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  •  Gaming it out from Romney's side (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Retroactive Genius

    I would like to make a smart comment here about how Romney should be playing this out.

    However I find myself completely unable to as I can't understand how he's handled it so far, and so am completely unable to predict how he'll handle it in the future.

    Romney must have seen this coming - he's been running for president for many years and so should have prepared his taxes to be at least not too damaging, even if they couldn't be totally squeaky clean.

    The fact that Romney is behaving in a way that appears to be irrational to everyone that doesn't know what's actually in his tax returns, does strongly indicate that there is something in there that would make Romney's apparently irrational decision to not release them be rational, if only we knew what that missing info was.

    Also I don't think this is totally correct:

    "Eventually, (Reid) figures, people will figure it out, and when they do, the story will fully explode and he'll be vindicated."

    Meanwhile, Romney will have spent weeks trying to fend off the tax return attacks,...

    One - If Romney isn't prepared to release his tax returns, then he'll spend from now until election day fending off the tax return attacks.

    Two - If Reid is planning on retiring he might not care that his 'reputation' amongst the GOP and our feckless media is slightly tarnished by refusing to reveal his source.

    Reid doesn't need his source to be revealed while Romney is unwilling to show the allegations to be untrue. Reid would only need to reveal his sources to be 'trustworthy' if there was some way for Romney to counter the allegations - which there isn't unless he releases his tax returns.

    Good, quick, cheap. Choose two.

    by Danack on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 06:38:49 AM PDT

    •  This is why I'm almost certain it's the amnesty. (0+ / 0-)

      Prior to 2009--which of course includes the 2008 campaign--Romney would've thought his offshore accounts completely safe from scrutiny. They wouldn't have registered as a danger to his ambitions, because at that time he believed that they were safely anonymous and out of the reach of anyone in the States.

      But when UBS agreed to disclose thousands of formerly-secret accounts to the IRS, the whole game changed. Romney would never accept the risk of prosecution; he would've taken the amnesty rather than hoping that his account would be overlooked by the IRS. At that point his hope would be that he could get away with only releasing returns from after the tax amnesty deal.

      Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.

      by Catsy on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 11:53:36 AM PDT

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