Sincere tax question... any sincere responses?
by Lettuce, Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 11:49:05 AM EDT
I've been unmoved by the tax return issue for a while. I'm sure there will be plenty in Hillary's 2000-2007 returns to work as fodder for Oppo researchers and the like, but here's what I'd really like to hear from some of Clinton's supporters...
(Sincerly, not a bashing, not trying to rally Obama supporters to bash... this is a question about politics...)
Why drag this out? She's given enough promises to release them that she'll have to at some point. Wouldn't sooner be better then later?
They're certainly readily available -- with the kind of money she and Bill now have, plus their public roles, they must have these papers very well organized by lots of well-paid accountants.
Why let this even become an issue? Since it was used against Lazio, sooner or later she had to realize it would come up. And after loaning her campaign money, it's fair game.
Why turn it into a "Obama's not transparent either" issue? It's a poor comparison, because now that his tax returns are out, it just makes the news into her still NOT releasing their returns.
Why pretend it doesn't matter? The FEC requires campaigns release all their data so that voter know where the influence is. If candidates can use their own money, the source of that matters too. As an Obama supporter, I'm more interested in his returns, because of how it could cause me to question my support.
Why not release it last week, esp. Friday, when it would have been lost in the Wright controversy, or easter, or forgotten in the month+ left until PA votes?
Is there any logic other than "hiding something?" I don't want to assume that, but it truly defies campaign logic as I understand it.
Even though Obama made reference to Wright on occasion, his quiet denials were lost in the volume of those video clips. I imagine if he'd been more pro-active, this could have been lessened.
It was supposed to be a rookie mistake on Obama's part -- but really, the Clintons and their staff truly know better.
I just don't understand. Does anyone here who does want to share?