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The problem with having a governor as the “CEO of the State” is that the two ideas and ideals work from entirely different mindsets. CEOs issue orders; politicians seek compromise. CEOs operate behind closed doors; politicians, especially here in Florida, operate in the sunshine. CEOs speak; politicians listen.

During his campaign, Gov. Rick Scott proclaimed himself (and indeed is conducting himself now) as the consummate CEO. In the weeks since taking office, he has tried to conduct “the people’s business” by edict. He appears determined to chart his own course, call his own plays, take the stage alone — choose your metaphor. It is not going well.

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