National Review To Romney: Release Your Tax Returns
The editors of National Review are the latest on the right to call on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns:
Romney may feel impatience with requirements that the political culture imposes on a presidential candidate that he feels are pointless (and inconvenient). But he’s a politician running for the highest office in the land, and his current posture is probably unsustainable. In all likelihood, he won’t be able to maintain a position that looks secretive and is a departure from campaign conventions. The only question is whether he releases more returns now, or later — after playing more defense on the issue and sustaining more hits. There will surely be a press feeding frenzy over new returns, but better to weather it in the middle of July.
If he releases more returns, Romney will be in a better position to resist the inevitable demands for even more disclosures. More important, he will be in a better position to pivot his campaign to what should be its focus — telling a story, through a series of detailed, substantive speeches, about where he wants to take the country. It is to President Obama’s advantage to fight the election out over tactics and minutiae. By drawing out the argument over the returns, Romney is playing into the president’s hands. He should release them, respond to any attacks they bring, and move on.
The NR editors are joined by people like Brit Hume of Fox News, Townhall’s Guy Benson, and Ron Paul to call on Romney to end this idiotic intransigence. He needs to listen to them because, as I said yesterday, this will only get worse the longer he drags it out.
Update: ThinkProgress lists 15 prominent Republicans who have called on Romney to release more tax returns.