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Harry Reid has a list

Back in 1950, then-U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin inveighed that he had a list of members of the Communist Party working at the State Department.  Well, today, one of his successors in the United States Senate, but of the opposing party, has been talking about a list he has, “number of people” who told him that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee didn’t pay his taxes.

And like Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Reid isn’t planning on making his list public:

Asked to elaborate on his sources, Reid declined. “No, that’s the best you’re going to get from me.”

“I don’t think the burden should be on me,” Reid said. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”

So, just because a partisan adversary alleges somehow then the accused has the burden of proof?  If, deadpans Ed Morrissey, “a Democratic Party leader accuses you of a crime with no evidence whatsoever, you are expected to be considered guilty unless you prove yourself innocent.

Based on that standard, Mr. Reid is a racist, corrupt pederast.

Jim Geraghty is calling for the journalists to fact check the Senate Democratic Leader.  Don’t you think they could at least ask the Democrat to identify the sources to them (without making their names public) so they can verify the story’s accuracy?  After all, the Washington Post tweeted Mr. Reid’s claim.  Shouldn’t those folks now investigate it?

Although Mr. Reid can’t substantiate his claims, this story still led memeorandum on Tuesday.

On CNN Money, however, Dan Primack called BS on Reid’s claim. Accountable journalists would regularly be calling on Mr. Reid to name his sources. And knock him for his failure to do so.

UPDATE: Liberal comedian Jon Stewart mocks Harry Reid:

Remind me again why an unsubstantiated allegation is news. Via Washington Examiner.

UP-UPDATE: “Reid“, Doug Powers writes on Michelle Malkin’s blog, “addressed this topic on the House floor today because he had some free time due to not working on passing a budget for the past three years . . . ”  Wonder if our friends in the legacy media have given more time to Mr. Reid’s unsubstantiated allegations about Mr. Romney’s taxes to the very easily substantiated story of the failure of his Senate to pass a budget.

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10 Comments

  1. Now. hold your poetry singing cowboys !!! There is a difference between not paying taxes legally and not paying taxes illegally. If Mr. Romney had no tax liability by following the tax code, the issue is with the tax code and not Mr. Romney.

    Sort of like when GE had no tax liability for a few years.

    Sort of like when the Obama’s claimed a $500,000 charitable deduction on their taxes in order to lower their taxes. That deduction was optional. They saved thousand of dollars in taxes. Isn’t that the same thing?

    Oops. I always forget…. when a liberal and a conservative do the exact same thing, the liberal is good and the conservative is evil. I need some way of remembering that !

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — August 2, 2012 @ 3:37 pm - August 2, 2012

  2. Are you now, or have you ever been, a… Republican !!!

    Comment by DANEgerus — August 2, 2012 @ 3:55 pm - August 2, 2012

  3. OK, so Senator “dimwit” Reid has a list of people that said that Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. OK, let me get this straight. A man who knew he’d run for political office decides to forego sending the federal govt money for 10 years. He would be elected to governor of a liberal state, and there is no evidence of a transgression. He would then proceed to run for President twice, still not forking over money. And Senator “I have a huge brain” Reid won’t say who has given him this info. Why has he not been prosecuted for this alleged crime? Why does Reid insist on making up prevarications that he absolutely knows are untrue? If someone does not send in tax returns for 10 years, they are audited by the IRS. Wouldn’t they have put Romney in jail by now?

    Reid is a total scumbag politician, and as a Mormon, he should know better than to fib. Since he is a churchgoer, God is looking at him with distate.

    Comment by davinci — August 2, 2012 @ 7:48 pm - August 2, 2012

  4. I am reminded of nothing so much as Junior High. “Someone else said that so and so did something bad” wink wink but I don’t know if it is true… Embarrassing that Reid is in such a powerful position. Why are so many of the embarrassing politicians Dems?

    Comment by TexasMom2012 — August 2, 2012 @ 8:17 pm - August 2, 2012

  5. TexasMom2012:

    I can answer that question. When you have no morality at all, anything goes. That is the Chicago way. Take down your opposition at all costs, including fibs, character assassination, and exaggerations.

    Comment by davinci — August 2, 2012 @ 10:53 pm - August 2, 2012

  6. I just Binged “Reid pederast” and got 89,000 hits.

    That proves it.

    Comment by Marty — August 3, 2012 @ 5:39 am - August 3, 2012

  7. Yeah I’ve got friends arguing that he just needs to release tax records. When I pointed out that the burden of proof is on the accuser, and that if he did they’d just ask for someone else, he started ranting about tax deductions for Ann Romney’s horse.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 3, 2012 @ 8:17 am - August 3, 2012

  8. Isn’t Harry Reid just “asking questions” the way Bachmann was just “asking questions” about the patriotism of Huma Abedin?

    Comment by NYCer — August 3, 2012 @ 9:31 am - August 3, 2012

  9. As far as I know, Dingy Harry hasn’t released any of HIS income tax returns as required by Senate protocol. So what is HE hiding??

    I think that Reid is a tax fraud and pederast, and because I say so it must be true.

    Checkmate. 😉

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 3, 2012 @ 10:37 am - August 3, 2012

  10. Mr. Reid is throwing a tizzy because Nevada has the highest unemployment rates. Mr. Romney can multiply while Mr. Reid depletes.

    Comment by g. martin — August 4, 2012 @ 12:26 pm - August 4, 2012

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