Who are these people fooling besides themselves?
The Eastwood empty chair and the 47% thing HELPED Romney, which is why the left went nuts. Just like how Romney zinging Obama about the Libya massacre really hurt, you know it because the press pans it as a gaffe
Now, there's an idea for some centimillionaire out there who'd like to do something academic.
Endow a chair of poli sci at some PC university and specify that it is to be "The Eastwood Chair of Conservative Political Apologetics". They'll hate it, they'll stroke out, but they'll take the money -- esp. if it endows a teaching/research chair worth north of $200K/year.