Eastwood’s epic rant cut from RNC video; NYT reports no one on Team Romney vetted the remarks
You’d think that the RNC’s mystery guest would get included in its highlight reel for the convention, but Uncle Clint’s rambling batsh*t rant didn’t make the cut (ABC):
A video mash-up of speakers from last week’s Republican National Convention does not include an appearance from the “mystery RNC speaker,” Clint Eastwood.
The two-and-a-half minute video posted today to the Romney campaign’s YouTube account features former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, VP nominee Paul Ryan and of course, Romney himself, but it leaves out Eastwood’s controversial speech.
Honestly, Chris Christie’s angry rant wasn’t flattering to the party either, but they like that red meat bloviating. Especially the part about how Christie’s father took advantage of the G.I. Bill. Socialism! Oh wait, that clip didn’t make the cut.
But back to Eastwood. How could a debacle, a #FAIL of that magnitude, occur? Like roaches scurrying when the light is switched on, folks on Team Romney aren’t slapping one another on the back for credit. The problem started with Mittens’ blind love for the Hollywood icon. The NYT:
Behind the scenes, Mr. Eastwood’s convention cameo was cleared by Mr. Romney’s top message mavens, Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens, who drew up talking points that Mr. Eastwood included, in his own way. They gave him a time limit and flashed a blinking red light that told him his time was up. He ignored both. The actor’s decision to use a chair as a prop was last-minute, and his own.
“The prop person probably thought he was going to sit in it,” a baffled senior aide said on Thursday night.
…Romney advisers so trusted Mr. Eastwood, 82, that unlike with other speakers, they said they did not conduct rehearsals or insist on a script or communicate guidelines for the style or format of his remarks.
…Another adviser said that several top aides had reviewed the talking points given to Mr. Eastwood just a few hours before his appearance. They included a request to mention the millions of people who remain unemployed — something Mr. Eastwood did, though he misstated the number.
One can only imagine the kind of clear-headed decision making Mitt Romney will bring to the Oval Office.