If the surrealist Dada dinner theater that was Clint Eastwood's speech last night at the Republican National Convention made you think your mind was playing tricks on you, you might have really gone a little bonkers if former President Ronald Reagan rose from the dead to deliver a speech.
While the GOP is quite firm in their beliefs on resurrection, the Gipper was scheduled to appear as a holographic projection similar to the Tupac Shakur recreation that dazzled audiences at the Coachella music festival in April.
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The hologram was organized by Tony Reynolds, founder of crowdsourcing website A KickIn Crowd, who obtained rights to a Reagan speech where he discussed small businesses. Reynolds worked with AV Concepts, one of the companies involved with the Tupac hologram, to develop the hologram.
"It wasn't officially going to be part of the convention," Reynolds told Yahoo! News. "It was going to be outside of the convention at the Lakeland Center."
Despite this, Republican strategists quickly pulled the plug on the
holographic machine, fearing that the optical illusion would upstage Mitt Romney's
"At the time" Mitt Romney "hadn't chosen Paul Ryan, so I think they were a little
worried about his energy," Reynolds said. "Even in a hologram form I
think Reagan's going to beat a lot of people in terms of communicating."
After all, Reagan was called The Great Communicator. But RNC honchos made a wise decision to keep Dutch under wraps. Getting upstaged by someone who's been dead for eight years was probably not the way the Romney campaign wanted to kick off their run for the White House.