I've noticed that it is now officially, conventionally wise to speculate on cable news or in cyberspace that Mitt Romney's refusal to release more tax returns is likely because he paid little to no taxes in some year, or several.
Unwisely or not, I dissent. My guess? His returns, the release of which should properly extend to 1999, will show that he was intimately associated with Bain well after the date he has bellowed in his public protestations. And that, as they say, will be that. The End.
Anyone with active, still-firing synapses already strongly suspects that Mitt Romney is a ruthless liar. But his tax returns--again, the release of which must rightly extend to 1999--would prove it. Zero taxes he could explain; hell, that's a shiny badge of honor among the superrich, who enjoy plenty of poor dupes' admiration. But he could never reconcile personal Bain profits during those years in which he has repeatedly and vehemently denied any and all involvement.
That revelation would, quite simply, spell 'lights out' for the Romney campaign.