» Concession and refusals: Obama campaign manager Jim Messina offered a suggestive deal to the Romney camp yesterday morning – release five years of Mitt’s tax returns, dating to 2007, and the campaign wouldn’t ask for more, nor would they (as Ann Romney suggested publicly) attack him for having released so few. This is illuminating; Obama doesn’t want to lose this line of attack on Romney, one of the most durable and resonant ones he has. For his campaign to offer this means they suspect that whatever Romney is worried about is present in those five years, even while he ran for President in 2008. Conversely, were Romney being honest, taking the deal would be a no-brainer, neutering a potent weakness and halting the clamor for more returns. Which shows just how sure both sides are that Romney can’t afford to put this information out there, no matter how bad he looks in the process.
What’s the downside? Jon Stewart getting all serious and haughty? Harry Reid could not care less.A Harry Reid confidante, quoted in Politico • On the majority leader’s recent allegations about Mitt Romney. Stewart called Reid a “really terrible person” for
I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination.Harry Reid • “Doubling down,” as they say, on his allegation that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for ten years. Reid sourced this claim to an anonymous investor in Bain, Romney’s old company, and in a conference call with reporters today, said that he’s “had a number of people tell me that [Romney paid no taxes].” When asked to back up his claim, Reid replied: “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?” On the one hand, it’s easy to attribute an incendiary allegation to an anonymous source, as Reid has done. On the other hand, the only way to confirm or discredit this allegation is—you guessed it—for Romney to release his tax returns. source (via • follow)
Of course not… I don’t know what depths these people won’t reach. Obviously, it’s just outrageous. That’s just outrageous. It shows the – it’s so disgraceful for them to allege something that they have absolutely no knowledge of.Senator John McCain • Denying very forcefully a theory that’s been circling political media over the last week — that during his 2008 search for a running mate, McCain shied away from current GOP challenger Mitt Romney due to his extended tax return history, which Romney has steadfastly refused to release to the public. Regardless of what the McCain campaign may have found in Romney’s returns during vetting, the idea that it was a dealbreaker does seem a bit unbelievable — why then pick Sarah Palin rather than a more staid, Romney-esque alternative? Former McCain strategist Steve Schmidt also said the taxes weren’t a deciding issue, but did concede that following a flurry of attention on the McCain family’s numerous homes, bringing in another candidate with so much owned property gave the campaign pause. source (via • follow)
[T]he opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy. And I’m simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about.Mitt Romney • Explaining why he doesn’t intend to release any of his tax returns from prior to 2010. As an analysis of President Obama’s reelection strategy, Romney is absolutely right: Obama does indeed want to distract from the economy as much as possible. But as an explanation as to why he’s not releasing his returns, this doesn’t cut it. If there’s nothing to hide in the returns, wouldn’t the Obama campaign’s efforts to “pick through, distort, and lie” fail? If not, that would imply that voters are gullible enough to be fooled into thinking there’s scandal when there isn’t—which, to be fair, may well be the case, but we don’t really think that’s the argument Romney should be making if he wants to be elected president. Also, saying stuff like that results in headlines like this. source (via • follow)