The Republicans, desperate to showcase a famous Hollywood star supporter of the Romney/Ryan ticket, ended up "making the day" for Democrats in giving Clint Eastwood 12 minutes for a clearly inferior stand-up routine at the convention.
On a comedic level: awkward, amateur, and excruciating are words that quickly come to mind. Although apparently nothing quickly came to mind to Mr. Eastwood, who struggled with both words and timing in his act.
Eastwood is obviously aging; no fault of his.
However, someone in either the actor's management camp or perhaps a public relations professional, might have at least rehearsed with the guy.
In one single swoop, Eastwood revealed the decline of his mind and a doddering personal style we regrettably have now witnessed.
We could simply say with a compassionate sigh, "too much information", regarding the soggy mental capacity of the man, if this failed performance had occurred, say, at a Republican fundraiser or any one of the dozens of off-label celebrity awards shows that might have featured the aged John Wayne of our time.
We all wonder now how Mitt Romney felt about this sad attempt to promote the idea of Republican celebrity endorsement.
Is the Republican nominee wincing and regretting Eastwood's narcissistic, inane attempt at stand-up comedy during this pivotal televised launch of Romney's Presidential run.
Bizarre is one word; empty is another.
And I'm not talking about the empty chair where President Obama metaphorically sat.
Eastwood referred to the presence of many fellow actors at the Tampa convention.
The only person he could remember or name was "Academy Award winner", Jon Voight.
An embarrassing moment of forgetfulness, or the actual only other Hollywood representative in Tampa?
Either way, the other question is how this ends up impacting the launch of Mitt Romney.
Oh, and one other thing: is there any real humor in the Republican party?