GOP decision-makers weren’t about to allow Ron Paul on stage at the Republican National Convention to talk about subjects such as ending the war in Afghanistan and closing Guantanamo. That is just a small part of Dr. Paul’s message of liberty, but they are points with which neo-cons vehemently disagree. So, it likely shocked Republicans when Clint Eastwood addressed those very subjects during his speech in Tampa. For many alienated Ron Paul supporters, Eastwood made their day.
The Republicans tried half-heartedly to lure Paul supporters to Romney by extending an invitation for the Texas congressman to speak at the RNC, but the invitation came with two large strings attached. First, they demanded Paul allow the Romney camp to edit his speech. Secondly, Paul would have to fully endorse Mitt for president. Unsurprisingly, Dr. No said “no” to those demands, refusing to compromise his principles.
The GOP obviously felt they did not need to impose those rules on Eastwood. How could things possibly go wrong with Eastwood comically addressing an empty chair representing President Obama? The loud thud heard during Eastwood’s speech might have been the jaws of RNC organizers collectively hitting the floor as the actor/director told the empty chair, “Even some people in your own party were disappointed when you didn’t close Gitmo…Why close it? We’ve spent so much money on it.”
Closing Guantanamo is definitely not part of the neo-con Republican agenda. Then the ‘Man with No Name’ took aim at foreign wars, telling the Empty Chair Obama, “You thought the war in Afghanistan was okay. You thought that was something worth doing. We didn’t check with the Russians to see how they did there for ten years.”
That sounded very similar to what Ron Paul argued during the debates, and what Romney scoffed at. After channeling Paul, Eastwood finally got around to the endorsement. “There is so much to be done. I think Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along.” Two guys that can come along? Is that really an endorsement?
Eastwood added, “We own this country…Politicians are employees of ours. They are just going to come around and beg for votes every few years.”
“We don’t have to be mental masochists and vote for somebody that we don’t really want in office just because they seem to be nice guys, or maybe not such nice guys if you look at some of the ads going out there.”
Ron Paul supporters have said all along that there is no point in voting for the lesser of two evils. That sounds like what Eastwood was preaching, and his speech came off much more like an endorsement of Ron Paul than Mitt Romney.