After Monday nights Fox News GOP Debate in South Carolina, it seems that a fair number among the conservative base of the GOP is on the cusp of open revolt against the party establishment that keeps shoving Mitt Romney down our throats. His insistence on delaying disclosure of his tax returns until April signifies the fact that he has some weakness there he doesn’t want exposed until after he expects to have the nomination locked up, but he didn’t even firmly commit to that time-frame. This is something we must demand of all the GOP candidates. None should escape our examination. The last thing we need is a candidate with warts that will be exposed later, once nominated, that will cost us the election and shaft us with another four years of Barack Obama.
It’s bad enough that the party establishment has pushed up the schedule in the early states in order to close off debate sooner, but I don’t think they planned on this reaction by the base. People are now starting to ask: “Hey, what’s in those tax returns” or “why are we being told this guy is inevitable?” As this goes on, it’s becoming clear that there is a portion of the media, even non-traditional media, that is pushing certain polls at us relentlessly showing Romney way ahead, while the truth on the ground in South Carolina and elsewhere may be something else entirely.
Suddenly the “inevitable” emperor has no clothes, and people are beginning to seriously questions Romney’s electability. The entire question of his tax returns is an indictment, and while some pro-Romney hacks are trying to dismiss that as some sort of attack on capitalism, it has become clear that this is now their canned defense for any criticism. You can’t talk about Romney’s stammering answer on disclosing his tax returns in the name of transparency and openness without somebody trying this lame defense of Romney. This has nothing to do with capitalism, and everything to do with Romney’s willingness to submit to inspection by the people from whom he wants financial and voting support.
Is the conservative revolt now getting under way? Is it too little, too late? Will Romney succeed in stealing this nomination process with the assistance of a willing media establishment? Time will tell, but I have begun to notice that many people are no longer taking this sitting down. Rise, conservatives! Rise Tea Party! Say “No” to candidates who will not disclose their tax documents! The New York Times, in crediting Sarah Palin for pointing out this problem, went on to state the following:
“Mr. Romney also can look to his own father, George. He released a dozen years of tax returns when he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 1968, leading Richard Nixon to follow suit.”
I will not vote for any candidate who refuses to disclose his tax returns. Nobody should. This election is too important to the future of the country to wind up stranded in September or October with a damaged candidate who cannot win. We need to see this information now, before we choose. It’s our country, and it’s our choice!