From the New York Times, a roundup of commentary on Mitt's finances from the Sunday morning television programs:
Some Republicans have joined the call for a broader release of tax returns, including the former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour.
The conservative commentator Bill Kristol said on “Fox News Sunday,” “He should release the tax returns tomorrow.” He added: “You’ve got to release 6, 8, 10 years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two.”
Matthew Dowd, a Republican political strategist, suggested that Mr. Romney’s refusal to release the returns could suggest there was something to hide.
“There’s obviously something there, because if there was nothing there, he would say, ‘Have at it,’” Mr. Dowd said on “This Week.” “So there’s obviously something there that compromises what he said in the past about something.”
On that same program, the conservative commentator George Will was similarly critical, saying, “I do not know why, given that Mitt Romney knew the day that McCain lost in 2008 that he was going to run for president again, that he didn’t get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest.”
The polls still indicate that Romney's doing well--better, frankly, than I'd expected at this point in the campaign--having established a dead heat with Obama in Florida and pulled within just a couple of points of Obama in other swing states.
And yet, and yet. His chairmanship of Bain for several years after he said he'd stepped down, his extensive holdings in the Caymans, his refusal to release more than one year of complete returns and an additional year of estimated returns--all this has already placed Romney on the defensive for nearly a full week. And if the likes of Haley Barbour are calling for Mitt to release more returns, maybe there's a good argument that he ought to do just that.
What think? Should Mitt tough it out or provide more information, clearing up his offshore holdings while providing, say, five to seven years of additional tax returns? I myself would be especially interested to hear what Mitt's most fervent supporters here at Ricochet would advise. Duane? James of England? Scott?