Clint Eastwood played the GOP convention. That isn't news. It isn't news that his performance, as opposed to scripted, moderated, planned, orchestrated political propaganda, upset many. Or that he entertained many, as well.
Welcome, Mr. Romney, to the real world. The best things in life often stray from the script, the plan.
At a time when America was girding it's loins for the polished presentation of Romney's campaign "message", distributed over several speakers for that repetitive impact that marketing types think matter -- Mr. Eastwood gave a performance. The gist of his message, that Mr. Eastwood feels strongly that President Obama failed to serve the nation, failed to keep the promises he made to get elected, and failed to answer, fully, to accusations, criticisms, and legitimate concerns.
Mr. Eastwood did not give a political "speech", in that the words he used were the message. Mr. Eastwood's content wasn't polished and vetted, and fact-checked. But what Mr. Eastwood, and many Americans, feels, that came across quite clearly, in what may well be a campaign-affecting moment.
The Republican party so-called "leaders" failed to recognize the value of nominating Sarah Palin, that the concept of change from "business as usual" was driving the excitement behind Mrs. Palin, as is the excitement behind Ron Paul. If Clint Eastwood's message is construed by the GOP to mean that the "business as usual" presentations and platforms and goals and values don't change, they, unlike Mr. Eastwood, won't be finding an audience.