Friday, August 3, 2012

Harry Reid Is Trolling Mitt Romney Because He Can

I've been trying to waste less of our time posting about stupid horse race campaign stuff, just cause I really don't think it's that important, but this was too good to pass up.

Harry Reid is is fucking with Mitt Romney in such a funny way that it's worth admiring what a complete asshole he's being. So Romney won't release his tax returns and has withheld pressure to do so up till now, including when there were plenty of people calling for him to do so during the GOP primary. Exactly why he made the calculation that it's better to not release them is somewhat of a mystery (unless they state that he's killed a man, I'm not sure how much worse that is than the perception that he's hiding something).

Anyhow, Harry Reid has started openly trolling Romney, and just start speculating out loud about stuff he might have heard that could only be disproved by Romney releasing his taxes:
In a wide-ranging interview with The Huffington Post from his office on Capitol Hill, Reid saved some of his toughest words for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Romney couldn't make it through a Senate confirmation process as a mere Cabinet nominee, the majority leader insisted, owing to the opaqueness of his personal finances.

"His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son," Reid said, in reference to George Romney's standard-setting decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in the late 1960s.

Saying he had "no problem with somebody being really, really wealthy," Reid sat up in his chair a bit before stirring the pot further. A month or so ago, he said, a person who had invested with Bain Capital called his office.

"Harry, he didn't pay any taxes for 10 years," Reid recounted the person as saying.

"He didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain," said Reid. "But obviously he can't release those tax returns. How would it look?

"You guys have said his wealth is $250 million," Reid went on. "Not a chance in the world. It's a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don't pay taxes for 10 years when you're making millions and millions of dollars."
It's pretty hilarious, because as long as Romney refuses to release his returns, Reid (or anyone, actually) can basically say whatever BS they want, because outside of releasing his tax returns, there is no way to disprove it. Also, any time an accusation like "maybe he didn't pay taxes for 10 years" is out there, you've kind of already lost the debate, no matter how it turns out.


  1. If Mitt wants to spend the next month whining about being asked to live up to his own father's standards of honesty, the Democrats will buy him a microphone and rent him a stadium.

  2. Man, I'd heard the no taxes for ten years bit, but not the "His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son" line. That's so cold!