No longer satisfied by engaging in rambling public discussions with empty chairs, Clint Eastwood appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show today to clear up any misconceptions about his memorable speech at the Republican National Convention a few weeks ago.
After host Ellen Degeneres inquired about his "quiet summer," the 82-year-old Oscar winner claimed that he was just trying to have some fun with his role at the RNC and quipped, "The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile, and the Republicans knew I was!"
When asked about his political stance, Eastwood explained that he identified as a Libertarian and registered as a member of the Republican Party in his youth because they represented similar ideals at the time: smaller government, fiscal responsibility, and no interference in the personal affairs of American citizens.
A noted lesbian and supporter of homosexual rights, Ellen questioned the iconic Dirty Harry star on his opinion regarding gay marriage and he responded that government should be more concerned about unemployment rates and balancing the budget, adding that this view is "a part of the Libertarian idea: leave everybody alone!"
While this stance likely wouldn't have gone over as well with the more extreme elements of the modern-day GOP as his ribbing of US President Barack Obama did, ol' Clint could have garnered more respect from both sides of the aisle if he had more clearly and eloquently stated his feelings like he did on Ellen. What does it say about the current state of political discourse when a guy like Clint Eastwood can be more candid on a daytime talk show than he can in front of his own political party?