Audacity, they name is Obama:
Mitt Romney handed President Obama a political gift this weekend, when his campaign announced that he would not file his tax return on time. Romney made the announcement at 5 p.m. on Friday — the time politicians usually put out bad news they hope no one will notice. Team Obama noticed all right. The president took a break from the Summit of the Americas in Colombia to criticize Romney’s lack of transparency, while Obama campaign manager Jim Messina declared that it “begs the question — what does he have to hide?”
“What does he have to hide?” will be a major theme of the Obama campaign in the coming months. Both a pro-Obama super PAC and the Democratic National Committee have videos up asking: “What’s Mitt hiding?” And Obama strategist David Axelrod has told Politico that the Obama campaign intends to make an issue of “Romney’s penchant for secrecy.” “Harkening back to my youth . . . there was a show called, ‘I’ve Got A Secret.’ Increasingly, I think that would be the appropriate title for the Romney campaign,” Axelrod said, adding that voters need to ask themselves “Who is this guy? What does he stand for? What does he believe? What do we know about him?”
Seems to be the new meme, and it’s a puzzling one to me. Why would Obama, who lives in a glass house, want to throw this particular boulder? But perhaps Obama is correct in his assumption that the American public hasn’t noticed that all these charges hold true far more for Obama himself than for Romney.
That said, Romney should have been ready with his taxes, especially after he was widely criticized for dragging his feet on his tax releases during the debates. There has never been any question that this campaign will be as nasty as they come, and that the attack will focus on Romney as a fat cat capitalist pig (mixed animal metaphor there, but you know what I mean). Since Obama can’t use his usual m.o. of gaining access to an opponent’s sealed divorce records, it will just have to do instead to force Romney to reveal every single facet of his very complex economic life.