On Wednesday, Jon Stewart took Harry Reid to task for his bold accusations that Mitt Romney isn’t just wealthy and privileged enough to pay an absurdly low tax rate, he’s actually gotten away with paying zero taxes for an entire decade. As I watched him ridicule the absurdity of such a weak blow in the way only Stewart can pull off, I nodded vigorously in agreement. If there’s one thing I hate more than Republican rhetoric, it’s when Democrats stoop to their level of rumor and fear mongering. We don’t need to lie about the current GOP extremists – the truth is terrible enough.
Today, we learn that Stewart just might have to revisit his criticism of the Senate Majority Leader: Dana Bash, Capitol Hill reporter, appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show ‘Keeping Them Honest’ to let us know that Reid has doubled down on this accusation and insists that she has a source of her own who can verify the story. You can see the Anderson Cooper piece here:
Reid said, in part:
There is a controversy because the Republican presidential nominee, Governor Mitt Romney, refuses to release his tax returns. As I said before, I was told by an extremely credible source that Romney has not paid taxes for ten years. People who make as much money as Mitt Romney have many tricks at their disposal to avoid paying taxes. We already know that Romney has exploited many of these loopholes, stashing his money in secret, overseas accounts in places like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.
Sen. Reid hardly has a reputation of flagrant lies, so for him to come forward with a claim this shocking definitely spells trouble for the GOP campaign. Nobody doubts that Romney has plenty to hide, but if his tax history is this bad, he doesn’t stand a chance in November.
Which is certainly fine by me.