LOL Of The Week: Mitt Bends To The Press (And The Press Reciprocates)
Why does the press treat Mitt with such kid gloves? Don’t reporters covering Romney get it? Why do they think they were allowed into Mitt’s secret fundraiser? He needs the press just as much or more than the press needs him.
Forget that a majority of voters believe Romney should release more tax returns. Forget that Romney’s own father Governor George Romney set the standard for releasing a dozen years of returns during his presidential run in 1968. Mitt Romney himself made his taxes an issue when he released a return that did not completely account for his assets.
Romney’s secrecy is unprecedented for a presidential candidate. He won’t release the names of his secret bundlers who are raising millions for his campaign. He won’t release the tax deductions he’d eliminate to pay for his huge new tax breaks. He won’t release the departments of government he’d like to eliminate. He won’t ask Bain Capital to release records that would validate his job creation claims or clarify when he actually left the company.
All this echoes the unprecedented secrecy concerning his finances and records as governor and during his stint at the 2002 Winter Olympics. You have to wonder whether Mitt has a deal with mirrors to to show him only from good angles.
The press corps proved last weekend that journalists have the power to make Mitt give in to their demands. Unfortunately it seems they will only use that power when he gets in the way of something they want. The American people are stuck trying to get their own answers. Because unlike an angry press, Mitt Romney doesn’t feel that he ever has to answer to us.