While we’re still caught in the middle of the Libya issue, in which Mitt Romney has proven himself to be decidedly and ostensibly un-presidential, the situation has managed to draw attention away from the other issue that should make the man completely unelectable: his taxes.
The Romney camp has completely refused to disclose the financial information, going so far as to send out his wife to defend the decision, in a monumentally hypocritical move considering the latest revelation on his demands from his potential running mates (emphasis added):
As part of its vetting, the Romney campaign required at least some of the candidates on the short list—including the eventual winner of the GOP veepstakes, Ryan—to submit fully 10 years of tax returns, according to a knowledgeable source.
The requirement was consistent with the past practices of both Republican and Democratic campaigns. Indeed, in 2008, Mitt Romney turned over 23 years of taxes to John Mccain’s campaign when he was under consideration to be the Arizona senator’s running mate.
The irony, hypocrisy – whatever you want to call it – of this particular situation merely enhances the notion, the idea, that there is something in Romney’s tax returns that would deep-six his campaign once and for all. What could it be? Little to no taxes? A super-duper cash-stash in off-shore accounts? Borderline illegal tax loopholes?
The Obama campaign took a few guesses in their new campaign ad, “The Top Five Reasons Mitt Romney Won’t Release More Tax Returns.” The video highlights the attitude of entitlement Romney has with the more than fair criticism of “one set of rules for Romney and another set for everyone else.”
Needless to say, he isn’t doing himself any favors in hiding his returns, but just like his Libya disaster, he seems to be oblivious to it anyway.