Chairless In Charlotte

This news just in from CNN:

Clint Eastwood meet Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington.

The three actresses, firmly anchored in Hollywood’s royalty, have been secretly scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention, according to a tentative schedule provided by a source to CNN.

Gee, if it’s on a “tentative schedule,” it ain’t much of a “secret,” is it?

Aside from that, the idea that putting celebrities at the podium has to be some sort of counter-scheduling to the Eastwood appearance kind of ignores the idea that this sort of thing has been going on at conventions at least since Sammy Davis, Jr.’s famous on-stage hug of Richard Nixon in 1972 (in response to which Nixon looked notably uncomfortable).

In any event, I doubt the actresses will kick off Super-Prime-Time tomorrow night, and I am quite certain they will (a) be using a script, that is (b) on teleprompter. And unless the convention managers try to pull of a deliberate reference to Eastwood, I’m also pretty sure they won’t be talking to any chairs.

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.