New piece just posted at New York magazine. The former NYT columnist writes: "[T]there are two important distinctions between Reid and McCarthy. (1) Reid isn’t accusing Romney of being a traitor or even of breaking the law; he’s accusing him of paying no taxes, which can be perfectly legal for the super-rich if loopholes and ingenious accounting schemes align in their favor. (2) While McCarthy’s victims couldn’t empirically and instantly prove that they were not subversives, Romney can easily call Reid’s bluff and prove that he did pay taxes by releasing his tax returns."
I'd add: No matter how ill-considered his claim, Reid hasn't cost anyone a job, or a spouse, or even their life.