He won in the Republican primaries because he did not hesitate to do whatever it took to destroy his opponents. Now, his campaign aides are saying, off the record, there is no limit to what they will do to beat
The one thing Romney did not do in the primaries and is not doing now is reveal what sort of president he wants to be. Oh, sure, he has put out position papers. Every day on the campaign trail he speaks in generalities about getting government out of the way of business. He is against apologizing for the USA in foreign affairs. But does anyone really know what his economic policy would be or how he would conduct himself as commander-in-chief?
Romney is an enigma. He has reversed the positions he took as governor of Massachusetts on gay rights, abortion, healthcare and immigration, yet his reversals are squishy enough to make many conservatives doubt the sincerity of his new convictions.
The one thing upon which he has stood firm is his refusal to let people paw through his tax records. He has released documents covering the last two years but resists releasing more because, he says, the Obama campaign will simply use the information against him. Yet, it is not just Obama partisans and the media demanding full disclosure, it is the National Review, Texas Gov.
The longer Romney keeps his tax forms secret, the more intense is the speculation about what he is hiding. Is he really richer than he has let on – a billionaire, perhaps? Are there years in which he paid no taxes? Is there something so damning in the documents that he is willing to sustain the damage to his campaign caused by his failure to disclose?
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No, there is no need to imagine Romney as a crook or a race baiter. That is not the secret he is hiding. It is likely something far simpler.
Mitt Romney is a very wealthy man with a family legacy in politics who thinks it would be nice to fulfill his father's dream of living in the White House. Perhaps, that is all there is to his candidacy. That is a secret he would want to keep.