind on issues. When pressed if it was appropriate to weigh in on the Romney matter, the White House spokesman said, “I would ask your question of Sen. Reid.”

“Only Senator Reid knows his source, which he has discussed, and I would refer you to that,” Carney said.

Brave approach, Mr. President. And definitely rising above the partisan rancor you regularly denounce.


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Dustin, people in some time zones are still eating lunch.

Just sayin’.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2012 at 2:58 PM

That thread pic of Axelrod sure makes me wanna tell him to get a haircut.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Love these articles by Dusty Springfield.

CorporatePiggy on August 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Degenerates one and all with Obama the Degenerate in Chief.

He owns this, 100%.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM

OK, the thread pic is Debbie Wassername-Schultz and the first line if the story is “Ed hit this over the weekend”.

Freaked me out!

Trafalgar on August 6, 2012 at 3:01 PM

CurtZHP, I hope I didn’t cause any digestion problems. :O)

Dustin Siggins on August 6, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Sen. Rein (last week): A little birdie told me Romney didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.

Sen. Rein (this week): A little birdie told me I have tire tracks on my back.

Steve Z on August 6, 2012 at 3:02 PM

More game playing.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

It’s possible that Richard Cohen’s column today really turned the knife. The White House can smell that the stink is starting to rub off on Obama now. Of course, they still won’t tell Harry to clean up his mess.

But at least we had an indication that our media does still have a pulse, however faint it may be.

rockmom on August 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

This election will be a dog and pony show,
Romney’s dog and Romney’s pony will decide the election
( IF elections even happen that is )

burrata on August 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

If Wasserman Schultz would only provide her lack of criminal history, regarding any possible prostitution, dope smuggling, child stealing, lesbian porn with a minor, and lewd conduct with a barnyard animal charges, “she could clear this up in ten seconds.”

Like it now, you pig?

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Brave approach, Mr. President. And definitely rising above the partisan rancor you regularly denounce.

The Degenerate in Chief has made a Latrine out of the Land.

Re-elect him and swim in the D slush.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Pretty clear to me that everyone, and I mean EVEYONE, knows this is all just BS.
Reid will never produce.
Sad for all Americans.

Jabberwock on August 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Don’t you have a better pic of DWS to use?

No huh?

kit dinker on August 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Gibbs pointedly ignored the question, and simply stated that Romney could put the whole thing to rest by releasing his returns.

This is the only response that we’re ever going to get from any of these clowns, so we might as well get used to it.

Mitt needs to just keep ignoring their ridiculous demands.

UltimateBob on August 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

God…incredible. Imagine if this happened in any other walk of life.

Coworker starts saying he heard from someone in the office that you were embezzling money. Or neighbor tells the block that they heard that you are cheating on your wife.

Lowest of the damn low…shows how desperate and pathetic they are they we’re months out and this is the best they’ve got. I get politics get nasty, but between this and Romney might be a felon, all time low.

nextgen_repub on August 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

More game playing.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

And if there’s one thing Dante and His Reflection won’t stand for, it’s game playing.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

OK, the thread pic is Debbie Wassername-Schultz and the first line if the story is “Ed hit this over the weekend”.

Freaked me out!

Trafalgar on August 6, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Freaked you out??? After seeing that I signed up to be a monk.

teejk on August 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Love these articles by Dusty Springfield.

CorporatePiggy on August 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM

He’s the son of preacher man?

antipc on August 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Don’t you have a better pic of DWS to use?

No huh?

kit dinker on August 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Even her dental x-rays are hideous to behold.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

How many prominent dems are known tax cheats? Daschle, Gaithner and Rangel have all pled guilty recently. Known and admitted to tax fraud. And let’s face it, a majority of dem voters don’t pay any income tax at all. Romney has paid millions in taxes.

Hey Obama, how do you plan to improve the economy with a senate majority leader that won’t budget?

DanMan on August 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Don’t for a minute think all this is motivated by genuine distaste for what Reid is doing. The MSM is just worried about the damage this is doing to the Obama campaign and this is their not so subtle message that we won’t be advancing this narrative for you, try another one.

TheLastBrainLeft on August 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Maybe….just maybe…the spineless “Media” is getting a little tired of being taken advantage of- made to look foolish by the corrupt and deceitful methods of the Democrite party.

After all, the precedent’s that this complicit Media dolts are allowing this Maobama character to revise government with will also have to be extended to the other Republican side one day- right?

Really, How many Valeria Plame stories can there be, for the investigative journalist to report on ?

FlaMurph on August 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

CorporatePiggy on August 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM

BTW, thanks for that continual audio loop in my head.

antipc on August 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Great article Dustin.

I really like how you pointed out how Obama’s controversial issues such as approving the assassination of American citizens gets brushed under the rug, this isn’t something we should let go of.

KMC1 on August 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Love these articles by Dusty Springfield.

CorporatePiggy on August 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I loved, loved, loved Dusty Springfield. Her

Dusty In Memphis

is a classic.

My favorite female singers are, in no particular order:

Dusty Springfield

Donna Summer

Dionne Warwick

Simply, the best.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Even her dental x-rays are hideous to behold.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Another perfectly good keyboard shot right in the azz.

antipc on August 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Asking for Profiles In Courage from this lot is not that different than asking a lion to not eat the ox – it’s just not going to happen.

This IS the Hope&Change the American People voted for when they believed in, and elected to the highest office in the land, an unqualified Empty Suit.

Another Drew on August 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Wasserman Schultz is proof that carp are people, too.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The Sunday talk shows are supposed to address substantive, important issues with some of the top political players of the week, month, year, era, etc.

That has never been true. It’s always been pure partisan politics on the Sunday shows.

the idea that there was some yesteryear when people honestly and reasonably debated “big” issues is complete hogwash. The same is true of campaign politics in general.

But, this goes to a much more telling media bias issue. If some high-ranking republican made similar accusations of malfeasance against Obama – would the press cover the allegations in the same way – or would the story be about the terrible partisanship of the republicans?

I think we know the answer. These allegations are covered the way they are covered in order to help Obama. the idea that a sitting Senator – Harry Reid – can accuse a citizen of a crime (tax evasion) – using his position of power to do so – with no consequences to Reid and no outrage by the media, shows how far we have sunk. This is abuse of power and abuse of the gov’t against its citizens of the highest order. Reid should be arrested and run out on a rail and tarred and feathered. He should be punished severely for his deeds.

He is as foul a person as we have in America and he is beloved by his party and the left. I certainly hope the left likes the idea of a Republican Administration and Republican Senators using gov’t power the same way in the future. Apparently, it is perfectly acceptable to use gov’t power to accuse your electoral opponents of felonies, etc.

It is truly disgusting.

Monkeytoe on August 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

This isn’t a soap opera, a shiny object, or a squirrel.

This is the Senate Majority Leader implying that a presidential candidate has committed a crime, 10 years worth of federal crimes.

I’m very pleased to see that the media has challenged some of these hacks on this subject.

And I’m also pleased that the Reid may be a pederast meme seems to have gotten some traction.

Reid’s behavior is completely out of bounds and if it is allowed to stand I can only ask what will be next?

Jocon307 on August 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Stephanopoulos focused more on the incredulous idea

Uh, ideas can be incredible (and almost always are from DWS) but they can’t be incredulous.

-Your friendly neighborhood pedant

Bat Chain Puller on August 6, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I give her this…

You have to admire a woman, who can grow pub1c hair on her head.

Out: The Bearded Lady

In: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

That woman has a face for radio and a voice for mime.

Chuck Schick on August 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

The media knows the more it dwells on this issue, pro or con, the more they distract from the issue of Obama’s record. Which was the entire reason Harry made up his story in the first place. Whether they are disagreeing with him or agreeing with him, as long as they are talking about him and not Obama then Harry has accomplished his objective.

tommyboy on August 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

This isn’t a soap opera, a shiny object, or a squirrel.

This is the Senate Majority Leader implying that a presidential candidate has committed a crime, 10 years worth of federal crimes.

Jocon307 on August 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Not only that, but a sitting US Senator has turned Due Process on its ear by suggesting that this presidential candidate is guilty until proven innocent.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

How utterly stupid can this woman be? Worse, how utterly stupid can the majority of people in one congressional district be?

kens on August 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Don’t you have a better pic of DWS to use?

No huh?

kit dinker on August 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I have one, courtesy of Google.

Archivarix on August 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

BTW, thanks for that continual audio loop in my head.

antipc on August 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

My pleasure, she rocked. Have had her on the mind since she appeared on the motown channel on XM. Yes it makes no sense, like most of the programming on satellite radio.

CorporatePiggy on August 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

The media knows the more it dwells on this issue, pro or con, the more they distract from the issue of Obama’s record. Which was the entire reason Harry made up his story in the first place. Whether they are disagreeing with him or agreeing with him, as long as they are talking about him and not Obama then Harry has accomplished his objective.

tommyboy on August 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

True enough. Tactically, it can be pretty effective as a short term manuever, or as a time buyer. When someone like Reid says this, you can’t afford to just let it go unchallenged, so it does serve as an excellent distraction. Again, short term.

However, it shows a lot of weakness when you step back and look at the big picture. These guys are in big trouble once Romney gets more and more opportunities to reach out directly to people, and they know it.

stldave on August 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

“Taken aback”?

That would only be because the version of Liberal McCarthyism they practice is more subtle and nuanced. Most of the time, that is. Except when they get caught and exposed, as Brian Ross recently was.

Reid’s obvious populist class warfare McCarthyism is embarrassing to them. There is nothing subtle or nuanced about it. But what did they expect? He is basically an unsophisticated fly-over country liberal. He is not from either coast. Nor is he from Chicago.

Nevertheless, don’t they know he is doing Dear Leader’s bidding?

farsighted on August 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

The tactic has worked, they have been able to duck the economy and the drum beat of bad news for another week.

New week, new “look, squirrel!”.

jnelchef on August 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Debbie just wanted to weigh in to let everyone know she’s
been hired to be a floor mop in Charlotte…

ToddPA on August 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Anymore, every time I watch Gibbs, Axelrod or Wasserman-Schultz trying to get a point across it’s like there squirming around in their seats trying to justify their answer. I have yet to see them give a straight answer to a direct question.

fistbump on August 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Pelosi is Reid’s source.

Dusty on August 6, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I don’t ever want to hear the Left whine about how Romney “has to do something” about some fringe person’s comment. If BO doesn’t think he is accountable for Reid, Romney certainly isn’t responsible for anything some unknown GOPer says.

katiejane on August 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

What warm, charming, and completely trustworthy people this Obama fellow surrounds himself with. No wonder people love him so much.

Feh.

RobertE on August 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I give her this…

You have to admire a woman, who can grow pub1c hair on her head.

Out: The Bearded Lady

In: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Loool and ewwww at the same time :)….

jimver on August 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I give her this…

You have to admire a woman, who can grow pub1c hair on her head.

Out: The Bearded Lady

In: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Maybe a female staff should advise her to ask her hair dresser for a Brazilian :)…

jimver on August 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

this just in…

Mitt didn’t floss daily! (remember where you were when you heard it).

teejk on August 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I give her this…

You have to admire a woman, who can grow pub1c hair on her head.

Out: The Bearded Lady

In: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Maybe a female staff should advise her to ask her hair dresser for a Brazilian :)…

jimver on August 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Eye Bleach

koaiko on August 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Archivarix on August 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Sorry, but even that wouldn’t be a cure for her kind of ugly.

antipc on August 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Brave approach – to stay quiet in the face of blatant slander and demagoguery? Strange definition of bravery, especially concerning a guy who vowed to bring a higher political game to the nation. He should be condemned for his feckless opportunism in the matter.

paul1149 on August 6, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Gibbs & Wassername may suspect a trap. A couple of extra years of returns might show up and they will again look stupid and nasty. Either way, apart from the moron segment of the population this issue isn’t catching on. Crazy, the condition this country is in & they’re talking this crap?
Reid of course is an abomination to the human race.

arand on August 6, 2012 at 3:58 PM

The Sunday talk shows are supposed to address substantive, important issues with some of the top political players of the week, month, year, era, etc. Yet too often, and epitomized yesterday, these and other political media outlets would rather focus on political tit-for-tat instead of actually addressing the economy’s slow stagger to recovery, Obama’s approval of assassination of American citizens, the failure of the GOP to hold the line on spending, etc.

WH Press Corps Goes Seven Weeks Without a Question

davidk on August 6, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Gibbs says there is proof that Romney is dishonest and doesn’t disclose all of his money in the returns he has already made public…hiding his money in offshore and Swiss accounts!!!!!!

Hey Dipshit, if he disclosed it in his returns how is it “hiding” it? LOL
It truly amazes me just how stupid these corruptocrats think we are…

Strike Hornet on August 6, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Willard can’t even defend the right of free enterprise against political strong arming by ordering a chicken sandwich @ Chick Fil A. He’ll buckle under the withering attacks of the totalitarian Dems.

wraithby on August 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM

If the media is really so offended by Reid, they could simply shut up about his clownish allegations even if he won’t. It was “news” the first time he said it. It isn’t now.
If they declined to discuss it any further and did not allow guests to bring it up either Reid will shut up and the story will die.

Curmudgeon on August 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I think 7 weeks lines up with the strategy of not using the teleprompter…30 minutes of dead air is not going to win any votes (a President looking at the pretty butterflies works for about 30 seconds but only once).

teejk on August 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM


What is the balance? Should Reid’s outrageous accusations be addressed by Megyn Kelly, Ed, AP, Crowley, Stephanopoulos, etc.? Or should they be ignored in the hope that the accusations die quickly as the news cycle moves along?

Unfortunately, when the Leader of the “greatest deliberative body” in the world starts throwing around accusations like he is the mayor of Crazytown…it is newsworthy.

Natebo on August 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I think Romney should offer to release his tax returns, but demand disclosures from the other side in return: One year in exchange for Obama’s college, law school, law firm and State Senate records. One year in exhange for 10 years of Harry Reid’s returns, along with records of his land dealings. One year in exchange for 10 years of Pelosi’s retuns. One year in exchange for records of meetings with lobbyists at the Starbucks across from the White House. Etc., etc., etc. The finale of course is 3 years in exchange for the withheld fast and furious documents.

Oh, and don’t tell them what disclosures give them what years. Release a random year every time one of the conditions is met.

BuzzCrutcher on August 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Lib lieutenants, people without principle or conscience.

StevC on August 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Yet too often, and epitomized yesterday, these and other political media outlets would rather focus on political tit-for-tat instead of actually addressing the economy’s slow stagger to recovery, Obama’s approval of assassination of American citizens, the failure of the GOP to hold the line on spending, etc.

This is a really silly criticism. These outrageous lies made by Harry Reid and seconded by Pelosi and Little Debbie should be addressed – and for once we can thank the lamestream media for doing their job and not just parroting the Demobrats talking points.

Buy Danish on August 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

….the economy’s slow stagger to recovery

Let’s see, let me refer to my ‘Hot Air Speak’ to English translation handbook:
.
Hmmm.
.
Ok, here it is:
“economy’s slow stagger to recovery” = cascading descent toward a disastrous economic depression.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Wasn’t there a Sheriff Dustin Siggins in Tombstone,AZ back in the 1880s?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

What is the balance? Should Reid’s outrageous accusations be addressed by Megyn Kelly, Ed, AP, Crowley, Stephanopoulos, etc.? Or should they be ignored in the hope that the accusations die quickly as the news cycle moves along?

I don’t like the way you’ve framed this Dustin. Spurious accusations should be ignored because they are bogus. The way you’ve set this up it sounds as if you think there is something to hide. I don’t think that was your intent but that is how it comes across to me.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Maybe a female staff should advise her to ask her hair dresser for a Brazilian :)…

jimver on August 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

lolz!

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Dustin, I’m not sure how the cover page photo of a trout in a wig relates to the story but it sure was revolting.

ghostwalker1 on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples_resource/image/14959

davidk on August 6, 2012 at 4:11 PM

“I personally know 3 Harry Reids.”

Gianni on August 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

“I personally know 12 Mitt Romneys” IRS agent that didn’t want to give his name.

seven on August 6, 2012 at 6:22 PM

In a previous post I made the argument that the dems were trying to be clever with the english language. We conservatives were doing what we always do. Take the dems literally and not understand their full argument. Reids accusations was not that Romney didn’t file and pay his taxes according to his return. He was stretching the definition of he didn’t pay his taxes. What Reid really meant was that he didn’t pay the full rate according to his income (fair share.)Because Romney made a portion of his income through capital gains this allowed Romney’s taxabel rate to be lower than someone earned income is through wages. Also the reason the dems want his returns public is to highlight any tax cuts or credits Romney may have taken advatage of and claim that only someone rich can take advantage of these ‘credit’ or ‘cuts.’
When we understand this is what the dems really want to highlight then we can come up with a more effective way to deal with this issue.
I say the taxable income for capital gains and earned income should be the same and no loop holes at a 15% rate. To me it would be much more fair to flaten the taxable rate rather than flatening ones income.

lwssdd on August 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Harry Reid Fathers Two Cubs With Underage Occupy Girl

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/harry-reid-fathers-two-cubs-with.html

M2RB: Rick James

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I have seen a lot of speculation about who at the IRS might have (illegally) revealed Romney’s records to the DNC/Obama, some about his own accountants (undoubtedly at least an office-full, also illegally), but none about this possibility:

Wasserman-Schultz…said she “didn’t know” who Reid had spoken to, but that “Mitt Romney could clear this up in ten seconds” if he released the 23 years of tax returns he gave to Senator McCain (R-AZ) in 2008.

Are all of McCain’s past staffers so ethically pure that none of them can be suspected?

AesopFan on August 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

We all know what this is. Its becoming more apparent how dirty Harry has made his millions. Hes the designated Dem fall boy. Im sure as we speak the DNC is cutting Harry a big ol check and patting him on the back. Hes doing Obamas dirty work by trying to distract everyones attention from the economy. The problem is that so many folks have been adversly affected by the economy there is no way to distract us. Even morons who voted for Obama are losing their jobs. No one gives a rats patootie about Mitts tax returns.

neyney on August 6, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I know the three of us would like to focus on improving the country, not engaging in political drama, but here we are.

Oh stop with the BS Siggins. You guys like to stir the pot as much as anyone else in the media. It generates clicks and you know it. Stop your idiotic pandering, we are not democrats. They enjoy being lied to.

woodNfish on August 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM