In a desperate move to change the subject, Mitt Romney’s expected to announce his choice for vice-presidential running mate this week.
But it won’t work. Because the first question reporters will ask the new v.p. nominee will be: “How many years of your tax returns did you have to provide the Romney campaign?”
And then we’re back to what the Obama campaign has brilliantly made the #1 issue of this campaign: Why won’t Mitt Romney release more than one year of his tax returns?
Romney stubbornly rejects the idea of releasing more than one year – because, he says, no matter how many years he makes public, people will always be demanding more.
But he’s wrong. There’s only one way for him to put an end to this drip-drip-drip, political slow death. Do what his father did. Do what Barack Obama did. Do what Joe Biden did. Release 12 years of returns – and nobody could demand more.
Unless and until Romney relents on his tax returns, one question will dog him until November 6: “Hey, Mitt. What are you trying to hide?”
That’s my parting shot for today.