Cindy McCain’s tax returns: an issue after all?

When the Washington Times criticizes the Republican Presidential nominee, he has a problem.

I had just about resigned myself to the idea that Cindy McCain’s refusal to release her tax returns wasn’t an issue with a sharp enough edge to penetrate the thick coat of teflon John McCain carries due to his clever courting of the press corps. Maybe, I thought, the crowd of lobbyists for tyrants and terrorists surrounding McCain might do the trick.

Imagine my surprise, then, to find that the Washingon Times isn’t having any, thanks:

This is not just a questionable political decision that threatens to haunt her husband’s campaign for the next six months. It is also the wrong decision. Mrs. McCain needs to change her mind and release the returns as quickly as possible. How Republican John McCain, the presumptive presidential nominee who rightly fancies himself the king of transparency on Capitol Hill, and his campaign strategists can permit this open sore to fester is unimaginable.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: