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Reid relishes role of attack dog
The Hill ^ | 8/4/2012 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 08/04/2012 3:46:20 AM PDT by markomalley

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (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.

It’s 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 she’s probably not doing anything to aid or abet this [perception].”

It’s a reprise of Reid’s 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 Reid’s reputation in the future.

Republicans are fuming over Reid’s 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 Romney’s 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, it’s 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.

“I’m 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 he’s not very polished with the media. Then there’s the other side of Reid that is incredibly calculating. He has a goal in mind and he’s 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 Reid’s tough talk.

“It’s absolutely constructive and a very important role not only for getting Obama’s back but also for America,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Progressive Congress. “What frustrates me is Reid seems to be the only one. I’d 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 Reid’s attack will backfire unless he can prove that Romney has avoided paying taxes for years.

“This could definitely boomerang on Reid because he’s 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 Kerry’s (D-Mass.) war record during the 2004 presidential campaign.

“Mitch McConnell and the Republican crowd weren’t saying the Republican attack on John Kerry was beyond the pale. If that’s not offside, this isn’t 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 there’s a risk that Reid may come out of the election looking “as more of a loudmouth” but added “he’s helping his president.” He speculated that Obama’s political advisors have signed off on the attacks.

David Di Martino, a Democratic strategist, said Reid’s statements could stain him as a hyper partisan but added it’s not a major concern.

“There’s 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. It’s 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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: harryreid; nevada

1 posted on 08/04/2012 3:46:23 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

No budget since they took control yet this dolt who may be suffering from dementia is admired for his courage. Sick


2 posted on 08/04/2012 3:57:49 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: markomalley

These people disgust me...


3 posted on 08/04/2012 3:59:53 AM PDT by richardtavor
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To: markomalley

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?!


4 posted on 08/04/2012 4:26:38 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: ronnie raygun

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,!


5 posted on 08/04/2012 4:30:08 AM PDT by Shady (The Tea Party is the Party of the American People, Working and creating wealth in SPITE of OBAMA!)
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To: markomalley

That’s what the Senate is for, after all.

NOT


6 posted on 08/04/2012 4:32:29 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: markomalley

Dirty Harry Reid was the Mafia's "Mr. Clean Face" on the Nevada Gaming Commission.

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.


7 posted on 08/04/2012 4:36:19 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: markomalley
Keep it up Harry.
No I am serious.
It helps US.
8 posted on 08/04/2012 4:42:54 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: markomalley
The blood and death political culture is a sadistic bunch of bastards.

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.

9 posted on 08/04/2012 4:43:23 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: markomalley
GOP strategists, however, say Reid’s attack will backfire unless he can prove that Romney has avoided paying taxes for years.

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.

Some strategists.

Better learn quick how to fight fire with fire--overwhelming fire.

10 posted on 08/04/2012 4:44:23 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: markomalley
The Left couldn't have picked anyone more sleazy than Harry.
He is one sorry scumbag.
I see an investigation here.
Investigation of Harry and he is not going to LIKE IT ONE BIT! ! ! ! ! !
11 posted on 08/04/2012 4:46:43 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: exit82

It’s only been about 21 years—since Anita Hill.


Has it been that long? Yeah......

Geeez. Where does the time go...


12 posted on 08/04/2012 4:51:04 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: markomalley

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.


13 posted on 08/04/2012 4:56:56 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: markomalley
Rabid Harry doggie owes his master daddy protection---BIGTIME...


14 posted on 08/04/2012 5:03:37 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: 98ZJ USMC

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.


15 posted on 08/04/2012 5:04:07 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: markomalley
Thomas F. Schaller, a political science professor ... “Mitch McConnell and the Republican crowd weren’t saying the Republican attack on John Kerry was beyond the pale. If that’s not offside, this isn’t offside,” ...

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.

16 posted on 08/04/2012 5:10:07 AM PDT by mellow velo (Oxymorons: jumbo shrimp, rap music, liberal think-tank)
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To: markomalley

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.


17 posted on 08/04/2012 5:12:09 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: markomalley

Harry Reid ... attack dog!

18 posted on 08/04/2012 5:12:19 AM PDT by Zakeet (Liberalism - Ideas so good that you have to be forced to accept them)
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To: richardtavor
These people disgust me...

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!

19 posted on 08/04/2012 5:51:46 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Travis McGee

That answers a lot of questions how he got re-elected.


20 posted on 08/04/2012 6:02:47 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: tflabo

tflabo~ “ 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’s job is to distract from the meaningful questions of the upcomming elections. He is the attack poodle for Zero , and creates obfiscation and fogging.
Since Zero can’t defend his economy, he has to find a weakness in any opponent,even if itis contrived.
All Zero’s elections we accomplished by finding other opponents dirt , muckraking , and going through previous divorce decrees. Since there isn’t any dirt on Rommney, he creates it through ‘inference’, and when he is on the floor of Congress, he is unprosecuteable.

Just more fogging for an indefenseable economy, increased debt,no job growth, and a taxation policy which will be felt only after the 2012 elections.


21 posted on 08/04/2012 6:17:20 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ("Political Correctness is tyranny with manners " ~ Charlton Heston)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Speaking of Harry being the ‘attack dog’, where is Nancy Pelosi ?

Notice that ever since Nancy demanded Romney’s Tax records, and the press inquired of her tax records ,.. she suddenly shut up !
Harry is just picking up the bone that his master called for, since he has nothing to muck up.


22 posted on 08/04/2012 6:23:50 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ("Political Correctness is tyranny with manners " ~ Charlton Heston)
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To: markomalley

“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.

&&&
And when is Reid going to address accusations that he is a pedophile?


23 posted on 08/04/2012 6:29:38 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: markomalley

Reid comes across as a gossipping old biddy; and probably should be charged for spreading rumors about an American citizen’s private tax information. Obama’s MO is to find anything, any niggling little rumor and launch an all out attack until the “target” is destroyed and any competition to his election is “neutralized”.


24 posted on 08/04/2012 7:13:59 AM PDT by Twinkie (Obama; fundamentally turning America into Sodom & Gomorrah one EO at a time.)
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To: markomalley
Harry Reid puts relish on his dog meat.


25 posted on 08/04/2012 7:28:10 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: markomalley

Reid is a Chiweenie.


26 posted on 08/04/2012 7:48:23 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: markomalley

Growing up within the MOB can make anyone an attack dog.

Harry was a bagman for the mob, carrying $$$ from the brothels to the headquarters. He learned at a very early age.


27 posted on 08/04/2012 9:31:27 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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