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July 20, 2012

Romney’s Biggest Boo-Boo

Roy Meachum

Congress demands 10 years of tax records from anyone seeking a presidential cabinet position. Every national candidate has released his IRS statements for all his income-earning years. Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower established the model.

 

As we’ve discussed, Mitt Romney was the GOP choice only after beating more than several opponents. In an effort to receive the second position on Sen. John McCain’s 2008 ticket, he volunteered his returns for a number of years. His failure to file with the elections board spouts critics on the political right, and from his own party:

 

*Rick Tyler—a longtime adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich;

 

*Rep. Ron Paul of Texas;

 

*Gov. Rick Perry of Texas;

 

*And conservative pundit Bill Kristol – close to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

 

The potentially most dangerous is the national campaign manager for two-term Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Mr. Romney depends strongly on his Church of Latter-day Saints; Mr. Huntsman is a fellow Mormon. The religion teaches honesty. But many Christians don’t regard that church as a member of their faith. To them, Mormonism is a cult, set apart.

 

This may be why Mitt Romney had so much trouble in securing the presumed nomination; it won’t be official until the party’s 2012 convention, at the very end of August. Congressman Paul is the last obstacle he faces, unless an unexpected scandal blows him out of the race.

 

The Republicans’ boast about how unfit Barack Obama is to succeed himself – which is repeated more and more the closer November becomes. The Bain sources of income and his offshore accounts may be brushed aside, as the Obama screeds grow louder, but taken altogether, Mr. Romney’s path to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has never been smooth.

 

The Huffington Post, summing up every poll, shows the Oval Office incumbent leading in electoral votes, 274 to Mitt Romney’s 191. Republicans I know as friends like to point to 1980, when Jimmy Carter lead by a number of points in August, only to lose to Ronald Reagan in November. Mr. Carter staged the “September surprise” in trying to free American embassy personnel in Teheran; I changed my vote to the former California governor, for one.

 

No such “surprise” looms before the polling places open in four months; of course, it would not be a surprise, if in any way predictable. Barack Obama’s record shows he’s not capable of taking sudden action. His Affordable Care Act passed Congress after years of discussion, including President Bill Clinton’s version in 1996, 16 years ago. Whatever opponents yell, they cannot claim “bushwhacked.”

 

On his own, Mitt Romany is wrecking the Republican drive for the White House by all sorts of misdeeds centering on his handling of finances. On the other hand, he has requested the vice presidential applicants for his ticket bare all, especially money sources. That sounds hypocritical to me.

 

What do you think?

 



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