Rachel Maddow deconstructs the decades old pattern of Mitt Romney’s dance over his tax returns. I’m not a big fan of Maddow’s style — I find it grating — but that’s irrelevant. What is not irrelevant is that this is thorough and analytical journalism. It tells a story and gives complete historical context for this ongoing conflict about Romney and His Taxes.
As it turns out Romney and his people lied, there’s no other word for it, about his filing as a Mass. resident when he was running for Governor there. They lied about it right up until the last minute, then ended up filing an amended return to maintain his eligibility to run for that office. They lied about it in exactly the same terms as they are now using —basically “trust us” — to defend against today’s accusations of Romney’s tax history.
In addition to all that, all the attacks now leveled at Romney, about which he is complaining, are exactly the kind of attacks he himself has used in past political campaigns against others;
He demanded that Kennedy release all his tax returns to “show the people what the biggest taxing Senator in Washington pays in taxes”.
He then went on to say that he (Romney) would release his own State and Federal tax returns “on the very day that Kennedy turns over his taxes for public scrutiny.”
Neither did, and Romney lost that race.
In his run for Governor, all his opponents released multiple years of returns, whereupon Romney switched his position, invoking Kennedy’s posture about a “right to privacy”, and declined to release his own, going so far as to try justifying his new position by taking an opponent to task for not releasing her husband’s tax returns (!!).
This is good journalism. It’s what journalism is supposed to be about. With luck you’ll find Maddow’s style less difficult than I do, but either way this is essential to watch.
Watch Romney’s responses. Watch his body language, the verbal tics, and tell me, a la Richard Nixon, if you’d buy a used car from that man. He’s lying. Again.