Much is being made today over a letter Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote to GOP candidate Mitt Romney asking him to release five years worth of tax returns. And such a deal:
"I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more--neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign."
Notice Messina says that "we" - meaning the Obama campaign - will refrain from criticism. Given the Obama campaign's close relations with a whole slew of media lackeys and what already appears to be illegal coordination with the primary pro-Obama super PAC, that 'commitment' is meaningless.
'Hey, wasn't us Mitt. T'was the boys and girls at ABC, MSNBC, Media Matters, Huffington Post, PBS, CNN, The New York Times....'
Aside from having no reason to believer anything the Obama campaign says or promises, notice that there's no real quid pro quo here. Governor Romney gives up something he doesn't have to that the Obama campaign wants in exchange for a 'promise' not to ask for more!
Again the arrogance of these people is astounding. They think everyone's stupid but them.
Except Mitt Romney isn't stupid, and turned them down flat:
"It is clear that President Obama wants nothing more than to talk about Governor Romney's tax returns instead of the issues that matter to voters, like putting Americans back to work, fixing the economy and reining in spending," Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades wrote.
Actually, if I were Romney's campaign manager, I might have offered to release some additional tax returns in exchange for the following releases by Barack Obama:
There's plenty more, but in the interest of full disclosure and playing fair with the American people, I think this would be a good start. I'm sure the president's mother, were she alive, would be ashamed of him for refusing to do so. Just ask Harry Reid.
Of course, President Obama is never going to release any of this. The most secretive of presidents we've ever had has an incredible amount of nerve asking anyone else to come clean.