What ishiding in tax returns that makes him so afraid to release them?
The obvious answer is something that would disqualify him from running for president.
Ryan replaces Romney: Tax evader-in-chief
Suppose Mitt Romney was somehow forced to release his tax returns and they showed that he committed felony tax fraud for failing to report money in his foreign bank accounts. But instead of facing felony criminal charges, Romney took an amnesty deal from the IRS.
Don't laugh...it's possible.
If Romney was guilty of felony tax fraud, proven by implicit admission a an IRS amnesty deal on his tax returns, it would disqualify him from running for president.
Replacing Romney with Ryan at the top of the 2012 GOP ticket could happen at the Republican National Convention. With the Tampa event less than two weeks away and Romney shrouded in disgrace, Ryan could walk into the top spot with ease.
The Great Republican gamble
It has been no secret that the radical right-wing base of the GOP has never been happy with Romney and his semi-moderate political history.
Ryan, on the other hand, is like candy to the Tea Party fringe. His radical and unpopular budget, plus his mid-19th century views on social engineering and wealth redistribution to the rich, has the ultra-conservative Tea Party base foaming at the lips.
Mitt Romney: The minimum requirement candidate
Apart from the fact that Romney has been particularly evasive answering questions about his finances, the same could be said for his stance on policy issues. It seems that the Romney campaign is adhering to the mystery formula: What voters don't know won't scare them away. But so far, that approach has only brought Romney limited success in his bid for the White House.
Romney has repeated that he will only release the minimum legal requirements for his tax returns, a sentiment that was repeated by his wife, Ann Romney, on NBC's "Rock Center" on Thursday.
“We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us,” Ann Romney said in the interview. “There’s going to be no more tax releases given.”
That raises more questions about what Romney feels about the minimum requirements as president. Should voters support someone who has already announced that he is not interested in putting out any extra effort on behalf of the American people?
This has been a strange year in politics, culminating in the addition of a radical Tea Party favorite,, as the VP pick for the presumptive 2012 GOP ticket. But don't think for a minute that there is not a subdued swell of support from the radical right that would not love to find a way to dump Romney and sell Ryan for the nation's highest office.
It may have been more than a slip of the tongue when Romney introduced Ryan in Virginia last Saturday, as "the next President of the United States."
Perhaps somewhere in the back rooms of the Republican political machine, the dream team is craving just that – Ryan for President in 2012.
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