-I found Pearlstein's analysis of Romney's time as Governor of Massachusetts particularly compelling. Leadership, particularly political leadership, is not the same thing as "managerial competence," says Pearlstein, since for managers "priorities and parameters were essentially set by others, in environments in which Romney could exercise a considerable degree of top-down control."
When Romney tried to bring his CEO skill-set to Massachusetts, he "quickly discovered the difference between the things he could accomplish on his own authority and those that required changing the political environment or working with legislators or interest groups that were not inclined to take direction."
Out of frustration, and only two years into his first term, Romney turned his attention away from governing the state to running for president, as Pearlstein correctly notes, so that by the time our absentee Governor left office his approval rating among Bay State voters had slipped below 40% "and has been falling ever since."
The man appears to have done naught but run for President for the last 8 years.