For those who did not watch the Republican convention, The Daily Show broadcast a sneak preview of the biopic of Mitt Romney titled Mitt Romney: A Human Being Who Built That, showing how he had to struggle against great odds all the way to become a successful businessman, doing it entirely on his own, starting from the time when he was a mere sperm.
(This clip appeared on August 30, 2012. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)
The narrator of the biopic is Leonard Nimoy. It stuck me on watching it that if the Republican convention organizers had really wanted a Hollywood surprise, they might have got better results with Nimoy than with Eastwood. He is the same age as Eastwood and like him has a devoted and passionate, if aging, fan base. But unlike Eastwood, he still retains a commanding voice and delivers his lines with authority. His Star Trek Vulcan catchphrase “Live long and prosper” is also a lot more positive and uplifting than Eastwood’s ominous “Go ahead, make my day”, plus it would appeal to the rich old people who make up a significant part of the Republican target audience. As a bonus, Nimoy could have accompanied it with the Vulcan salute, which always delights people.
I think it was a missed opportunity. With Eastwood, the Republicans appealed to the law-and-order, gun rights crowd whom they had anyway. By choosing Nimoy, the Romney-Ryan ticket could have sewn up the entire science fiction geek voting demographic which is pretty large and whose allegiance is currently uncertain.