Well because it sells so well with the Daily Kos and Huffington Post crowd. Reid knows his charges are baseless, but he also knows that he’s unlikely to be proved wrong, so what the hell.
In an article about the Romney camp firing back at Reid, there’s this:
According to a source familiar with Reid’s thinking, the majority leader, a former boxer, considers himself a political street fighter now, willing to throw a punch and get hit back big time for a cause. In this case, the cause is making sure the topic of Romney’s tax returns remains in the news, and in the campaign narrative.
The source said Reid is “happy to mix it up and put this back in the news” and added the “finger waggers of the Acela corridor won’t dissuade him from speaking his mind.”
Reid, the source said, is unconcerned about the hits he is taking on making unsubstantiated claims, because the Democratic base is fired up. The source says they know that anecdotally. It’s not an accident that Reid said this to the Huffington Post, a friendly outlet, and did so as Romney was returning from his overseas trip.
“What happened when Romney returned? The first story he has to deal with is his tax returns,” the source said.
This from one of the leaders of the Democratic party. It just goes to show how desperate they are to take the focus off of President Obama. When Jon Stewart calls bullshit on you you know that you’re not fooling anyone.
Make no mistake, this is coming from the Obama camp.