By Marta Mossburg
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 04:50 PM EST
I wonder what Mitt Romney thought when he saw the Dodge Ram commercial during the Super Bowl. It's the one narrated by the late broadcaster Paul Harvey featuring still shots of farmers that everyone is still talking about because it is so powerful.
Here are some other adjectives for the paean to an almost lost way of American life: humbling, gritty, and most of all, human.
My guess is that Mr. Romney wished he had hired the Richards Group, which produced "So God made a farmer," to work for him because the company said more about who America is and what it should be in two minutes than Mr. Romney did in years of campaigning for president.
Its overwhelming popularity verifies that Americans still believe in and admire self-reliance and hard work, qualities Mr. Romney championed but that never felt believable in him - by design.
His opponent, Barack Obama, played a large part in that, defining him early on as rich and out of touch. But Mr. Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, cemented Mr. Obama's narrative by acting like robots who kept trying to convince the American people about math equations when what they wanted to know first was who they were.
And when Mr. Romney was caught being "real," he alienated people, as with his comments about the infamous "47 percent" who don't contribute to society.
Americans are neither business turnaround artists like Mr. Romney nor wannabe accountants who analyze Social Security reports into the wee hours like Mr. Ryan. We frequently make rash and economically irrational decisions to the chagrin of people who see the country as a giant spreadsheet, but we can be convinced to do the right thing when you earn our trust.
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February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!
April 18, 2014
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