Like Brian McGrory, I think that the post-big dig disaster period was Governor Romney's finest hour (Shrinking Candidate, Boston Globe, March 2, 2012: B1).
It was however, the exception.
During his candidacy and during his time in office, Romney was
characterized by the triumph of style (or photo-op) over substance.
When a candidate he worked for a day as a burger flipper and a fish
processor so he could understand what ordinary folk were like. Great
photo-ops but little gain in understanding. To gain that, he should have
read "Nickled and Dimed" or "When Work Disappears" to understand the
struggles that low income people go through day by day in the struggle
to get work, to get to work, to get a home, and to get from and to home.
As Governor, he rode for one stop on the Red Line to show how safe the
subway was after the London bombings -- again a great photo-op that was
marred by his failure to know the exact fare.
Alas, I think the Romney we see in this campaign is the Romney that is.
That is surprising given his vaunted analytic and managerial competence.