Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Romney Team Is No Match For Axelrod

If anyone has any doubts that Mitt will have a difficult time defeating Obama, just look at how the Romney team has been handling (scratch that) MISHANDLING the tax return issue.

For whatever reason, the Romney campaign has made a strategic decision to only release two years of tax returns. And without knowing the contents of Mitt's tax returns for the last several years it is impossible to assess the merits of the decision. However,  once a decision is taken do not be on the defensive about it.

Harry Reid takes to the Senate floor. Makes baseless allegations about Romney not paying taxes. As late as this past week Mitt is still helping Reid out.
"I did go back and look at my taxes, and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent. I think the most recent year is 13.6 or something like that. So I paid taxes every single year,” ~ Mitt Romney
Does Mitt think that such statements will satisfy Reid or make the story go away? The only way to get the press to stop talking about Romney's tax returns is for Romney himself to stop talking about his tax returns.

The response to Reid's allegations should have been to give him cowboy poetry book and suggest he go on a long vacation. Once a person begins to talk about imaginary friends it is a clear sign he or she needs rest. And it is not like Reid is doing anything in the Senate to address pressing issues.

Ann Romney is a better spokesperson than her husband. But saying "we have nothing to hide" is not going to make issue go away. Such a statement can only invite one response: prove it by releasing more returns.

John McCain released two years of tax returns to the satisfaction of the Obama camp. Apparently, two years was all the information the voters needed four years ago. What has changed? Obama is the one who owes the American voters an explanation. Not Romney.