Recently, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) publicly said an unnamed source told Reid that Mitt Romney had not paid taxes for most of the last twelve years. This has risen to something of a brouhaha, and on Megyn Kelly’s show yesterday former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen and Kelly basically put Reid and his Democratic supporters in their respective places.
First, it was Kelly who asked if it was even appropriate for Reid to accuse Romney on the Senate floor. To take her question one step further, would that be an abuse of power? Is that a powerful public official using his position to target an individual private citizen? It sure seems like it.
Second, Thiessen mockingly accused Reid of beating his wife, and said the burden of proof was on Reid to prove Thiessen wrong. Thiessen’s liberal counterpart, Julie Roginsky, responded by saying the burden of proof is on Romney, but that was just partisanship on her part — clearly, an unsourced accusation requires zero response. More importantly, it should completely destroy the credibility of the accuser, especially one as experienced and powerful as Reid. Kelly pointed this out to Roginsky, saying that Reid’s accusations have importance because of Reid’s position as Senate Majority Leader.
Third, according to Thiessen, Reid declined an official request to put out his own recent tax returns. Hypocrisy much?