Mexican Space Lizard El Romnero is at it again, you guys. We’ve discussed ad nauseum his refusal to release more than two years of tax returns to the public for review, essentially handing a “he’s got something to hide” gun to Democrats and the Librul Meedya Ajenda.
But it gets better. Back in 2008, when he was being vetted as a vice presidential candidate by John McCain’s people, he released two decades-worth of tax returns and notably didn’t get the job. In case your memory does not extend that far back, because DRUGS, you should note that the person chosen for that slot — Alaska hockey mom, pig in lipstick and youbetcha peddler Sarah Palin — was perhaps the worst national political candidate of all time.
Now, are Romney’s tax returns the reason he was bypassed? Of course not, says McCain (via Politico):
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, saying he chose the former Alaska governor because she was a “better candidate.” [emphasis mine]
Wow. Um, can someone ask the Senator from Arizona to stop helping? Get John Sununu on the line; he’s got to request that McCain — a war hero, decorated veteran and longtime member of the Senate — try to be a better American.
Romney’s going to have to release this info. Even as the economy continues to stall, he’s losing ground against President Obama and is having trouble discussing anything but his taxes. These are unwelcome developments.
If you’re wondering whether there’s a legal precedent that he “must” disclose his taxes, the answer is no. However, it has traditionally been done, and that tradition began with R-Money’s dad, George Romney, in 1968 when he ran for president. Oh, and curiously those who are now claiming we’re just “jealous of Romney’s success” because we want to see if he really cheated on his taxes and became richer with government assistance while the rest of us paid a full rate (answer: YES) are the same folks who demanded John Kerry’s returns in 2004.
Turnabout is a bitch, you guys.
When this election season began, I wasn’t sure who would earn my vote. But the chronic out-of-touchness that Romney has displayed, combined with the shitty hand the President has been dealt, has led me to only one choice. I will vote for Obama again in November, and I will work to make sure Colorado does likewise. In a good diary from MADCO on Colorado Pols, he explains his choice in a more detailed manner.
The tax issue alone isn’t that big a deal, but it’s completely hamstrung Romney in this campaign. The beautiful thing is, while R-Money is essentially answering to the media, Obama campaign strategists and now his own party, the President is free to move about the country and propose new programs that will benefit the country in the long-term. Yesterday’s announcement in San Antonio of a Master Teacher Corps for Math and Science teachers, is just the latest example. Not only is this good politics, it’s excellent policy. And if you’re wondering what Mitt’s reaction has been, he’s still answering questions about his taxes.
In a wonderful move both for this nation’s kids and because it really pisses off moronic Republicans who are desperate to blame Michelle
Antoinette Obama for something, school lunches are evolving into something more healthy for kids than they were when we were growing up. This is a good thing. For everyone. Deal with it.
Jeremy Lin is leaving New York and the Knicks for sunny Houston. The parallels between Lin and favorite DDP punching bag Tim Tebow are remarkable: little was expected of either; they both came in under duress and performed; they were both celebrated, perhaps a little too wildly for what they actually accomplished; they were both sent elsewhere.
The Nuggets cut Chris “Birdman” Andersen. I have nothing to add, but Denver Stiffs did an excellent piece on the Bird and his swan song in Denver.
That’s all for today. Enjoy your Wednesday, wage slaves.