The headline in the paper was that
Obama is playing “Let's Make A Deal” over Romney's tax returns. Sounds desperate to me.
In response I'd like to see Romney's team insert
something like the following into Romney's and Ryan's stump speeches
and the surrogates' talking points:
“It appears that President Obama
thinks that how much Governor Romney did or didn't pay in taxes over
the last 7 years (he's already made public the 2 years' returns
required by law) is the most pressing issue facing the United States
“Really? ... Really??!!”
“Here are a few
other topics that the folks would probably rather hear about:
What about the
What about jobs
(that famous “3 letter word” according to Joe Biden)?
What about the $
trillion-plus deficit every year?
What about the $16
trillion dollar (and climbing) national debt?
What about taxes
and the “fiscal cliff” that we're going to go over on New Year's
What about Medicare
and Social Security going broke within the next 15-25 years?
What about national
defense—the primary obligation of the federal government? What to
do about Iranian nukes? What to do about China? Syria? Israel? Egypt?
What will the
government do if the Eurozone collapses?”
“That's just a
start. We've got ideas about all of those, and a lot more. So what
have you got to say, Mr. President? Are you really going to keep
talking about tax returns all the way to Election Day? That's fine
Oh, by the way, Obama's “deal” is a total sham—after all, the Obama
campaign “can't coordinate” with his super-pacs so his “promise”
not to raise the issue ever again means next to nothing, if it means
anything at all.