I start my day with the collectivist Financial Times before getting around to the rest. Maybe the Daily Mail will give me more satisfaction but in the meantime the front page story about Romney’s address is devoted to rabid criticism of Clint Eastwood. It begins:
Clint Eastwood arrived at the Republican National Convention as Mitt Romney’s mystery guest, and left much the same way after an 11-minute monologue that befuddled the candidate’s campaign and family. . . .
Mr Eastwood mumbled a near incoherent endorsement of Mr Romney and made no exceptions for him when he mocked politicians who came ‘begging’ for votes every few years.
I remain of two minds on the effectiveness of having the star power of an Eastwood overshadow the candidate himself. But in the end, given the near hysteria with which this article continues, it must have done more good for Romney than harm.
Labor Day coming in the US and there are 23 million unemployed and underemployed. We shall see soon enough what matters in the end.