Skip to comments.Surprise: Obama Campaign Explicitly Approved Reid's Anti-Romney Lies
Posted on 08/05/2012 4:02:41 AM PDT by Kaslin
Earlier this morning, Karl Rove appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss Harry Reid's reckless accusations against Mitt Romney. In case you're just joining this controversy, the Senate Majority Leader has spent the last few days peddling a scurrilous and evidence-free claim that Romney is a serial tax evader. Rove wondered aloud why our fraudulent post-partisan prince of a president hasn't denounced Reid:
Karl Rove Calls Out Harry Reid's 'Slimeball Nature'; Says the Senate Majority Leader Should Be 'Embarrassed and Ashamed'
There's a pretty straightforward answer to this question. Obama isn't lifting a finger to put an end to this slanderous side-show because his campaign specifically gave Reid the green light to launch these baseless attacks. Politico reports:
The ruthless Senate majority leader sees political gold in his attack on Romney — and he’s got the blessing from President Barack Obama’s campaign for the attack, even if he lacks evidence on Romney’s failure to pay taxes. Reid has calculated that the frenzy created by his charge has accomplished exactly what he sought to do: Turn the focus back onto the GOP nominee’s unreleased tax returns, according to several people close to the leader and the campaign. For Reid, he’s got virtually nothing to lose: His approval ratings back home are still upside-down, and he may not even run for reelection when he’s up for a sixth term in 2016. On top of that, his aides say, Reid genuinely believes his source...
As far as Reid and Obama are concerned, the more we're discussing this foundationless rumor, the less we're discussing the president's egregious record of economic failure. Three quick points:
(1) Even if Reid has special "source" inside Bain, which I sincerely doubt, said informant would have no access to Romney's personal tax returns.
(2) A former McCain aide who vetted Romney as a potential Vice Presidential pick in 2008 has reviewed many years of the current presumptive nominee's tax returns. He says everything was totally in order, and if anything, Mitt overpaid.
(3) Here's a quote from a "top Reid confidant," explaining Democrats' thinking on this smear campaign:
“What Republicans don’t get is the more they fire back at Reid, the more he will fight, and in the end, what will the topic be? Romney and his taxes.”
How does one effectively combat an opponent with no shame, no decency, and not even a tenuous commitment to the truth? One option is to take the high road, fight the smears, and continue to push your message. For the record, this is the road I would personally recommend. ("Oh, that's interesting Harry -- get back to me when you have some evidence. Incidentally, have you seen the latest jobs report?") Another option is to get down into the Democrats' mud and fight dirty. As amusing as the Reid/pedophilia "accusation" saga is -- and we still haven't seen firm proof that the Senate Majority Leader doesn't fondle little boys -- it won't break through and capture the narrative spotlight. If Republicans are interested in getting nasty and force-feeding Democrats some of their own repulsive medicine, they would need to make it about Obama. Here's what they could do (not an endorsement, just an illustration): Get a senior and high-profile Republican member of Congress to give an on-the-record "scoop" to a site like, say, Townhall.com. Let's use Sen. John McCain as an example; as a former presidential nominee and a media fixture, he'd do the trick. McCain could say that he's heard from "a source" inside the Justice Department that President Obama exerted executive privilege in the Fast & Furious scandal because he didn't want the public to discover that he himself ordered the operation. McCain might add that he isn't totally sure if the leak is true, but he still believes it to be accurate -- and that it is up to Obama to release every single document pertaining to Fast & Furious to prove that he didn't directly order it. After all, the president has been extremely secretive about the program, even as hundreds of its murdered victims' families demand justice. Romney wouldn't have to comment on the allegation, aside from affirming that Americans "deserve answers" about the lethal gun-running operation. (The public agrees). McCain could keep making the allegation day after day, with Democrats rushing to condemn him. The truth wouldn't matter, though; the more they'd fire back at McCain, the more he'd fight, and in the end, what would the topic be? Barack Obama's bloody scandal that killed hundreds of innocent people, including a US border agent. See how this works?
The above scenario is a nearly perfect parallel to what Democrats are doing now, except Obama's scandal actually exists, and real blood has been spilled. The only stretch/fabrication would be Obama's direct involvement in it, rather than just his Attorney General. There are, of course, a few problems with this scenario: First, the media simply would not abide such tactics from Republicans (even as the cover Reid's lying buffoonery as a partisan squabble), and second, John McCain is an honorable man. Democrats are working with two insurmountable advantages here -- a press that covers for them, and a surplus of dishonorable actors.
“This gives you an idea of how desperate Romney is to NOT reveal a couple of critical years ...”
No, this gives you an idea of how desperate Obama and his surrogates are to bury Fast and Furious.
F&F is Watergate all over again and, if it dominates the news for any period of time, Obama has TWO ways of being ejected from the White House.
BTW, no real Conservative places his trust in the IRS to properly enforce the law. They play favorites, and they have their enemies. They’ve also been on a tear against conservative churches for decades.
That's how important I believe it is to STOP this schmuck in the WH. I don't believe ANYONE else could be any worse and the first thing to do is to stop him.
I am not advocating FOR Romney nearly as much as I am against Obama.
He did? Did you take a real close look at what he said ~
Since you know you worry more about the issues than me, why don’t you just use your esp to answer your questions about Romney’s taxes?
Quite honestly I lack your powers of discernment and have no idea what you’re going on about. If your concern is the one you’re going on about here, I don’t care and neither does anyone else. It’s clearly not an issue anyone cares about, the overpayment of taxes.
Whatever you guys say is a serious matter and worth analyzing, right?
Romney could be identical, or far worse. Neither candidate is acceptable.
You’re right, beenaround. Job One is beating Obama. Period.
What Reid is doing is “taking one for the team”.
He is virtually bulletproof, having just been re-elected; additionally, he appears to be immune from any libel, slander or defamation charges.
Reid is simply saying and doing the most outrageous things in an attempt to divert attention from the miserable record of the Obama administration in general, and from Fast and Furious in particular.
Else, this will linger.
I do believe you are misinformed.
Romney's "put up or shut up" defense is the right one. They are trying to draw him into a trap. Romney is smart enough to know this. Every time Reid doubles down on this it becomes less effective. Making weird crap up is all they have at this point. Their strategy is to make Romney make a mistake. They know they are losing white independents who are the key to the election and they can't turn that around.
At this point everything that comes out of the Democrat party or the MSM is a flat out lie.
I’m not a mittbot, you don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s not a religion you know and quoting what someone else on here said to you in a random post means squat to me. But then you do not seem to be zeroing in on any important issue. Enjoy your Sunday.
“Easy way for Romney to get Fast and Furious back on the front burner is to resolve the issue over nonpayment of taxes.”
Hardly. That would simply lead to another outrageous accusation...then another...and another.
Game, set and match Obama.
Reid’s buffoonery has no limit.
When questioned about tax returns, it's "Reid, put up or shut up" and switch the topic immediately back to the failing economy and the incompetence and disastrous fiscal policies of Obama. Don't play Reid's game to distract the national focus from Obama's abysmal record.
Romney is getting good advice about how to deal with Reid. In Harry Reid, we are dealing with a man who is entirely without honor or conscience and literally couldn't care less that others know he is a liar. People in the U.S. Senate who know Reid best have called him the most untrustworthy person they've ever known.
How about this idea, Romney comes up with some beneficial ideas and begins a campaign.
Kinda' hone my logical blades for use on the MIttbots later!
********************************************************** Because there is no one I can think of who can possibly be worse than Obumbler I call your claim pure unadulterated BS and unsupportable by any evidence in the areas which are today of primary importance...THE ECONOMY.
You have made your claim now I ask you to support it with the evidence to indicate Romney would be as bad or worse (to you use your words) in the area of business, whether it be advocating for entrepreneurship or regulation, or taxes, jobs creation etc.
I want Obama OUT and I don't really give a crap whether the replacement is Romney or a pile of warm dog sh*t. In 4 years we can work to remove the dog sh*t or Romney but in the interim the economic slide will have been checked and business of America which is business can at the very least have a chance to resume.
So now I wait for the evidence you surely have which can show from the standpoint of this economy Romney is or may be worse.
Of course 0bama personally ordered Fast and Furious. He specifically said, on tape, “All change comes from me.”
If 0bama loses, can we not imagine what will happen during the lame duck, after-election days?
For example, on Beck’s Friday panel on Islamic infiltration of the US Gov’t (GBTV), every one of the four panel members said that the blind Sheikh, Abd ul-Rahman, the 1993 WTC mastermind, WOULD BE RELEASED. Every. Single. Panel. Member.
This election cycle is not for gentlemen. Nor is it for ladies.
If the progs lose, what do we suppose will emerge once 2013 comes? So, we see bogus news and lying polls. Every newsborg slut pushes 0bama and cabal messages. Thirty pieces of silver still goes a long way.