I had assumed that Jon’s snarky question below – “When Mitt Romney was vetting Paul Ryan for the VP nod, how many years of Ryanâ€™s tax returns did he ask for?” – would remain just that. Surely the answer had to be “More than two,” and therefore surely the Romney campaign would refuse to answer the question, adding it to what is already a very long list.
But I’d underestimated the sheer not-ready-for-prime-time-ness of the Boston operation. “Senior adviser” Beth Myers let herself be mousetrapped by a reporter’s seemingly innocent question about the storage of the vetting documents into revealing that the campaign had asked for “several” years of returns, before hastily locking the barn door by refusing to say how many.
Wiktionary defines “several” as “more than two or three but not very many;” thus, certainly more than the two years Romney thinks those of us in the peasant class should be satisfied with.
So I propose – after a brief pause while we all point out that Paul Ryan is a lunatic extremist on issues such as reproductive choice and global warming as well as within his core (in)competence on fiscal matters (where he’s so extreme that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called his plan morally deficient) – that we all get back to discussing MITT ROMNEY’S TAX RETURNS and why he doesn’t want us to see them.