Dan Quayle endorses Mitt Romney, while Time is given for a Parade of Romney stories

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 6 2011 8:00 a.m. MST

Earlier, Boston's NPR station, WBUR, posted a story with an interesting 40-year-old picture of Romney speaking at a 1971 BYU Commencement. The story, titled "Romney's Harvard Years: An Earnest Traditionalist," is full of sources who knew Romney while he was attending Harvard in on his way to joint graduate degrees in business and law.

"What did distinguish Romney was his participation in that dual-degree program. Out of roughly a combined 1,300 students in his business and law school classes, just 15 graduated from both," NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer reported. "'When we told people we were in the JD/MBA program, you were kind of looked upon as somebody a bit special,'" said one classmate who is now a corporate turnaround specialist.

"He says that whereas Harvard Business School puts its students through a practical, problem-solving regimen of analyzing real business case studies and deciding what they would do if they were in charge, "'the law school is teaching you at a more theoretical level.'

"Together, the two educations gave students a detailed knowledge of the law and the government regulatory system, as well as a deep understanding of how to run a business. And those dual-degree graduates were some of Harvard's most sought-after recruits." Another classmate "describes the power of the twin degree this way: 'If you came out of that MBA/JD joint program, it's hard for me to imagine a task that somebody could have could put in front of you that you couldn't do, other than brain surgery. But running anything — running a company, running the Olympics.'"

The National Post returned to Romney's early days in an opinion piece that suggested that conservatives who question Romney's conservatism might have it all wrong. Instead, the Post piece says, Romney's actions are evidence not of "a liberal pretending to be a conservative in order to win the Republican nomination," but, "far more plausible, Romney has been a closet conservative for most of his political life."

And, of course, in case you missed it or haven't gotten to it yet, Romney was on the cover of Time Magazine, in which Joe Klein asked and answered the question, "Why Don't They Like Mitt?"

Finally, Reuters reported this morning that Romney "spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret."

As he left the governor's office, the report said, 11 Romney aides "bought the hard drives of their state-issued computers to keep for themselves. Also before he left office, the governor's staff had emails and other electronic communications by Romney's administration wiped from state servers, state officials say. Those actions erased much of the internal documentation of Romney's four-year tenure as governor, which ended in January 2007. Precisely what information was erased is unclear."

The was legal but unusual.

EMAIL: jwalker@desnews.com

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