“Bain sweetened the offer. He guaranteed that if the experiment failed, Romney would get his old job and salary back, plus any raises handed out during his absence. Romney had one more concern: the impact on his reputation should he prove unable to do the job. In the end, Bain agreed to craft a cover story if necessary, promising to bring Romney back to the consulting firm and explain Romney's return as a matter of his being more valuable to Bain as a consultant. ‘So,’ Bain says, ‘there was no professional or financial risk.’”
Romney is a clear-eyed pragmatist when it came to his business dealing. Indeed, that was the point of the Boston Globe story about Romney putting Seamus the Irish setter on the car roof. The author related that after the dog got sick, with poop running down the rear window of the Rambler station wagon, Romney got a hose, cleaned up the mess and carried on. No wallowing in the emotional swamp of sympathy for Mitt Romney!
And there can be no doubt that he cares deeply for his family. To take just one example: on the very eve of him becoming Governor of Massachusetts, he was so concerned about his wife, Ann, that he took care to transfer ownership of Sankaty Advisors, one of his Bermuda-incorporated companies to her. Now that’s love! And as for loving his dog, it’s not for me to judge.
Go ask Seamus.