Reid to Romney: It’s Your Obligation to Put Up Instead of Shutting Up

Republicans are playing right into Harry Reid’s hands but they’re too puffed up with the smug, bellicose inhaling of conservative media to know it. They’re all excited that Mitt Romney told Reid to “put up or shut up” about Romney’s tax returns.

Let’s just take a moment here to think about that. Who needs to put up or shut up? Romney is the one running for president and refusing to do the most basic qualification of the job as a candidate. For some reason, no matter how politically costly it is, Romney is too scared to release his tax returns. He gave us one year, which his own father pointed out could easily be distorted. He promises to give us another year, but it’s August already.

Romney can manage to squeak out a few tough talking sound bites on Hannity’s show:

“It’s time for Harry to put up or shut up. Harry’s gonna have to describe who it is he spoke with because of course that’s totally and completely wrong. It’s untrue, dishonest and inaccurate. It’s wrong. So I’m looking forward to have Harry reveal his sources and we’ll probably find out that it’s the White House.”

Wow, what’s that about dishonest attacks? Romney is blaming the White House now for Reid’s alleged knowledge of Romney’s taxes? Where is Romney’s proof of this allegation — does he even have an “unnamed source” or was he just throwing some paranoia at the Hannity and hoping it would stick? Someone is getting desperate to deflect.

Romney is a weak candidate who has been labeled a wimp by Newsweek and worse than Sarah Palin by the British press. When he tells Reid to put up or shut up, he obviously doesn’t know who he’s dealing with — but even more bizarre, it’s almost as if Romney is talking for us to him.

Put up or shut up, Romney.

To that end, Reid isn’t backing down. Reid came back punching, saying his source is extremely credible and Romney should reveal his tax returns to the American public. Reid said, “When it comes to answering the legitimate questions the American people have about whether he avoided paying his fair share in taxes or why he opened a Swiss bank account, Romney has shut up. But as a presidential candidate, it’s his obligation to put up, and release several years’ worth of tax returns just like nominees of both parties have done for decades.”

As amusing as it is to watch Romney play tough frat boy gathering his Fox posse to cut Reid’s hair, nothing is going to distract the voters from the key issue here. The only way Romney can put this to rest is to show his tax returns.

But for now, enjoy the show, people—because after putting up with years of Republicans’ baseless attacks on this President and Breitbarted videos that got good people fired and important institutions defunded, it is satisfying to watch them squeal in poutrage when someone accuses them of something that can be put to rest by doing what the candidate is supposed to have already done. They must really feel that Romney is entitled to not have to disclose anything to the public, and that should put to bed any notions of their alleged “values”.

In response to Reid doubling down on his accusation, conservatives are trying to smear Reid, with #HeardAboutHarry trending on Twitter last night. One rumor is that Reid is senile. They blame him for the lack of a budget. Yes, really. Apparently this is supposed to demonstrate what a wild rumor monger Reid is, but a) this wouldn’t be an issue if Romney released his returns and b) the Right has zero room to be outraged over wild rumors (birth certificates and Muslims and Socialism, oh my!). Also, Michelle Bachmann.

A few samples of the weak tea attempt at smearing Reid:

That shows you just how scared they are, and how little they have in their corner. What else can they do, without Romney’s tax returns, but attack Reid’s character in an attempt to discredit the source. Discrediting Reid isn’t going to help Americans trust Mitt Romney, so that mission is already a fail. Republicans chase their own tails in their frenzied confusion over Romney’s sinking poll numbers. But if Mitt Romney and the Republicans think they can Breitbart Harry Reid, they have another thing coming.

Mitt Romney, who brought us “Obama wants to kill me” courtesy of an unnamed source “affiliated” with the White House via Politico, is now declaring unnamed sources utter crap.

It would be funny if Mitt Romney weren’t so seriously full of self-pity from his own self-inflicted wounds. How long can he blame Obama for everything he’s doing wrong? Is Obama so powerful that he can stop Mitt Romney from releasing his tax returns?

According to Mitt Romney, the answer is yes. You see, Romney is afraid of what President Obama would do with his tax returns. He’s afraid of what his tax returns would offer as fodder to Obama and the American people – so instead of manning up and saying, here, this is who I am – take it or leave it, he’s cowering on Fox radio where, just like Sarah Palin, he manages to grunt out a few tough talk lines that inevitably fall to pieces when he’s confronted by anyone other than the public relations arm of the GOP. Mitt Romney can’t handle it.

This is the same Mitt Romney who is so afraid of the press that he only took 3 questions on his entire world tour, and he still made an utter spectacle of himself. The Right sees Romney’s “put up or shut up” bullying as a sign of strength because they are easily taken in by shiny objects, empty slogans and false images. This is the same group that thought Sarah Palin was the bestest thing ever to happen to fiscally conservative America, her actual greedy pork record not computing because you see, she wears a sparkly flag pin and talks about freedom.

The rest of us are left wondering just what kind of coward Mitt Romney actually is, and why it took him so long to respond to Reid’s accusation. Romney must know that he can’t win playing the angry reactionary from his Fox bunker.

12 Replies to “Reid to Romney: It’s Your Obligation to Put Up Instead of Shutting Up”

  1. “This is the same Mitt Romney that only took 3 questions on an entire world tour and still made a spectacle of himself.”
    Now that was a funny line. Got my laugh at mitt in early today.

  2. All Harrys i have known are brave gutsy men, One of them once said, The buck stops here, if you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen. They called him ( Give them hell harry) he just told them the truth and they thought it was hell. You go Mr Reed.

  3. Mitt Romney’s refusal to release his past tax returns, should instantly make him in-eligible to be the President, not by a law, but by public opinion. We should see the polls stop being even, and President Obama should start gaining by a wide margin. I don’t know if enough Americans are paying attention to notice. I hope they are. If the polls stay the same, that means America is simply not watching what is happening, right in front of them.

  4. the LDS club is not that large. reid and willy and the nevada mormon banksters are all in the same small powerful rich church…. the are both generals in the cult, they do have rank…. remember in nevada since vegas was born, the mormons were always working with the mob, and did their banking and money laundering. they carried the gambling licenses for the chicago mob….if anyone thinks that the LDS isnt a neo-gangsta org, you dont know their history….. reid would have never played his hand, if axlerod and the prez didnt put him out there as the point person. i have heard that there are romney tax abstracts are in the hands of the dnc. the administration would never play this, if they didnt know what they were saying…. after all they are all lawyers.

    the LDS is one scary gang folks, the clean white magic shirts, the blond Aryan blood lines, the awful choir, donny and marie, the center of the universe is branson, this would make for a better reality series if the LDS wasn’t so clandestine…….

    kudos to axelrod for using the rove/ atwater playbook. finally……… chicago politics is as hardball as you get. i grew up there and knew many dem insiders….
    they dont ‘f’ around in chicago….. good hotdogs too.

  5. Their brainwashed not to notice. Just mention any of these words, liberal, socialist, marxist, Muslim and more and they go into a hate frenzy and can’t see what is really happening infront of them. You can actually see this work!

  6. I’ve seen it with dominionists. The words “gay agenda” used to be a trigger for a five minute hate rant, and if you did anything in that five minutes, the dominionist wouldn’t usually notice. There are even movements and actions that are designed to trigger behavior and thoughts.

    A friend of mine has compiled a (partial) list of trigger words.

    http://www.talk2action.org/comments/2005/12/12/114451/88/3#3

  7. Un -“f”ing – believable. (SIGH) I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I’d like to see one of those greedy jackasses try working on some of the things I do or have done, if they think they’re more capable of dealing with complex subjects. If they think handling money is complicated (to me it’s simple), try stable isotope bone chemistry analysis, or X-ray Fluorescence calibration and analysis, or statistically based spatial analysis (just to name a few). Shoot, cultures in themselves are complex subjects, and we study and analyze them all the time! Running a robotics repair business isn’t for the weak hearted or weak headed either (and we survived for 15 years, in spite of the efforts of rich people to destroy us).

    I may be poor, but I’m not stupid or ignorant and what I can do should demonstrate that fact. In fact, I’m typical in some ways… health problems not caused by personal failings is a major cause of poverty, and job loss or income reduction (due to the greed of the rich) is the only greater cause of poverty (significantly greater cause of poverty, in fact).

    (Laugh) In fact, the major difference between the rich and the rest of humanity, according to the studies I’ve read, is that they are far more likely to be greedy and crooked.

  8. Romney’s comeback to Harry Reid was as idiotic as his refusal to release his taxes, no matter how bad they are. Romney keeps saying he’s put 2 years worth out there already. This statement is not true. He has only put an incomplete 1 years worth of returns, so even that is a lie. The Romney campaign has been vindication for me, as a former republican, for me to change party lines. Coupled with the do nothing tea party disaster in the house. Mr. Romney, show me the returns. You need to put up, then hopefully shut up. Thank you Hsrry Reid.

  9. Isn’t there a youtube around with romney the super lying hypocrite demanding his opponents Release his Tax Returns? And,those of another’s spouse of his opponent…running his damn big shot mouth just because he can?

    “Back in 1994 when he was running against the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Romney pressured Kennedy to release his tax returns:

    With the tax-filing deadline looming, Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney yesterday challenged Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to disclose his state and federal taxes to prove he has ‘nothing to hide,’ but another GOP rival, John R. Lakian, called Romney’s move ‘bush league’ ‘It’s time the biggest-taxing senator in Washington shows the people of Massachusetts how much he pays in taxes,” said Romney, a business consultant from Belmont. Romney said he would disclose his own state and federal taxes for the last three years ‘on the very day that Kennedy turns over his taxes for public scrutiny.’ [Boston Globe, 4/19/94]

    Another Run at Hypocrisy in 2002

    During his campaign for governor in 2002, Romney even called on his opponent’s husband (who filed separately from his opponent) to release his tax returns:..”
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    “One small problem with this is that Romney refused to release his own tax returns during the 2002 campaign:..”

    http://thinkprogress.org/progress-report/does-mitt-romney-have-something-to-hide/

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