Ly­ing Democrats: Reid, Clin­ton, Holder have no shame

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY JOSEPH CURL

Some­thing hap­pens to men and women when they gain a prox­im­ity to power. Most in public ser­vice, one can only as­sume, begin with noble pur­pose: to serve, to change and im­prove the world — whether that be a small town or, lit­er­ally, the world.

Soon enough, many — not all, but many — want only to stay in that po­si­tion of power, and will do what it takes, what­ever it takes, to stay there. Where once they talked only of their dreams and am­bi­tions, not for them­selves, but for those they served, soon enough they spend their days tear­ing down — their cam­paign foes, op­pos­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties and, in the end, any­one who doesn’t think like them.

Both par­ties are guilty of it, but Democrats seem to rel­ish the dys­func­tion. The most lib­eral among them even­tu­ally lose all per­spec­tive, begin to be­lieve that the ends jus­tify the means, dis­miss crit­i­cism as driven by par­ti­san­ship and end up far, far away from where they be­gan.

Th­ese past few weeks have brought some pure ex­am­ples of this mis­er­able hu­man trait. The per­pe­tra­tors: the Demo­cratic leader of the Se­nate; a for­mer sec­re­tary of state; and the high­est law of­fi­cial in the land, the at­tor­ney gen­eral.

Sen. Harry Reid, first elected to the House in 1982 (and, by the way, set to leave of­fice a mil­lion­aire), took to the Se­nate floor dur­ing the height of the 2012 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign to al­lege that Repub­li­can Mitt Rom­ney hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years. He claimed an anony­mous source had come to him out of the blue and told him so.

“Let him prove that he has paid taxes, be­cause he hasn’t,” the Ne­vada Demo­crat said. He knew it was a lie then, but said it any­way. Mr. Rom­ney had been ris­ing in the polls and the se­na­tor from Searchlight de­cided to do what­ever it took to de­feat his fel­low Mor­mon.

Last week, the se­na­tor, who is re­tir­ing in 2017, was asked about ly­ing on the Se­nate floor. “I don’t re­gret it at all. They can call it what­ever they want,” he said in an in­ter­view with CNN. With a smirk, he added: “Rom­ney didn’t win, did he?”

He could not have been clearer: “I lied, but I don’t care be­cause the ends jus­ti­fied the means.” In the in­ter­view, Mr. Reid wore dark glasses to mask a ma­jor eye in­jury he suf­fered while “ex­er­cis­ing.” Doc­tors say he may lose sight in one eye. If this sym­bol­ism were in “House of Cards,” view­ers would groan: The se­na­tor lit­er­ally went blind while in of­fice.

Hil­lary Clin­ton, about to an­nounce a run for pres­i­dent, was also caught in a lie last week. Af­ter news emerged that, as sec­re­tary of state in Pres­i­dent Obama’s first term, she kept a pri­vate server at her home to avoid us­ing a gov­ern­ment email ac­count, she said in a press con­fer­ence that she did so in or­der to use just one de­vice for cor­re­spon­dence.

But — shocker — it was not so. Mrs. Clin­ton also used an iPad to com­mu­ni­cate with as­so­ciates. Most of her top aides also had ac­counts on her pri­vate server, so there is no gov­ern­ment record of many of her emails.

What did Hil­lary say? Ab­so­lutely noth­ing. She’s ig­nored the story and, not sur­pris­ingly, re­porters haven’t both­ered to ask her about the ob­vi­ous lie she told.

Last is Eric Holder. The out­go­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral re­cently claimed that racism was “en­demic” in the Fer­gu­son Po­lice Depart­ment. But the Jus­tice Depart­ment didn’t re­lease a sup­posed trove of emails that proved the charge when it re­leased its re­port last month.

The depart­ment fi­nally did so last week. As TheGate­wayPun­ re­ported, there are 74 em­ploy­ees at the depart­ment. Three sent of­fen­sive emails. That’s 4 per­cent of the po­lice force, and one wasn’t a cop but a court clerk. Mr. Holder lied when he said racism was per­va­sive in the depart­ment.

On Wed­nes­day, Fox News re­porter James Rosen asked White House press sec­re­tary Josh Earnest whether Pres­i­dent Obama would condemn Mr. Reid’s lie about Mr. Rom­ney. Mr. Rosen ref­er­enced the pres­i­dent’s com­ments that same day at the open­ing of the Ed­ward M. Kennedy In­sti­tute in Bos­ton.

“We live in a time of such great cyn­i­cism about all our in­sti­tu­tions,” Mr. Obama re­marked. “And we are cyn­i­cal about gov­ern­ment and about Wash­ing­ton, most of all. It’s hard for our chil­dren to see, in the noisy and too of­ten triv­ial pur­suits of to­day’s pol­i­tics, the pos­si­bil­i­ties of our democ­racy,” the pres­i­dent said.

“I won­der,” Mr. Rosen asked Mr. Obama’s mouth­piece, “if Pres­i­dent Obama, who has lamented this in­ci­vil­ity in our pol­i­tics, this dis­re­spect in our pol­i­tics, has any view of Harry Reid telling Dana Bash in re­sponse to this ques­tion, well, Rom­ney didn’t get elected, did he?”

Mr. Earnest dodged, talk­ing only about “a part­ner­ship that will go down in his­tory as a re­mark­ably pro­duc­tive one.”

“But it’s the pres­i­dent’s choice and his spokesman’s choice to call out con­duct un­be­com­ing of our high­est elected of­fi­cials when it is, in fact, un­be­com­ing,” Mr. Rosen pressed. “Are you go­ing to take that op­por­tu­nity now?”

Said Mr. Earnest: “Not for some­thing that’s 3 years old.”

Joseph Curl cov­ered the White House and pol­i­tics for a decade for The Wash­ing­ton Times. He can be reached at and on Twit­ter @josephcurl.

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