It may have seemed like a good idea at the time: Clint Eastwood — Dirty Harry himself! — speaking to a national audience as the voice of the Republican Party. The thought must have been that Eastwood opening up the network television coverage of the most important night of the GOP convention would capture the attention of viewers just tuning into the election, teeing them up for Mitt Romney.
But it didn't work out that way. Eastwood rambled to the point of distraction. What swing voters saw was a Hollywood actor chastising an empty chair for telling him to do unmentionable things to himself.
Sadly, that's no exaggeration.
Conventions are the forums for our political parties to make their arguments. They're a chance for national candidates to introduce themselves to the electorate and, yes, to knock their opponents down a peg. Republicans partly wasted theirs by letting an actor conduct bawdy pretend conversations with an imaginary president and vice president.