Republicans are fuming at Reid who claims that a "source" told him Mitt Romney didn't pay taxes for a decade:
"He didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain. But obviously he can't release those tax returns. How would it look?" Reid asked.
The question is whether Reid really does have any inside information. It seems doubtful, mainly because if Reid had anything more than hearsay, we'd almost certainly know about it by now.A more likely scenario is that Reid has made a conscious decision to take one for the team - to invite all of the scorn and ridicule that's been heaped on him this week knowing that it will also achieve the Democrats' goal of keeping the story alive. Reid himself doesn't look very good in all of this, but maybe he doesn't care. Since winning a reelection race in 2010 that he had no business winning, he's essentially been playing with House money. He seems unlikely to run again in 2016, when he'll be 77 years old, and he doesn't need broad public popularity to do his job as majority leader. But that job does come with a national platform, which makes him the perfect guy to do his party's dirty work.