If Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer had been Republican nominees in the Bush administration we'd either be expected to thank them for paying any taxes at all or else take their tax problems as just more evidence that we're asking too much from the well off. As it is, they're Democrats and so that means that names must be withdrawn, mea culpas made and media hand wringing can commence.
In other news, while Michael Steele might be the head of the RNC, it's Joe the Plumber who commands the GOP's respect and attention. Don't forget that when Joe the plumber-reporter-pundit-economist first appeared on the national scene he owed more in back taxes than Nancy Killefer ever did. And he wasn't even wealthy or anything. Ain't America grand?
I rest my case.