Where is Harry Reid’s immaginary friend now?

About six weeks ago we did a post on Senator Harry Reid’s (D. Nv.) claim that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years.  Reid’s assertion went something like this.

He received a phone call from someone who claimed to be an investor in Bain Capital who told him that Romney hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years…pretty serious stuff.  Senator Reid never told us who this “source” was but, he presumably felt confident enough in the source that he decided to release this “information” to Americans.  And he did so, both long and loud.

We now know (if we didn’t at the time) that Senator Reid’s assertions were blatantly false.  On Friday, we learned that,

…PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm that prepared the Romneys’ taxes, reported that Romney paid an average annual effective federal tax rate of 20.2 percent from 1990-2009.


Does anyone think Senator Reid will apologize for misleading Americans about something as serious as this? 

Nah, probably not.


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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Gary J on September 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    so how many tax dollars go to this idiot to make things up? He must be on a fact finding committee. Doesn’t have time to find facts so makes them up as he goes along.? This guy is a well respected person? I say “not” he’s an over paid liberal on the dole.

  2. ABO (Romney/Ryan 2012) on September 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    he’s a pretty poor excuse for the senate leader

  3. ricbee on September 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Is there no shame in the USA,are voters averting the gaze of the world by being led by a buffoon?

  4. JBS on September 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

    In Democrat world, also known as Bizzarro, it is the message of the democrats that is important. If it is a charge that the Republicans like, for instance, polka dots, then every ‘crat operative will lead-off their diatribe with that statement. Does their charge have to be true?
    Err, no, but them saying it makes it sound important. The media, slavering jackals that they are, feverishly trumpet the ridiculous charge over and over.
    It matters little if HarryReid is a lying fool. He did his ‘crat job of getting the message out. He made the Democrat charge that the, shiver, hated Republicans like polka dots, and that is the only thing the media and news consumers will hear.?
    HarryReid is a tottering, lying old fool? Seriously, we will be told, this is not about HarryReid, it’s about the message. Anyway, he’s not in at the moment. He’s on vacation.
    But, he got the ‘crat message out!

  5. Dimsdale on September 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I think Harry Reid just stole the crown of “Ultimate Useful Idiot” from Joe Biden.
    But the elections season is still young……

  6. stinkfoot on September 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Perhaps the objective was to get Romney to publicize how rich he is in order to make use of the class envy wound that the Obama administration has been so busy rubbing raw in brainwashing? so many into believing that he gives the slightest damn about them.? I can think of few better ways of showing that one is a contemptible millionaire and billionaire who needs to pull his fair share than by showing tax records.? My guess is that Hairy Reed knew what he was doing and it was a calculated gamble.

    • JBS on September 24, 2012 at 7:08 am

      . . . will say and do anything to stay in power . . .

    • stinkfoot on September 25, 2012 at 2:51 am

      …made all the more easy by non-reporting by the MSM.? Anyone whose snout isn’t buried in the slop that is mislabeled information can tell that there’s a HUGE bias within the media.? They control the narrative of the so-called reporting and will unduly influence the election.
      People like Reid will say anything because they can with relative impunity.? Make up people and use them to hurl unfounded third party accusations suggesting that Romney is a tax cheat but let Romney make a frank assessment about the 47% who think Obama will give them what they think they deserve and he’s branded a heartless elitist who only cares about the rich.

  7. Vizionmusic on September 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Harry Reid and Pelosi are two of a kind… and BAD for America!

  8. wildcat on September 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Harry Reid is supposedly a former boxer (must have been a long-lost category of “extreme feather weight”). Perhaps he took too many blows to the head.? Or was beaten by his shadow boxing partner (ie his own shadow on the wall) and hasn’t gotten over it yet.? Still chasing that elusive imaginary foe.? Pitty the fool !?

    • Dimsdale on September 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

      “Punch drunk”?? Time for him to be “on the ropes”.

  9. Tim-in-Alabama on September 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Harry’s imaginary friend is riding a tricycle around in a loop in the empty space between those two big ears of his.

  10. dennis on September 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

    We should all send e mails and facebooks and twitters Etc, to the lamestream media and ask them to ask Harry what he makes of this claim that Mitt paid taxes for the past 20 years.
    Then when he says he never said it because his “friend”? said it so he never said it. Besides it was not?him standing at the podium saying that Mitt paid no taxes he wasn’t there that day.
    The old Texas two step.

  11. gillie28 on September 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Ps 101:7 – He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

    Jer 9:3,5 – And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD…And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity

    1 Tim 4:??1,2 – Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron

  12. Benjamin Less on September 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Harry Reid has fathered my children.
    How’s that Howie??


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