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Clint, Rick And The Limits Of Pessimism

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Clint, Rick And The Limits Of Pessimism

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WASHINGTON — What do Rick Santorum and Clint Eastwood have in common?

Sorry Rick, you haven’t made it yet as an Eastwood-style make-my-day cultural icon. But in different ways, Santorum and Eastwood have demonstrated the limits of both an entirely negative slant on politics and a pessimistic take on America’s future.

E. J. Dionne

Besides contributing to The National Memo, E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and a university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.

His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2013).

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  1. Donald r hopkins February 9, 2012

    The problem with Romney’s complaints about Obama is that they come across as inauthentic, intemperate whining rather than a responsible, authentic expression of policy differences. He is so over-the-top in his negativism that his complaints have the effect of an insult to the listeners’ intelligence. The listener might say, “if the man has been THAT far off the mark, why had I not noticed.”. The result is that the insult felt is not to Obama, but to the listerner’s intelligence. And thst’s a turn-off.

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  2. imabrummie February 9, 2012

    From what I have observed throughout the entirety of this RePUBIC-clown exercise of vying to be the one at the front of this race, I believe part of Romney’s problem is that he is a totally inept politician who has no real solutions for the country’s problems other than to perpetuate them so he fools his followers by insulting others, both in his own party and the other side. God help us and God help America if he is the next Commander in Chief!

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  3. PatrickHenry February 9, 2012

    Clint Eastwood has publicly stated that he is opposed to Government Bailouts. I believe what his commercial was meant to say is, Americans have been very divided, and for the 2nd half, we have to go back to what made this country strong. Get people working again……..

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  4. Proud2BeLiberal February 9, 2012

    I believe what his commercial was meant to say is…
    Shall we assume you have Mr. Eastwood’s permission to explain to us what Mr. Eastwood meant to say? Personally, I thought he said exactly what he meant quite clearly and I doubt if He needs you to interpret for him and I feel you owe him an apology, which, he would probably be gracious enough to accept and overlook your audacity.

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  5. Proud2BeLiberal February 9, 2012

    I believe what his commercial was meant to say is…
    Shall we assume you have Mr. Eastwood’s permission to explain to us what Mr. Eastwood meant to say? Personally, I thought he said exactly what he meant quite clearly and I doubt if He needs anyone to interpret for him and I feel you owe him an apology, which, he would probably be gracious enough to accept and overlook your audacity.

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