Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday Evening Scripture: Why The Eastwood Speech Matters

I didn't watch Clint Eastwood debate a chair live. I'm not going to watch it on YouTube. I don't care that the New York Times believed this to be an "off-color" speech; I would have been disappointed if the actor who portrayed Dirty Harry and Josey Wales had been otherwise.

The speech matters because it shows an deference to celebrity and a remarkable lack of attention to detail:
Romney advisers so trusted Mr. Eastwood, 82, that unlike with other speakers, they said they did not conduct rehearsals or insist on a script or communicate guidelines for the style or format of his remarks.
Ed Kilgore writes,
I’ve worked in the script and speech operation in six Democratic National Conventions, and I can tell you that hardly anyone “likes” teleprompters. Plenty of people—Senators, former Cabinet Members, people who have made thousands of political speeches—don’t normally use fixed texts. Very few Convention speakers want to rehearse, either. But they all do, from a fixed text, on a teleprompter, and under constant instructions that if they ever want to eat lunch at The Palm again, there had better not be any surprises.
There's little doubt that this particular Republican convention which the Times claims was "highly scripted, tightly controlled" had similar protocols a fact that reminds me of a scripture my father used to repeat to me:
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10 (KJV)
Romney clearly wasn't careful in in this particular detail.

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