Eastwood deserved better

It’s tragic how meanly used Clint Eastwood was at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Eastwood has had a brilliant cinematic career. He’s decent man, civic minded, politically aware and until Thursday night had been beloved and admired by his country.
Then someone in the Romney campaign allowed him to walk onto the convention stage and hold a rambling and bizarre conversation with an empty chair that was supposed to represent President Barack Obama.
Eastwood worked without a teleprompter script, which is what the campaign said he demanded. But someone at least should have gone over with him his plan for the appearance.
It’s a shame that a man with so much to be proud of in his career will now be remembered for this 15-minute episode. It’s even a bigger shame that the opponents of Romney are turning a good man into an object of derision to score political points.