Skip to comments.WaPo's Chris Cillizza Predicts 'Death by a Thousand Political Cuts' for Romney
Posted on 07/18/2012 6:07:18 PM PDT by Kaslin
Appearing on Wednesday's Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza warned Mitt Romney that he would suffer "a death by a thousand political cuts" if he does not release more tax returns. Cillizza further proclaimed: "...every day we talk about tax returns. Why hasn't he released them? What's in them?...the current position he has is untenable politically."
Continuing to push for Romney to release more, Cillizza predicted: "...what we don't know is how much tax he did pay. And until he releases more...the Obama team, at least, is not going to let this go away." He then concluded: "...all this stuff gets them [Republicans] away from talking about what they want to talk about, which is why I think he [Romney] needs to lance the boil, politically, sooner rather than later."
Host Andrea Mitchell opened the discussion by happily touting: "...the Romney offensive still hasn't quieted a growing chorus of Republicans calling on Romney to release his tax returns." After reading several excerpts from a National Review editorial demanding more Romney tax information, Mitchell declared: "...we're talking about...a conservative magazine, just piercingly tearing through the Romney campaign point-by-point defense of them not releasing more tax returns."
How many National Review articles critical of President Obama does Mitchell read on air?
Here is a transcript of the July 18 exchange:
ANDREA MITCHELL: Good day, I'm Andrea Mitchell, live in New York today. In our Daily Fix, the Romney campaign is escalating its attacks on President Obama with a new ad, and in Ohio, where the candidate will be campaigning later today. But the Romney offensive still hasn't quieted a growing chorus of Republicans calling on Romney to release his tax returns.
Chris Cillizza is an MSNBC contributor and managing editor of PostPolitics.com, Mr. Fix. Well, this whole tax return issue is not going away. Mitt Romney has tried to change the subject but we are seeing increasingly conservative calls. Let's take a look at the National Review, Chris. The National Review editorial said release the returns and it went on to say, "John Kerry actually released returns from 1999 through 2003 and also released tax returns during his Senate runs. As for Theresa Hines," that's an issue that Romney had raised, "Romney isn't the wealthy spouse of a candidate but the candidate himself. In 2008, John McCain released two years of returns, but he had been filling out financial disclosure forms for decades, every year as a senator."
So we're talking about, you know, the National Review, a conservative magazine, just piercingly tearing through the Romney campaign point-by-point defense of them not releasing more tax returns. They also said, "In all likelihood he won't be able to maintain a position that looks secretive and is a departure from campaign conventions. The only question is whether he releases more returns now or later." Chris, will it be now, later or never?
CILLIZZA: Well, I think they're right, Andrea. It just seems to me this is setting up Romney for a death by a thousand political cuts, which is every day we talk about tax returns. Why hasn't he released them? What's in them? You know, what's keeping him from releasing them? I just think I agree with the National Review here. I just think that the current position he has is untenable politically.
Legally, he's fine. We know Mitt Romney didn't break any laws. We know all those things. But what we don't know is how much tax he did pay. And until he releases more now, depends on how you define more, I don't think he's going to release 20 years' worth, but something that provides a fuller picture of his financial background the Obama team, at least, is not going to let this go away.
And I would say that most Republicans I talk to, here's what they say, Andrea, "Look, this is an election still about the economy. We need to get back to talking about the economy and what they believe to be Barack Obama's poor performance in making the economy better. The longer we spend talking about how much tax Mitt Romney paid, when he paid it, how wealthy he is, the Cayman Islands, Swiss bank accounts" all this stuff gets them away from talking about what they want to talk about, which is why I think he needs to lance the boil, politically, sooner rather than later.
He will suffer the thousand cuts if he DOES succumb to the demands of the Democrats. If he responds with an attack on the kenyan’s secrecy there is lots of open country there. But, of course, he has taken the kenyan’s background “off the table” because the kenyan told him to. This is Bush I redux, and Dole redux; McCain redux; Ford redux.
Guy’s clueless....make up your own mind based on what’s happening day by day.
Thanks for the link, I saved it in my bookmarks
Or his college papers
“Chris Cillizza warned Mitt Romney that he would suffer “a death by a thousand political cuts” if he does not release more tax returns.”
Sounds like a threat against a Presidential candidate to me...
Certainly. I was once one of them. My husband is also required to give up much personal information for his job, including financials, today.
All Romney needs to do is propose abolishing the federal personal income tax and I'll have no problem with him keeping his stuff secret.
Keep tilting at that windmill.
My point is this: It's all smoke-n-mirrors, bread-n-circuses BS. We have an occupant of the White House who is demonstrably illegitimate -- but folks quiver and snark more over whether the former Governor of Alaska speaks at the RNC convention. You did see the part where I'm a non-Romney voter?
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi was emphatic. Mitt Romneys refusal to release more than two years of his personal tax returns, she said, makes him unfit to win confirmation as a member of the presidents Cabinet, let alone to hold the high office himself.
Sen. Harry Reid went further: Romneys refusal to make public more of his tax records makes him unfit to be a dogcatcher.
They do not, however, think that standard of transparency should apply to them. The Democratic leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives are among hundreds of senators and representatives from both parties who refused to release their tax records. Just 17 out of the 535 members of Congress released their most recent tax forms or provided some similar documentation of their tax liabilities in response to requests from McClatchy Newspapers over the last three months. Another 19 replied that they wouldnt release the information, and the remainder never responded to the query.
Since you mentioned it, it does to me too
Who is the transvestite interviewing Chris Cillizza?
Who is the transvestite interviewing Chris Cillizza?
Romney paid more in taxes than these two clowns (together) have made in their entire lives.
Our MSM is too stupid to understand the basic fairness of what you're asking for, Kaslin.
No, thank you. From your other post
WaPo’s Chris Cillizza Predicts ‘Death by a Thousand Political Cuts’ for Romney
July 18, 2012 8:07:18 PM CDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
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What a crock! What an outrage!!!
Between now and October 31st, most all polls will show this race a dead heat. Mostly due to Democratic oversampling of said polls.
Come the last weekend before the election, I think you'll see some very weird behavior and news reporting by these “journalists” (a-hem!).
It remains to be seen how effective the Get Out The Dead Vote (GOTDV) will be, but I'm sure the president's internals will show he's about to get walloped.
What happens on election day and the immediate aftermath will be verrrrr-ry interesting.
It should be obvious to anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together - these guys don't even bother to hide their Marxist/fascist leanings any more. Buttressing that is the fact that over the past 3+ years a distinguishing hallmark of this administration has been it's lawlessness.
I'm not saying anything untoward will happen. What I am saying is the whole thing bears careful watching.
Very careful watching, in fact.
I don’t WANT 0bama et al to let this go away. This is a failing argument. It may not seem like it today, but our brains are being hijacked by media spin. People will get bored with it. Gradually, it will become clear that the “tax return” gambit is a distraction from the dismal failure of 0bama’s economic improvement efforts, especially in light of his Roanoke speech. 0bama has not met with his “Jobs” council for SIX MONTHS. He has done NOTHING they have suggested. This is what 0bama’s “laser-like” focus on jobs is. Romney’s challenge is to bring these aspects to light. 0bama puts together his Simpson-Boles deal and ignores the findings. The tax return issue is today. 0bama’s obsession with denigrating the individual initiative of Americans is PERMANENT. And you can tell this was a misstep because it’s not being covered and nobody on the left is asking questions. Seize it and shove it down his throat is what I say. Anything else is defensive.
Today this may seem “oh look” but it’s nothing but a shiny object designed to divert attention from reality. To make people who do not already realize that this is a diversion is Romney’s task.
Does anyone really give a rat’s ass about Romney??? WHY???
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