One of the super PACs supporting the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, released a new ad yesterday featuring Clint Eastwood. It was the star’s return to politics after his heavily ridiculed appearance at the convention, and it was a throwback to that Super Bowl ad that Eastwood did where he celebrated Chrysler’s resurgence. At the time, Clint was scorned by conservatives for “helping” President Barack Obama, but the star insisted that the ad had nothing to do with politics. He was being honest, because even though the new ad shares the same tone the message is a clear attack on Obama. Considering how many Hollywood celebrities have appeared in ads and videos that are supportive of the President, it is actually refreshing to see someone present an opposing argument. Forget about the chair at the convention. Unlike some of Romney’s allies, Clint is still one of his sanest buddies.
Today, President Obama was endorsed by Colin Powell. You know, the former Secretary of State who is a Republican and served under George W. Bush. His argument? Well, Governor Romney’s economic and foreign policies are simply unconvincing to Powell. This is not a game-changing endorsement, as Powell will always be liable to right-wing charges that he’s only supporting Obama because of the color of his skin. Still, it only goes to show that Obama has few friends that could also be labeled enemies. Romney is not that lucky. He’s had quite a week. Donald Trump released a fresh video yesterday from his compound where he attempted to extort the President for $5 million. The reaction? You could virtually hear a collective bipartisan groan, and the stunt was ridiculed by among others Stephen Colbert. Watch the video above.
Trump wasn’t the only clown on display. Ann Coulter reacted to Romney’s less than inspiring performance at the last presidential debate by describing the President as a “retard”, which had the Down syndrome-stricken Special Olympics athlete John Franklin Stephens up in arms. In a letter to Coulter, he wrote:
“Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult? I’m a 30 year old [sic] man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.”
Oh, Coulter will be fine. I’m sure she’ll deliver some comeback that’ll put Stephens in his place, right? After all, hatred is what pays her bills. So, we’ve got Trump and Coulter working hard for Romney. Anyone else? Oh yes, there’s Richard Mourdock also, another Republican politician who, much like Todd Akin, reaffirmed positions that the GOP as a party firmly believes in. His statement that rape is God’s will and should not be a reason for abortion was justly attacked by liberal activists as well as people like Senator John McCain… but not really Romney, because he really needs the crazies to support his campaign or he won’t stand a chance against Obama.
We shouldn’t mock Clint Eastwood. Compared to Trump, Coulter, Mourdock and Akin, Dirty Harry is the finest supporter the GOP has.