It's only going to get uglier from here. Hidden in Mike Allen's morning Politico report is an interesting little observation. The Obama campaign has lately been accusing Mitt Romney of being secretive. Republicans are taking these comments on secrecy as attacks on Romney's Mormonism:
WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING about the “penchant for secrecy” attack line against Romney: “These are exactly the kind of questions we asked about Obama in 2008 and were accused of race baiting, or suggesting he was somehow un-American. Now they ask it: What's his secret? It does seem like they are going after the Mormonism, right? I'd do the same thing if I was them. But we were never up on our high horse about better angels and hope and change and all that B.S..”
—From an LDS member: “[T]his is a way to talk about Romney’s Mormonism without appearing to be attacking his religion. … Because, isn’t Mormonism some mysterious cult involving secret temple rites and strange undergarments? And it just happens to dovetail with some minor points on offshore accounts, but I think the message between the lines is clear.”
So many responses here that I don't know where to start. First of all: Mormonism is secretive. Ann Romney's non-Mormon family wasn't allowed in the temple to watch her get married to Mitt Romney. The church secretly baptized Holocaust victims for years before the truth came out. And the undergarments are a totally real thing, too.
But that doesn't matter. What matters is, Mitt Romney is a secretive candidate. He won't admit whether or not he'd have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Unlike every presidential candidate before him, he won't disclose his big donors. He won't tell the general public what government agencies he will cut if he becomes president, because he knows that information will be unpopular. (But he will give you a few more hints if you happen to be a wealthy donor to his campaign.) He won't release the tax returns that even his Republican opponents wanted him to release. He had his cronies spend six figures to buy and then delete hard drives that were used when he was governor of Massachusetts. He could be the most secretive major-party presidential candidate in American history. At the very least, he's got to be in the top five, up there with Richard Nixon. This has nothing to do with his religion. It has to do with the facts.