Many of us thought Senator Reid would at least maintain an embarrassed silence after Mitt Romney produced evidence that he had indeed been paying taxes — a lot of taxes — over the last decade. Reid, as you’ll recall, has been spreading for weeks the unfounded slander that Romney paid no income taxes for at least 10 years.
Also, as John noted below, Romney donated enormous amounts to charity. In fact, the Weekly Standard noted that Gov. Romney gave 1,000 times as much to charity in a single year as Vice President Biden gave in a decade.
But no, Senator Reid continues to serve as the Obama campaign’s cynical tool. Now he has made himself into the point man in making religious attacks on Romney.
Yes, you read that right. Reid, a Mormon, gives Obama political cover. Here’s the headline:
Harry Reid: Mitt Romney is not the face of Mormonism
According to Reid, Mitt Romney has “sullied” the LDS faith and that the GOP presidential candidate is “not the face of Mormonism.”
Obama cannot say this. No member of Obama’s campaign team can say it. But Harry Reid, who as the Senate Majority Leader is the highest-ranking Mormon government official in the United States, can say it.
In fact, Reid gets national attention when he says it. And — perhaps this is the most despicable aspect of what Reid has done — only Romney’s fellow Mormons know that what Reid says is absolute hogwash. Many others will read Reid’s statement and think, “Well, this is an internal fight in Mormonism. It sounds like Mitt may not be such a good Mormon after all.”
The enabling foundation for Reid’s latest dive into the fever swamp of cynicism came courtesy of a HuffPo piece by Greg Prince, an amateur Mormon historian (and, like me, a blogger who happens to be a Mormon). Prince, who is by all accounts a decent and thoughtful man, is unhappy about Romney’s “47 per cent” statement that was at the heart of last week’s MSM attempt to create an anti-Romney narrative. His HuffPo thesis:
Judge Mitt Romney as you will, and vote for or against him as you will; but do not judge Mormonism on the basis of the Mitt Romney that was unveiled to the public this week. He is not the face of Mormonism.
Reid simply referred to Prince’s piece and said “I agree with him.” But Reid went further:
Reid, a Mormon Democrat from Nevada, blasted Romney in a conference call for reporters over a litany of things the Republican nominee has said recently. And Reid added that Latter-day Saints aren’t buying Romney’s rhetoric.
“He’s coming to a state where there are a lot of members of the LDS Church,” Reid said in advance of Romney’s Friday visit to Nevada. “They understand that he is not the face of Mormonism.”
What utter nonsense. What spectacular cynicism.
The truth is this: There is a segment of the American LDS community — maybe 20-30% of Mormons who vote — that votes Democrat. They will not vote for Mitt Romney. There is a much, much larger LDS segment — 70-80% of Mormon voters — that will vote for him enthusiastically. All Mormons understand this. We all worship together and generally do not discuss partisan politics at church. The church itself is politically neutral, as I once again noted yesterday.
Harry Reid knows all of this very well. And yet here he is, giving license to the MSM and others with less than benign motives to attack Romney over his faith.
I’ll close by directing to Harry Reid the words of another lawyer, uttered many decades ago:
You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?
Please draw your own conclusions regarding the answer to that question.
UPDATE: More here.
John HAS to add to this one…
“‘Sullied’ the LDS faith”…”‘Sullied’ the LDS faith”?!…“‘Sullied’ the LDS faith”?!?!?! Just two quick points here.
It is not my place to decide who is a good Mormon and who is a bad one, that is up to other Mormons, but if I understand things correctly, Mormonism holds the US Constitution in a particularly high regard. And doesn’t the constitution REQUIRE an annual budget? And what Senate Majority Leader has failed to deliver such a constitutionally mandated budget? And therefore who is failing to represent Mormonism well?
My second point has to do with how one would sully any religion, not just the LDS faith. Seems to me, lying is a pretty good way to sully a religion. Whether it’s a TV Evangelist lying about using his secretary for more than dictation, or a Roman Catholic Bishop covering up for nasty priests – lying just dirties up the room and the religion the speaker represents. And how did Lowell open this post? Oh yeah, I remember:
Reid, as you’ll recall, has been spreading for weeks the unfounded slander that Romney paid no income taxes for at least 10 years.
Quick definition of an “slander:” “Collectively known as defamation, libel and slander are civil wrongs that harm a reputation; decrease respect, regard, or confidence; or induce disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against an individual or entity. The injury to one’s good name or reputation is affected through written or spoken words or visual images.” Synonyms of “unfounded” – “baseless, empty, erroneous, fabricated, fallacious, false, fictitious, fictus, fraudulent, groundless, idle, illogical, insubstantial, invented, spurious, suppositional, supposititious, trumped up, unattested, unauthenticated, unestablished, ungrounded, unproven, unsubstantial, unsupportable, unsupported, untenable, unwarranted, vanus, without basis, without foundation, without reality, without substance.” In other words, Harry Reid has been lying about Mitt Romney. So who – Harry – is doing the “sullying” here?
One feels dirty even responding to this nonsense. We are balanced on a fiscal cliff – our ambassadors are being murdered – Iran threatens the world with nuclear holocaust, and Harry Reid comes up with this?! I don’t know whether to laugh at the absurdity, cry over the fact that someone this low is in such a high position, or…say something I might really regret later.
I think I’ll settle for having the fire department hose me off, a shower is not going to cut it with this one.
UPDATE THE NEXT MORNING: Oh look, Politico noticed. Late, but they noticed. A Couple of hours later: Fox wakes up.