On the Today Show this morning, Mitt and Ann Romney stopped by for a Q & A with Matt Lauer. Mitt took the opportunity to backpedal from the pot shots he took at the security the host Brits are providing for the Olympics. The petty criticism was infelicitous and inopportune. One British newspaper put it this way: Romney arrived in London on a charm offensive that lacked charm and was very offensive.
Romney didn't show any semblance of regret for his colossal blunder in diplomacy. Which is strange since his stopover in London is the opening act of his "Look, I know foreign policy" junket. Be that as it may, Mitt cavalierly passed over the gaffe by saying that, of course, up close and personal everything is safe, secure, fine and dandy.
Before Lauer concluded the interview on a warm and fuzzy note, he did manage to dredge up a few pointed questions from the murky waters of Romney's finances. Why not be more transparent? Why not release more tax records? Wouldn't that put to rest the speculations and innuendos about his deliberately hiding information that would torpedo his campaign?
But Romney was imperturbable and impenetrably pertinacious. Hasn't he deigned to release two years of tax returns, the same as John McCain? Hasn't he done all that's required by the law? Game, set, and match. Let the games begin.
Lauer never did remind Romney that when his father, George, ran for president, he released 12 years of tax returns. I guess if Mitt is a chip off the old block, it's a mere 1/6 in size, for the record.
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