In politics, it’s important to understand the atmosphere that you’re in. Richard Nixon famously could not understand the antiwar movement and how the country had changed significantly since the mid-’50s. Mitt Romney seems to be one of these politicians who really doesn’t understand the environment in which he is working. He and his advisors need to sit down and come up with a strategy about handling the issue of his tax returns. The question is not going to go away. It doesn’t matter how mad he gets or how he tries to blow off reporters’ questions. The issue is only going to get bigger. Hell, one of his biggest surrogates (in political stature and size) is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Even he has called for Mitt Romney to release his tax returns. The longer he waits, the more speculation grows. “There must be something nefarious in there.” “He must be hiding something.” Personally, I don’t think that there’s anything nefarious. Mitt Romney is simply a very rich man who wants to stay rich. He has parked money in the Cayman Islands. He’s used every tax loophole he can in order to keep as much money as he can. This is what he does not want the American people to see. It is my opinion that Mitt Romney has legally used every loophole there is and has paid less than 15% of his income in taxes – legally. This is what he is hiding. Releasing his taxes changes everything for Mitt. Now, the focus is not on his message but instead on how the rich can pay a smaller percentage of their income than the average American. Will it sink his campaign? Who’s to say? What is clear is that his advisors aren’t getting through to him. He needs to figure this out and fast. If his tax returns are as bad as I think they are the American people will be infuriated.
I wish Mitt Romney lots of luck in trying to hold out. It’s a little like Don Quixote. Cute, but futile.