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  •  A Conspiracy! (4+ / 0-)
    The Right's only conclusion can be of conspiracy, even if in this case there is no there, there.
    Involving Eastwood, generally revered by the far right wing, to elect Obama?
    Eastwood registered as a Republican to vote for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952, and supported Richard Nixon's 1968 and 1972 presidential campaigns. He later criticized Nixon's handling of the Vietnam War and his morality during Watergate.[254][255] He has disapproved of America's wars in Korea (1950–1953), Vietnam (1964–1973), and Iraq (2003–2011), believing that the United States should not be overly militaristic or play the role of global policeman. He considers himself too individualistic to be either right-wing or left-wing, describing himself as a "political nothing" and a "moderate" in 1974[255] and a "libertarian" in 1997.[256] Eastwood has stated that he does not see himself as conservative or "ultra-leftist."[257] At times, he has supported Democrats in California, including Representative Sam Farr in 2002, and Governor Gray Davis, whom he voted for in 1998, and hosted a $5,000 per ticket fundraiser for in 2003.[258] A self-professed "liberal on civil rights" (see the 1974 Playboy interview),[259] Eastwood has stated that he is pro-choice on abortion.[260] He has endorsed the notion of allowing gays to marry[257] and contributed to groups supporting the Equal Rights Amendment for women.[261]


    During the 2008 United States Presidential Election Eastwood endorsed John McCain, whom he has known since 1973, but nevertheless wished Barack Obama well upon his subsequent victory.[269][270] In August 2010, Eastwood wrote to the British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to protest the decision to close the UK Film Council, warning that the closure could result in fewer foreign production companies choosing to work in the UK.[271] When asked his opinion of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates in February 2012, Eastwood replied that Texas Congressman Ron Paul was "'as good as anybody else' in the race but that he will decide on a candidate in another month or two after 'listening to all that crap on television.'"[272]


    Ya gotta understand that many of the whackjobbers on the right idolized him, a little bit in the same way as they idolize Chuck Norris, for his libertarian views... Even though Eastwood was/is a self professed liberal type on many social and environmental issues.

    This is turncoat stuff to the Paul-anistas, no doubt, and a bit of a shock to the GOP establishment.

    And it has blindsided them all right in the middle of watching the big game when all they expected was the freedumb to watch Madonna dance and sing.

    ePluribus Media
    Collaboration is contagious!

    by m16eib on Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 06:41:42 PM PST

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