Another interesting piece on the strategy in the presidential race.  A quote:

Where Romney is concerned, the precise details of when he ran Bain and why he won't disclose his tax returns are becoming irrelevant. He's looks like a very rich man who doesn't want to open his books – and that fits the robber baron frame.

"Perception is becoming Romney's reality, and these issues have now risen above mere distractions," says GOP consultant John Weaver, a senior adviser for McCain's 2000 and 2008 bids, talking to the Washington Post:

"The president has had the worst three months of any incumbent, due to the economy, since George HW Bush in 1992, and yet Romney has lost traction among key demographic groups in the vital swing states. He has got to get this behind him or he's going to face summer definition à la [Bob] Dole and [John] Kerry."

Romney's lawyerly explanations for not releasing his taxes, and keeping his name on Bain's filings only to retire "retroactively", may be sound. But as the saying goes, and John Kerry can testify, in American politics, "if you're explaining, then you're losing."
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