... a witty and dynamic article, Mr. Nelson, and a noteworthy critical interpretation. I'll note, though, that even with his embarrassing RNC performance last summer, Eastwood is not an "avowed conservative." In the January 25, 2004, edition of "USA Weekend," Eastwood stated, "I don't see myself as conservative," and in the February 24, 2007, edition of the "Observer," Eastwood told critic Philip French, "I'm not really conservative."
Indeed, Eastwood supports abortion rights, gay marriage, gun control, and environmental protection, while opposing virtually all of America's major wars since World War II. Even in his RNC address, his few substantive points (Obama's administration supposedly wasn't doing enough to "cure" unemployment and Obama should have heeded the historical lessons of Russia's failure in Afghanistan and withdrawn from that nation immediately) proved incongruously liberal.