Posted by Michelle Moquin on April 18th, 2012
Mitt Romney appears rather desperate to shield his tax returns from public scrutiny. He hasthe materials — when Romney was considered for John McCain’s 2008 ticket, the former governor turned over 23 years worth of returns — he just doesn’t want to share the materials.
The Romney campaign, however, has a new line it hopes will put a stop to the questions. Ed Gillespie told Fox News the other day, “In 2004, John Kerry as a Democratic presidential nominee, released two years of tax returns. In 2012, Governor Romney will release two years.” Romney himself repeated this on CNBC yesterday, saying, “John Kerry released two years of taxes.”
The problem, of course, is that the talking point isn’t true. Judd Legum explained that Kerry, by the time of his 2004 presidential campaign, had actually released 20 years of tax returns.
Romney was only off by a factor of 10.
The larger point, however, is that Romney’s secretive habits and desire to keep relevant details out of public view are opening up a new vulnerability that Democrats seem eager to target: his penchant for secrecy. The Democratic National Committee released this video on Tuesday, asking “what else” Romney might be hiding.
If it were just the tax returns, it’d be problematic enough, but Romney appears to haveestablished a pattern that leaves him vulnerable: he bought the hard drives from his term as governor so he could hide emails from the public; he’s hiding the names of his fundraising bundlers from the public; he’s keeping details of his policy agenda hidden from the public until after the election, etc.
These moves don’t exactly inspire trust in the presumptive Republican nominee.
For its part, there’s a Republican response to this: Obama is going after Romney’s religion. No, seriously.
Alec MacGillis flagged a report from Mike Allen’s Playbook, in which he quoted an unnamed Republican pushing back against accusations surrounding Romney’s secrecy.
“These are exactly the kind of questions we asked about Obama in 2008 and were accused of race baiting, or suggesting he was somehow un-American. Now they ask it: What’s his secret? It does seem like they are going after the Mormonism, right? I’d do the same thing if I was them. But we were never up on our high horse about better angels and hope and change and all that B.S.”
Allen’s report also quoted an unnamed LDS member:
“[T]his is a way to talk about Romney’s Mormonism without appearing to be attacking his religion…. Because, isn’t Mormonism some mysterious cult involving secret temple rites and strange undergarments? And it just happens to dovetail with some minor points on offshore accounts, but I think the message between the lines is clear.”
I have to admit, I didn’t see this one coming. If Democrats notice that Romney is keeping his tax returns hidden, and he purchased 17 state-issued hard drives, purging the Romney administration’s email records in advance of his presidential campaign, this is all part of an elaborate scheme to talk about … Mormons?
Someone’s going to have to explain this one to me.
My sincere hope is that we won’t reach the point at which every criticism of Romney leads to shrieks from Republicans saying, “See? They’re attacking his faith!” This kind of response to legitimate and secular inquiries is cheap, lazy, and wrong.
Readers: That is certainly something to HOPE for, but is there any question this is exactly what the republicans will do? We already know, the “party of no”, that shout “ABO!” (Anybody but Obama!) will stoop as low as they can go.
Anonz: Thank you for always keeping us informed. Let’s HOPE the president is reading too.
Lucia: Did I say the republicans will stoop as low as they can go? And evidently the Secret Service are not above taking bribes.
So much for the SS honoring their secrecy. I have a hard time believing that all of the SS were bribed and bragging, but it doesn’t surprise me that the ones who weren’t, if any, didn’t say, “Shut the fuck up” to the others or just separate themselves from the scene. But you know how the big head can overrule the little head. It doesn’t matter now. Whether you were bribed, bragging, or not, they’re all busted.
All I can say is “Where is the loyalty? What happened to respecting and protecting president Obama and the well-being of our country?” It seems all you need to do is toss around a few million bucks to the greedy and you can say goodbye to loyalty and country.
JD: Intelligence can’t be taught…you got it or your don’t and JD…DON’T.
Je: Love it.
Helen: With respect to Glen’s apology, I have to agree with Zen Lill. That is the problem these days, men apologize for the horrific things they say and do after, and only after, they are scolded, and women such as yourself, read it as genuine and accept it. If no one said anything, would Glen have apologized? I doubt it. He would’ve figured he got away with it because he did…and then guess what? He would behave like this all over again. When will this stop? Men get away with this sort of thing all of the time because women such as yourself accept their apologies as sincere.
I don’t. In my opinion, his true thoughts came bursting out with very little care about what he was typing out. He could’ve re-read what he wrote before he hit the comment button, sending it out for all to see. But he didn’t. If he really didn’t mean it then he shouldn’t have written it. Why would you write such a nasty thing to a woman if you didn’t mean it? Why? Because men get away with this kind of thing all of the time.
Treating women with disrespect is the normal on this planet. And when men apologize for it after they’ve been scolded, and it is accepted by certain women, all that does is make light of the nasty comment. Like it was no big deal. It is a big deal. And unacceptable. When women stop putting up with such bad behavior by men, and start standing up for their sisters, and not buy the BS apologies by men, perhaps things will then change for women.
Peace & Love.
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