Who's Mitt Romney? He is ... who he is
Eight things I underlined in this Politico story on Mitt Romney in today's Tampa Bay Times:
1. “I know there are some people who do a very good job acting and pretend they’re something they’re not,” Romney said. “You get what you see. I am who I am.”
2. Romney’s answers were the clearest window yet into how the lessons he gained in the corporate world would be applied to the presidency.
3. Biographies, not business books, inspire his thinking, saying “tears welled up” when he finished reading David McCullough’s work on John Adams.
4. His Cabinet would be dominated by people from the private sector.
5. Debra L. Lee, the CEO of Black Entertainment Television, is also a leader he would take a close look at, though he couldn’t recall her name, just her title ...
6. He rarely spends time thinking through past decisions or missteps made, which is one reason he has no regrets about the “birth certificate” joke: “I don’t look back. I don’t look back.”
7. For better or worse — and the final 10 weeks of the campaign will test whether it’s better or worse in the minds of undecided voters — Romney sees life, business and governing as an exercise in problem-solving, not connecting with a truck driver in Ohio, true believers in the GOP and even his own staff.
His language, his approach, his mannerisms convey: I am not asking you to trust me to see into your soul, or to feel your pain, or bring you hope and fuzzy change. I will bring you concrete, measurable, profitable change — the kind you can authentically take stock of, and even measure in your family’s bank account.
8. Romney’s point: You had love, you had hero worship, you had emotion. How did that work out?