I blacked out for a good portion of the 2012 election cycle, because at the time, I was helping out the Romney campaign and competing with the rest of the GOP to see how quickly I could spiral into a substance abuse problem, just to make it all seem okay. But I do remember, vaguely, Harry Reid’s speech on the floor of Congress, where he claimed that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes for the last decade, because an anonymous source told him so and had the records to prove it.
The anonymous source’s evidence never materialized, and most media outlets were forced to admit, even without ever seeing Mitt Romeny’s tax returns, that Reid’s claim was patently false. Romney’s tax 2010 and 2011 tax returns later proved that Romney had, indeed, paid taxes during at least those years, and based what those returns showed of his stock holdings and dividends, it was clear he wasn’t set up for a “portfolio structured to yield zero taxes.” The Washington Post, linked, gave Reid’s claim four Pinnochios.
But all that is irrelevant, according to Harry Reid, who justified his lie to CNN’s Dana Bash by saying that “he didn’t win, did he?”
That’s low, even for Harry Reid. But I suppose it’s good to know exactly what Harry Reid was willing to do to accomplish what he wanted.