Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Clint Eastwood Speech


Personally, I thought Clint's speech was probably the only interesting thing I saw in the convention. And I thought the 82-year Eastwood used a creative, and very memorable, way to drive home his point.

But, therein lies the problem.

It was too memorable, and as a result, a huge strategic blunder, on par with, for example, Mike Dukakis allowing himself to be photographed in that tank (see below).

Think about it — even the right-wing rag, the New York Post, which would love more than anything to see a Republican in the White House, couldn't resist putting Eastwood, not Romney, on its front page the day after what was supposed to be Romney's big night!

What a strategic blunder! And that is what I think is the most important thing to come from the Clint Eastwood speech. It says something not about Eastwood, but about Romney's decision-making capabilities and poor judgement. After all, Romney made the decision to have Eastwood speak right before he did. It also reveals Romney's poor judgment in choosing his campaign staff. Did not one of them think Eastwood might overshadow their candidate? So their misjudgment ended up probably costing their candidate all the positive exposure his biggest speech was supposed to give him.

These types of gaffes are probably more important than any speech in showing us the true capabilities of a candidate. It can be argued that the real value of our incredibly overly long presidential campaigns come in these moments. When mistakes in judgement reveal the real capabilities — or lack thereof in this case — of the candidates.



8 comments:

  1. With Romney surging in the polls let's hope these "screw ups" continue

    GTFO 2012

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    1. Romney's not surging in the polls. Just because you say something doesn't make it true.
      http://www.gallup.com/poll/election.aspx

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  2. The same can be said for your obtuse leftist rantings

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  3. Look at a broader sample...and it sure looks like a Romney surge

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/general_election_romney_vs_obama-1171.html

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    1. If you consider that a surge, it's a bit pathetic. Look, we can go back and forth with these details forever. Nothing has happened to change what I originally said on this blog like a year ago: Obama will easily win the election. Sorry if that disappoints you. But that is my prediction, and has been since I took a look at the Republican field of candidates. Never saw such a bunch of jokers in my life, all of whom are so far out of touch with the average American it's laughable. So sorry, just not that interested in debating with you what I see as an insurmountable fact.

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    2. Romney and Ryan are a bigger joke than Palin?

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  4. When you base your thoughts solely upon the tripe you read in the lamestream libtard NY media, I'm not surprised you think that. In that little world Al Sharpton is respected and Chuck Schumer is a moderate. hahahahaha

    I can't wait to see you eat those words in November. Hopefully Jack & Nellies will be open by then so you can wash them down with a nice Chablis

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    1. You know you're doing the job for us, right?

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