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Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, CLINT EASTWOOD, DIANE VALENCEN OPINIONS, MITT ROMNEY, PRESIDENT OBAMA with tags , , , , on 31/08/2012 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

This was the response by the Romney campaign to Clint Eastwood’s “performance” in Tampa last night:

“Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn’t work. His ad libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it. He rightly pointed out that 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed is a national disgrace and it’s time for a change.”

I honestly can’t accept that. Had Tina Fey gone out and done that this year with McCain and Palin elected in 2008 there would have been tears of blood running out of the eyes from Right leaning pundits all across the Internet. Eastwood referred to the sitting President as “Mr. Obama” more than a half dozen times and while I am no stickler for grammar I am one for protocol in a political setting. In a moment where the GOP was despearate to show that they are an inclusive party, Eastwood’s 2012 Pocono Comedy Club Summer Act reeked of Jim Crow bigotry, disrespect for the office of President of the United States and took all the positive message of the RNC video that preceeded him out of the minds of not only journalists and pundits, but moderate and undecided votes who were watching.

And those voters were watching at a little after 10 pm on the east coast of the United States expecting to see the Mitt Romney accept the GOP nomination and give the speech that would set the tone for the next two months of his campaign. Instead of what would have been a powerful transition from the RNC film to darkness and then Romney bathed in a spotlight walking across the convention floor to take the stage America was treated to a bigoted Vaudeville act followed by a self promoting speech for the 2016 nomination by America’s most desperate Latino politician Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

What a shame. If this is the way the GOP is going to run their race for the next two months American voters will be treated to a few very well staged debated surrounded by the Romney campaign in a constant battle to stay ahead of what surrogates say on his behalf. The race is on and after the Republican convention we can only hope that America’s undecided take not of the diversity that will be on display in Charlotte on the floor as well as on the stage.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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