9 May 2012
As it happens, I'm not sure that Romney's business schtick is really such a good one for him. After all, when was the last time America elected a president whose background was primarily in business? That would be — never. I mean, sure, Bush Jr. rounded up investors for a baseball team and Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer, experiences that they used as part of their resumes, but they basically ran as politicians. The last person to seriously run as a businessman was Ross Perot, and that didn't work out so well.
Good point, but just because it hasn't happened before doesn't mean it can't happen in the future. Forget Perot; when was the last time a major party had a candidate with a solid business background run for president? Politicians — particularly high ranking ones like presidential candidates — tend to have political backgrounds for just the same reason university professors tend to have academic backgrounds.
That said, I'm more inclined to count George W. Bush's business background than Drum is. Sure, he got the nomination based on his record as Governor of Texas, but Bush was often referred to as the "first MBA president." And how did running America like a business work out? It resulted in eight years of deficit spending, lax regulation, tax cuts, and other business-friendly policies — and ended up in the worst recession since the 1930s.
EDIT: Of course, Mitt Romney isn't just a successful businessman. He's a former governor who spearheaded a successful health care program that became the basis for a national reform. That's not a record he wants to run on though.