Krauthammer (et al.) In The Bunker

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 17 2012 @ 8:55pm


One dissenter at NRO:

Don’t Release Your Returns, Mr. Romney. Burn Them…

The fact that some people think that Romney’s tax returns could reveal anything — short of evidence of law-breaking — useful about his capacity to serve as president is itself a scandal. He’s rich. But then, we knew that. He probably has some clever accountants. But then, we assumed that to begin with. What else do these people want except tabloid details about yachts and bank accounts? Remember, we live in a country where the IRS knows more about Romney than anybody but Ann. Romney should make this point explicitly. He should make the case that he represents a future in which your tax returns don’t define you as a person — both because it won’t be driven by class resentment, and because it will feature a reformed and simplified tax code, dramatically reducing the reams of personal minutiae the Leviathan requires to assess your contribution to the Common Defense and the General Welfare.

Meanwhile, please welcome to the stage the world's tiniest violin:

If Obama and the Democrats had been running against a candidate with a Reverend Wright–type problem, they would have gone thermonuclear on him, and the media would have cheered them on.

Seriously, asking a candidate to release his full tax returns like Mitt Romney's father did is some kind of outrageously sleazy attack? They sure can deal it out, can't they?