With the heat of a thousand suns already beating down on Mitt Romney over his refusal to release more than two (eventually) years of his tax returns, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid deployed a giant magnifying glass this week with his repeated accusations that Romney paid no taxes for a period of ten years. On Thursday night’s The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow promised to add new heat to this “white hot fight” with an “incredible tape” from “the archives.”
Rachel finished her program last night with a collection of clips showing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pulling Matrix move after Matrix move to dodge any connection whatsoever to Rafalca, the Olympic dressage horse owned by the Romneys. Prospective First Lady Ann Romney has credited dressage with aiding her recovery from multiple sclerosis, and, Maddow notes, was the source of a considerable (for most people) business expense in the one and only tax return released by the candidate, yet Rafalca gets treated like Fredo Corleone in interviews, all for what? So Charles Krauthammer won’t make fun of him?
But then, Maddow pivots to the big tease. “The matter of what is in Mr. Romney’s tax returns, and what he says in his tax returns, turned into a white hot political fight today,” she says. “We have found some tape in the archives that may take this fight in a whole new direction as of tomorrow. We have got that tape that iI think nobody has seen in at least a decade, and we’ve got that story as our lead tomorrow night. We’ve got that incredible tape for you tomorrow night.”
That’s really not cool. Does the tape even have anything to do with the horse? Does it show Rafalca cursing “whitey?”
In order to find out, Maddow advises viewers to tune in Friday night, “same bat-time, same bat-channel.”
Does it show Mitt Romney doing his taxes in a Batman costume?’
I have a guess as to what the tape might be, but I don’t want to spoil it for the rest of Rachel’s viewers. If you don’t want to know, please mute your computer now. I’m guessing the clip in question will be from one of Romney’s gubernatorial debates, and will feature some kind of damning quote, like “Anyone who won’t release their taxes doesn’t deserve to hold elected office.” or “F**k Whitey!”
However, if the tape is truly earth-shattering, it seems an odd choice to put it out at 9pm on a Friday in August, traditionally the time period where news goes to die.
Here’s the clip, from The Rachel Maddow Show:
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