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ICYMI: Here is Clint Eastwood talking to a chair.
So, it wasn’t just us who thought Christie’s vaunted keynote tanked – Politico called it “a prime-time belly-flop,” the Washington Post said “Christie speech bombs”. He directly contradicted the speaker before him, only the nominee’s wife, and simply couldn’t shut up about himself. What he was meant to do Tuesday night, set the excitement level high in Tampa, he clearly didn’t do.
Right now, we’re watching the Republicans’ Plan B, a “surprise” appearance we’ve all known about all day, by Clint Eastwood. Pro-choice, pro-marriage equality Clint Eastwood.
I was about to write how desperate a choice that was, given how obvious a decision it was to get somebody likeable onto that stage tonight. And how that only makes Romney look duller, and less likable.
But we just watched Eastwood’s speech. And WTF was that? It was just weird. He carried on like he was having a conversation with Barack Obama in an empty chair, indulged in some loopy stand-up comedy (or whatever that was) and pointedly said we didn’t need an attorney to be president, and maybe we need a businessman. Romney is an attorney.
You could almost hear them backstage tearing their hair out and shoving Marco Rubio out into the light. Another guy with a higher likability quotient than Mitt. This is a weird freaking convention.