Romney Shambles, Income Tax Edition
More than any other campaign I’ve ever watched, the actions of the Romney campaign confuse me. In a bad way. They do things that don’t seem to make any actual sense even if you afford them the benefit of the benefit of the doubt.
For instance, today’s tax release. We don’t really know any more now than we did before, other than to be reminded that Romney is not being forthcoming with his tax situation. Its as if he thinks that he’s going to be treated as he was during the Fox News primary: assertions accepted as fact, campaign spin reported as news and nothing more.
Did he not see that people would realize that he juiced up his tax rate, piling on things so that the 9% he’d be taxed on became 14% — which in and of itself is no great thing either?
Did he think that releasing returns only from years in which he was a likely presidential candidate continues to raise suspicions about the years he won’t release — like everyone else? (12 years of Obama/Biden returns are available, from before Obama was even a declared Senate candidate)
It’s even crazier that they think a letter from PriceWaterhouseCoopers can substitute for those tax returns. It’s like he got a letter excusing young Mitt from math class “cause he got a cold real bad.” You’ve got to be kidding me.
The mainstream media, in their horserace obsession with presidential politics, often breathlessly announces new “hires” in the so-called “invisible primary.” This is supposed to be the period in which all the best consultants and campaign operatives are snapped up by one campaign or another. The press goes on about how this person is a genius at fundraising, or this one knows the ins-and-outs of the Iowa caucuses, or one thing or another. But the last few cycles have shown that this doesn’t really mean anything. Dean didn’t win Iowa. Clinton didn’t win the nomination. Giuliani and Fred Thompson’s teams couldn’t do diddly with their clients, etc.
And in Romney’s case they can’t seem to run a good campaign because the candidate and his nonsense keep getting in the way.