What Constitutes a Debacle?

There’s been some interesting debate on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere about the Clint Eastwood speech, which I labeled a debacle. Some people feel it was successful. It was an authentic moment with Clint being Clint and the crowd inside the hall ate it up. I wouldn’t disagree with any of that. It did seem to […]

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Lesson From the Clint Eastwood Debacle: Control Your Speakers

Last night’s Clint Eastwood debacle at the Republican convention points to an imperative for anyone planning a conference or convention: control your message, control your speakers. It’s a difficult job and the convention planners and Romney’s staff either didn’t take it seriously or tried and failed. And it wasn’t just Eastwood that was a problem. […]

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Chrysler CEO Shows the Power of Emotion

All week the message of the Chrysler “Clint Eastwood” commercial has been drowned out by politics, something that took the car company by total surprise. And the criticism offended the dealers, too, who took the step of releasing a statement, denying that there was any political agenda behind it. Now comes this story from today’s […]

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