It has been heartening to watch Rick Santorum's efforts in Iowa pay off; I've long been puzzled as to why he's been repeatedly passed over as the GOP "flavor of the month: -- but hey, he's peaking at just the right time.
Look, it's totally legitimate for him to take shots at Romney, and what a coup it would be if Santorum were actually to take Iowa. But his remarks show a startling ignorance of what it means to be a leader in the private sector (or else, like Gingrich
, Romney simply got under his skin). Successful CEO's manifest plenty of leadership skills, and to be successful at running any large enterprise, "work[ing] with people" not "order[ing] people" is what makes for a good CEO.
What's more, in case anyone has noticed, the President -- who is commander-in-chief and the much-respected head of an enormous bureaucracy -- has the opportunity (and sometimes the need) to do a fair amount of "ordering."
One would expect this kind of attack from a lefty, but from Santorum? He's got a future ahead of him (given his lack of money and organization, probably not as the GOP nominee, but how gratifying would it be to see him at HHS or something?); let's hope he doesn't do himself in with boneheaded stuff like this.