I Once Visited Third Base

by Norman Horowitz

Barry Switzer was a famous football coach. A Chicago Tribune article once opened with a quote from Switzer: “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”

To me, this fits Mitt Romney perfectly.

I write this out of a sense of frustration in that Romney comes from “the landed gentry” and cannot “pull off” his portrayal of being an “everyman.”

I was not raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, as Mitt was.

I was raised in the Bronx.

I did not attend Stanford for a year, as Mitt did.

I was not in France for 2 1/2 years as a Mormon missionary.

I entered the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

I did not earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brigham Young University or a joint JD and MBA from Harvard University in 1975 as a Baker Scholar.

I attended the RCA Institute studying electronics and worked at a minimum wage job to be able to support myself.

I did not enter the management consulting business, which led Mitt to a position at Bain & Company.

I got a clerical job at Screen Gems International.

I did not serve as CEO of the company.

Maybe that’s why I do not oppose mandatory carbon caps known as “cap and trade”…

And why I do not favor increased domestic oil drilling…

And why I do not support a managed bankruptcy of the American automobile industry…

And why I do not favor getting tougher with China on trade issues…

And why I get annoyed when Romney says:

The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and, at the foundation, the pre-eminence of the family.

The dignity of work? Really? How would he know?