By Hillary Busis
Updated August 30, 2012 at 07:38 PM EDT

Better luck next time, Reagan Hologram! CNN just reported on air — and confirmed online — that Romney supporter Clint Eastwood will be tonight’s “mystery” Republican National Convention guest.

The network says longtime party member Eastwood will “walk through the convention floor in the afternoon for a brief rundown of the night’s events,” pausing now and then to growl at those who dare to step on his lawn.

It’s nice to hear that party brass and Eastwood are getting along. Back in February, Karl Rove criticized Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” commercial, which starred Eastwood, calling it “an extremely well-done ad” that was nevertheless “a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising and the best-wishes of the management which is benefited by getting a bunch of our money that they’ll never pay back.”

Eastwood, who endorsed Mitt Romney in August, was understandably miffed by Rove’s criticism: “l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama,” the Oscar winner told Bill O’Reilly last winter. “It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK.”

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