Apparently the Romney campaign thinks they can’t responsibly select the right person who might become the next Vice President of the United States without first getting a lot of information about them, including multiple years of their tax returns. According to Rep. Paul Ryan in a interview with CBS News, the Romney campaign made him provide them with significantly more than two years of tax returns before they would select him. From CBS News:

Bob Schieffer: How many years of tax returns did you turn over to the campaign?

Paul Ryan: Well, it was a very exhaustive vetting process. It’s a confidential vetting process, so there were several years. But I’m going to release the same amount of years that Governor Romney has. But I got to tell you, Bob–

Bob Schieffer: And how many was that?

Paul Ryan: He’s– two. He’s– I’m going to be releasing two, which is what he’s releasing. What I hear from people around this country, they’re not asking where the tax returns. They’re asking where the jobs are. Where’s the economic growth? Those are the issues that matter. I think these are more or less distractions to try and take us off the fact that the president has given us failed policies that aren’t working, that are putting us deeper into debt, that are costing us jobs. And so, we’re going to focus on what it takes to turn this country around and get people back to work.

(emphasis mine)

Just to make it perfectly clear what happened, Romney wouldn’t select someone to possibly be the next Vice President of the United States without first seeing multiple years of their tax returns. Yet Romney thinks it is absurd for the media and regular Americans to ask to see multiple years of tax returns before making the radically more important decision of selecting who might be the next President of the United States. Romney feels he needed more than two years of tax returns to select a Vice President, but he doesn’t think you deserve the same level of disclosure before selecting a President.

It is almost like the Romney campaign is an elaborate performance art piece designed to elevate hypocrisy and kill irony.