Granted, Wagoner had to go -- like a baseball manager, a CEO is judged on the numbers he puts up. But I remember a decent guy who put in ungodly hours and tried to work a rational, measured plan to rebuild the company while doing right by employees, shareholders, creditors and dealers.
If anything, Wagoner's fall is the story of a generation of GM leaders who thought they were revolutionaries who would rescue GM from denial and dysfunction. True, they never envisioned that things would go south as suddenly as they did in late 2008 -- or that GM could breeze through a 39-day bankruptcy.
But be honest: Did you?