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About Romney’s Tax Returns

August 4, 2012 1 comment

So, as we’ve all heard ad-nauseum, Mitt Romney has some unreleased tax returns.  The reptilian Harry Reid (D-8th Circle of Hell*) has taken to intimating that Romney paid no taxes (don’t miss the social media backlash: https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23HarryReidisaPederast)

The politics seem fairly simple, especially in light of “the Chicago Way” of politics.  Obama opponents seem to have a strange history of having “sealed” documents released http://www.drudge.com/news/159576/obamas-signature-move-unsealing-private

So Reid and company probably do know what is in Romney’s tax returns.  It’s probably something, much like the Bain disclosure, that is easy to distort in a soundbite, and requires a thoughtful, but legal and reasonable explanation.  They’re taking a slight gamble that Romney won’t want to distract from his message for the week or so that it would take to explain the returns. So this is win-win for Reid and Obama as long as Romney continues to play their game.  They can make up whatever they want now, a worst-case, like Romney paid nothing.  They distract from the economic news, and get the media focus off Obama’s disastrous record.  They know it’ll fool some, even though Romney can easily defend the rumor-mongering by attacking Reid, just as he has been.

The payoff, though, comes in late October.  I’d expect those returns to mysteriously become public in the days just before the election if things are close.  Late enough that there’s no time to explain them.  Late enough that the focus will be on the contents, rather than the scandal of how they became public.  That’s always been the Obama gameplan, and there’s no embarrassing personal past of Romney’s to capitalize on.

So I hope Romney just bites the bullet and releases the taxes.  Take the time now to explain them.  Most of the people that will take the time to vote and aren’t Obama-zombies will listen.  There will still be 3 full months to focus on the disastrous Obama record.  Kill their October surprise now.

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