#rsrh Clint Eastwood: Romney asked for him personally.

(Via Instapundit) I don’t know about the rest of you, but I find this reassuring.

Eastwood’s appearance at the convention came after a personal request from Romney in August, soon after Eastwood endorsed the former Massachusetts governor at a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho. But it was finalized only in the last week before the convention, along with an agreement to build suspense by keeping it secret until the last moment.

Meanwhile, Romney’s campaign aides asked for details about what Eastwood would say to the convention.

“They vett most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Eastwood recalled.

For two reasons.

  • One, it’s demonstrating that Mitt Romney is willing to take a risk to get a bigger win – and, let’s be honest: while Clint Eastwood damaged Barack Obama’s re-election chances with his speech, there was a risk there that he would have fallen flat on his face on national television. I say this not in criticism, but in respect: a willingness to not play it safe can pay dividends.  Certainly right now the Democratic party is wishing right now that Obama had tried to be something other than pedestrian last night.
  • Two… look, I deal with various staffers from the Romney campaign all the time. I like them.  They’re good folks: helpful, and they want to win.  But I saw what happened in 2008 when you had a campaign staff that can and do successfully second-guess a candidate, and I am glad to see that Mitt Romney can apparently make a decision stick.

That’s pretty much it.  With one last taunt: man, but those folks in Charlotte really kind of avoided mentioning Clint Eastwood a lot in prime time this week, huh?

Moe Lane


  • tnfriendofcoal101368 says:

    One month from now there will only be three memorable things from these two conventions:

    1. Eastwood reducing Obama to an empty chair
    2. Obama campaign claiming we are all owned by the government
    3. Democrats deny God three times and then boo God and his Holy City.

    The big story should be Romney tried to close the deal with folks who regret voting for Obama in 2008. Obama admitted the deal was closed and some of his leading sycos like Roger Simon are saying this is a “base turnout” election and we know Simon didn’t get that on his own (neither did Joe Trippi for that matter). Strong suspicion that Obama campaign internals agree with polling showing Romney opening up a substantial margin among independents.

  • jetty says:

    Speaking of failures, what is Steve Schmidt doing these days?

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