Does experience as a business executive qualify anyone to be a government executive? Hardly. We can find many examples of successful businessmen and women failing when they attempted to translate their business skills to governing. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a prime example. Many don't realize just how intelligent Arnold is, or how successful he was in business. Unfortunately, he had no experience in politics prior to becoming governor of California. Mitt Romney has no such problem. He has been a successful governor as well as a successful businessman.
One thing worries me about Romney. He was challenged in the second debate with President Obama to differentiate himself from former President Bush, and was fairly successful in his response. However, there is one weakness that he shares with Bush. He is equally deluded in the belief that he can “reach across the aisle” to create bipartisan consensus. Both men had experience working with state legislatures dominated by Democrats. Bush came to Washington thinking he could do the same in dealing with Congress. I can still see in my mind's eye, the image of Bush, shortly after his inauguration, standing arm-in-arm with Senator Teddy Kennedy, who quickly began inserting knives into Bush's back at every opportunity. I can imagine the same happening if the Democrats retain control of the Senate, and Romney attempts to get a budget through Congress. .
Ultimately, Romney probably will fail to deliver on his campaign promises if he is saddled with the Democrats in control of the Senate. He won't be able to rescind Obamacare, revise the tax code, or get government spending under control. Unless, of course, Romney is able to marshal the American electorate to apply enough pressure on the Senate to approve his proposals. Few Presidents have had this ability, and I'm not sure that I see it in Romney as yet. He may surprise me.
First, he will have to convince me that he really wants the job