HA HA HE IS INSANE  12:01 pm April 5, 2012

A Reminder That Mitt Romney Spent A Full 100 Years Getting Every Degree At Harvard

by Jim Newell

Mitt Romney, privileged child of a prominent American politician, attended Harvard University for four years to pick up two professional degrees, in law and business, before heading into the cowardly, privileged adult-child’s fake professions of management consulting and private equity.

Three of Mitt Romney’s five privileged sons have Harvard degrees.

Nearly all of his top advisers either went to Harvard or currently teach there. The very reason Mitt Romney’s “home state” is Massachusetts is because he moved there to attend Harvard, and Harvard people would eventually make up his political donor base.

America has never seen a major politician more closely associated with Harvard University than Mitt Romney. This is the only truly remarkable achievement of his life.

But today on the campaign trail, he yet again claimed that President Obama “spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps.”

That’s all.

 
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nounverb911 April 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

He also killed his boss' wife while dodging the draft in Paris.

Jim Newell April 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

also too, yes

Biff April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Then today, we are all Mitt R

Oh fuck it, I just can't…

James Michael Curley April 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

He didn't dodge the draft. He was serving as a minister in his church. Just like Cassius Clay. (Mohamed Ali for those who are younger than a couple pairs of my hiking boots.)

prommie April 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm

My oldest pair of Vasques fell apart after just 15 years, can you believe that shit?

mindo99 April 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

'Cassius Clay' was a conscientious objector, and stood by his convictions. Mitt doesn't stand by his convictions, as we're not really sure what he believes about anything.

Boojum April 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

And went to jail, for being brown.

Veritas78 April 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

So the black guy went to jail, and the white guy vacationed in Paris, for doing basically the same thing? That is just astonishing.

ifthethunderdontgetya April 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

And Rmoney's wife eats live rodents.
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prommie April 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

If this is a cryptic Mad Men spoiler, I swear I will hunt you down and hurt you.

Barb April 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

This is proof that even the multimillionaire son of a multimillionaire can beat the odds and run for president of the United States

prommie April 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

And not only that, he can run as a populist man of the people, and portray his up-from-the-streets-by-his-bootstraps opponent as an entitled elitest! And that, that is just absolutely magical, when you think about it.

sewollef April 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm

"And that, that is just absolutely magical, when you think about it."

I'm thinking really hard about it, but I'm not sure I can make the giant leap you have.

What's wrong with me??

HELisforHEL April 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

This is what galls me (well, one of the MANY things that does): even though the Mormon church is essentially a "socialist' organization in that it doles out assistance (money, connections, more money) to its moon colony believers in order to make everyone in the 'church' successful and solvent, clownboy goes on and on about the dangers of the socializmz. He's been helped out his entire life by something quite similar in structure. And sure as hell has never worked a real day in his privileged, corporate-welfare life.

horsedreamer_1 April 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Much like the socialized petroleum regime in Sarah Palin's Alaska.

doloras April 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Socialism's okay if it's restricted to white people.

Nostrildamus April 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm

beat the odds
Specifically, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

George Spelvin April 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

In this case, I guess, the bads are odd?

meatpuppet2 April 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Dick Cheney 101. Attack their strengths. Yawn. Wgaf. Rmoney will lose and that is all that matters.

prommie April 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

You know Rove is around when an Obama aide wakes up to find a tape of Romney's debate prep sessions in his bed.

Maman April 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

The classic game. "I Know You Are But What Am I?"

Tired of Romney acting like a kindergartner.

MissTaken April 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I'm looking forward to his "I'm rubber, you're glue" rebuttal to Obama during the debates.

BigSkullF*ckingDog April 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I hope Obama just grabs him and plays a rousing game of "why are you hitting yourself?" My older brother used to play that one with me all the time.

OC_Surf_Serf April 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

George W. Bush graduated from Harvard. Nuff said.

SorosBot April 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Worse, he graduated from Harvard business school. An MBA is a guarantee that holder is a privileged, entitled douchebag who should never, ever be allowed into a position with real power.

MissTaken April 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

*phew*

Glad I stopped at my BS in Bus Admin.

SorosBot April 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Yeah, if you had succumbed to the ways of the MBA, which turns people into right-wing "free market"-worshiping assholes Id despair.

HELisforHEL April 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Absolutely correct, sir.
I think the only thing they ever learn is
"Company needs to increase shareholder profit–lay off the lowest paid employees* and then reward ourselves with bonuses"

*the people who actually do the work.

Sheesko April 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

The work isn't what actually makes the money for these fatcats anymore, alas.

freakishlywrong April 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Delusional wingnuts are running against a fictional opponent in an altered reality.

prommie April 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

If you can't beat the real man, beat the straw man!

UnholyMoses April 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Someone really needs to shake that Etch-a-Sketch much, much more vigorously.

nounverb911 April 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Needs more "Shaken Romney Syndrome".

UnholyMoses April 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I am so stealing that …

OneYieldRegular April 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Upside someone's head.

Serolf_Divad April 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Yes, but the magic Mormon underwear protected him from having the place rub off on him.

Chet Kincaid April 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Romney is the son George HW and Barbara wish they had had, hence their glowing endorsements, photo op and sucking up to his phony ass.

EDIT: It's really the perfect mirror of how the Kennedys embraced Obama in 2008, isn't it?

Lascauxcaveman April 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Heh, my opponent in the water district commission race tried this against me, but somehow "He spent too much time at City Community College" isn't as quite an effective slam.

Schmannnity April 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Perhaps Mitt did not spend enough time in the school of hard knocks.

Boojum April 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Or, the school of white.

Gleem McShineys April 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hard knocks? No, you just have to shake it upside down.

Wilcoxyz April 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Ok, but did he hug a black guy?

4TheTurnstiles April 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Seriously, this is the best they can do?

OneYieldRegular April 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Yes.

CogitoErgoBibo April 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Hey now, Mittens could be right! Until I see an attendance record from the man, I actually am willing to believe that Obama spent more time at Harvard in 3 years of law school than Willard spent attending his 4 years of classes (presuming he ever showed up at all).

SorosBot April 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

For the Republican base, that's OK because white people are allowed to go to Harvard.

Nesnora April 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm

that and the "THANK YOU SIR MAY I HAVE ANOTHER" imagery speaks to them.

donner_froh April 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

When Romney said "at Harvard" he meant "being black".

anniegetyerfun April 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Obama has spent a significant portion of his life being black, it is true.

Boojum April 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Half of it?

anniegetyerfun April 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Well played.

Chet Kincaid April 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

At what point in his life do you suppose everyone around him wasn't telling him he was black?

noodlesalad April 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Romney attended a school that was founded by AMURICAN Puritans to educate and create ministers to spread the faith. Obama attended a LIBRUL arts COLLEGE that costs bazillions of Kenyan dollars to attend.

nounverb911 April 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

But who had the better grades at Harvard?

anniegetyerfun April 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm

What a snob!

prommie April 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Pot calling kettle black calls black kettle black.

meatlofer April 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

How'd he miss out on Nam?

James Michael Curley April 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

When your father is Governor of Michigan from 1962 to 1969 and leaves office to become Nixon's Secty of HOusing and Urban Dev. and all local draft boards are aspiring political operatives, you do the math. I'm sure a Student 2S deferment was not to difficult to get and Detroit Courts had a lot of cannon fodder ready from the poor districts that participated in the 1967 and 1968 Detroit riots.

meatlofer April 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Oh? So he had flat feet.

Oblios_Cap April 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I would have thought anal warts.

HELisforHEL April 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

In short, 'Fortunate Son' by CCR.

stncmchnc April 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

He was on Cheney's five deferment plan.

ifthethunderdontgetya April 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

On the other hand, NERDS!

(h/t Tengrain)
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CountryClubJihadi April 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

So that's how he learned to pahk the dog on top of the cah in Hahvahd Yahd.

LiberalMantra April 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Did he learn American History though?

Baconzgood April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Psssh "Harvard". Who cares. It's no Sinte Gleska University.

littlebigdaddy April 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Tribal college ref ftw.

Callyson April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Whoever came up with that quip "You can always tell a Harvard grad, but you can't tell them much" must have seen Mittens on the horizon…

738838 April 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

"Could you tell me where the library is at?" "Son, we never end a sentence with a preposition here at Harvard." "OK, then could you tell me where the library is at, asshole?"

MissTaken April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Yes, but Mittens education was fully paid by mommy and daddy like a good little capitalist where Obama got socialist financial aid.

IncenseDebate April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Time does funny things on Planet Romney.

Chichikovovich April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Wow. Three of the five sons of a multi-multi-millionaire Massachusetts governor son of a former Michigan governor and presidential candidate were admitted to Harvard. That's quite an accomplishment, especially if you consider that to judge from their public pronouncements, the lads are rather dim.

And you know the most impressive thing? They didn't rely on affirmative action.

rickmaci April 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Legacy admissions. Affirmative action for the children of wealthy and/or prominent alums, especially those living in New England and New York: mostly a benefit for white male candidates whose grades and test scores fall outside the expected admission criteria.

Chichikovovich April 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Nope. Totally on merit. They're white, after all. Minorities get all the breaks.

HELisforHEL April 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

See Bush, George W.

Not_So_Much April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Maybe, but he's a republican so it's totally different. He went there to learn how to skullfuck every penny out of sick companies. Not some nambypamby liberal elite 'constitutionalist lawyer' bullshit.

fartknocker April 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

But the trees in Michigan are pretty.____Romney is so out of touch with middle class reality yet I have some neighbors who believe he would be a great president given his supposed business acumen. They also have a collection of Ronny Raygun gnomes so I suspect they are biased.

Biff April 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Didn't we already try the CEO President, and find it to be terrible?

sullivanst April 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm

You mean to ask, "You know who else graduated with an MBA from Harvard?"

Biff April 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm

In so many words, yes.

Steverino247 April 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Yeah, but did he menstruate at Harvard? No!

CogitoErgoBibo April 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Menstruate/matriculate. Potato/potahto. Let's call the whole thing off.

el_donaldo April 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Other notable fact about Romney? Biggest lying liar fucking pants on fire McLiar.

teebob2000 April 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Rick Santorum would beg to differ.

Chet Kincaid April 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm

The guy doesn't believe in anything, has no real reason for running, and knows that Obama is better at doing everything he once said he believed in to get Massachusetts to vote for him. "Movement" conservatives know he's phonying it up for them, but he can't give them what they really want: he has vowed not to talk about God at all because his religion is so offensive to theirs. Independents can see how uncomfortable he is pretending to be a wingnut. He can only hope our society is "pre-racial" enough that hatred of the Negro In The White House accrues to him, no matter how empty his suit is. He might as well brazen it out and lie at every opportunity, what has he got to lose?

James Michael Curley April 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

It's not a difficult stretch to imagine he has daddy issues and is trying to redeem his old man's embarrassing failure in 1968. But what if the target is really the Republican Party for dissing the old guy? Face it, Romney (Mitt) is running a campaign which is just a drunken plunge into the DC Reflecting Pool away from being a suicide mission. November comes, he not only looses but the defeat is an embarrassment to the Republican Party and sends it to the showers for two decades.

HELisforHEL April 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

One can only hope.

Chet Kincaid April 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

You don't know that. This election is a referendum on White America, as far as I'm concerned.

Lucidamente1 April 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I keep seeing Mitt as a bad acid flashback to George H. W. Bush, with pork rinds and slamming his opponent's foreign policy for having been worked out "in the boutique of Harvard yard." Can't wait for his Willie Horton ad.

George Spelvin April 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

And, since the the corporate media will never call him on his lies, there is little downside at this point. One hopes that it will bite him in the ass when the Obama campaign use his lies and flopping to get out the vote, and maybe to scare a few indies. Indies are suckers for sincerity, even sincere falsehoods (e.g, Reagan and W), but Rmoney doesn't do sincere very well.

SayItWithWookies April 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Mitt's going for the high-stakes strategy of trying to portray President Obama as more out-of-touch, elitist and economically unrealistic than he is. More power to him — as Gracie Allen said, "They laughed at Joan of Arc, but she went ahead and built it anyway."

littlebigdaddy April 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The whole Mittens campaign is an elaborate piece of performance art engineered by Andy Kaufman.

reliefsinn April 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Great Gracie quote. You might remember the time when George was so exasperated with Gracie that he asked her if the Nanny had dropped her on her head when she was a baby, and she said "No, we were too poor to have a Nanny, my mother had to do it".

Mojopo April 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Ok, so this is how Mittens is going to pick up Santorum's base of human debris, drop-outs, Bingo fanatics, child beaters and "real Americans"? Let's all hate education together, because…America!

Blueb4sunrise April 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Well, at least he didn't go to an Arizona school.

Pre-emptive snark:
Wait, they have schools in Az.?

DahBoner April 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Whaaaat?

Schools in his home country of Mexico not good enough for him???

Oblios_Cap April 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

America has never seen a major politician more closely associated with Harvard University than Mitt Romney. This is the only truly remarkable achievement of his life.

Willard is a douchebag.

Smitros April 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Prizes should be given for phrases like "the cowardly, privileged adult-child’s fake professions of management consulting and private equity".

HELisforHEL April 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Hear, hear. I'm surrounded by them at my current job. It's like being trapped in a building full of Mittens Clones. <shudder>

DerrickWildcat April 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I asked that lady on a yahoo forum and she never answered, so I'll ask her again on here.
(I hope you see this)
are you Kasie like Cassie or Kasie like Casey?
I just can't tell and it's been bothering me.

mavenmaven April 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Yes, but which one of the two made law review?

owhatever April 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Appeal to the rightwing base, Mittens, snort, snort. Educations are dangerous. Bad. Particularly when darkies start getting degrees and become uppity.

WiscDad April 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Chris Christie spent too much time at Dunkin' Donuts…I don't hear Mittens calling him out

DahBoner April 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

When I lived in Cambridge, I thought about taking a weekend bartending course, actually offered on the Harvard campus, just so I could say I passed the Harvard bar exam..

HELisforHEL April 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Rachel Maddow said it best–he's using the ole Karl AssClown Rove technique all the time: whatever your liabilities are, portray them as your opponent's instead. Obama went to Harvard! Harvard BAD!
He also accused Obama of being a waffler, out of touch, etc.–you know, all the things he himself is. I'm surprised he hasn't accused him of wearing the funderwear (yet).

BarackMyWorld April 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

The problem for Mitt is he's just randomly yelling out things that he's done and throwing them at Obama, whereas Rove and his allies cultivated an entire Swift Boat organization and took the time to photoshop pictures of Kerry with Jane Fonda.

OneYieldRegular April 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

How inspiring this must be to young people, to hear a potential leader of their country disparaging institutions of higher education as if attending them were something shameful.

Chet Kincaid April 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Did he do that in Massachusetts?

prommie April 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Who knows. I just make this shit up.

Chet Kincaid April 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Hahaha

doloras April 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I hope you are, because that's VERY close to classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. Or homophobic speculations about the "Homintern", for that matter.

Chet Kincaid April 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Imagine how heartfelt and convincing young Mitt must have been, standing outside of the fromagerie, blathering on in French about Golden Tablets!

He obviously doesn't believe in Mormonism enough to talk about it at all, ever these days, so did he really have to do the missionary thing to please Daddy and his social/familial group, especially since he is a completely self-made man and didn't get any money from George?

Deportably_Jose April 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I think you guys are getting caught up in the details, here. He's not saying that Obama LITERALLY spent more time at Harvard than he did; what the multiple-Harvard-degree having, multimillionaire son of a governor really just meant to imply that Obama is an elitist.

Steverino247 April 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I know you wrote below that you were making this shit up, but I've seen it happen. They lay off people and then hire their own guys later on. Hard to believe, I know, but it's fucking true. Look at the FBI.

prommie April 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I was just setting up my "parody" defense. Or inherently unbelievebale, or opinion, gotta be careful to leave yourself an out. Though the Mormon Church seems more prone to murdering than suing its detractors.

deanbooth April 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

We found out a couple of weeks ago that my son got accepted into Yale graduate school in music composition (free ride — woohoo!). I mentioned this to the woman who cleans my house — while she listens to Rush at full blast — and her response was "He's such a nice boy; I hope they don't corrupt him." I wanted to strangle this fuckin' christian nitwit, but she has, after all, saved my marriage.

(I hope this doesn't sound all braggy.)

Wile E. Quixote April 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Hey, what's wrong with listening to Rush at full blast? Neil Peart stands alone! And Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have more talent in the hair on their ass than that talentless punk Ted Nugent has in his entire body.

reliefsinn April 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

No, that is awesome, congrats to everyone. Glad to hear that young people are still interested in music composition, thought all music today was made from the 'puter and stuff.

NYNYNYjr April 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I have to say it's refreshing not to have a Yale Bonesman vs a Yale Bonesman in this fucking election. I hate Yale. Harvard is a much nicer school, and has a history of much cooler people having gone there- W.E.B. Dubois, Robert Frost, John Ashbery, both Roosevelts.

MegPasadena April 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

This is exactly what Rachel Maddow was talking about last night. http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show

Romney is using Karl Rove's tactics over and over again:
1). Turn your enemy's strong suit into his weakness.
2). Take your own weakness and then accuse your enemy for doing the said thing.
He doesn't realize when he does it too much, people are bond to figure out that he is lying.

horsedreamer_1 April 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Kasie, dear, you work for POLITICO, no? & — & you just called BS on a Republican.

Well, hon, I hope you like unemployment. 'Cause you're in the Swampland — you're gonna die for this sin.

Dr. Nick Riviera April 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

How do the people who actually earned their way into Harvard not have a crippling case of cirrhosis of the liver by now?

ttommyunger April 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Harvard libel; and about time!

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