Why the Democrats Need to Defend Mitt Romney Against Harry Reid
If you’re a Democrat who hates slander and McCarthy-style tactics for political advantage, then you have to call Reid out for lying about Romney’s taxes.
Here’s what I’d like to tell you: That Harry Reid is probably telling the truth when he says a little birdie told him Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for years and years. That even if Harry Reid is lying, it’s OK, because Republicans say worse about Barack Obama. That even if Harry Reid is lying, it’s OK because Mitt hasn’t released his tax forms, so who knows what he’s hiding?
I’d like to tell you those things, because there’s part of me (and many liberals, I bet) that gets a brief, perverse pleasure watching Reid making evidence-free accusations against the GOP’s candidate for president. It’s nice to feel like our team is on offense for a change, right?
But here’s the problem: Reid’s allegations look and smell a lot like bullcrap.
Which means that Democrats have a choice: Stand with Reid and what appears to be a too-convenient falsehood for the sake of backing Romney into a corner? Or demand that their candidates and proxies try to adhere to objective, verifiable truth and some minimal standards of decency?
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