While the campaign is getting more and more heated, the "do and don't do" envelope of moral and legal limits of what is possible to say about your opponent seems to be getting more and more flexible.
So, the example below joins many others:
Saying he had "no problem with somebody being really, really wealthy," Reid sat up in his chair a bit before stirring the pot further. A month or so ago, he said, a person who had invested with Bain Capital called his office.That a senior politician and public figure behaves like a gossip column writer should be, probably, taken by us in our stride.
"Harry, he didn't pay any taxes for 10 years," Reid recounted the person as saying.
Just like the following story:
A 40-year-old Tennessee man accused of domestic assault allegedly became enraged when he saw a picture of a strange man on his girlfriend's Facebook page and suspected she was planning an affair - he apparently didn't recognize presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.There is a difference between the two protagonists of these stories, though. The second one remains in the nick, for now at least. The first one is getting more and more press.
Lowell Turpin, 40, "angrily demanded to know who the male was," according to a police report cited by the Knoxville News Sentinel.
When she told him, he allegedly grabbed her laptop and smashed it into a wall, then punched her, the police report says.
I fully expect to hear how young Romney led a gang of notorious cattle rustlers. According to one of Mr. Reid's friends.
And this is the way it goes.