Even Dana Milbank Can No Longer Stomach Harry Reid

Long-time conservative piñata Dana Milbank comes down pretty hard today on the loathsome Harry Reid, he of “this war is lost” fame in 2007.

It makes sense that Reid wouldn’t want to be questioned on the particulars of his outlandish accusation that Romney is the tax deadbeat of the decade. But those close to the senator tell me that he’s delighted with the conflagration he sparked last week and that he is determined to keep it going. This soft-spoken Mormon from rural Nevada is quite deliberately turning himself into the mad dog of the 2012 campaign.

“Mad Dog Reid” — I kinda like it.


3 thoughts on “Even Dana Milbank Can No Longer Stomach Harry Reid

  1. I don’t know, doesn’t seem like he came very hard on him at all. I’m not sure what Reid said that was so wrong. Is Romney the biggest tax deadbeat of the last ten years? Maybe, perhaps even probably. We’ll never know until he releases his returns. after all, his entire business is structured around tax arbitrage. It’s not illegal, but it’s a fact. Off the record, Romney is probably even proud of it. Why wouldn’t you want to minimize your tax bill?

    As far as the other “gaffes”, Bush was a “liar’ and a “loser”, Thomas is an “embarrasemnt”, Greenspan is a “hack”, and a major insurance company was about to go under.

  2. David, calling Reid “the mad dog of the 2012 campaign” strikes me as coming down pretty hard, especially referring to a member of his own ideological team. As for what Reid did wrong, people in high leadership positions shouldn’t engage in reckless trash talk. But trash talk is one of Reid’s core competencies.

    • I see “mad dog” as a compliment. Everyone needs a mad dog to go after the other side. “He’s a mad dog on defense” someone might say about a linebacker or lineman.

      He’s not talking trash, he’s pushing Romney on an issue he doesn’t want to face. I don’t Romney did anything illegal. The fact is, this county right now is run by the ultra-rich for the benefit of the ultra-rich. There’s a valid argument that we should elect one of the ultra-rich since he knows how the system works, just like a network hires former quarterbacks to do commentary. The policies that allowed him to pay low taxes, and probably no taxes in some years, he and his party think are what allow the country to grow. He should be willing to put out his returns, and explain to the country why those policies work for the country. If he doesn’t want to release the returns, fine, but then stop pretending that low taxes and loopholes are actually good policy for the country.

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