Well, Harry Reid certainly isn’t happy today — is he ever, and how would we know? — but he’s not angry with his super-secret source who had him convinced Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes for the last 10 years. His anger is still reserved for Romney, who has not only sullied the Mormon religion, but has somehow manipulated the tax return he released today.
No longer able to sell the narrative that Romney hasn’t paid taxes for a decade (a suggestion he repeated just two days ago on the Senate floor), Reid has moved on to float another conspiracy. In a statement today, Reid says the new information only “raises the question: what else in those returns has Romney manipulated?”
Reid’s statement reads, in part:
The information released today reveals that Mitt Romney manipulated one of the only two years of tax returns he’s seen fit to show the American people – and then only to ‘conform’ with his public statements. That raises the question: what else in those returns has Romney manipulated? We already know Romney has money in tax havens in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. What we don’t know is why he refuses to be straight with the American people about the choices he’s made in his financial life. When will the American people see the returns he filed before he was running for president? Governor Romney is showing us what he does when the public is looking. The true test of his character would be to show what he did when everyone was not looking at his taxes.
Reid sure does like to ask questions. We have questions too, like, when will the American people see your budget?
Don’t hold your breath for that apology.