According to a new book, a top advisor to Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign was so horrified by Clint Eastwood’s bizarre conversation with an empty chair during the RNC — that he physically vomited backstage after the bit was over.
In a review of Double Down: Game Change 2012 by the Washington Post, Romney’s top media advisor Stuart Stevens immediately knew that the performance was destined to seal the already-struggling campaign’s fate.
As advanced copies of the book begin to circulate in Washington, buzz is circulating around many of the juicy leaks that have been revealed, including Romney’s alleged disdain for New Jersey Governor and potential VP choice Chris Christie — and for overweight people in general.
According to the book, the trim former Massachusetts governor cared a great deal about fitness and naturally disliked those who did not.
“Oh, there’s your date for tonight,” he would jokingly tell his male staffers when they spotted a chunky woman on the street, Time Swampland reported.
Obama is portrayed in the book as a shrewd strategist, but someone who had a particular dislike for the technical aspect of politics. The book delves into the alleged tension between Obama and former president Bill Clinton along with Obama’s hands-off approach to mega-donors.
But the Post’s review saves its harshest criticisms for the Republicans:
The real drama of the 2012 campaign unfolded on the Republican side: the Newt-killing, Perry-on-painkillers, 9-9-9, couple-of-Cadillacs theatrics of the Republican primary. After opening with some 80 pages of Obama portraiture, the authors gorge themselves on the hot mess of the GOP race for the next 200 pages. The most enjoyable action plays out among the “Romneyites” (yes, the authors have an annoying habit of sprinkling their text with gnomic nicknames; let this be the last time Rick Santorum is called “Santo”). The Romney campaign’s methodical destruction of Gingrich, first in Iowa and again in Florida, is detailed, as is Romney’s problematic lurch to the right as he fought off a conservative insurgency fronted by Santorum and his sweater vest.
Watch Clint Eastwood’s “empty chair speech” at the 2012 Republican National Convention in the video below: