Howard Dean: Yeah, Harry Reid has some credibility issues now, huh?

posted at 4:01 pm on September 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The admission only comes after about a full minute of teeth-pulling from CNBC’s Joe Kernen, and only after Howard Dean tries to keep impugning Mitt Romney’s integrity, but even the former DNC chair has to grudgingly acknowledge that the game is all but up for Harry Reid and his baseless, reckless charges of tax fraud. Dean halfheartedly trots out the complaint that Romney lied by overpaying his taxes, but Kernen laughs him into a rather lengthy silence (transcript by The Daily Caller):

KERNEN: Governor, my first question is you’ve seen these now — my very first question, I’m going to ask this a lot tonight. You’ve got a guy in society who paid $2 million in taxes, gave $4 million to charity. Should we, A) wish we had more guys like this in society or B) wish we didn’t have any guys like this in society? Is he a net positive if you pay $2 million in taxes? His overall rate on what he either gave to charity or taxes is about 40 percent. Governor, good or bad?

DEAN: That’s not the issue. The issue is how truthful is he and the problem is he did go back and manipulate the tax rate list in the past year. And NBC ran a clip on the evening news tonight of him saying — I don’t know, last July or something…

KERNEN: Is that right? I know where you’re going.

DEAN: …’if I paid more taxes than I should have I’m not qualified to be president.’ Well, he did.

KERNEN: So he paid more, so you guys are going to now nail him on paying more taxes than he had to when he just stays within the law and pays what he’s supposed to pay by law? You don’t like that and you accuse him of evasion and paying no taxes; now that he paid less than he had to, now you’ll get him on that? That’s a gotcha moment, Howard?

DEAN: The issue is his credibility. He should have showed the tax returns.

KERNEN: How’s Harry Reid’s credibility at this point?

DEAN: I’d say it’s in some trouble, but I’d say Mitt’s not out of the woods yet.

Later, Kernen teases Dean by noting his lengthy silence, and Dean responds by saying that the Obama campaign doesn’t begrudge Romney his wealth — and James Pethokoukis can’t restrain his laughter, saying the campaign is all about begrudging wealth, especially Romney’s.  Stick around for American Crossroads’ Jonathan Collegio, who wins the argument at the end of this excerpt by pointing out the political news of the day on the two major occasions when Team Obama attacked Romney for his tax returns.

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Has Harry Reid proven that he’s not the Search Light Strangler yet?

LoganSix on September 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM


DevilsPrinciple on September 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I heard a rumor that Howard Dean left the medical profession because he was accused of sexually abusing women while they were in his care.
I wonder if they were minors?
I think he should come out and put these rumors to rest.

Are all Progs sexual perverts?….Reid, Puglosi, Barry, Holder

dirtengineer on September 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I think they were all minors and that is why Obama agreed to close most all mines, so the miners could not afford to file suit:-)

j bo on September 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Speaking of taxes and coming clean, maybe Howard could come clean on how his medical draft deferment for a debilitating back condition allowed him to continue downhill skiing without taxing his back at all.

You know, there is a name for people like Dean and Reid, and in the interest of keeping this blog family-friendly, I’ll just say that it sort of rhymes with “flying plastered”.

drunyan8315 on September 23, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Pic of the Day: Obama: “I’m Going To Bed. You Can Let Me Know About Our Ambassador In The Morning.”

Resist We Much on September 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

This flag would make a “fabulous” Campaign Yard Sign..

Do you REALLY want this FLAG as your new national Flag in 2013??

Panentheist on September 23, 2012 at 4:09 AM

The decent thing to do is to beat a orderly retreat, but Dean being a maniac, not that he is alone in his party, can’t do that.
Remember when Gore’s returns were public and he gave all of 0.2% to charity? I wonder what Dean gives?

arand on September 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

“You guys are a tough combination…”

He didn’t mean Kernen and Pethokoukis, he meant facts and logic.


Freelancer on September 24, 2012 at 9:59 AM