On the day after Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican convention, everyone was talking about… Clint Eastwood. They should have been talking about Romney, or at least that’s what the Romney campaign hoped. But Eastwood’s berating an empty chair was so bizarre, that attention quickly refocused to him… instead of the guy who might be leader of the free world.
Flash forward to two weeks later. A horrific tragedy unfolds in Libya. Americans are dead, and protests and violence continue to spread.
Now, normally, the media focus would’ve been on President Obama. Normally, the media would’ve asked how this happened, whether we were unprepared, who in the administration screwed up, etc.
Enter Mitt “Clint” Romney. His September 11th (!!!) statement condemning the president was so inappropriate (and factually incorrect) and his next-day press conference so utterly bizarre, he took the focus away from the president, and became the lightning rod that drew in media scrutiny and scorn.
In short, Mitt Romney “Eastwooded” President Obama. And once again, the guy who got the short end of the stick… was Mitt Romney.