The biggest problem for Mitt Romney is that every time he or his surrogates open their mouths it only digs the hole a little deeper. An “explanation” of the discrepancy in date in which Romney left Bain Capital based upon a claim that he “retired retroactively” his did not help Romney:
“There may have been a thought at the time that it could be part time, but it was not part time,” Gillespie said.
“He took a leave of absence and in fact he ended up not going back at all, and retired retroactively to 1999 as a result,” he added. “He left a life he loved to go to Salt Lake City and help a country he loves more, and somehow Chicago… is trying to make it something sinister.”
I believe that retiring retroactively is something like shaking away his position at Bain on an Etch-A-Sketch. Retiring retroactively probably does make sense to someone like Romney who has practiced baptizing the dead.
George Bush is kicking himself for never thinking to say he quit the Air National Guard retroactively.
In other bad news for Romney, numerous conservative politicians and pundits (including Bill Kristol, George Will and Matthew Dowd) are calling on him to release his income tax returns. There is speculation that John McCain might have chosen Sarah Palin after seeing what is in Romney’s tax returns. We don’t know if there is anything criminal in those old returns. My bet is that, at very least, they will show a pattern of tax avoidance which resulted in a tax rate far closer to zero than the 15 percent he has admitted to.
Barack Obama continues to refuse to a apologize to Mitt Romney for telling the truth about him.