Here’s what’s irksome about Mitt Romney’s refusal to release his taxes: he wants to keep things secret. At this point, I’d hope most voters know that he’s withholding his tax returns and is the only candidate to do so since, what, the 1960s?! So, either he’s clutching them like a roman candle to release in a last minute flourish showing how American he is paying his fair share, but of course, like many of us in Montana, likes his privacy, or, and more likely, his campaign has assessed his taxes and found that releasing them would do more harm to his campaign than keeping up this iron veil of privacy.
This tiny issue speaks to Romney as a whole: he keeps secrets, even if they hurt. If elected, he’ll hold damaging information from the public, rather airing the dirty laundry and then trying fix the problem. Everyone makes mistakes, even the President (shocking, I know!), and the American people can be forgiving of a few oopsies as long as the official is honest and working toward a solution. So Mitt, if you want to do better with independent voters, release your taxes and don’t apologize for being rich. Psst… we all know you’re more Daddy Warbucks than every-man.