Zack Beauchamp contemplates Clint's performance:
The qualities that make effective art are the opposites of the ones that make a good campaign spectacle. Art, even (or especially) when it’s political, succeeds by simultaneously entertaining the audience and opening up new avenues for thought. Art that attempts to lecture at you generally fails as art because it forgets what it’s best at doing. Campaign events, by contrast, are about selling one particular narrative as persuasively as possible. You’re supposed to come away from a campaign event or convention convinced that a particular candidate is Best For America, inspired to work for their campaign. It’s about getting you on a team, not getting you to laugh or think. Even humor deployed in a campaign event is carefully crafted to serve the event’s overall message rather than be comedy qua comedy. Political spectacle, while perhaps an art form, isn’t art.
Kornacki asks how Romney's staff allowed the Eastwood speech to happen:
In theory, Eastwood wouldn’t make a bad primetime convention speaker, but there’s no evidence that the Romney team did anything other than take an 82-year-old man with no experience delivering nationally televised political speeches at his word that he’d be able to handle a few minutes of primetime by himself, no help needed with any preparations. Nor is there any sign that anyone in the campaign asked him why he needed a chair.
Jesse Walker, on the other hand, argues that Eastwood had the "best speech of the week":
Eastwood's criticisms of Barack Obama were the average American's criticisms of Barack Obama. If you want to hammer the president in a way that appeals to undecideds, you couldn't do much better than to complain about high unemployment and an endless war. That won't sound authentic coming from Romney, who has been tagged, fairly or not, as the guy who likes to fire people, and whose position on Afghanistan is 180 degrees away from Eastwood's. But coming from Clint Eastwood, that isn't a big problem…
Jesse may be right. But I suspect the weirdness of that chair eclipsed anything else of any interest. By the way, readers continue to keep the Dish sane:
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