Reid Gives Republicans A Taste of Their Own Medicine
by Alan Bedenko (@BuffaloPundit) - posted 7:28 am, August 8, 2012
Did you hear how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took to the Senate floor to accuse Mitt Romney of not having paid income taxes in 10 years? He says someone with deep knowledge of Bain Capital finances told him that, but he’s unwilling to reveal his source, and the Republicans and Romney are going absolutely out of their minds about it.
Is the charge true? Is it false? Who knows? Obviously, the easiest way to prove its falsity is to release 10 years’ worth of tax returns – something Romney has repeatedly refused to do. The Romneys say we people have all we’re going to get from them – an incomplete 2010 return and a 2011 estimate. Romney deliberately omitted a document he would have filed with the IRS detailing the holdings he has in foreign banks in Switzerland, the Caymans, Bermuda, and other traditional tax-evasion havens with expanded secrecy laws to help, e.g., absolve Americans of their duty to pay taxes (and more nefarious reasons like money laundering). ABC News pointedly asked Romney whether he’s ever paid less than 13.9% in income taxes, and he said he’d go back and check – that’s not a “no”. He never came back to tell us one way or another.
The Republicans are going nuts, demanding Reid’s taxes, Pelosi’s taxes, Obama’s college transcript – they’re grasping at completely manufactured straws and bringing up remarkable non-sequiturs to avoid one salient fact:
While the rabid right-wingers in Breitbartland demand a “vetting” of Obama that happened in 2008 and they’ve conveniently ignored, they absolutely refuse to vet their own nominee. That refusal to vet – hey, rich white guy, former Governor – is already haunting them. You can’t complain about transparency when you have a candidate who’s hiding something. You can’t complain about job creators and taxes when your ultrawealthy one percenter candidate pays no taxes.
(Why aren’t we demanding to see how much Chris Collins has been paying in taxes?)
But if you read anything about the set of balls on Harry Reid, you should read this piece from the Rude Pundit. His writing is NSFW, but I haven’t yet found anything that more creatively and pointedly explains why this is all fantastic. (Quote after the jump, due to language – those with vapours should avoid).
Politics is not an ethical game. Governing should be, but isn’t. However, politics is a wallow in filth that’d make farm hogs say, “Whoa, save some shit-filled mud for the rest of us.” For years, we on the left have had to sputter and suffer as Republican after Republican has lied willfully and consciously about the records and lives of Democrats. We have tut-tutted and demanded retractions and corrections. We have slapped our foreheads bloody as we’ve seen the lies become what many, many people believe is the truth, whether it’s Dukakis being soft on crime or Clinton having Vince Foster killed or Gore saying things he simply never said or Swift-boating or birthering. Outrageous, easily proven lies, and we have been told to suck on them like they’re a candy cane sticking out of the pants of Uncle Sam.
So you know what? What’s good for the motherfuckin’ goose is good for the motherfuckin’ gander. How’s it feel, conservatives, to be helpless in the face of both the allegation about Romney’s taxes and your candidate’s smug refusal to release any information that would disprove the allegation? Pretty sickening, isn’t it? Hey, that candy cane actually tastes like cock when you have to put it in your own mouth.
Reid’s charge is just the beginning of the payback for decades’ worth of Republican electoral gains through lying. What Reid is doing is directly from the Rove handbook. Good for a Democrat for not taking the Republicans’ shit anymore.