Ageing star's memorable ramble puts Hollywood firmly into election.
Once an apparently inexhaustible source of humor, American politics is in danger of becoming satire-proof. How do you send up something that's already a self-parody?With the gloss, razzmatazz and focus on personal narratives, it has always been hard to tell where politics ends and showbiz begins. The sight of Clint Eastwood talking to a chair at the Republican Party convention suggests the distinction is now largely academic.
There are few clearer demonstrations of the power of celebrity than the spectacle of members of a party dominated by religious fundamentalist social conservatives going ape over a speaker who is pro-choice, pro-gay marriage and has fathered seven children by five different women, only two of whom managed to get him to the altar.
Eastwood is entitled to be
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