They probably thought he was going to sit in the chair, not talk nasty to it…
Behind the scenes, Mr. Eastwood’s convention cameo was cleared by Mr. Romney’s top message mavens, Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens, who drew up talking points that Mr. Eastwood included, in his own way. They gave him a time limit and flashed a blinking red light that told him his time was up. He ignored both. The actor’s decision to use a chair as a prop was last-minute, and his own.
“The prop person probably thought he was going to sit in it,” a baffled senior aide said on Thursday night.
Mr. Eastwood’s rambling and off-color appearance just moments before the biggest speech of Mr. Romney’s life instantly became a Twitter and cable-news sensation, which drowned out much of the usual postconvention analysis that his campaign had hoped to bask in.
What is this Republican crush on mavericks and elderly cowboy actors? It’s doubtful that anyone but political junkies and event planners will really follow this story. No one’s going to make a voting decision over it. Clint Eastwood did what really big actors do— put the spotlight on himself. And being an icon of the rule-breaking, independent man, he did it his way. Like the saying goes, he ‘created a distraction’, but the Republican party can’t accept his resignation, because he never worked for them to start with. He works for himself, that’s what mavericks do.
Some random thoughts. The New York Post says that Sarah Palin is not selling well on the lecture circuit. Maybe it’s her six-figure fee. But I’m not counting her out. Anyone who thinks she can’t fill a hall and rock a crowd is underestimating her and the Post will be proved wrong.
Her book is already a best seller. I’m more skeptical of that. Bookstores are stocking up, but when you check out the NYT best seller list, look for that little thingy that indicates bulk orders. One way to get to the top is to buy truckloads of your own book.
Ever hear of Aimee Semple McPherson? She was a player too–sexy, religious and patriotic. She founded the first megachurch and got very rich before she ran off the rails. It’s a hazard of being a mavericky rogue.