Careful, careful, careful. It’s the guiding principle of the Romney campaign.
Mitt Romney should have a little faith in the American people. If he puts the facts out there about himself, They’ll divine the truth, and they’ll probably like it.
The Obama charges that Romney was actively involved in running Bain after 1999 are without evidence and have been refuted by independent fact checking organizations, as well as Bain itself.
The attacks suggesting he lied or did something illegal are without made without evidence and, in the latter case, reprehensible. But while they push the envelope, they’re not far beyond the usual shenanigans of the paid liars who inhabit campaigns.
Romney should get out of his bunker and start promoting Bain. What could voters possibly want to hear more about than a man who has experience taking failing, money-losing enterprises and turning them around?
Because they know one such enterprise:
The U.S. Federal Government
People will soon tire of Obama’s Bain attacks, but if Romney doesn’t start turning Bain to his advantage, it will remain a negative in people’s minds planted by the clever Obama campaign effort to define Romney before he defines himself.
What’s more, if Romney wants to get his wealth off the table as an issue, he needs to to release five or six years of tax returns. The Obama people are already gleefully comparing him to Richard Nixon. And frankly, I’d like to see what’s in those returns too.
People get that Romney is rich, and they can deal with it. Two of the most beloved presidents of this century, John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt, didn’t hide their wealth.
And Americans know that, yes, that rich people do screwed up things with their taxes to avoid paying them.
The American People Aren’t Stupid
If Romney has half half his money sheltered in a piña colada stand in Belize, he should get it out there and let everyone know. They can deal with it, and they deserve to know as much about the man who would lead them as possible.
Eventually, people will get the distraction game Obama is playing. They’re not going to vote to continue to let the economy sink to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean just because Romney has monogrammed socks.
If Romney wants to be president, he should embrace who he is – the hard-working realization of the American Dream – and tell everyone that he has a plan to give them the opportunity to get there too.