Douglas MacKinnon

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.”

Mr. Eastwood spoke the simple truth. What is “senile,” “crazy,” or “delusional” about that?

Later, he joked that Mr. Obama lacks real experience and that maybe it’s time for a “businessman” in the Oval Office. He then punctuated that by saying a “stellar businessman,” as a way to remind the audience of the quote from former President Bill Clinton who in May said that Mr. Romney had a “sterling business career” at Bain Capital.

Nothing “senile,” “crazy,” or “delusional” about that.

When wrapping up his remarks, Mr. Eastwood said, “I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that you, we -- we own this country…politicians are employees of ours…I just think it is important that you realize that you’re the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you’re a libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we let them go.”

If that is “senile,” “crazy,” or “delusional,” please give me more of it.

Clint Eastwood dared to shine a spotlight on the failed presidency of Barack Obama and the left is going all out to vilify him.

Mitt Romney and his campaign need to not only strongly defend Mr. Eastwood but echo his words throughout the land. Should they do so, millions of voters -- seniors and others -- will take note and be reminded of Mr. Romney’s goodness.


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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