On Sunday’s Face the Nation, Host and liberal apologist Bob Schieffer went on the attack as he interviewed former Ohio governor and Obama mouthpiece Ted Strickland and compared Harry Reid’s tactics to Joe McCarthy:
BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me go to you, Governor Strickland. You have been pounding Mitt Romney for not releasing his tax returns, and you have repeated what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been saying that Mitt Romney may have paid no taxes in all of, in some of those years. You know, this morning Reince Priebus who’s the chairman of the Republican Party, said I think over on Fox, that, that Harry Reid is a dirty liar. And I have to say, he has shown nothing, no evidence to substantiate that charge. He just says he heard it from somebody. Do you have any proof that Mitt Romney paid no taxes in some years?
TED STRICKLAND: No, but Mr. Romney could give us the proof that he has paid taxes consistently. The fact is, Bob, Mitt Romney wants the American people to trust him with the presidency, but he won’t trust us with his tax returns. All he has to do is release his tax returns. The question that I think is this: why is Mitt Romney refusing to give us his tax returns?
SCHIEFFER: Well, you know, I take your point, Governor, but isn’t this kind of like Joe McCarthy back in the era when he said, “I have here in my hand the names of 400 people in the state department who are communist?” It turned out he didn’t and he was saying the way to prove that they’re not is for them to come forward here. I mean, asking somebody to come forward to, to just because there’s been an unsubstantiated charge, that’s a little thin to me.
Today liberal Washington Post Columnist Richard Cohen called Reid’s charges gutter politics and wrote
In “The Godfather Part II,” a senator from Nevada is portrayed as corrupt. His name is Pat Geary. In real life, a senator from Nevada is a jerk. His name is Harry Reid.