Romney added, in that aristocratically oblivious way that only an oblivious aristocrat can,
Given the challenges that America faces -- 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty, the fascination with the taxes I paid I find to be very small-minded compared to the broad issues we face.
That's the whole point. Mitt Romney's tax returns should not be an issue, because he should have released them long ago. We do indeed face immense global and domestic challenges, and the last thing we should have to spend time on is some paranoid, übersecretive candidate's small-minded obsession over extra-privileged privacy.
Parenthetically, just after Romney's blathering misdirection play I heard the monumentally banal Chris Cillizza suggest on MSNBC in rather unmistakable terms that presidential candidates don't lie; at least, at any rate, folks like Harry Reid should not persist in suggesting that presidential candidates do lie. It's just not cricket. Not sporting. What what?
So that's two brutal assaults we've now suffered today from the Washington Post--one in print, and one on TV. I'm afraid to turn on the radio.