August 31, 2012 by David K. Sutton
RNC – Mitt Romney’s Speech and the Clint Eastwood Disaster
As a liberal I cannot find much to agree with in Mitt Romney’s speech tonight. However, I can be objective from time to time, and from a delivery and effectiveness standpoint, I think Romney’s speech was a huge success for the Romney campaign. Maybe that’s just the low expectations talking, but if there truly are people in this country who are still undecided, I think it’s possible Romney’s RNC speech could give him a post-convention bump in the polls. Whether that bump lasts until election day, only time will tell.
Even if I don’t agree with a line like this…
You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s [Obama] done as president when the best feeling you [Obama voters] had was the day you voted for him. – Mitt Romney
I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something. – Mitt Romney
…I can still recognize the potential for these lines and other lines to win over some independents.
Regardless of your feelings for Mitt Romney, or Republicans, or conservatives, if you consider yourself at least a little bit objective, you should recognize this speech has a potential to reach a few undecided voters.
Unfortunately for Romney, Clint Eastwood’s “speech” at the top of the hour was a total disaster. This is what casual viewers who tuned into the big broadcast networks saw when they turned their TVs on: Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair representing the leader of the free world [President Obama]. And not only that, Eastwood had the fake-imaginary-chair-president cursing (without actually saying the word) at Romney and cursing at Eastwood himself. This cannot be the image the Romney campaign had in mind when they booked Eastwood as their “mystery guest.” Clint Eastwood was an embarrassment, and I say that as someone who likes Eastwood, at least in the movies.
Watch Clint Eastwood’s speech: