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First, he is a voracious back-seat driver. He hated getting stuck in traffic and would routinely inquire about why I had taken one route over another. If I couldn’t give him a good rationale, he would step up his involvement. “Gosh, we’re going to get stuck at that awful rotary. Take a right in two miles and we’ll go around it.’’
Translation: Romney likes to focus on the immediate challenge and pays attention to every detail surrounding it. If someone couldn’t demonstrate a grasp of the problem, he got personally involved in finding the solution. It has been overlooked in this campaign, but Romney’s turnaround of the Salt Lake City Olympics was the result of this instinctive behavior. The guy loves challenges and devours details.
Second, Romney isn’t afraid to make an end-run around obstructionists. The driver’s seat provided a convenient place to monitor high-level campaign strategy and policy development. On one occasion, Romney was advised by campaign officials to give a “generic campaign stump speech’’ to a professional trade conference. “Don’t you think I should share some insights with these folks relating to their specific areas of interest?’’ Romney asked repeatedly and with increasing frustration. Finally, after being told to avoid specific issues, Romney hung up the phone and began researching specific issues on his own so that he could be responsive to the crowd.
Translation: Romney knows his own mind and acts on his own instincts. Campaign advisers or business associates can present their views, but Romney usually has a confident idea of what he thinks is best and isn’t afraid to ignore the conventional wisdom.
Third, Romney loves his wife and his family. I can’t even count the number of occasions that I observed Romney interrupt his campaign activity to speak with Ann or one of his five sons. What’s more, the conversations were never transactional or “check the box.’’ This guy knew about everything about the lives of his family. If he’s guilty of anything, it was getting too involved.
Translation: Romney will do anything for his family — including thankless campaigns for public office. Anyone who believes that his political ambition is about anything other than building a better country for his grandkids simply does not know the man.
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