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Jay Carney: I donít speak for Reid, but Romney could resolve this by releasing those tax returns
Hotair ^ | 08/08/2012 | AllahPundit

Posted on 08/08/2012 7:31:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Via the Washington Free Beacon, why on earth is the White House press secretary wading into a dispute related to the presidential race? I'm sure GOP press secretaries have done that too for Republican incumbents but I don't like it from either party. Carney's supposed to be a liaison between the president and the media so that the public can stay informed about what's going on with the executive branch. The only questions he should be fielding vis-a-vis Romney are when Team Mitt makes a charge about the administration’s policies that requires fact checking. The One's paying Ben LaBolt for a reason, right? Let him be the one to navel-gaze on camera about the proper way for Romney to respond to Reid's low-rent smear, not a guy who's ostensibly some sort of public servant tasked with providing citizens with basic facts.

As for why Romney hasn’t yet released the returns, does anyone believe this?

Mitt Romney and his aides believe that — despite loud and nagging calls for him to release his tax returns — the candidate simply cannot afford to release his taxes now, even as some aides wish he would have put them out six months ago or more.

With less than three months to election day, the Romney campaign has passed the “point of no return,” as one Republican operative close to the campaign put it, beyond which there isn’t enough time for the media to digest the tax returns before the public starts to pay attention to the race.

“The complaining for more and more returns and the stories about how rich he is get old after a few weeks, but there aren’t a few weeks left,” the operative said. “Now we’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing and hope it isn’t too painful.”

If he put them out now, the press would spend two weeks buzzing about them and then everyone’s focus would shift to the conventions. In the meantime, Romney would have announced his VP pick and there would be new jerky little distractions to keep the media busy. By the time of the debates, when voters are really tuned in, no one would care anymore. Unless there really is something damaging in there that he’s hiding, the suspicions he’s creating by not releasing them are probably hurting him worse than releasing would. But I don’t know; maybe the dynamics of this now are such that if he produces the returns, he’ll be seen as “giving in” to Democratic pressure and some conservative voters will be mad at him. Just seems hard to understand why he’d let this be a liability if the truth is that it isn’t one.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012electionbias; certifigate; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; doublestandard; harryreid; hypocrite; jaycarney; romney; stalinisttactics; tax; yellowjournalism

1 posted on 08/08/2012 7:31:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

When is Carney going to release HIS tax returns? He’s a DemocRAT. He might not even have any to release.


2 posted on 08/08/2012 7:33:31 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey,Jay,release your birth records to prove you were born
male!


3 posted on 08/08/2012 7:33:39 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: SeekAndFind

Funny guy. Release sealed records, what a joke.


4 posted on 08/08/2012 7:34:33 AM PDT by wrench
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To: SeekAndFind

I think Romney should just let this thing fester for a little while. Democrats have nothing else on him and will just make fools of themselves. Especially Reid, let him make stupid statements.


5 posted on 08/08/2012 7:34:41 AM PDT by RC2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDMeDmV0ufU)
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To: SeekAndFind

I want to see Romney do a trade. One more tax year, for all of Obama’s school records (applications for acceptance, grades, SAT’s, etc.).


6 posted on 08/08/2012 7:36:15 AM PDT by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is Barack Obama an Indonesian citizen, Mr. Carney?

Obama needs to release his college records, all of them, right now to prove that he is not.


7 posted on 08/08/2012 7:36:43 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, Jay; why don’t you release your tax records and, while you’re at it, let’s have a look at your bank account...


8 posted on 08/08/2012 7:37:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: Scooter100

Don’t forget Social Security and Passport records.


9 posted on 08/08/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: SeekAndFind

Jay, I don’t speak for Sheriff Joe but if Obama would release his real birth certificate it would put that issue to rest.


10 posted on 08/08/2012 7:39:29 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: SeekAndFind

Ever notice that lately when Harry Reid speaks that Jay Carney’s lips move?


11 posted on 08/08/2012 7:41:01 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: SeekAndFind

reid could solve this even MORE easily by disclosing his ‘source’. As far as I know, reid and/or his ‘source’ are not protected like they would be if reid was a ‘journalist’.


12 posted on 08/08/2012 7:41:16 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: SeekAndFind

Says the stooge for Barack Obama who decided to spend $3million to FIGHT the release of his birth certificate.

Says the stooge for Barack Obama who sealed his college record including whether he applied for enrollment as a foreign student or used a second social security number or got Ds or whatever he decided he needed to bury...


13 posted on 08/08/2012 7:41:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Just seems hard to understand why he’d let this be a liability if the truth is that it isn’t one.

It's called kowtowing.

And people are SICK of it!

14 posted on 08/08/2012 7:41:28 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: SeekAndFind

well they want to know about Romney’w Itallian tax shelters..how he got out of paying taxes..thats the latest thing I heard. Lets just let eveyone lay thier cards on the table including Obama and dirty Harry R.


15 posted on 08/08/2012 7:41:51 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Scooter100; RC2

To “call Obama’s bluff,” Romney should SEAL his Federal and State Tax Records when he announces who his Veep will be.

That would give The Media a double surprise with a maximum Media audience.


16 posted on 08/08/2012 7:42:52 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: RC2
Where is Dingy Harry these days? All of a sudden I'm not seeing his ugly face in the MSM.
17 posted on 08/08/2012 7:43:31 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: RC2
I think Romney should just let this thing fester for a little while. Democrats have nothing else on him and will just make fools of themselves.

The average voter isn't going to start paying attention for at least another month. Let Obama burn through the rest of his cash.

18 posted on 08/08/2012 7:43:38 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The answer as to whether Jay Carney is a lousy Communist could be resolved by his testifying under oath before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities.


19 posted on 08/08/2012 7:45:12 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: SeekAndFind
ALINSKY'S RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
20 posted on 08/08/2012 7:45:50 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think Romney should walk out to meet the press carrying a large briefcase. He then states, “This briefcase contains all my tax records for the last 10 years. I will give you this briefcase as soon as Obama signs a release for all his college transcripts. After all, I'm sure he has nothing to hide. Right?”
21 posted on 08/08/2012 7:46:37 AM PDT by apillar
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To: SeekAndFind
Releasing his tax returns would not in any way “solve” the problem for Romney. It would just make things worse. Every line in his tax returns would be gone over by the Obama Administration and the MSM. There would be demand after demand for additional information. The Romney campaign would be on the defensive for the remainder of the campaign and spend countless man hours researching and responding to one false accusation after another.

Republicans should demand that Obama release the school records and other information he is hiding and lying about. They should offer nothing in return.

Reid should be charged with a felony under the privacy laws that prevent the unauthorized release of confidential IRS information.

22 posted on 08/08/2012 7:48:02 AM PDT by detective
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney should publicly declare that he doesn’t deal in hearsay, or anonymous sources. A first year lawyer would know that, a Obama has claimed he was a lawyer once, or at least played one for the public.


23 posted on 08/08/2012 7:48:13 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Next the Rats will be asking for Romney’s Facebook password as some employers are now doing.


24 posted on 08/08/2012 7:48:48 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Jay, I don't know how you can live with yourself, working in a hate-filled place like this."


25 posted on 08/08/2012 7:56:39 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: SeekAndFind

“So, Carney, when are you going to come out of the closet as a furry?”


26 posted on 08/08/2012 7:57:24 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Steely Tom
Where is Dingy Harry these days? All of a sudden I'm not seeing his ugly face in the MSM.

Maybe he's in Vegas working on some kinda business.


27 posted on 08/08/2012 8:01:55 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: RC2
I think Romney should just let this thing fester for a little while. Democrats have nothing else on him and will just make fools of themselves. Especially Reid, let him make stupid statements.

I was at first in favor of the quid pro quo of Romney's tax returns for Obama's records but I'm more of a mind to have Romney hold fast. The 'Rats look terribly desperate in this and it serves to call the attention of those who had given the issue a pass before to the missing Obama records. Romney should let it ride and let the 'Rats immolate themselves with their public thuggishness.

28 posted on 08/08/2012 8:03:34 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do they call it “tax returns” anyway?

I want all the taxes I paid returned. dammit.


29 posted on 08/08/2012 8:05:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Siri: Gold Baby, Gold!)
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To: chris37

Is Barack Obama an Indonesian citizen, Mr. Carney?

you’ll find out when you get him out of the White House ,he’ll go on tour laughing at the USA on how he fooled them all


30 posted on 08/08/2012 8:07:19 AM PDT by molson209
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To: MestaMachine
reid could solve this even MORE easily by disclosing his ‘source’. As far as I know, reid and/or his ‘source’ are not protected like they would be if reid was a ‘journalist’.

There is no "source".

There never was.

It's a ploy by the Democrats to try to trick Romney into giving them more ammunition to hit him back with - obviously they've got nothing on him now, and are desperate.


31 posted on 08/08/2012 8:11:17 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Carney - what a perfect name for the spokesman of the circus that is the Obama administration.


32 posted on 08/08/2012 8:14:10 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: Tallguy
Ever notice that lately when Harry Reid speaks that Jay Carney’s lips move?

LOL - but as a matter of fact, I have. I think it's interesting that the Obama campaign tried to distance The Won from Harry Reid's wild and crazy accusations and then doesn't even say "Duh!" before letting Obama's own press secretary do the same thing.

33 posted on 08/08/2012 8:20:12 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: canuck_conservative

I know. I was being a little tongue-in-cheeky. To my mind this eminently qualifies for a lawsuit against reid, et al. His first pronouncement was to a reporter. That is malicious libel.


34 posted on 08/08/2012 8:20:44 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: SeekAndFind
Jay Carney: I don’t speak for Reid, but Romney could resolve this by releasing those tax returns

OK, you don't speak for Reid. But do you trade .jpegs with him?

35 posted on 08/08/2012 8:31:50 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Scooter100

Yup, Carney was leading with his chin. Obummer should release his records and RESOLVE those issue.


36 posted on 08/08/2012 8:36:41 AM PDT by kiltie65
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To: SeekAndFind

Carney should release his nose from Reid’s posterior.


37 posted on 08/08/2012 8:59:05 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SeekAndFind

How about Mr. Transparency releasing his records.


38 posted on 08/08/2012 9:49:41 AM PDT by bgill
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To: SeekAndFind
Jay Carney: I don’t speak for Reid, but Romney could resolve this by releasing those tax returns.

A) Let me translate: "I don’t speak for Reid, but        word-for-word recitation of Reid's statement      , and

B) Up the shut f***, you must, hmmmm????

39 posted on 08/08/2012 10:38:22 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Reid makes around 176K a year but he has 10 million where did he get that much money??.


40 posted on 08/08/2012 11:09:04 AM PDT by Vaduz
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