Republicans have to play ball now or they lose the independents. I have my hopes up that the next four years will be relatively constructive. Halting getting things done will not work anymore.
"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan
And Romney didn't hide his pre-2010 returns because he paid little. Remember that McCain saw his pre-2009 returns and saw nothing disqualifying. I trust McCain on this one. BUT Romney cannot release his pre-2009 without releasing his 2009. There would be a gap of 2005-2008, then 2010-2011. Now, why would Romney not release 2009? My money is that he had a voluntary disclosure and payment for being in the UBS tax scandal. That would have INSTANTLY killed his campaign. Overseas tax evasion? It's over. Romney can't release prior year returns without 2009 and he won't release 2009 because it'd kill his campaign. Therefore, he released nothing. I'm damn sure Romney paid taxes in those years, Ried's completely full of ****. But Reid knew there was a bigger fish. I'd be good money it's the UBS scandal.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
the baby steps in the GOP so far have been very encouraging. Boehner seems to start to have a back bone and the guy in the senate is getting his glasses cleaned next week. Boehner took on the Teas hero (ryan) and beat him Tuesday in a head to head over a GOP leader in the House. Boehner won.
Just keep going in this direction and someday the GOP will actually be able to have a platform that doesn't rely on bitching but showing how much their plan is better than the Dems.
"Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".
"There are those who will debate the necessity of wilderness, I will not, either you know it in your bones or you are very very old". Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac
And those complaints you make about the polls sound a lot like the complaints the right wing was making about the pre-election polls. Which, of course, turned out to be amazingly accurate except for the Republican tool that is Rasmussen.
"Groups with guitars are on the way out, Mr. Epstein"
Dick Rowe, A & R man