I finally decided that even though this is something of an old story, I must say it: The Senate should censure Majority Leader Harry Reid for saying/accusing Mitt Romney of not paying any income taxes. He uses anonymous source(s) and has no proof. It is an incendiary charge for a person of Reid’s statute to make. Don’t take my word for it – take the Washington Post’s factchecker:
We use a reasonable person standard here. Without seeing Romney’s taxes, we cannot definitively prove Reid incorrect. But tax experts say his claim is highly improbable. Reid also has made no effort to explain why his unnamed source would be credible. So, in the absence of more information, it appears he has no basis to make his incendiary claim.
Moreover, Reid holds a position of great authority in the U.S. Congress. He should hold himself to a high standard of accuracy when making claims about political opponents.
Reid got the highest lie rating of Four Pinocchios! This is from a liberal factchecker I frankly do not trust.
So, the GOP needs to stand up for their presumptive nominee: Introduce a resolution to censure Senator Harry Reid.
This “interesting” article by Frank Rich in the New Yorker is revealing of the double standard many on the left have:
It’s entirely possible that Reid’s incendiary charge has nothing to back it up but (at best) an unsubstantiated rumor. That’s why the GOP is likening him to Joe McCarthy. But there are two important distinctions between Reid and McCarthy. (1) Reid isn’t accusing Romney of being a traitor or even of breaking the law; he’s accusing him of paying no taxes, which can be perfectly legal for the super-rich if loopholes and ingenious accounting schemes align in their favor. (2) While McCarthy’s victims couldn’t empirically and instantly prove that they were not subversives, Romney can easily call Reid’s bluff and prove that he did pay taxes by releasing his tax returns. So if Romney releases his returns, which many Republicans feel he should do anyway as a matter of transparency and good politics, and it turns out Reid is indeed a dirty liar, end of story. Republicans in the Senate can then turn the heat on the Democrats, moving to censure Reid much as McCarthy’s Senate peers ultimately censured him.
So, it’s okay for this victim to prove he is right but not the target of the accusation that Rep. Michele Bachmann? (For the record, if she slandered Huma Abedin in that fashion, she should resign from Congress.) It’s a double standard. The Senate should demand Reid produce the source or the information and why he thought it was reliable or be censured. (I would like the same treatment for Rep. Bachmann.) Senator Paul? DeMint? Anyone?