Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been slandering Mitt Romney lately, as Romney refuses to release the last ten years of his tax returns. I will admit, I do not fully understand the justification. We know Mitt Romney is rich. He is also a private citizen, obliged to follow election procedures (which he has, to the letter) and free from the prying eyes of Marxists in Washington who view success as a Achilles’s heel of electability. The only possible reason for these calls for him to release his tax returns is so the radical left can say, “Ah-ha! I knew it! He is rich!” I’m sure both Romney and Reid will stipulate that Romney doesn’t have to clip coupons. So, can we move on now?
Of course, moving on would take the spotlight off of Romney’s taxes and return the spotlight to the glaring, Hindenburg-esque failure of the Obama administration over the last four years; which is the entire point of this distraction by Democrats.
But now, we have ventured from the eye-roll-inducing fiasco of Reid’s calls for the release of Romney’s taxes into a full-blown case of libel. In words that wreak of outright character assassination, supported by nothing but admitted hearsay, Reid attacked Romney in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. Reid claims he was contacted by a former investor in Bain Capital. In the interview, Reid said,
“[The source said,] Harry, he didn’t pay his taxes for ten years,” Reid stated. “He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”
I would insert a snide comment, but Jon Stewart, a liberal who runs off at the mouth for a living, actually said it best when he said, “Here’s a rule of thumb: if you have to follow your claim with the words, ‘I don’t know if that’s true,’ then shut up.” In a world where even a broken clock is right twice a day, Stewart makes an excellent point.
Reid has refused to name his source. Apparently, he’s underhanded enough to lob baseless accusation of felonious conduct at Romney, but has the kind of strong, moral convictions to nobly protect his source. Please…
Seriously, what kind of low politics, bush-league amateurism is this? The Huffington Post spoke with Reid who says he spoke with a guy who says that Romney did not pay taxes. I heard a guy at the local Denny’s say Harry Reid drinks the blood of children to try and remain youthful. Maybe that should be The Huffington Post’s top story tomorrow, since we can just throw around hearsay accusations and call it news.
To make matters worse, Reid decided to double-down on his stupidity, and jump from libel to slander by repeating his hearsay claim on the Senate floor. Reid stated,
“He’s refused to release his tax returns, as we know. If a person coming before this body wanted to be a cabinet officer, he couldn’t be if he did the same refusal Mitt Romney does about tax returns. So the word’s out that he hasn’t paid any taxes for ten years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn’t. We already know from one partial tax return that he gave us, he has money hidden in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and a Swiss bank account. Not making that up, that’s in the partial year that he gave us. Mitt Romney makes more money in a single day than the average middle-class family makes in two years–or more.”
In case you missed basic high school government, the Senate floor is reserved for government business, it is not a place where a senator can campaign for a presidential candidate by tearing down his opponent, a private citizen, using outrageous claims by sources not likely to even exist.
Furthermore, America operates on a foundation of innocence until proven otherwise. Reid trying to bait Romney with character assassination on the faulty pretense of, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you will do as I say…”, violates both political ethics and logic. The only thing missing from Reid’s diatribe are the words, “I double dog dare you…”
I have come to expect precious little from our representatives and senators in Washington. Still, Reid’s claims wreak of a certain arrogance that is appalling, if not, altogether, surprising. In the same interview with The Huffington Post, Reid also claimed, “[Romney's] poor father must be so embarrassed about his son.”
In 1856, Senator Preston Brooks beat Senator Charles Sumner to within an inch of his life on the Senate floor for slandering Brooks’ relative, Senator Andrew Butler, for a hell of a lot less than what Reid has said about Romney. I’m just saying…