So much for my theory that Clint Eastwood’s empty chair-talking stunt during the Republican National Convention was actually a performance designed to sabotage Mitt Romney’s big moment. While Clint’s WTF act did steal some thunder and created a sense of weirdness leading into Romney’s nomination acceptance speech, he apparently is a genuine Romney supporter, and appears in a new campaign ad to prove it.
The spot, which to me evokes a bit of the tone Clint struck during this brilliant “half-time in America” spot for Chrysler during the Super Bowl (which some Republicans took to be pro-Obama), features Clint’s gravely voiceover discussing key campaign points like unemployment and foreign debt, and notes, “When somebody doesn’t get the job done, you have to hold them accountable” to images of President Obama boarding Air Force One and meeting with Joe Biden.
“We need someone who can turn it around fast,” Clint continues, “and that man is Mitt Romney.”
The spot ends with a close-up of Clint appealing, “There’s not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake.” It ends by attributing the spot to American Crossroads, the super PAC that is supporting the Romney/Ryan ticket.
According to political blog Politico, the spot, dubbed “At Stake,” was taped at Client’s home in Northern California, and is part of a $12.6 million flight (including two other spots) in key battleground states.
So Clint really is a Romney supporter. Either that, or he felt like he owed them one hell of a makegood.