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Crossposted from "News From the Front".

Some people would call Clint Eastwood’s performance at the RNC stage in Tampa last night a sorry display from an old man who’s lost his mind.
I am not one of those people.
Instead I offer this alternate theory.

It’s no secret that Eastwood as been out of step with this current incarnation of the Republican Party. He’s Pro-Choice, Pro Gay Marriage, Pro-enviroment.  Which is why his endorsement of Mitt Romney disheartened many of us on my side of the fence.
But now I realize, he was working The Long Con.
Up to now, Romney has had bad luck with celebrity endorsements. (Seriously, Ted Nugent for fuck’s sakes!) And Eastwood knew they’d be desperate to glam on to any star power they could get. Seriously, who else could they get to introduce Mitt Romney? Kelsey Grammer? Conservative but looks too much like an Eastern Elite to connect with the common folk. Adam Baldwin? Very conservative but suspect because he hangs with that vagina loving, granola muncher, Joss Whedon.  Jon Voight? Way too much of a grenade thrower to even let on prime time.
No, Eastwood seemed like the perfect choice. Reputation for reasonableness. Liked by the left and right equally. The man’s an Icon for Christ’s sakes.  The Man with No Name! Dirty Harry! Bronco Billy! (Don’t give me that look. That movie is a vastly underrated piece of Americana.) This was best get possible.  A slam dunk!
And Eastwood, bless his heart, knew this.
Hell. They had, from what I heard, an effective biographical film about Romney keyed up that could have introduced him to millions of people and helped redefine him for the General Election.  And they pushed it out of the prime time coverage to give the time to Eastwood. Who proceeded to go Broken Arrow on stage.
Now do I think Eastwood is an Obama supporter?  After some reflection I’d have to say no.  But I do think that maybe some of the more extreme elements of the party have him concerned. (Not to mention the way the GOP has treated his fellow Libertarian, Ron Paul.) So I’m inclined to go with this theory.
You may say I’m in denial but I don’t care.
Because I still believe in heroes.

EDIT: Added link to the Original Post and changed one word in the last sentence.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

    by TheRagingCelt on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:49:52 PM PDT

  •  i think he was just going off the cuff (3+ / 0-)
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    TheRagingCelt, Jon Says, BlackSheep1

    he's an actor and actors do goofy things some times

    the way that everyone has been treating him for this has been pathetic.  he's an 82 year old who's done nothing but make people happy for 60 years and he deserved to be treated with more respect.  

    i am so glad i unplugged myself from the political bubble, because i just feel sorry for people who don't feel ashamed about mocking an 82 year old man, especially for political advantage.

    and that includes the President.  he's better than that.  

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    by Anton Bursch on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 09:14:52 PM PDT

  •  Maybe he was channeling the country (3+ / 0-)
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    Jon Says, TheRagingCelt, sponson

    People are pissed off with reason. Maybe yelling at an empty chair is all we really got.
    Eastwood was a mayor and probably could have given a
    good endorsement of Mittens if he wanted to, but he's beyond the need for posturing.

  •  Clint is a contrarian (3+ / 0-)

    He's a Republican.  Get used to it.  There is nothing wrong with liking his work while disagreeing with his politics.  He is an old fashioned Republican from way back who doesn't understand what today's teabagger Party is about.  I would compare him to his friend, Merle Haggard, who is a great artist and a real musical genius, who has also done crass appeals based on reactionary politics from time to time.  The furthest he went in endorsement of Romney was to say that the GOP ticket "may be" and is "possibly" a good idea.  No he wasn't punking anyone.  He was arrogantly speaking for himself.

  •  Don't Care How Old Or Iconic He Is..... (7+ / 0-)

    Mr. Eastwood portrayed the President in a negative light to get cheap laughs from a stadium full of right wingers.  

    He was disrespectful & at times....he was crass.  He knew exactly what he was doing & saying.  I would think someone w/ the experiences Clint has, could have come up w/ a more polished gig.   His unhinged spiel had multiple inaccuracies about the President's record.  I'd call them lies.  

    For that reason, he's in the right party.  

  •  I've been saying this (2+ / 0-)
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    TheRagingCelt, montecristo

    No way that was an accident. The guy is a skilled actor and director who has been active and in the public eye without a break. How quickly was this political turnaround and mental descent supposed to have happened? He wrecked Romney's night on purpose.

    See here and here for proof.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 10:35:43 PM PDT

  •  He may have played a hero on TN & in the movies, (1+ / 0-)
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    Chi

    but in real life Clint Eastwood is no hero. A look at how he has treated women and his children in real life should disabuse you of that notion.

    He is an excellent director and a pretty good musician. That's about all I can admire him for.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 05:07:10 AM PDT

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