"It’s no coincidence that Mitt Romney chose a Friday afternoon to release more information about the income taxes he pays. In Washington, that’s known as “news dump day,” the time when most people are moving into weekend mode and whatever bad news an elected official has to report – usually it’s the White House – is largely ignored.
Unless, that is, there’s been months of controversy and buildup in a presidential election year and the issue in question gets to the essence of a candidate’s image (if not character).
That’s certainly the case with Mr. Romney’s personal wealth, the “47 percent” of the electorate he seemed to write off in a private meeting with campaign donors, and what’s already known about the tax-sheltered offshore investment accounts that would make him (as Forbes Magazine calculates) “the wealthiest White House occupant ever.”
So it is that the report by Romney’s tax preparer (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and the friend who manages Mr. and Mrs. Romney’s three trusts remains very much in the news."