“Few people have done more for this state and this country than this driven, brilliant, sometimes irascible, deeply good man from Searchlight, Nevada.”
—-Former President Barack Obama, speaking at former Democratic Party Senate leader Harry Reid’s funeral.
Harry Reid was asked about his repeated lie during the 2012 Presidential campaign that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes over the previous decade. Reid even made that allegation from the floor of the Senate.
Reid’s accusation was an outright, brazen lie. Romney released his tax returns for those years. In 2011, Romney paid $1.9 million in taxes; in 2010, he paid slightly more than $3 million in taxes. The Washington Post Fact Checker, a reliable defender of unethical conduct by Democrats, gave Reid Four Pinocchios for his “no taxes” claim. Another inveterate left-biased factchecking group, PolitiFact, gave the claim a “Pants on Fire” rating.
Reid’s answer to the query became infamous: he responded, “Romney didn’t win, did he?” Later, he insisted that the lie was “the best thing he ever did.”Well, that leaves no doubt, does it? Whatever else Reid may have done or not done (and he did and said a lot of unethical things), that quote alone leaves no doubt: Harry Reid was not “good,” much less “deeply good.” He was a Machiavellian political hack without sufficient ethical or moral principles to recognize that it is wrong to lie for political agendas, and that the ends do not justify the means. The quote is signature significance, because good people do not lie and later pronounce the lie their proudest moment, not even once. Doing this demonstrates that an individual is not ethical nor trustworthy.
And Obama’s statement that such an individual was “deeply good” is also signature significance, and for exactly the same reason.