More than anything, what the just completed Republican convention showed is that Mitt Romney is an incredibly decent, moral, and honorable man.
It became abundantly clear as the convention went on that this man who much of the mainstream media unethically works overtime to paint as “cold,” “aloof,” or “out of touch with the common man” is anything but. Much of the country now knows that many Americans have been touched by his goodness and that he in turn has been touched and made better because of their struggles and triumphs.
Knowing that, and as this real Mitt Romney hits the campaign trail to reconnect with the American voter, I would suggest to him that one of the best ways to confirm this to seniors and other critical voting blocks is to not allow his campaign to walk away from, excuse, or even “explain” the convention remarks by Clint Eastwood.
As of now, Mr. Eastwood is under a full frontal attack by the far-left propagandists for Mr. Obama and his failed policies. Why?
Because they understand better than most that satire works and that Mr. Eastwood speaks to several generations. As such, they are tripping over themselves to insult Mr. Eastwood -- and all seniors by the way -- by declaring him “senile,” “crazy,” “delusional,” or “pathetic.”
Really? This clear-eyed, multi-award winning filmmaker is suddenly all of those things to the unthinking defenders of Mr. Obama? Gee, they weren’t tearing him down like that the day before the convention. I wonder why?
Oh, yeah. It’s because he dared to tell the truth about Mr. Obama to millions of viewers in a way which actually did resonate with them. As much of the mainstream media and certain “celebrities” in the “entertainment” world go into a full-blown panic regarding Mr. Eastwood’s remarks, I would implore the Romney campaign and its surrogates on the campaign trail to simply read the actual transcript. Nothing “senile,” “crazy,” or “delusional” about it. All the opposite in fact.
Mr. Eastwood joked that on the night Mr. Obama was elected in 2008, along with Oprah and everyone else, he was crying for the moment. He then hit his first target by adding: “…I haven’t cried that hard since I found out that there are 23 million unemployed people in this country. Now that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, and we haven’t done enough, obviously -- this administration has hasn’t done enough to cure that.”
Be the first to read Douglas MacKinnon's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.
Asymmetrical Politics: Republicans Act Like an Unruly Mob, Democrats Like a Regimented Army | Michael Barone