Clint Eastwood, GOP “mystery guest”
I love John Wayne as an actor. Never much liked his hawkish support of the Vietnam war. I love Ginger Rogers as an actress. Never much liked her support of the House Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era.
I love Clint Eastwood as an actor/director. I liked the Chrysler “Made in Detroit” he narrated that aired during the SuperBowl last January. I liked it last October when he told GQ, “These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of … Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.” When I read about a month ago that he had endorsed Mitt Romney, observing something to the effect that he had first met the GOP candidate when he was making Mystic River in Massachusetts, I wondered if he was being playful when he sad of Romney, “Thought he was too handsome to be governor but thought he might be a good president.”
It was confirmed this afternoon that Mr. Eastwood will introduce candidate Romney tonight at the Republican Convention. Eastwood, a lower-case l Libertarian and a self-described “Eisenhower Republican” endorsed John McCain four years ago. So, not surprised by the Romney endorsement. Yet I don’t understand aggrieved Eastwood fans who are shocked, shocked by his endorsement avowing that they will never see another Eastwood movie. Did these people also stop listening to Frank Sinatra when he endorsed Nixon? Did they stop listening to Ray Charles when he endorsed Reagan? Can’t you be a great artist and have politics different than mine?