Top Romney aides are scurrying like wet rats away from taking responsibility for booking Clint Eastwood’s bizarre “talk to the chair” act.
It also startled and unsettled Mr. Romney’s top advisers and prompted a blame game among them. “Not me,” an exasperated-looking senior adviser said when asked who was responsible for Mr. Eastwood’s speech. In interviews, aides called the speech “strange” and “weird.” One described it as “theater of the absurd.”
If they can’t take responsibility for their own convention, how will they behave when angry Americans start pointing fingers and blame Romney/Ryan for taking away their Medicare in a couple of years?
As for Eastwood (who I enjoy as an actor)? In 1988, George Bush briefly considered choosing him as his running mate; he picked Dan Quayle instead. I never thought I’d say this, but compared to the loopy Eastwood, Bush picked the right guy.
In any case, the Romney campaign gurus should be adult enough to accept responsibility and admit they took a gamble that did not pay off. In politics not everything goes as planned and that’s okay. But, no one likes a disloyal rat and that is precisely what Romney’s top advisers are coming across as by pretending they don’t know how Eastwood got a key prime time slot and turned it into an extemporaneous theater gig.