From the bickering between Mitt Romney and his primary rivals to Romney's bitter fighting with President Obama, it's like our political system is full of high school mean girls who think nothing of hair-pulling and flipping tables.
Is the concept of government "of the people, by the people, for the people" -- of government working for us, accountable to us, beholden to our job-rating approval -- hopelessly old-fashioned, held only by dinosaurs like Clint Eastwood?
The one thing you can say about the whole Clint Eastwood convention episode is that it will live forever in TV replay-land. 'Doing an Eastwood' might even become a new phrase for being unprepared, for winging it -- badly.
Clint Eastwood may be a great movie star and filmmaker, but he is no angel -- no public speaker either. He's a shaky 82-year-old man who derailed the dignity of what had been a fairly positive outing for Republicans.