White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today bobbed and weaved as he ducked numerous questions during the daily White House briefing about whether it was appropriate for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to accuse Mitt Romney of not paying taxes for ten years without evidence to prove the point.
Carney, while not condemning Reid, also sought to distance the White House from the statement, saying the White House didn’t put him up to it.
Again, I don’t have a — you can talk to Senator Reid. He, I’m sure, will address this issue if you ask him. He certainly speaks for himself. The President is focused on the issues that matter most to the American people. And we now have a situation where Congress has left town . . . and blah blah blah blah blah.
Okay, the blah blah part is not an exact quote, only a concise summary of the sentences that followed.
This is called having your cake and eating it too. The White House gets the benefit of a dirty charge lobbed at Romney, but then washes its hands of it. Nice.