Does columnist endorse Eastwood's crudeness?
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Columnist Ruth Ann Dailey notes that in his speech to the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood "knew where he was headed the whole time" ("Consider the 'Rambling' Source," Sept. 3). Where he was headed is to one of the cheapest tricks in politics, inventing an opponent's ineffective replies to the speaker's incisive, snappy questions and responses. All made up, after the fact. Hardly the stuff of thoughtful debate, which we all crave.
But more troubling was Mr. Eastwood's callous disrespect for the office of the presidency. One can debate policies vigorously, but implying a refusal to answer backed up by crude and deeply offensive language is way over the line. In this hyper-partisan time, putting that kind of crude language in a president's mouth is something I would expect Ms. Dailey to strongly condemn.
First Published September 6, 2012 12:00 am