Haley Barbour

Why Romney's returns are relevant

Why Romney's returns are relevant

Mitt Romney, release those tax returns.

In crisis management, most experienced campaign consultants will tell you, the best thing to do when the proverbial manure hits the rotating blades, is to come clean: Tell the public everything you know, sit down with reporters until they run out of questions, and put all details out on the table in some exhaustive way.

Whether it's the Tylenol tampering incidents or Bill Clinton's Gennifer Flowers scandal, corporations and politicians alike have learned that there's no advantage in hiding and hoping things will eventually pass. The American people can handle bad news — but the drip, drip, drip of leaks and the prolonged agony of...