Kent Bush: You have to know your limits

Kent Bush

You expect a quarterback to be able to throw a ball.

So when Jay Cutler threw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Chicago Cubs game, it wasn’t surprising that he did a fine job.

He should have stayed in the dugout or bullpen after that, however.

His next big appearance as the lead singer for the traditional Wrigley Field seventh-inning stretch rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was less successful – much like the Cubs themselves, who have won four in a row to climb to within 14 games of first place in their division.

Cutler sang iconic “root, root, root for the Cubbies” with all of the enthusiasm of someone heading to the dentist for a root, root, root canal.

I never through I would see a musical performance by a Bears quarterback that made me long for the good old days of the Cocky QB (Jim McMahon) and the "Super Bowl Shuffle."

It is a huge honor in Chicago to get to throw out a first pitch or take the microphone in the seventh inning stretch. I understand why Cutler agreed to do it.

But you have to know your limits. Singing in public is hard for great singers. Cutler is not a great singer.

He should have thrown out the first pitch and taken his hot fiancée, sat in his great seats and enjoyed a few hot dogs before training camp opens.

Mitt wants an apology

I don’t think I am going out on a limb to say that President Barack Obama won’t be apologizing to Mitt Romney for some of his campaign crew insinuating that Romney may have committed a felony by listing himself as the CEO of Bain Capital after leaving the company. Romney has disavowed some of the actions taken at Bain by saying he was no longer CEO when they occurred – despite SEC filings that seem to indicate otherwise.

Romney –after using a $100 bill to wipe away a tear - said he expects an apology from the President because his campaign staff would say such things.

I wouldn’t hold my breath.

It may be disappointing to conservatives that Romney is the first person Obama has refused to apologize to in his tenure in the White House. He has offered apologies to friends and enemies alike.

Obama has even apologized to a woman who was offended by statements Rush Limbaugh made. If the president apologized to everyone Limbaugh offended, that’s all he will ever get done.

But he won’t apologize to Romney.

Romney says such attacks are below the office of the president.

He’s right.

That’s why the underlings on the campaign did it. It isn’t beneath them at all.

Romney knows it is going to get worse before it gets better. He knows that his time at Bain Capital will be a big bull’s-eye for the Obama campaign to throw darts at for the next 100 days.

He was hoping by demanding an apology that he would come off as a victim instead of a heartless bigwig who got rich while the little guys lost their jobs.

I get it, but I don’t think it works as a campaign strategy. Bain Capital has too many angles that make great political attacks.

There is the outsourcing of jobs argument, the layoffs argument and the fact that he got really rich seemingly at the expense of middle- and lower-class workers that provide plenty of meat on that bone for campaign ads to chew on for a some time.

Romney has to hope people believe he can make someone successful other than himself and his inner circle.

He has plenty of targets of his own where Obama shows some weakness on the economy. He needs to attack there and not try to smoke screen people with demands for apologies for issues he knew would arise.

Diversions help, but they can’t become the strategy.

Otherwise, Obama’s campaign will control the election and win another term.

Kent Bush is publisher of the Augusta (Kan.) Gazette.