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  •  let there be a CPDem81 follow-through: (11+ / 0-)

    whether or not answers were sought, and if so, whether or not there were answers (as opposed to 'roid speak).

    answers, man. we know what they are.

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    by greenbird on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 09:32:21 AM PDT

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    •  Well, answers are being sought (23+ / 0-)

      And the diary's link is prima facia proof of that. And they will be sought on Sunday shows and in newspaper editorials in the days to come.

      But as to whether or not Romney answers these questions, I make no promise about that. That's up to his campaign.

      My gut tells me that the wiser people on his staff know that they ignore public "let's get some answers please" inquiries from guys like Halperin at their peril. But whether or not they provide them is completely up to them.

      The absolute smartest thing the Romney campaign could do is be fully transparent right now, including the tax returns, and hope reporters call it a day and don't dig deep into those filings or get bored with it. If Romney has this aura of character flaws hanging over him going into the convention without releasing his returns by then, he's toast.

      •  Well, it's the coverup that gets ya, (19+ / 0-)

        but

        The absolute smartest thing the Romney campaign could do is be fully transparent right now, including the tax returns, and hope reporters call it a day and don't dig deep into those filings or get bored with it.
        if Romney's tax returns contradict in a loud way what he and his campaign are claiming (and who doubts that they would?) he doesn't gain much by releasing them, and that will be why the campaign doesn't.
      •  I think answers are being"devised"in smole-filled (5+ / 0-)

        back rooms where Republicans are clandestinly meeting as we set at our keyboards. Plans A, B, and C will result.  Media can then pick the plan they like best or believe they can sell as somewhat "accurate."  FOX, has the advantage in this setting since they have no obligation to "truth."

        •  I doubt it (2+ / 0-)
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          romney is, and has always been, the CEO of his campaign.

          This will be totally his call. And he doesn't like discussing this stuff, so he won't. And anybody who insists he should, will be gone tomorrow.

          He hires people to tell him what he wants to hear. If he doesn't want to hear it, he won't keep you on staff.

          His staff doesn't do plan b,c d. They barely do plan a.

          I see Romney as a serious control freak, a micromanager, and somebody who won't entertain the thought that he might be wrong.

          He hires experts to advise him,but doesn't take their advice.

          I think he figures that he'll do a few interviews, say some platitudes, and the people asking the annoying questions will just go away.

          That's how it's always worked before...

        •  are the back rooms likely to be (0+ / 0-)

          smoke-filled when there are Mormons sitting at the heads of the tables?

          Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

          by a gilas girl on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 04:18:32 PM PDT

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      •  juicy news (1+ / 0-)
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        Juicy news about gop woos is always what the doctor ordered. Their pain is my pleasure. Keep stonewalling, stay vague and I will record MSNBC for days. You are responsible for your actions and the gop is getting everything they deserve from their BIZARRO world organization. Go TEA-party. The Daily Show will have stiff comedic competition come gop convention time.

        •  I feel the GOP's pain in that part of the toenail (0+ / 0-)

          I am about to trim.

          Ahhhh! That's better.  I'd better burn that scrap before Grand Mage Karl Rove steals it and does me an injury.

          Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. By the morning of 9/12/2001 the people of NYC had won the War on Terror.

          by triplepoint on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 08:23:31 AM PDT

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      •  My gut also tells me that Halperin (6+ / 0-)

        will accept anything Romney says and that'll be the end of it.  Then they'll say the Democrats won't accept the truth.

        Eric of RedState is now calling the naysayers Bainers, and that just like the Birthers, no answer will be good enough.

        I think they have it mapped out.


        The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

        by nupstateny on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 01:02:54 PM PDT

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        •  I'm wondering if presidential candidates (0+ / 0-)

          are legally allowed to lie about the content of their filed taxes, to go on the public record and to claim something about them that contravenes what's in the documents.

          If Romney goes on the morning Sunday shows this weekend and makes any specific claims about the contents of his tax files, is that legally actionable?

          Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

          by Dale on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 01:30:48 PM PDT

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      •  Weighing the risks (0+ / 0-)

        Let's say Romney does not release the returns:

        He increases the risk he loses the nomination and the election.

        Republicans face a campaign season where Romney's character is the big issue, stealing oxygen from downticket candidates and risking greater losses in the House and Senate.

        Romney's personal fortune and status is no more threatened than it would have been had he not run.

        Then let's say he does release them:

        The contents of the returns increases the risk he loses the nomination and the election because they are just damning.

        Republicans spend the campaign distancing themselves from their nominee, and in all likelihood their platform, and lose big in the resulting disarray.  

        Legions of skilled accountants from opposition research teams, news organizations, etc. comb through the returns and find inconsistencies, mis-representations, improper deductions, fraud, etc. and Romney has to pay back taxes, penalties, fines, and the lawyers he is going to need to stay out of jail.  We're talking millions here, together with years of hassle under the best of circumstances.

        The Romney name, and influence, are seriously compromised.  His fortune is much smaller, and the ability of his son, Tag, and other children to use that as a platform is reduced.

        There is no doubt in my mind which set of contingencies Romney would prefer to face.  Therefore, I think the chance that we will ever see those returns is vanishingly small.

      •  I doubt if "answers" are being sought... (0+ / 0-)

        I suspect it is more accurate to say that "responses" are being sought, since that is the professional reporters SOP.

        There' are a few light years of difference between a reporter getting an answer to a perplexing and compelling question with larger import and a reporter getting a campaign to respond in a meaningful way to their queries.

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 04:16:14 PM PDT

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