Romney Tax Release Disaster: Obama Campaign Makes Offer, Romney Ducks?

Stubborn Mitt still won't release his tax returns, though apparently spooked by Harry Reid, he swears he never paid less than 13%.

Well, the matter hasn't dropped.

And Obama campaign maestro Jim Messina is prepared to make him an offer he can't--well, he can, but he'll look bad if he does.--refuse.

From an open letter to the Romney campaign's Matt Rhoades:

 Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide. So I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point: if the Governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more--neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign.

Oh, and also, double burn: "Other Presidential candidates have released more, including the Governor's father who provided 12 years of returns."

So far, Rhoades has refused to bite.

Meanwhile, "The Wire" and "Treme's" David Simon has written a memorable short screed about Romney's "I paid a whole 13%" excuse.

He writes,


Can we stand back and pause a short minute to take in the spectacle of a man who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal, declaiming proudly and in public that he has paid his taxes at a third of the rate normally associated with gentlemen of his economic benefit.


Am I supposed to congratulate this man?  Thank him for his good citizenship?  Compliment him for being clever enough to arm himself with enough tax lawyers so that he could legally minimize his obligations?

This, Simon adds, a signal that we're coming to the "end of the Republic." I hope not, but if the media lets Romney get away with this, it's a sorry statement on our times indeed.



AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at August 17, 2012, 6:38am