Man With No Name

You probably have heard the buzz over a hole in tonight’s Republican Convention schedule where some “mystery speaker” is supposed to appear. The speculation has occasionally gotten feverish if not ridiculous: Is it Sarah Palin? Dick Cheney? Some random rock star, past or present? A Hologram Ronald Reagan?

Well, now Informed Sources are saying it’s Clint Eastwood.

All I’ll say is that this isn’t going to go over real well here on the Central Coast of California, where Clint lives and is still sighted regularly. Yeah, he’s always been a Republican, and sure, he’s in the kind of tax bracket that might tempt one to like the Romney-Ryan agenda (Reports U.S. News: “At an August fundraiser, Eastwood said he believed Romney would ‘restore a decent tax system’ to create ‘fairness.'”). But hereabouts, for the most part, the actor/director who first achieved fame as the Man With No Name in spaghetti westerns probably just made his name mud. Too bad.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.