Romney digs in: I will not be releasing more tax returns

posted at 4:41 pm on July 17, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

There’s a growing chorus insisting that Mitt Romney needs to release his tax returns, because otherwise, he’s the most secretive candidate since “Richard Nixon,” or something — but it isn’t just Democrats clamoring for him to do so, either. There’s a cadre of conservatives urging him to just bite the bullet and get it over with, too:

“He ought to release his returns,” former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, another prominent Republican, told conservative National Review Online. “Any time this campaign’s conversation is not about President Obama’s failed policies…then the [Romney] campaign isn’t talking about the right thing.”

Last week Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Mr. Romney’s personal finances were “fair game.”

And:

Strategic “advice” has been offered up on The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, and in a series of high-profile tweets from NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch. …

On “Fox News Sunday” this week, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol called Romney’s refusal to release more than two years of tax returns “crazy.”

“He should release the tax returns tomorrow,” Mr. Kristol said. “You’ve got to release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns.”

Over on ABC’s “This Week,” conservative columnist George Will chimed in by observing that Romney was “losing at this point in a big way.” Mr. Will added: “I do not know why, given that Mitt Romney knew the day that McCain lost in 2008 that he was going to run for president again that he didn’t get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest.”

It seems that Mitt Romney, however, is not to be persuaded. On Tuesday, he reiterated to the NJ that he is set on this point and will not be releasing any more of his personal tax returns:

“In the political environment that exists today, the opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy,” Romney said in an interview with National Review Online. “And I’m simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about.” …

Asked by the interviewer why he didn’t get rid of the off-shore tax accounts that have also become the subject of Obama campaign ads, Romney declined to offer a detailed explanation. He said only, “The world of finance is not as simple as some would have you believe.”

Allright, I’m gonna’ just ponder this out: I’m all about shutting down the Obama campaign’s bullying tactics and refusing to play the game on their terms; but then again, when it comes to the cheap populist appeals, Team Barack Obama has been known to play a damn good game.

Mitt Romney is a pretty judicious, pros-and-cons type of dude — while I highly doubt he did anything at all approaching illegality, he must think that his tax returns would provide Team Obama with more fodder for the anti-free enterprise, populist attacks. As legal and prudent as they can be, the general public probably wouldn’t be too receptive to “unpatriotic” offshore bank accounts or whatever else right now — the world of finance is a complex and tricky thing, and maybe it’s just not a good use of Mitt Romney’s time to be trying to explain hedge funds and whatnot when we need to be talking about broad economic solutions for our national economy.

Is it more worthwhile to let Team Obama keep harping on the “Romney is super-secretive meme,” which will eventually get put on the back-burner and with which they’ve already jumped the shark at least once, or to just let it all hang out and clear the air now while we still have months left to tinker with messaging? Even if Romney’s tax returns contain nothing at all untoward, I doubt they’d be able to tell Team Obama to stick that in their pipe and smoke it — Team Obama would find some way to hype their proffered image of Romney as a dastardly capitalist.

I honestly don’t know — Guy Benson and Conn Carroll offer two thorough, dissenting opinions if you’re looking for a little more analysis. So, what do you think? Should Mitt keep telling Team Obama to get lost, or just have out and be done with it?

So go the latest campaign shenanigans. Meanwhile, back at the ranch


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Even the editors of the national review are calling on the hapless Team Romney to release their candidate’s returns. Oh, Romney is so going to cave, people. He’s trap a thousand Chilean miners in the tragic collapse but he will cave.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Failing grades vs offshore accounts for the purpose of tax shelter …. What’s will be seen as unpatrioctic? THAT’S the 10k question!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

don’t listen to any of the gop elite Mitt…

keep doing what you are doing…they were going to trash no matter what happens….

as soon as the july report comes out, they’ll focus on another ‘GOTCHA’ scandal on Mitt…

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Since when? Sheesh, with Republicans like Bill Kristol, who needs Democrats?

xblade on July 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Kristol is such a spaz, show me one time, just one time when he was right about anything…

jimver on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

He needs to release the damn returns and get on with it!

Bobbi

Are you really that naive?

xblade on July 17, 2012 at 6:21 PM

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

.
or maybe just a “certificate” of live tax returns ?

Would that suffice for you and your OWS pals ?

FlaMurph on July 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Oh, this is a runaway train, people. McCain is now on record as saying Palin was a better candidate than Romney because of the tax return issue: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/07/mccain-i-wasnt-scared-off-by-romney-tax-returns-129201.html

Wow. This Romney fellow is a political genius, wouldn’t you say?

This story is number one among the top political blogs according to memeorandum. Hey, do you think there’s an Obama mole at Team Romney? I mean, how else do you explain this string of failures!?

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Man I wish mitt’s team took their talking points from HA bloggers…. I would pay money to see Romney officially and publicly negotiating Obama’s grades for his tax returns!

I really would.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I respect this, if he stays dug in. If he waffles at some point, it could be fatal.

J.E. Dyer on July 17, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Kristol is such a spaz, show me one time, just one time when he was right about anything…

jimver

It’s like these guys have battered wife syndrome or something. They always seem to think the key to victory is giving in to democrats. I think the National Review actually argued that the Robert’s decision on Obamacare was good news for Republicans.

xblade on July 17, 2012 at 6:26 PM

You’re right. So why doesn’t Mitt man up and defend, rather than hide, his actions? Not only is he not even remotely conservative, he’s also not leadership material.

Armin Tamzarian on July 17, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Um, he is — just because you can’t understand what he says when he says:

I’ve fully complied with all financial disclosure requirements plus given 2 years worth of tax returns (2010, 2011) and that’s all you need to get an idea of my finances. And if the President wants to talk about transparency, why is he using executive privilege to keep the documents on Fast & Furious from the American public. That isn’t about something personal, that is about national policy.

doesn’t mean he isn’t doing exactly what you are criticizing him for not doing.

And yes, those advising Romney to throw Obama’s use of executive privilege over F&F docs back at Obama, that is exactly what Romney is doing. You have to watch the full interviews, not just rely on the MSM “reporting” on those inteviews.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 6:27 PM

just watched that speech from right scoop

GREAT SPEECH!!!!

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 6:28 PM

atta boy Mitt, we’re done being pushed around…nothing like having a set of cajones…

RedInMD on July 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

IF ONLY!

Pragmatic on July 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM

It’s like these guys have battered wife syndrome or something. They always seem to think the key to victory is giving in to democrats.
xblade on July 17, 2012 at 6:26 PM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM

don’t listen to any of the gop elite Mitt…

keep doing what you are doing…they were going to trash no matter what happens….

as soon as the july report comes out, they’ll focus on another ‘GOTCHA’ scandal on Mitt…

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I agree cmsinaz. (:

SparkPlug on July 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

So all the ones saying that Mitt shouldn’t … Is it the Obamaderangement syndrome talking (Mitt doing it would be doing exactly what O wants) or do you really see this as a winning strategy in a general election?

If the latter, YOU ARE AN O-bot!!r

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Failing grades vs offshore accounts for the purpose of tax shelter …. What’s will be seen as unpatrioctic? THAT’S the 10k question!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

And what of the the F & F docs? Rashid Khalidi video? You libs crack me up. If Obama were a ped0phile he wouldn’t lose a single vote on the hard left. If anything they might be a little more energized to vote for him.

Kataklysmic on July 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM

SparkPlug on July 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

:)

*clink*

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Obama’s America!

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 6:32 PM

The gay commie Barack Obama is driving this country into the ground and all we hear from the bedwetting leftist trolls is faux concern over BS.

You people are pathetic.

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 6:32 PM

NO NO NO do not release those tax returns unless Obama releases college records first. Why oh why do the “conservative” media and supporters cave in to the MSM and Obama and let them drive the narrative? All the ‘conservative’ media had to do was toss this ball back into the Obama camp: Why are you so concerned with transparency for Mitt when you aren’t transparent about your college records, Fast and Furious (which has fallen off the radar), meetings outside the White House so there are no records of visitors etc. Just toss that ball right back at em everytime and they’d soon drop it because they were gaining no traction and don’t want their faults highlighted. Just say NO!

1bunny on July 17, 2012 at 6:32 PM

It’s like these guys have battered wife syndrome or something. They always seem to think the key to victory is giving in to democrats. I think the National Review actually argued that the Robert’s decision on Obamacare was good news for Republicans.

xblade on July 17, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I didn’t think NRO would stay on course long after we lost WFB.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Failing grades vs offshore accounts for the purpose of tax shelter …. What’s will be seen as unpatrioctic? THAT’S the 10k question!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

You’re the same type of gnat-braied azz as all you sisters/brothers. Obama’s, 450K in companies which ship jobs overseas, hypocrite.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

gnat-brained

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Romney has released all the tax returns the law requires.

txhsmom on July 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Actually he has released more than the law requires because the law doesn’t require a candidate to release any tax returns, only to complete financial disclosure forms (which he has done & which he did when he ran for MA governor).

Anyone who thinks candidates’ tax returns are “our business” — well, fair enough, get your congressmen & senators to get on writing & passing a new law.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Failing grades vs offshore accounts for the purpose of tax shelter …. What’s will be seen as unpatrioctic? THAT’S the 10k question!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

LOL.

As we see from your Obama’s shrieking that Romney is a criminal who committed a felony and should be in jail, it’s not like you need facts to make up your stories.

If Romney is a criminal, as your Barack Obama screamed and cried, why hasn’t he had him locked up? Better yet, silly boy, why does your Barack Obama scream and cry that political dissent is a felony?

northdallasthirty on July 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM

The gay commie Barack Obama is driving this country into the ground and all we hear from the bedwetting leftist trolls is faux concern over BS.

You people are pathetic.

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Them, and the righitsts too.

In the meanwhile, this is Hope ‘n Change, uh-huh!

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Them, and the righitsts too.

In the meanwhile, this is Hope ‘n Change, uh-huh!

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 6:35 PM

All part of the plan to overload the system, usurp the constitution, then install communism in the USA. Its all right there in front of us. God save us.

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Oh, this is a runaway train, people. McCain is now on record as saying Palin was a better candidate than Romney because of the tax return issue: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/07/mccain-i-wasnt-scared-off-by-romney-tax-returns-129201.html

Wow. This Romney fellow is a political genius, wouldn’t you say?

casuist

Well, who can argue with McCain? His solid victory over Obama in 2008 proves he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to defeating Obama.

Oh…wait.

xblade on July 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

just watched that speech from right scoop

GREAT SPEECH!!!!

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 6:28 PM

It really was! This is what we should be talking about not the shiny object.

tbrickert on July 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

wexler on cnn right now

hilarious

romney what is he hiding in those tax returns, the people need to know

on fast and furious, the people don’t need to know…

what an absolute idiot…does he not hear what he is saying????

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

tbrickert on July 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

exactly!!!

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

You’re the same type of gnat-braied azz as all you sisters/brothers. Obama’s, 450K in companies which ship jobs overseas, hypocrite.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Well, do ya see that’s different somehow – sort of like breaking a few eggs to make an omelet.

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 6:41 PM

It is almost comical to hear the legacy media types trying to explain what Dear Leader meant in his rant against capitalism…

d1carter on July 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM


It really was! This is what we should be talking about not the shiny object.

Were Romney an effective candidate perhaps we would be. But Romney is what we have so we’ll talk about his tax issues since he’s too weak and ineffectual to change the subject. Oh, if only his campaign had a competent turn-around manager. But who? Who!?

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:40 PM

So it doesn’t bother you that El Presidente Downgrade may be a Fast and Furious Felon?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Hmmmm – Romney has the “base” telling him way to go and the “elite” telling him this is a bad idea.

Interesting and smart when you think about it.

gophergirl on July 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

dana loesch is taking a dim view of those ‘conservatives’ who are trashing mitt

https://twitter.com/DLoesch

nro has an editorial…please cave Mitt…please?
and then it also has a pro-wind power article by a green energy guy

did nro get bought out by Arianna? wtf

the media pretty much think that they run the place…you know the forth estate…or fifth column…or something, i get confused

r keller on July 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Dr. K is currently slapping down the Associated Press representative on Fox…LOL.

d1carter on July 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM


So it doesn’t bother you that El Presidente Downgrade may be a Fast and Furious Felon?

Yes, Fast and Furious bothers me, but Romney has no control over that so no one but you is calling on Romney to release the Fast and Furious documents. On an issue that Romney does have some control over I would prefer that Romney release his tax returns now, rather than later, because he’s going to release them anyway. He will cave. He always does.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Oh, this is a runaway train, people. McCain is now on record as saying Palin was a better candidate than Romney because of the tax return issue: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/07/mccain-i-wasnt-scared-off-by-romney-tax-returns-129201.html

casuist

And after reading the article, I guess we should assume you are a runaway liar, because McCain said the exact opposite.

xblade on July 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

As usual of lately, Romney misses an opportunity to put Obama on the defensive. He should demand Holder release all the Fast and Furious documents and for Obama to release his college transcripts, otherwise he can mind his own business.

Daemonocracy on July 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Wow, you must be opining on something without actually knowing what Romney said. While he didn’t demand college transcripts, he most certainly ask why is the president stopping the release of F&F documents.

Next time, watch the actual interview; don’t rely on MSM telling you what Romney said.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM


And after reading the article, I guess we should assume you are a runaway liar, because McCain said the exact opposite.

Rilly? McCain said Romney was a better candidate than Palin? How odd that he selected Palin.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Hmmmm – Romney has the “base” telling him way to go and the “elite” telling him this is a bad idea.

Interesting and smart when you think about it.

gophergirl on July 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

you rombots are truly desperate….what about the ‘general public’ who mittens is always trying to cater to and trying to ‘be moderate’ with? All of sudden, mittens has grown a pair? not hardly….the perception will be that he has something to hide…whether you like it or not…that’s the way it will play with the average American (whether GOP, Democrat, or Independent); let’s see how he deals with this going forward….what’s your guess? Will Mittens cave or STAND STRONG?

Pragmatic on July 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Romney has the “base” telling him way to go and the “elite” telling him this is a bad idea.

What is your evidence for the GOP base calling on Romney to hide his tax documents?

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

So it doesn’t bother you that El Presidente Downgrade may be a Fast and Furious Felon?

Yes, Fast and Furious bothers me, but Romney has no control over that so no one but you is calling on Romney to release the Fast and Furious documents. On an issue that Romney does have some control over I would prefer that Romney release his tax returns now, rather than later, because he’s going to release them anyway. He will cave. He always does.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Huh? Reading comprehension not your strong suit I guess.

The call is for El Presidente Downgrade to release those documents on the Gunwalkergate scandal.

And when Romney releases 5 years of tax returns, the demand will be made for 10, then it will be for every scrap of documentation on Bain, then…

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

A major reason that Obama was elected and allowed to run the country into the ground is …..the STUPID party AKA the Republicans.
Romney should NEVER listen to this bunch of inside-the-beltway losers.

Anti-American socialists to the left of me.
Morons and buffoons to the right of me.

graywolf on July 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

tsk tsk tsk. romney running for president for the past 8 years. He should have had this issue taken completely off the table.

the obama campaign ripping mitt a new one on a daily basis. now he’s declaring texas a battleground state because total amnesty is the october surprise.

but hey mitts the man….right….right….crickets.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Failing grades vs offshore accounts for the purpose of tax shelter …. What’s will be seen as unpatrioctic? THAT’S the 10k question!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Maybe the wasted stimulus money should be discussed …you know when it helped fund foreign companies..

CW on July 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Cracker Polly?

Get a life loser….look in the mirror and say it over and over…

pathetic.

CW on July 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM


All of sudden, mittens has grown a pair? not hardly….the perception will be that he has something to hide…whether you like it or not…that’s the way it will play with the average American (whether GOP, Democrat, or Independent); let’s see how he deals with this going forward….what’s your guess? Will Mittens cave or STAND STRONG?

History would predict that Romney caves so fast that his falling motion creates a total vacuum powerful enough to suck his entire communications team out of the black hole of total solitude where they hide themselves against the hard light of political reality. But who knows? If there is something particularly damning in his returns he may try to hold out a few more moments. We shall see.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/07/mccain-i-wasnt-scared-off-by-romney-tax-returns-129201.html

casuist

And after reading the article, I guess we should assume you are a runaway liar, because McCain said the exact opposite.

xblade on July 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

casuist

Why are you pushing this line of attack?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

It’s fun to see the anti-Mitt crowd getting so worked up over this. Looking at the polls, it appears they are the only ones.For all the money Obama has spent on his Bain attacks and this, he just can’t move the needle.

tbrickert on July 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Nice combover.

taternuggets on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM


but hey mitts the man….right….right….crickets.

Right? No. Romney’s no creature of the right. Left, left would be more appropriate.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

casuist

Why are you pushing this line of attack?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM


Why are you pushing this line of attack?

Phase of the moon?

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

you rombots are truly desperate….

Pragmatic on July 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Actually I was a “perrykrishna” first.

gophergirl on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

And when Romney releases 5 years of tax returns, the demand will be made for 10, then it will be for every scrap of documentation on Bain, then…Chip on July 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

thats their point dude. they have mitt on his heels. defining him. what do you think of when YOU think of mitt. c’mon, first word………….

RICH i know. you couldn’t help it. 24/7 on the inner tubes and the stupid tube. no way mitt can surpass that.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

my my…the nrcc seems to have a new ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM9sbQf9MQ4&feature=BFa&list=UUK7Jy7Dsb2bO1uhv8peZRUg

he doesn’t get it.

pretty brutal if you ask me

r keller on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

didn’t he release years of tax returns (possibly financial disclosures) to McCain campaign in 2008?

jimver on July 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

The word “release” in the context of Obama’s calls for Romney to “release” his tax returns is to make them available to the public.

Whether Romney allowed McCain to privately review his tax returns is not a “release” of the tax returns to the public.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I will be transparent when you do UNLESS there is some reason Romney really doesn’t want to get them out even if Obama takes his challenge. Then Romney has a problem..

melle1228 on July 17, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I’d bet the farm that Preezy Downgrade has A LOT more to hide in his document closet than does Romney. I’d bet he has disqualifying level of deceit, corruption, thuggery and fraud tucked away in his college records, his passport records, his SSN records, his F&F documents, etc., etc., etc.

Harbingeing on July 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Agreeing with the dissenting justices that the mandate is an unconstitutional penalty is *not* agreeing with Obama — Obama thinks it isn’t a tax *and* magically still constitutional. It isn’t, the majority opinion made that clear.

PS — you’re still a moron.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM


The call is for El Presidente Downgrade to release those documents on the Gunwalkergate scandal.

Uh, yes, quite, I agree, and how about that local sports team! I think they’ll go all the way this year, which is about as relevant as your comment above.


And when Romney releases 5 years of tax returns, the demand will be made for 10, then it will be for every scrap of documentation on Bain, then…

Romney released 23 years of tax returns to the McCain campaign to his credit I might add. Why not release all 23 now and have done with this imbroglio so that we can move on to Romney’s next disastrous move that we’re all supposed to defend as somehow stalwart and true on Romney’s part?

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

CW on July 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

buenas noches hombre/hembra!!!! shouldn’t you be out changing hearts and minds for mitt instead of hanging around with a us gun toting bitterclingers?

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Actually I was a “perrykrishna” first.

gophergirl on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Tell Phlegmatic that I was a Newtonian.

But then any of the candidates in the primary, even Goofy Johnson, were light years better than President Jackass McChoomer.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Why are you pushing this line of attack?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Phase of the moon?

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I take it your in the camp of team Downgrade then?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Be obstinate. What’s the benefit in caving?

vityas on July 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Romney released 23 years of tax returns to the McCain campaign to his credit I might add.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Based on what facts?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 7:04 PM


Agreeing with the dissenting justices that the mandate is an unconstitutional penalty is *not* agreeing with Obama —

Yes, but what Romney did was agree with the opinion of the writer for the majority, Justice Roberts, that the mandate was a tax, only this was a total cave on his part as he had argued over and over on the record that his mandate was not a tax, even as his crack communicator, whom everyone with any sense believes should resign, Eric Fehrnstrom, was arguing the former party line that the mandate was not a tax in support of … Obama’s line!

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Tell Phlegmatic that I was a Newtonian.

But then any of the candidates in the primary, even Goofy Johnson, were light years better than President Jackass McChoomer.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

It just makes me laugh when the ultimate insult is Mittbot.

Exactly – Romney may have his faults but they aren’t anywhere close to Obama’s.

gophergirl on July 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Obama’s vayjayjay is swollen ….with pride :

On Monday, former White House advisor Van Jones appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” and slammed conservatives for unfairly attacking President Obama over his “you didn’t build” your business comments, saying the president’s remarks represented “the deepest form of patriotism.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/van-jones-calls-obamas-you-didnt-build-your-business-comments-the-deepest-form-of-patriotism/

burrata on July 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM


Based on what facts?

This is the very definition of a low information question.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Oh, this is a runaway train, people. McCain is now on record as saying Palin was a better candidate than Romney because of the tax return issue: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/07/mccain-i-wasnt-scared-off-by-romney-tax-returns-129201.html

Wow. This Romney fellow is a political genius, wouldn’t you say?

This story is number one among the top political blogs according to memeorandum. Hey, do you think there’s an Obama mole at Team Romney? I mean, how else do you explain this string of failures!?

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

LOL

Remind us again how John “I’ll Wisely Suspend My Campaign Because I SO Know What I’m Doing!” McCain himself did against 0bamessiah in 2008?

Any smart person who’s been on the fence here about which way they think Mitt should go will look at ol’ Johnny’s advice, and DO THE OPPOSITE!!! :)

Bizarro No. 1 on July 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Romney is either politically stupid or hiding something.

If it’s the former, someone needs to just smack him upside the head and release them.

If it’s the latter…then I can’t wait to see how Buy Danish will spin it.

MadisonConservative on July 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Asked by the interviewer why he didn’t get rid of the off-shore tax accounts that have also become the subject of Obama campaign ads, Romney declined to offer a detailed explanation. He said only, “The world of finance is not as simple as some would have you believe.”

Here in Possum Holler we don’t care if he gave money to the Kingdom of Satan, and donated to the Aryan Brotherhood of Hitler……

….he’s not a COMMUNIST like the guy in the Oval Office….so….

NOT THE COMMUNIST 2012.

PappyD61 on July 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM


I take it your in the camp of team Downgrade then?

No. I’m a conservative. Which is why I have issues with Romney.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:07 PM

because total amnesty is the october surprise.

renalin on July 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

aww, Ritalin has been in communication again with the Source through the green little people :-)…

jimver on July 17, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Oh, this is a runaway train, people. McCain is now on record as saying Palin was a better candidate than Romney because of the tax return issue: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/07/mccain-i-wasnt-scared-off-by-romney-tax-returns-129201.html

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

That is the *opposite* of what McCain said.

PS — you’re still a moron.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM


Asked by the interviewer why he didn’t get rid of the off-shore tax accounts that have also become the subject of Obama campaign ads, Romney declined to offer a detailed explanation. He said only, “The world of finance is not as simple as some would have you believe.”

Oh … terrific … so Romney’s new line is that American voters all too stupid to understand his lofty intentions with respect to his off-shore accounts and tax forms. Great. Now Romney’s channelling John Kerry. No wonder Obama tapped Kerry to play the part of Romney. Genius move for an otherwise prosaic thinker.

Well, the timing’s right. Maybe if Romney really tanks now we can replace him at the convention or something.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

The trolls are getting thick around here.

taternuggets on July 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM


That is the *opposite* of what McCain said

.

Rilly? McCain said Romney was the better candidate so that’s why he chose Palin? Seriously?

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Oh … terrific … so Romney’s new line is that American voters all too stupid to understand his lofty intentions with respect to his off-shore accounts and tax forms. Great. Now Romney’s channelling John Kerry. No wonder Obama tapped Kerry to play the part of Romney. Genius move for an otherwise prosaic thinker.

Well, the timing’s right. Maybe if Romney really tanks now we can replace him at the convention or something.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

You’re some academic from Canada…. why do you even care about our election? Piss off. I’m tired of seeing your name.

taternuggets on July 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM

didn’t he release years of tax returns (possibly financial disclosures) to McCain campaign in 2008?

jimver on July 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

The word “release” in the context of Obama’s calls for Romney to “release” his tax returns is to make them available to the public.

Whether Romney allowed McCain to privately review his tax returns is not a “release” of the tax returns to the public.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

correct, my bad.

jimver on July 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Of course he shouldn’t release more tax returns; Obama will have a million man march of lawyers going through each line.
Why not get Obama on his past activities with his Choom Gang? Oh, no, Obama’s such a nice guy, just misdirected….hey, didn’t McCain say that? Next it’ll be don’t say his middle name…again!

Now Romney, you listening? You’re not fighting back effectively, so PLEASE don’t choose Portman or Pawlenty, 2 mediocre speakers that have zero passion.

Thinking about it, the only way out of this mess is charismatic Chris Christie with his ability to say anything, & loudly! Doesn’t matter at this point he’s another moderate. The choice is liberalism or a dictatorship.

Of course, Romney’s not listening & probably would get nauseous going on a conservative blog. Get ready for Pawlenty. zzzzzzzz

Belle on July 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I don’t give a crap how much money Mitt Romney made in the last decade. I somehow doubt he is bequeathing me anything in his will, so I have no horse in that race.

ellesar04 on July 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Well, the timing’s right. Maybe if Romney really tanks now we can replace him at the convention or something.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

‘we’, who the heck is ‘we’??? you and the voices in your head?? :-)

jimver on July 17, 2012 at 7:16 PM

The trolls are getting thick around here.

taternuggets on July 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Concern trolls, and yeah, they’re conservatives, riiiiight.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Rilly? McCain said Romney was the better candidate so that’s why he chose Palin? Seriously?

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

McCain said Palin was the better candidate without regard to Romney’s tax returns. Read the article and examine sentence structure.

MadisonConservative on July 17, 2012 at 7:16 PM

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

You keep using the word “release” and you don’t know what it means. I explained it in a previous post. Look it up.

PS — you’re still a moron.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Seems to me if he has met all the legal requirements and judges it to be more advantageous to not release and is within the rules and law, I have no problem with his decision. Its his decision to make. Once made he had better keep it. Knowing this one can surmise he finds it beneficial either professionally or personally. We are asking this man to make tough decisions for us, we have to give him room to make those decisions. If he flip flops and decides to release it would/could be a big problem. Again he must have thought this though. If he has made this decision and sticks with it, I see no problem.

Bmore on July 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

That is the *opposite* of what McCain said.

PS — you’re still a moron.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The reading comprehension with that one is not very good.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

We drag Romney over the line or it is all over. Row or stfu.

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Oh … terrific … so Romney’s new line is that American voters all too stupid to understand his lofty intentions with respect to his off-shore accounts and tax forms. Great. Now Romney’s channelling John Kerry. No wonder Obama tapped Kerry to play the part of Romney. Genius move for an otherwise prosaic thinker.

Well, the timing’s right. Maybe if Romney really tanks now we can replace him at the convention or something.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Actually, the Obama administration is in no position to lecture anyone on offshoring..but the real point is that Romney is saying he is tired of messing with the Obama campaign as they try to deflect attention away from Obama’s dismal record.

Back in 2008 Obama said that the only reason someone would try to run down the other guy is if the candidate did not have a record to run on…and now here he is basing his entire campaign on dishonest and negative campaigning.

BTW, Obama has never released complete medical records or college transcripts and as president he has been secretive when it suited him politically. Hypocrite.

Terrye on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Oh, this is a runaway train, people. McCain is now on record as saying Palin was a better candidate than Romney because of the tax return issue: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/07/mccain-i-wasnt-scared-off-by-romney-tax-returns-129201.html

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

First line of your link:

Mitt Romney’s tax returns had nothing to do with Sen. John McCain’s decision to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, according to the Arizona Republican

Chuck Schick on July 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I take it your in the camp of team Downgrade then?

No. I’m a conservative. Which is why I have issues with Romney.

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Sure you are.

What are your Conservative principles?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Romney is either politically stupid or hiding something.

If it’s the former, someone needs to just smack him upside the head and release them.

If it’s the latter…then I can’t wait to see how Buy Danish will spin it.

MadisonConservative on July 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

How DARE you accuse Romney of hiding something, simply because he won’t release his tax returns, which looks fishy, and looks just as bad as Obama not releasing his college records.

How dare you!!!

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

casuist on July 17, 2012 at 7:04 PM

You truly cannot comprehend or think. That isn’t at all what Romney did — that is what Obama & the MSM says he did. Romney was very clear day 1 — he agrees with dissenting justices but acknowledged their opinion was not “the law” — according to the “law” it was a constitutional tax & therefore the only way to get rid of Obamacare was to get rid of Obama in November.

That is 100% logically and legally correct analysis. No wonder you fall to understand it.

And I’m *done* discussing anything with you because as you have proven, completely to my satisfaction that you will take whatever some writes & pretend they stated the exact opposite to fit it in with your cognitive dissonance.

PS — again, you’re still a moron.

Dark Star on July 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Blech blech blech – just saw my first pro ObamaTaxAct commercial from the government

My eyes! My eyes!

gophergirl on July 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

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