Re: "brilliant brains" at tech companies
They use that phrase as a kind of psychology.
They *think* they are, but in reality the people who this is aimed at are quite capable of realising this childish tactic for what it is. The sad part is that the politicians are so stupid that they think the tricks that work on them will also work on people with a brain.
When I was quite young, I was forever being told how clever people thought I was, yet that didn't stop them criticizing me for making different decisions than they would have made in my situation.
On one hand they understood that I was a fair bit cleverer than they were, but on the other they refused to accept that I could make more intelligent decisions than them. One of life's little quirks I suppose :)