Romney will pay heavily for his unreleased tax returns Romney's refusal to release his tax returns
How Mitt Romney will pay heavily for his unreleased tax returns
Romney's refusal to release his tax returns allows Obama's team to turn his greatest asset, business experience, into a liability
Considering that Romney already scores badly in the typical poll question asking whether he can understand the problems of ordinary Americans, the tax issue has the potential to remain a political millstone around his neck. What's more, it becomes a means of tarring Romney with all the negative imagery the Obama campaign wants to apply to him – that he's out-of-touch, that he is solicitous of the 1% at the expense of the 99%; that he doesn't play by the same rules as ordinary Americans.
Above all, it clears the decks for a full-scale assault on Romney's own tax plan, which favors the wealthy, like him, rather than the middle class.