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Opinion | Peter S. Canellos

Clint Eastwood’s speech backfires on the Republicans

Compared to his two most recent predecessors, Barack Obama is a difficult man to mock. But on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood tried to do what Saturday Night Live has found to be incredibly difficult: Mine laughs at Obama’s expense. And Eastwood’s ridiculing tone undercut Mitt Romney’s effort to appear more sad than angry at Obama’s “failure.”

The joke, it turned out, was on Eastwood: He looked foolish, and his trademark whisper sounded feeble. Eastwood’s ability to keep working at a high level in his 80s has been celebrated. Now his only hope is that people will give him a pass because of his age.

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