Skip to comments.Reid relishes role of attack dog
Posted on 08/04/2012 3:46:20 AM PDT by markomalley
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reids (D-Nev.) bashing of Mitt Romney has sparked a debate over whether he has gone too far, but Democrats are happy to cheer him on.
Reid has adopted the role of attack dog with relish, repeatedly bashing Romney for his wealth and record as CEO of Bain Capital.
Its an unusual brawl from the standpoint that congressional leaders usually moderate their rhetoric and also because he and Romney are two of the highest profile Mormons in national politics.
Some political veterans cannot imagine House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) dishing similar shots at Romney.
I do think that Harry is a fearless leader, said former Rep. Vic Fazio (D-Calif.). I think Nancy is totally focused now on raising the money and working her base to make her party competitive in the face of super-PACs. Unfortunately people think of her as a polarizing figure and shes probably not doing anything to aid or abet this [perception].
Its a reprise of Reids tactics in the 2008 election, when he called Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the GOP nominee, erratic and declared he did not have the temperament to be president.
Reid famously announced that year he could not stand McCain, a long-time colleague. It was a shocking statement in the clubby Senate.
Democrats say they are grateful to have a leader who is playing tough with Republicans while admitting it may color Reids reputation in the future.
Republicans are fuming over Reids rhetoric, which has been unusually harsh for a congressional leader. They say it is a breach of Senate decorum.
Independent political experts say Reid has pushed the envelope but note that Republicans deserve blame as well for escalating partisan tensions.
Reid this week claimed Romney did not pay federal taxes for ten years. He said he was informed by a Bain investor who called his office.
Reid went further to slam Romney for only releasing one year of tax returns, drawing a contrast with Romneys father, George, who released 12 years of returns while running for president in 1968.
His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son, Reid told The Huffington Post.
The statement drew an angry rebuke from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who said, the majority leader has more important things to do than use the Senate as a forum for his baseless accusations.
Frankly, its beneath the dignity of his office, he added.
The scolding did not phase Reid. He sent out a fundraising e-mail late Friday with the subject line, "I'm not backing down".
"I'm not backing down because Mitt Romney is hiding something and the American people deserve to know what it is," he wrote.
Jon Ralston, a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun, who has covered Reid since 1986, said there is a calculated political agenda behind the seemingly rash statements.
Im not sure what that line is for him. He keeps moving it further and further, Ralston said when asked whether Reid crossed the line of propriety. There are two sides to Reid. He says some intemperate things and hes not very polished with the media. Then theres the other side of Reid that is incredibly calculating. He has a goal in mind and hes sticking fast to it.
Reid fired another salvo at Romney Friday, as the GOP candidate headed to Reno to attend several fundraisers.
"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, he said. In short, Romney's message to Nevadans is this: he won't release his taxes, but he wants to raise yours.
Reid has torched Romney with increasing frequency in recent weeks.
Last month he accused Senate Republicans of blocking a bill that eliminated tax breaks for companies that outsource operations to defend Romney, whom he said made a fortune by shipping jobs overseas.
Reid also declared the Senate would not confirm Romney for the job of dogcatcher because he has shared little of his tax information.Democrats applaud Reids tough talk.
Its absolutely constructive and a very important role not only for getting Obamas back but also for America, said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Progressive Congress. What frustrates me is Reid seems to be the only one. Id like to see more senators, more surrogates and more Republicans call out Romney for not doing what other candidates have done, release their tax returns. Thank God for Harry Reid.
Chamberlain acknowledged that voters have grown frustrated with the partisanship of the political arena but argued they like fighters.
Does it backfire? Maybe with a tiny portion of the electorate, he said.
GOP strategists, however, say Reids attack will backfire unless he can prove that Romney has avoided paying taxes for years.
This could definitely boomerang on Reid because hes going to eventually have to back it up with facts, said Ron Bonjean, a former GOP leadership aide in the Senate and House. Reid is going to have to prove it to the public. Without that, he loses massive credibility among his peers for going after Romney in this fashion.
Thomas F. Schaller, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said Republicans cannot blame Reid because they did not condemn attacks against Sen. John Kerrys (D-Mass.) war record during the 2004 presidential campaign.
Mitch McConnell and the Republican crowd werent saying the Republican attack on John Kerry was beyond the pale. If thats not offside, this isnt offside, he said. For years Democrats were criticized for not being tough enough and when they get tough they get criticized for being over the line.
Schaller said theres a risk that Reid may come out of the election looking as more of a loudmouth but added hes helping his president. He speculated that Obamas political advisors have signed off on the attacks.
David Di Martino, a Democratic strategist, said Reids statements could stain him as a hyper partisan but added its not a major concern.
Theres always a danger in that. But this is a political industry and people expect a certain level of politics to be part of the election season. Its a low risk, he said.
I think there are people who are cheering him on because Romney is getting away with not releasing his taxes. The only way to put an end to the rumors is for Romney to release his tax returns, he added.
No budget since they took control yet this dolt who may be suffering from dementia is admired for his courage. Sick
These people disgust me...
Okay, just for fun. Those of you who have two hands, put them together in front of your body with palms facing in. Close one hand then close the other hand except for the remaining pinky.
Is THAT how big it is Harry?!
Not only does their need to be a thorough investigation of this mean, bitter, pipsqueak but the question has to be...as Glenn Beck said yesterday....if Mittens didn’t pay taxes for 10 years...why doesn’t the IRS arrest hum? Freaking Case Closed and Harry Reid d THWAPPED,!
That’s what the Senate is for, after all.
Working for the Mafia on the commission is how he went from rags to riches.
Now Reid is a human blackmail puppet, and Axlerod is pulling the strings. Reid would tar and feather himself naked on the Senate floor if Axlerod ordered him to, in order to keep his secret past secret.
When they're done with you, they lead their victim to the noose and encourage him or her to try it on for size.
When the crowd roars with approval, the victim stupidly thinks he's a star and doing a fantastic job.
archenemy/angel Kennedy rolls in from the netherworld and further encourages the victim ... "Do it for me ... for healthcare ... for The One"
Pinky is too stupid to see he's being murdered by his own family.
So .. like Satan appearing before God, and God allowing Satan to do anything he wants to Job, Satan has free rein over Reid and honestly never touches his life .... the victim willingly, nay ... with relish ... takes his own.
Best laugh of the morning so far.
It is the seriousness of the charge--don't you guys know how this game is played yet? It's only been about 21 years--since Anita Hill.
Better learn quick how to fight fire with fire--overwhelming fire.
It’s only been about 21 years—since Anita Hill.
Has it been that long? Yeah......
Geeez. Where does the time go...
Reid can slander any American he wants. As long as he does it in chamber, he is immune from laws we all have to abide by. The guy is the lowest life scum on the earth.
The left really bared its fangs with Bork in 1987, but it was so shocking and in your face that no one thought it was a developing trend.
But in 1991, the gloves were off—and to me, Anite Hill was the dividing line, when the Communists and Far Left made their play for power; then came Clinton and his corruption from 1993-2001, with 1992 being the year the press excoriuated Bush and Quayle. With the defeat of Gore by the slimmest ofmmargins in 2000, the Left was on its heels until 2005 when Pelosi and Reid started to ascend, taking power in the 2006 mid terms, after the media and the Left demonized Bush and Cheney since 2003.
We know the history of what happened since. 2008 was the year of Obama, a complete hoaixng of the American people, with a financial crisis thrown in for good measure; 2010 saw the rise of the Tea Party and the crowning achievement of the Left and the Democrats—one party passage of Obamacare.
Now in 2012, we are in a struggle for the very future of a free America.
Yes, we have come a long way on 21 years.
This dumb-ass lib professor (pardon the redundancy) can't make the distinction between (1) the Swift Boat crew et al coming out in response to Kerry's own claims to be a war hero vs. Reid initiating the attacks on Romney, and (2) in '04, the attacks on Kerry were not coming from someone in a position (Senate Majority Leader) using a forum (the floor of the Senate) in the way that Reid is doing now.
Reid's actions are, as usual, despicable to say the least! (but not surprising)
The libs ALWAYS try to justify their position(s) by falsely pointing to a so-called equivalency from the other side. And why not ... there's never anybody in the MSM to call them on it.
Harry ‘the booty’ (as in ill gotten gains) has long ago sold out his soul for so-called power and prestige. Pity the tasbard because eventually it all amounts to Zero-—pun intended.
Harry Reid ... attack dog!
I don't know which one I hate to see on TV the most, yes HATE! I can't stand the sight of Pelosi or Reid, Schumer or Obama, especially when they open their mouths because something bad, evil or disgusting usually follows. Is this what America has come to... where we can't stand the sight of our own Government representatives? If Obama or Reid last past November, I will throw my TV out the freakin' window!
That answers a lot of questions how he got re-elected.
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