“A dollar make me wanna holler”, and other assorted one liners from Honey Boo Boo Child seem to have captured the hearts of America where Mitt Romney simply couldn’t. According to Nielson and ABC news, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, the TLC spinoff of “Toddlers and Tiaras” won the 10pm time slot last Thursday evening topping FOX’s coverage of the Republican National Convention.
Neilson reports that 2.9 million people watched Honey Boo Boo while 1.2 million watched second place FOX.
In reality, if all the networks RNC coverage was combined into one number more people watched the convention. However, and it’s a big however, Boo Boo and TLC decisively won the 10pm slot. And they won it big.
Therein lies the problem.
Those folks who watched the full evening of the convention realized they witnessed a heartfelt and well thought out speech from Florida Senator Marco Rubio. It was followed by a solid, if not unspectacular, acceptance of the Republican nomination by hopeful, Mitt Romney. Both were energetic, charismatic, and moving in their presentations.
However, that’s not what folks who watched the antics of Honey Boo Boo heard this morning. Unfortunately for Romney and the Republicans the talk of ever morning radio jock and news show centered around Dirty Harry – Mr. Clint Eastwood. Sure he stole the show but unfortunately it was for all the wrong reasons.
As pundits, shock jocks, and legitimate news people turned entertainers commented on the performance (or lack, thereof) of Mr. Eastwood, the brilliance of Rubio’s journey from the son of a Cuban immigrant to U.S. Senator was lost. So was Romney’s momentum in what was shaping up to be a top notch run convention by the Republican Party. Instead of focusing on Governor Romney and his vision of American everyone was asking this morning why Clint Eastwood pulled a chair on the stage of what should have been a grand Republican event only to begin talking to an ‘invisible’ Barack Obama.
The millions who watched the convention realized the Eastwood performance was an aberration to an otherwise great event. After all, the 82 year old Eastwood looked frail and almost confused at times. He was hardly the man who uttered “make my day” some thirty years ago. It was a sad performance.
Of course no one in the GOP leadership had the wisdom to question what the actor would say before on stage. As Glenn Beck noted afterwards it didn’t matter to Republicans because “it’s Clint Eastwood,” as the radio host proclaimed.
Then there is Honey Boo Boo. The young girl who captured the attention of 2.9 million-plus Americans as the United States is less than ten weeks of voting in the most important election of our lifetime.
If Romney loses, don’t blame Eastwood – blame Honey Boo Boo.