Are You In or Out?
It's time for Harry Reid to go all in or pick-up his poker chips and go home because Mitt Romney just called his bluff. Reid, the Nevada Democrat, was acting more like 'Dirty Harry' than the Senate Majority Leader when he told a reporter that he'd been informed Mitt Romney had failed to pay any taxes for the past 10 years. The source of this information was alleged to be an investor from Romney's former venture capital firm, Bain Capital. But Reid has refused to give any information about his source and even admitted he was not certain this information was even true. But who needs the truth when rumors and innuendos are much more damaging? Right, Sen. Reid? Oh, and by-the-way, Harry Reid doesn’t release his tax returns (I would like to know how much the Senate Majority Leader earns and how much he pays in taxes, wouldn't you?).
Daily Show Admonishment
Senator Reid added insult to injury during another interview when he brought up Romney’s late father, George Romney, saying "His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son." That statement did not sit well with many people, including Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who said "As someone who has truly and thoroughly disappointed his still-living father on many occasions, let me just say, that is a bull sh-t shot." Stewart then added "You, Harry Reid, are really, really terrible . . ."
Harry Reid must not be a Daily Show fan because the next day, while on the Senate floor, Reid had his poker face on when he said "The word's out that he hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn't." Really Sen. Reid, "The word's out," out from whom, other than you?
Jobs not Jabs
While Reid was using the floor of the U.S. Senate to further the Democratic attacks on Mitt Romney, his home state of Nevada was dealing with an unemployment rate of 11.6%, the highest in the Nation (Bureau of Labor Statistics - June 2012 unemployment rates for states). Reid's website claims "My job as the Senate Majority Leader allows me to deliver meaningful results for Nevada families. . . ." But just how does furthering an unsubstantiated rumor by a nameless source help Nevada families? These families, just like all families, need jobs!
Put Up or Shut UP!
In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Romney responded to Reid's allegations by saying "It's time for Harry to put up or shut up, Harry's going to have to describe who it is he spoke with, because of course that's totally and completely wrong. It's untrue, dishonest, and inaccurate. It's wrong. So I'm looking forward to have Harry reveal his sources and we’ll probably find out it's the White House."
Paying no attention to the calls to reveal his source, Reid said in a statement that his source was "credible" and also that "It's clear Romney's hiding something." Well, one thing is clear, the Democrats are clearly hoping to make this a campaign issue, as David Axelrod, the senior strategist for Obama's re-election campaign, tweeted; "If Mitt wants to resolve questions about his tax returns, isn’t he the one who should 'put up or shut up' and simply release them?"
"The Most Secretive Presidential Candidate"
Reid's rhetoric continued when Romney spoke in front of a group of voters in Reid's home state of Nevada. Sen. Reid continued to muddy the waters by releasing a statement which said in part "Today, the most secretive presidential candidate since Richard Nixon is coming to Nevada, asking to be elected president. Forget about president - Mitt Romney couldn’t get confirmed as a cabinet secretary." (I guess Sen. Reid is not up-to-date with the news, or maybe he just forgot about issues such as Solyndra, "Fast and Furious," the leaked military secrets, or the 2008 presidential campaign.)
Romney responded to the latest attack by saying once again; "Harry Reid really has to put up or shut up . . . who are your sources . . . and by the way, Harry, I understand what you're trying to do, you're trying to deflect the fact that jobs numbers are bad, that Americans are out of work, and you're trying to throw anything up on the screen that will grab attention away from the fact that the policies of the White House haven't worked to put Americans to work, and the policies of the Senate haven't even gotten a budget in place for three years." In addition, Romney proclaimed "I have paid taxes every year, and a lot of taxes, a lot of taxes. So Harry is simply wrong and that's why I'm so anxious for him to give us the names of the people who have put this forward. I wouldn't be at all surprised to hear the names are people from the White House or the Obama campaign or who knows where they're coming from."
C'mon Guys Let's "Go All In" and End this Nonsensical Debate
If this was a poker game, Reid would not be putting all his chips in the ante because he knows he has a losing hand. Instead, he would continue to try to bluff his way through the game, attempting to prolong the game and his façade of having a winning (or true) hand. But then, when it is finally time to "put up or shut up" and go all in, Reid would get-up and act like a spoiled child or a New Jersey "Real" housewife and flip the card table over. Then he would blame it on Mitt Romney!
These underhanded tactics do nothing but distract the American people from the true issues, and that's just what Reid wants. Hopefully, he will not prevail because the main issue is STILL the economy . . . Mr. Reid!
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