Mitt Romney has made two things clear:

1. He’s going to keep insisting that he had nothing to do with the management of a company of which he was the sole shareholder, president, CEO, and chairman. Good luck with that.

2. He’s not going to show any more tax returns. He showed 10 years to McCain, his father showed a dozen years, but he’s showing 2010 and (when it’s filed) 2011. Period.

Still not clear whether his stubbornness on the tax returns reflects just not wanting to answer a million more questions about offshore accounts and the carried interest tax loophole or whether there’s actually a smoking gun somewhere in there. With a bunch of Republicans now calling for disclosure, I’m slightly inclined toward the “smoking gun” theory, but then that’s what I thought about Saddam Hussein’s standoffishness about weapons inspections.

Update The full quote illustrates the limitlessness of Romney’s rich-kid arrogance:

The law requires us to put out a full financial disclosure. That I’ve done. I know there will always be calls for more, people always want to get more, and, you know, we’re putting out what is required plus more that is not required, and those are the two years that people are going to have. That’s all that’s necessary for people to understand something about my finances.

By “something,” of course, R-money means “as much as I want them to know.”

Will no reporter ask him why the American people are entitled to less information from someone who wants to be President than John McCain got when considering Romney for Vice-President?

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.