Fifteen years ago the Bee Gees made the song “Tragedy”.
Clint Eastwood was 67 years old then. The Bee Gees didn’t have Clint in mind when they made that song. Mitt Romney was 50 years old and still at Bain Capitol. If the Bee Gees made the song “Tragedy” with Mitt in mind, it might have been due to the number of companies Bain took into bankruptcy. It was tragic when he raided the coffers of some companies to pay executive bonuses, even though millions were owed to the government. The result was that all the creditors were screwed, including the government. Maybe the Bee Gees were thinking about the number of jobs that were eliminated in the United States and diverted to foreign countries. Even members of the GOP have attacked Mitt Romney for the devastation he inflicted on American economy through loss of thousands of jobs.
Equally tragic was the appearance of Clint Eastwood at the Republican Convention. It was a tragedy for Clint, and for Mitt Romney. Clint looked old, and almost senile. His speech was rambling and at times he seemed to have forgotten not only his words, but his thoughts. In contrast to Mitt Romney’s perfectly styled hair, Clint looked disheveled. Mitt is 62. Eastwood is 82. Clint has had an amazing career, and even in his later years, he has made and directed amazing movies. Here are just a few of his more memorable quotes:
Here is his speech last night:
The speech was hard to understand, and at times confusing. For example Clint said:
“ But I just think that there is so much to be done, and I think that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along. See, I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to the president, anyway.
XXX I think attorneys are so busy — you know they’re always taught to argue everything, always weigh everything, weigh both sides.”
Did he not know that Romney is an attorney, or did he just forget?
When I heard that Eastwood was to be the “surprise” guest at the RNC, I was confused. He is known more as a libertarian. He is pro-choice and he supports gay marriage. Moreover his “half-time” in America that aired during the Super Bowl, seemed to bring attention to the success of the auto bailout, and the reference to “half-time” suggested Obama was only half-way through fixing the American economy.
If the GOP had told Clint to appear, waive, and say “vote for Mitt” they would have scored big points for their cause. As it is his appearance was a tragic display of the decline of an American icon. Instead of the media focusing on the performance of Mitt Romney at the convention everyone is talking about Clint Eastwood. Not only was it a sad day for Clint, but it was a sad day for the Romney campaign. The Romney campaign looked foolish for not controlling Clint in his performance. He was scheduled to talk for around 5 minutes, not 12. The empty chair was ineffective. Because his speech was convoluted and hard to understand, two weeks from today, I’ll better remember what he said in the Super Bowl commercial than his words at the RNC.