Mrs. Mitt, the jetski driver and navigator of the “Seamus-mobile,” hath spoken—again. In an NBC interview with Natalie Morales, Ann Romney declared defiantly, “There's going to be no more tax releases given." Period. End of subject.
Voters are tugging at their shirttails, wanting to see more evidence of paid taxes. But, both Mitt and Ann are unflinching in their resolve to conceal what other candidates, including his father, offered up freely.
In what seemed to be two incongruent statements, Ann added sweetly, “We have nothing to hide,” and we don’t want to give the Democrats “more ammunition.” Upon reading that, two memorable lines came to mind: Nixon’s “I’m not a crook” and a quote from Ronald Reagan, who in the depth of the Cold War said, “Trust but verify.” That’s what we did with the Ruskies and that’s what we should be doing with the Romneys as well.
Apparently, the Romney campaign has determined that non-disclosure is less damaging than disclosure. The media must see to it that that is not the case by keeping up the pressure for release of the tax returns. Most Americans don’t have the unstinting faith in Mitt Romney that his wife showed in the interview when she cooed, “I believe in my heart that Mitt is going to save America….” But I thought I heard her mutter under her breath, “… save it for the one-percenters, that is. The rest can eat cake.”