This morning’s Reid story is that he’s officially the biggest liar who ever lied, now that Glenn Kessler has followed the other fact-checking lemmings off the cliff by assigning 4 Pinnochios to Reid’s claim, using the time-proven fact checking method called pure speculation and conjecture:
We use a reasonable person standard here. Without seeing Romney’s taxes, we cannot definitively prove Reid incorrect. But tax experts say his claim is highly improbable. Reid also has made no effort to explain why his unnamed source would be credible. So, in the absence of more information, it appears he has no basis to make his incendiary claim.
Moreover, Reid holds a position of great authority in the U.S. Congress. He should hold himself to a high standard of accuracy when making claims about political opponents.
Setting aside the fact that Reid said that his source was closely tied to Bain, I wonder how “tax experts” explain Romney’s IRA, which is valued between $21 and $102 million? Since, like Glenn, we’re just speculating here, wouldn’t you think that a guy who could amass that kind of fortune using a savings tool that’s limited to a few thousand dollars a year might have engaged in some really massive fuckery to avoid paying other taxes?
Here’s another question that’s been floating around for the last couple of days: has anyone who’s actually seen Romney’s tax returns (i.e., McCain and his staffers) called Reid or Reid’s source a liar with the same vehemence as Reince Preibus or some other designated stooge? I believe they’ve been fairly quiet about it, maybe because they know that Romney didn’t pay a hell of a lot of tax for a few of the 23 years they saw.