I’ve noticed increasing use in politics of a propaganda tactic where you accuse your opponent of doing something that you yourself often do (e.g., class warfare). But Romney, in his effort to rehabilitate himself to the Republican base, is taking this to new heights.
In a speech last Friday in Florida, Romney accused Obama of taking advice from the “Harvard faculty lounge”. And last month, Romney used a similar line in a speech about foreign policy, “That may be what they think in that Harvard faculty lounge, but it’s not what they know on the battlefield.”. What’s ironic about this is while it is true that Obama got his law degree from Harvard, Romney himself not only has a law degree from Harvard, he also got a business degree there as well. Plus all three of his children have attended Harvard Business School.
As for his sound bite about Obama taking advice from the Harvard faculty lounge, Romney’s advisor on foreign policy teaches international affairs at Harvard, and his economic advisor for 2008 and 2012 is a star professor at Harvard whose textbook is used at colleges around the country.