Many of you know Ann Coulter as a supposedly brilliant Republican political commentator, lawyer, syndicated columnist, and Romney surrogate. She also has a Twitter account. Last week she tweeted this: The word’s out, Harry Reid wears women’s underwear. If he’s not, let him prove it. This was in response to Senate Majority leader Harry Reid’s claim that Mitt Romney paid no income taxes for the last ten years. Ann Coulter was attempting to point out the ridiculousness of Reid’s claim. This tweet shows two things: Team Romney is grasping at straws. And Ann Coulter is not that bright. There is a flaw in Coulter’s argument. You see, Harry Reid never claimed to have worn women’s underwear, so he has nothing to prove. There is no burden of proof on Harry Reid’s part to prove or disprove Coulter’s accusation.
Then there is Mitt Romney. He has claimed over and over again that “he paid taxes. Lots of taxes.” And now Harry Reid has a reliable source (backed up by Nancy Pelosi) that this claim is untrue. So the burden of proof is on Mitt Romney as to whether Reid’s claim is true or false. Romney will not do it. Mitt Romney’s response to Harry Reid was that Reid needed to “put up or shut up,” in other words, reveal the source of the claim. This is ludicrous on its face. It is Romney who needs to put up or shut up. Releasing his tax returns for the last 10 years would put the whole matter to rest instantly, IF Harry Reid truly is talking out of his ass. But we all know that Mitt Romney has some pretty big secrets in those tax returns, otherwise he would have released them months ago.
More and more top Republicans are calling for Romney to release his returns already. John McCain looked at 23 years of Mitt Romney’s tax returns in 2008, and then chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. The other thing Romney keeps repeating is that he has already released two years worth of taxes. This statement is false. He released his Form 1040 from 2010, but not the attachments showing income from foreign investments. He has also not yet released his tax returns from 2011, because (as he said) they are not yet completed. Or completely doctored up.
As for Harry Reid, I really don’t care whether or not he wears women’s underwear (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). But he just doesn’t seem like that kind of guy.