When Mitt Romney was in Europe a few days ago, he only took three questions from reporters during that entire trip.
What exactly is Romney trying to hide? Does he truly believe that he can run his entire campaign on secrecy and lies up until election day? Yes, there are some myopic voters who, although they’re voting against their own economic interest, will vote for Romney because Rush, Hannity, et al tells them to. However, the majority of voters know better and this secrecy strategy will come back to haunt Romney in the General Election.
Republicans are playing right into Harry Reid’s hands but they’re too puffed up with the smug, bellicose inhaling of conservative media to know it. They’re all excited that Mitt Romney told Reid to “put up or shut up” about Romney’s tax returns.
Let’s just take a moment here to think about that. Who needs to put up or shut up? Romney is the one running for president and refusing to do the most basic qualification of the job as a candidate. For some reason, no matter how politically costly it is, Romney is too scared to release his tax returns. He gave us one year, which his own father pointed out could easily be distorted. He promises to give us another year, but it’s August already.
Romney can manage to squeak out a few tough talking sound bites on Hannity’s show:
“It’s time for Harry to put up or shut up. Harry’s gonna have to describe who it is he spoke with because of course that’s totally and completely wrong. It’s untrue, dishonest and inaccurate. It’s wrong. So I’m looking forward to have Harry reveal his sources and we’ll probably find out that it’s the White House.”
Wow, what’s that about dishonest attacks? Romney is blaming the White House now for Reid’s alleged knowledge of Romney’s taxes? Where is Romney’s proof of this allegation — does he even have an “unnamed source” or was he just throwing some paranoia at the Hannity and hoping it would stick? Someone is getting desperate to deflect.
Romney is a weak candidate who has been labeled a wimp by Newsweek and worse than Sarah Palin by the British press. When he tells Reid to put up or shut up, he obviously doesn’t know who he’s dealing with — but even more bizarre, it’s almost as if Romney is talking for us to him.
Put up or shut up, Romney.
- Reid Drops Bombshell Romney Claim (huffingtonpost.com)
- Video: 2004 Mitt Romney Says It’s ‘Poppycock’ To Blame President For Job Market (mediaite.com)
- After gaffe-filled international tour, exasperated Mitt Romney aide tells reporters to ‘shove it,’ ‘kiss my ass’ (news.nationalpost.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Trip To Europe (thinkprogress.org)
- Mitt Romney now criticised by China (telegraph.co.uk)
- Reid Presses Attack on Romney’s Taxes (stream.wsj.com)
- Romney to Reid: ‘Put up or shut up’ (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)