When it comes to the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, if Eastwood is enthusiastic about anyone, it’s Herman Cain. “I love Cain’s story,” he says. “He’s a guy who came from nowhere and did well, obviously against heavy odds. He’s a doer and a straight-talker, which I don’t see enough of from either party.”
He’s not as bullish on Mitt Romney. As a film icon, Eastwood has been fiercely protective of his image, but he’s not especially enamored by that attitude in a politician. When Eastwood was in Massachusetts in 2002, filming “Mystic River,” Romney was running for governor there. “I saw a lot of him and you have to admit — he looks like a president,” Eastwood recalled with a tone that you’d have to describe as being slyly sarcastic. “I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you’d definitely pick him.”
He sounded equally skeptical about Rick Perry. When I suggested that Perry, as a rugged, gun-toting Texan, would probably crave a photo op with Eastwood even more than with Donald Trump, Eastwood said with a shrug, “If he wanted to meet me, he might be a little disappointed.”
According to Us Weekly, Rick Perry’s presidential bid came up in pillow talk between Ashton Kutcher and his alleged mistress Sara Leal:
The post-coital talk was a little unexpected, she confesses; the duo talked astrology (they’re both Aquarius), religion, love, even politics. “I told him I was a Lutheran from Texas. He said, ‘Oh my gosh! Are you a Republican?’” Leal says.
Democratic-leaning Kutcher quizzed her on “up-and-coming candidates. I said Rick Perry. He asked if I’d vote for him. I said I didn’t know and he laughed. He laughed at pretty much everything I said.”
“The bust was initially used by Dairy Waste Management, a company which manufactures Cow Wow, a liquid fertilizer made from dairy cow manure without the manure odor. Last year they commissioned busts of Perry and Bill White, former mayor of Houston and Perry’s opponent in the 2010 gubernatorial election. The “hair” of each candidate was ivy, and voters were asked to vote for their favorite hair (www.votecowwow.com). Nobody had to split hairs in that race – Bill White won by a landslide. Ivy can certainly level a playing scalp.
At last year’s ACL Festival in Austin, Rick’s larger-than-life head entertained thousands of concert-goers who kissed his cheeks, picked his nose and admired his ivy.”
The $4,500 includes a bottle of Cow Wow, btw. (via The Awl)
Awesome graphic, Texas Monthly. A must-read story, too. Noted: Kay Bailey Hutchison “declined to be interviewed.” So far, she’s refused to say much of anything about Perry’s candidacy, not surprising since there’s little love lost between the two after last year’s ugly gubernatorial primary. This potentially makes her a big “get” for any of the gov’s 2012 rivals. But will she come out against Perry’s campaign?