By now, I’m sure we’re all aware of Clint Eastwood’s bizarre and unfairly mean spirited bit of performance art as an introduction to Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech. By Thursday night, we had all become accustomed to the GOP revisionism and outright lies that were trotted out over three sweltering nights in Tampa. But allowing Eastwood carte blanche to talk down to an imaginary president represents a degree of incompetence largely unheard of in a modem political convention.
Of course it gives the Democrats a chance to show the GOP how it’s done.
First, you need a prominent Republican. How about Mitch McConnell?
Then you need a prominent Democrat. This is important. It can’t be Obama or Biden. That would be punching down, like Romney was against Harry Reid recently. Actually, Reid would be a perfect choice. He’s the Senate Majority Leader, McConnell’s counterpart.
So what would Mr. Reid do? Well, naturally, he’d interview McConnell. Of course, McConnell isn’t likely to consent to this, and an empty chair would be silly. I think McConnell should show up via video feed.
Reid would proceed to grill McConnell on all the popular legislation that was passed by the 111th Congress, only to die in the Senate because the GOP minority reused to even let it be debated, let alone voted upon.
Reid could simply ask McConnell why this or that piece of legislation was killed. The answer would be this video clip, over and over. Not only would this be an effective answer to the Eastwood nonsense, but it would provide an effective way to drum up support for Democratic Senate candidates, end the fillibuster, and make the case for a Democratic House.
And it would be very entertaining.