The war over Mitt Romney’s tax returns is getting more bitter by the moment, with a top aide to Senate Majority Harry Reid blasting Republicans as “cowards” and “henchmen” for their attacks on the Nevada Democrat.
“They’re a bunch of cowards, and they’re avoiding the issue,” said David Krone, Reid’s chief of staff, in an interview with POLITICO on Sunday night. “Lindsey Graham, Reince Priebus — they’re a bunch of henchmen for Romney, and they’re all reading off the same talking points. They couldn’t hold a candle to Harry Reid.”
Krone added: “What Harry Reid said is the fact of what he was told. To turn it around, all their childish rants this weekend about calling Reid a ‘liar’ and all that, it just shows you how scared they are that Harry Reid was telling the truth.”
Krone’s comments are the latest round in what has becoming an increasingly bitter — and personal fight — between Reid and Romney and Republicans over Reid’s assertion that Romney has not paid taxes for a decade.
Reid first made the charge in an interview with The Huffington Post on Tuesday, saying he was told this by an as-yet-unidentified investor in Bain Capital, the investment fund that Romney co-founded in 1984. Reid later repeated the claim on the Senate floor, infuriating the Romney campaign and GOP senators.
One of the reason I had not posted about what Sen. Reid (D-NV) said is that like most of the reality based community I like my documentation, my studies and charts. Some Democratic bloggers have torn into Reid for not following that tradition. What Reid is doing, whether one approves of the tactic or not is one on which so much of conservative electoral tactics are based. I linked to this video the other day in which a young woman says she “heard” that President Obama has sympathies with radical Muslim ( never mind that this is the president and national security team that has killed so many terrorists, included Bin Laden). Where did she get that impression? From the Republican disinformation machine – from Fox News to Limbaugh to conservative bloggers. No fact checking required, no documentation. Obama has produced a certified copy of his birth certificate, a record of live birth and the hospital where he was born has verified he was born in Hawaii – a third of Republicans still believe he was born outside the U.S. What has Reid done, say that someone told him, a Bain insider, a former business associate, that he did not think Romney had paid his proper taxes for years. Dirty or not Romney and his faux outraged apologists could make this all go away tomorrow by doing one simple thing, release Romney’s tax records for the last ten years. The complete records, not just snippets. Harry Reid is not dumb and he is not one to shoot from the hip. By provoking Romney and the tax records scandal,, Reid has put Republicans on the defensive. Conservative suck at defense. Thus we have the sleazy and desperate RNC chairman Reince Priebus attacking Harry Reid, businessman, grandfather and Mormon with he is a “dirty liar”. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) saying he cannot believe that Harry is ” make accusations that are absolutely unfounded, in my view, and quite frankly making things up to divert the campaign away from the real issues.” What documentation does Graham have to prove that Harry is wrong. In baseball this is called an unforced error. Lindsay and Priebus have both put themselves in the position of knowing, of having the facts. Yet here the nation waits to see those facts, those tax returns that prove that Reid at least used poor judgement in repeating something someone told him.
Is RNC Chairman Reince Priebus really the go-to guy to break bad on Reid or anyone? Reince is a well documented sleazeball, hypocrite and liar. RNC Chair Priebus Criticizes Obama For Cutting Medicare, Then Touts Paul Ryan’s Medicare Busting Budget. As most of us know Obamacare cuts cost and did away with government subsidies of gold plated – what are called Medicare gap plans – it does not cut Medicare. Reince lied. The facts are out there in legislation passed by Congress for anyone to read. Reince doesn’t care if the Ryan plan becomes law and by June of every year grandma and grandpa are down on the corner begging for money to pay for the gap left by Ryan’s notorious voucher plan.
Priebus is a conservative and like every two faced cowardly conservative he has the courage of his convictions, Meet Newly-Elected RNC Chair Reince Priebus
Priebus’s law firm sought funds from Obama’s stimulus package: Connecticut GOP chairman Chris Healy noted that Priebus’s Wisconsin law firm helped its clients obtain federal stimulus funds, citing the fact that Priebus’s name was attached to the “Stimulus and Economic Recovery Group.” Priebus immediately responded to the story, claiming he had never worked with his firm’s “Stimulus and Economic Recovery” group.
Just like Romney’s name was on all those SEC documents, but he had nothing to do with Bain.
Like all conservatives Preibus has high and thoroughly consistent values, While Demanding Weiner’s Resignation, RNC Chairman Refuses To Discuss Vitter Prostitution Scandal. Well, like other conservatives Preibus has values depending on the situation. They’re called relative values. values that shift more frequently than the tides.
Conservative Republicans pushed for and thoroughly gutted financial regulation and when they were in power from 2000 to 2008 they did not enforce what regulations we did have. Having pushed the economy into an open grave and throwing dirt in the face of the middle-class they stole $17 trillion in wealth from, they have been tossing peanuts from the gallery ever sense, On Three Year Anniversary Of Stimulus, GOP Goes Into High Gear Falsely Claiming It Failed
RNC CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS: “Three years ago today, President Obama signed his ‘Stimulus’ into law, and it’s clear, by Obama’s own standards, that his signature economic plan has been an abject failure.”
…As economists Alan Blinder and Mark Zandi wrote in their study “How the Great Recession was Brought to an End,” the effects of the stimulus were “very substantial, raising 2010 real GDP by about 3.4%, holding the unemployment rate about 1½ percentage points lower, and adding almost 2.7 million jobs to U.S. payrolls.”
Anyone ever need a bratty smart-ass to hurl garbage give Preibus a call, it is the one thing he has qualifications for.
Reince Priebus Flat-Out Lied on Meet the Press (w/video). Even some liberals have forgotten the historically successful legislative accomplishments of the Obama administrations first year. Preibus knows better because he hates every single one of them from the Children’s Health Insurance Program Re-authorization Act – Pub.L. 111-3 to the Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Re-authorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 – Pub.L. 111-312 and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – Pub.L. 111-203.
Reince would be pro democracy and against tyranny right? They do not seem to know what those words mean, but Republicans say them a lot. So why has Reince been part of the systematic disenfranchisement of American voters. Going so far as to participate in vote caging, Priebus’ Republican National Committee: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Koch’s Americans for Prosperity?
As reported in November by Sarah Posner for the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute (and reprinted by AlterNet ), Americans for Prosperity was implicated, together with the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in a voter-caging scheme designed to challenge the votes of university students in Milwaukee, and voters in a largely African American assembly district in the city. With the election of Priebus last week to the helm of the national GOP, AlterNet decided to take a second look at the scheme, and found Priebus’ own chief counsel deeply involved, providing lists to Tea Party activists of voters targeted for purging from the rolls.
Priebus is to decency, honor and democracy what a flesh eating spore is to good health. He is the chairman of the RNC.
Preibus and Romney are two peas from the same pod, Why Does Mitt Romney Want To Restrict Voting Rights For More Than 900,000 Ohio Veterans?
Our guest blogger is Jon Soltz (@jonsoltz) is a two-tour Iraq veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.
When I read stories this weekend that said the Obama campaign was suing to restrict the voting rights of military in Ohio, my blood got boiling. Of course, Think Progress has already documented that story, inflamed by the Romney campaign, is patently false. In fact, the Obama campaign was suing to block an Ohio law which restricts a very successful early voting program in the state. The President’s campaign was trying to keep expanded voting rights in place for everyone, military included. So, why am I still so disturbed?
Because Mitt Romney, by supporting the Ohio law that would do away with three days of early voting for all but those covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (‘UOCAVA’), is supporting the restriction of voting rights for as many as 913,000 Ohio veterans. This includes military retirees with over 20 years of service and multiple deployments. In short, Mitt Romney supports efforts to make voting more difficult for the very people who have put their lives on the line after swearing an oath to uphold our Constitution and democracy.
Once you leave the military, you are no longer covered by UOCAVA. Your voting rights are the same as any civilian. That means the early voting law which Mitt Romney wants to undo, provided hundreds of thousands of Ohio veterans with more of an opportunity to vote. By all accounts, Ohio voters liked and used the early voting law. In 2008, nearly one-third of all ballots was cast under the early voting measures, surely many of them veterans.
Interestingly, the press reported that 15 military and veterans’ groups supported Romney’s position. That isn’t the case. Those groups actually petitioned the court to be involved in the case, because of their concerns that the end result, whatever it was, might hurt troops’ ability to vote. On Friday, the Obama Campaign actually signed a brief to the court that backed the petition of those groups – welcoming them into the case, because the Obama campaign says it wants to ensure that military voters aren’t kept from early voting. Now that we know the truth, I hope those groups will come out and fully support the President’s campaign, in court. Because if they don’t, the change in law will hurt so many who have served in uniform.
So, how is the law about to change? Under the previous statute, Ohioans were allowed to vote early, all the way up to election day. Under the new law that the Obama campaign is seeking to block, almost all Ohioans will not be able to vote early starting three days before the election – doing away with weekend voting, which was the easiest for those with a full time job, or multiple jobs.
For veterans, most of whom have full-time work, often in jobs they can’t leave during the day, that lessens their ability to vote.
We’ve already seen what a non-early-voting Ohio looks like. We saw it in 2004, when in many polling places had extremely long lines (especially in urban areas), and polling places were shut down before everyone in line had a chance to vote. Non-early voting, quite literally, resulted in the disenfranchisement of voters. That’s what Mitt Romney wants to go back to. That’s what he wants to subject nearly a million Ohio veterans to, after they wore the uniform, and swore their lives to uphold our Constitution, including the right to vote.
My question for Mitt Romney is simple: “Why won’t you join the Obama lawsuit in Ohio, and protect our veterans’ right to vote?”
Romney will not join in to do what is right for every voter, including veterans because he has sworn his ideological fidelity to the Reince Priebus wing of conservatism: why do the right thing when you can whip up some kool-aid addled outrage from the knuckle-draggers who Mitt is depending on to put him in the White House.
“Mitt Romney was attacking Obama about our failing education system. He has a point. We are graduating millions of people in this country who are so lacking in basic analytical skills, they are considering voting for Mitt Romney.” –Bill Maher
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