Harry Reid is everywhere these days. And, most of the time, he is talking about Charles and David Koch.
Now, on one level, we know why he's doing it: To raise the profile of the billionaire conservative brothers among the Democratic activist base and the party's major donors. But what does it mean for Reid's own political future? Is his willingness to go at the Kochs every day -- he did so again on Tuesday -- a sign that he is unbound by political worries because he is likely to step aside when his term ends in 2016? Or is it simply Reid being Reid and an indicator of not a whole hell of a lot?
There is really no politician quite like Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).
Crafty, calculating and often unfiltered in his public remarks, Reid is the ultimate political survivor who has come back again and again to defy those who wrote him off.
Jon Ralston, the preeminent political reporter in Nevada, captures all of this in a fascinating new read in Politico magazine.
Here's the thing about making changes to the Senate filibuster rules: Both sides always threaten it and neither ever makes good on those threats. The so-called "nuclear option" is well named; the very threat of the damage it might do — to both sides — has always served as an effective deterrent.
Until maybe now.
The man who once said “corporations are people” apparently doesn’t believe the inverse.
When pressed on why he’s not releasing more tax returns in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Mitt Romney justified it by saying: “I’m not a business.”
Bloomberg asked Romney whether, if he was investing in a company, he would want to see more than two years of financial reports, likening that process to the American people electing a president. But Romney suggested the standards aren’t the same for people and businesses.
We wrote this morning that Senate Majority Harry Reid has picked a fight with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on the latter’s tax returns that the Nevada Democrat will almost certainly win.
Just to put a finer point on that, well, point, we went looking for the latest favorable and unfavorable ratings for both men. Then we put them into two pie charts.
Talk of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s allegation that Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes at all for 10 years dominated the Sunday talk show circuit as Republicans denounced the (still-unsubstantiated) charge.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called Reid a “dirty liar,” noting that the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate had still not made public who allegedly told him about Romney’s tax history. (Romney, for his part, has said he paid taxes every year.) Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the head of the Republican Governors Association, called Reid’s allegation a “reckless and slanderous charge”.