Did Tagg “Build That”?

Oct 19 2012 @ 10:47am

Noam Scheiber sees a pattern in the Romney family:

Not long after graduating from Harvard Business School, [Tagg] turned down offers from several prominent firms to join an obscure start-up called eGrad, whose meager resources gave it a kind of grunge aesthetic: secondhand furniture and heating so erratic he brought in blankets to keep warm. …

But making it on your own is never so clear-cut when you’re a Romney. Some of the biggest meetings he landed were with Staples, which his father had funded at Bain Capital, and General Motors, a company where his last name still carried weight. Tagg’s biography is littered with … short cuts he couldn’t have taken without his last name … And yet, thanks to the Romney myth, he and his family believe that most of what he has achieved comes from old-fashioned industriousness. … The problem is that Tagg’s blind spots are also Mitt’s. And Mitt’s peculiar version of reality doesn’t just drive him personally; it skews his politics and shapes his policies.