Romney should just release his tax returns already

The awkwardness with which Romney is handling the question — including a halting performance at a Republican candidates debate Monday night — is proving to be a serious distraction, and a contrast to the generally smooth fashion by which his campaign has dispatched most controversies, according to several operatives. …

The returns are sure to cause problems for Romney — running in a recession with every one of his many millions of dollars revealed isn’t the image he’ll want, and it’s almost inevitable that some of his investments will get him into political trouble.

But he was going to be pressed to release them at some point ahead of November, and the intensity of attacks he’s been facing since Monday night’s debate suggest that he’s only hurting himself for not releasing them already.