Go ahead. Make my [election] day.

posted at 4:01 pm on August 4, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Whenever you hear about celebrity endorsements from Hollywood these days it’s usually yet another multimillionaire coming out in support of President Obama. It’s a predictable pattern, really, since conservatives don’t tend to fare very well in Tinseltown unless they get so huge, powerful and popular that the entire country comprises their primary fan base. Interestingly enough, one such star showed up this week with a very different message for the election to come.

Barack Obama may have George Clooney. But Mitt Romney’s now got Clint Eastwood in his camp.

Eastwood appeared at a Sun Valley fundraiser for Romney on Friday night, telling reporters that he’s behind the former Massachusetts governor because “I think the country needs a boost.” …

Eastwood explained that he had been working in Massachusetts in the early 2000s while filming “Mystic River,” which he directed, at the same time Romney was running for governor: “I said, `God, this guy is too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president.’ As the years have gone by I’m beginning to think even more so that.”

It’s not exactly a secret that Eastwood has long leaned toward the conservative side of thinking – particularly in terms of the environment he works in – but this is a more bold step than we normally see. Of course, at more than 80 years old, with his fortune and legacy secured, he undoubtedly has a good bit more freedom than some younger actors to partake in some “get off my lawn” moments and speak his mind without reservation.

Team Romney was quick like a bunny to get the word out, continuing to demonstrate the type of flexibility and rapid response required in what will doubtless be a very messy election battle. That was fairly encouraging, particularly since I was among the people who were questioning their reaction time during the primary season.

With all of that said, I should note that I’ve never been particularly taken with celebrity endorsements. I don’t think they really influence that many American voters beyond the amount of cash they can raise. But this one is at least notable for breaking the mold of stereotypical liberal lockstep fundraisers for the DNC. Plus… it’s Clint Eastwood. Come on. Are you going to argue with this guy?


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I guess “Halftime in America” is over. Game on.

kingsjester on August 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

this makes up for that super bowl ad I guess

Slade73 on August 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Obama got the beta male – Romney got the alpha male.

’bout right

gophergirl on August 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I just hope to goodness that come Nov. 6, the results will ‘make my day’ and millions of others also!
L

letget on August 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Clint Eastwood is widely admired. This could make a (slight) difference.

sotto voce: “Elect Mitty for me”

Play Misty for Me
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Play Misty for Me is a 1971 American psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, in his directorial debut.

Paul-Cincy on August 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Cool beans on the endorsement, Mr. Eastwood. Especially since so many argued that the Super Bowl ad you appeared in was way Liberal. But…

“I said, `God, this guy is too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president.’ As the years have gone by I’m beginning to think even more so that.”

Say whaaaa???

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Barack Obama: “We have a rendezvous with destiny!”

Frank Horrigan: “You have a rendezvous with my @ss, MF’er!”

Doughboy on August 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Mitt – Clint 2012!

StubbleSpark on August 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Man crush? Still, Clint is the man. Even his one musical movie rocked.

msupertas on August 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I just hope to goodness that come Nov. 6, the results will ‘make my day’ and millions of others also!
L

letget on August 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I know what you’re thinking: ‘Did he cut tax rates only for the middle class, or for everyone?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being as this is the American free market system, the most powerful engine for growth in the world, and would blow the head of this recession clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?

Paul-Cincy on August 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

On November 6, 2012
Voter: “You’re under arrest Barry.”
Barry: “What you say I done!!”
Voter: “You don’t remember me, do you?”
Barry: “NO!!”
Voter: “When you hang a man you better look at him!”

Red Creek on August 4, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Red Creek on August 4, 2012 at 4:23 PM

That was good. Here’s one:

Barry: “Oh, yeah? Who says we have to move out of the White House?”

Voter: “Boy, you’re gonna awful silly with that knife stickin’ out of your a$$.”

AubieJon on August 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I think the country needs a boost.

A boost may not be what we get from Romney. The signs don’t look good.

rickv404 on August 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Voter: “Boy, you’re gonna awful silly with that knife stickin’ out of your a$$.”

AubieJon on August 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

In order to make room for the knife, you have to ask Reggie Love and Larry Sinclair to move.

bayview on August 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Another:

Barry: “We tried our plan, and it worked.”

Voter: “Lyin’ ain’t much of a living, boy.”

(Funny how Eastwood’s characters use the term ‘boy’ so much. They’ll be saying he’s racist before too long.)

AubieJon on August 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Clint Eastwood Endorses Romney…to counter this, the OBOZO team has brought out their man’s man Perez Hilton to endorse OBOZO by kissing him full on the lips. YUCK!

TeaPartyNation on August 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I wonder if Rham and the other fascist “big city” mayors are going to ban Clint Eastwood movies in their leftist utopia’s….you know, Chicago Values and all…

Strike Hornet on August 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Are you going to argue with this guy?

Not when he’s feeling territorial.

Barnestormer on August 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Oh, and I hope you paid you taxes the past 10 years the way Harry Reid’s “incredible credible source he cannot name” says you must, Clint!!!!

Strike Hornet on August 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Nice career you had there, Clint. Shame you might have to lose it.

Love,
God/Obama

Liam on August 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Man crush? Still, Clint is the man. Even his one musical movie rocked.

msupertas on August 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Paint Your Wagon. Lee Marvin singing Wandering Star gets stuck in my head all the time.

VerbumSap on August 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Obama 2012
Forewarned.

Key West Reader on August 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

From Magnum Force.

That’s good Obama, a good politician has got to know their limitations.

banzaibob on August 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Obama 2012
Forewarned.

Key West Reader on August 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Wishing or scared?

salem on August 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I know what you’re thinking: ‘Did he cut tax rates only for the middle class, or for everyone?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being as this is the American free market system, the most powerful engine for growth in the world, and would blow the head of this recession clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?

Paul-Cincy on August 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Thread winner.

SomeCallMeJohn on August 4, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Dear Mr. Eastwood,

Rumor and innuendo have come to our attention that you have never in your life paid taxes, because your filings are not public knowledge, which is required by unwritten law a requirement of Republicans.

Therefor, all your assets are frozen while under out tight scrutiny, done in all fairness to protect you under the laws we decide are applicable.

We will make all haste to get this done within the fifty-year statute of limitations at our disposal.

Should you need food and/or shelter, our/your Wonderful Obama has provided for you well in advance.

Love,
Harry Reid
Nancy Pelosi
God/Obama

Liam on August 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Military Salute

Key West Reader on August 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

How many voters even know who the old guy is now?

The more I see of the Romney campaign…. …..the less I’m encouraged.

We can still have a great TeaNami but we know the pathetic gop leaders in Congress won’t do shinola, so that’s why we must have a strong top of the ticket.

Mitt……..you need a FIRESTARTER for for your Veep pick.

And it ain’t TPaw or Portman.

PappyD61 on August 4, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Two Presidents. One Corps

Key West Reader on August 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Occupy Wall Street

Key West Reader on August 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Tea Party

Key West Reader on August 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Of course, at more than 80 years old

Nooooo.. Jazz! You’re spoiling my weekend!

I’m just now recovering from being reminded that Kirk Douglas is 95!

Texas Gal on August 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I guess “Halftime in America” is over. Game on.

kingsjester on August 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

winner from jump street. I had the same thought bro.

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Every which way but Obama.

Buck Turgidson on August 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

3 years ago

Key West Reader on August 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I’m just now recovering from being reminded that Kirk Douglas is 95!

Texas Gal on August 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

One of Kirk Douglas’ best movies, IMO, was “The Vikings” from ~1964 IIRC. A blockbuster, filmed in/around the fjords in Norway using made-to-scale replica Viking ships. A great flick, particularly the part when KD reenacts a Viking tradition as they return to port after a raid. As the legend goes, Vikings would go stand out on the oars about halfway down their length then run forward on all of them and jump back in the boat. When KD did it, it was a hoot! I guess the director had a near-heart attack because KD was wearing heavy leather and armor at the time and the water was freezing and deep—thus, if he fell in, he’d have been a goner!

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

How quickly we forget

Key West Reader on August 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Right! Thanks for the flashback! I could see it in my memory as you described it!

Texas Gal on August 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Right turn, clyde!!!

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Everybody’s got a right to be a sucker once…..

and other great Clint Eastwood quotes.

ted c on August 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Oh Swede!

tom daschle concerned on August 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

MARVELUS!

..Right turn, Clyde!

The War Planner on August 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

MARVELUS!

MARVELOUS! (of course)

The War Planner on August 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I wonder what Clint’s crazy lefty former TV Anchor wife with the “wacked reality tv show” thinks about his endorsement of the Enemy?

Strike Hornet on August 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

“Bout time this town had a new sheriff.”

plutorocks on August 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Oh, yeah. Dirty Harry trumps the dude from The Facts of Life.

I’m lovin’ it!!!!

Conservchik on August 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Obama strikes a pose

Key West Reader on August 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

KD @ 95
CE @ 80

And they still look terrific; especially Kirk after suffering a stroke @80.

GrannyDee on August 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Oops. Didn’t mean to make that whole thing a link. But, oh well, it works.

Sterling Holobyte on August 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

“Feelin’ lucky, Opunka?”

Akzed on August 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Did anyone else notice that the establishment in that clip was called the
ACORN cafe?…lol

MontanaMmmm on August 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

..late to the dance again, but there are a number of stars who are Republican/conservative:

Jon Voight (articulate, outspoken anti-Obama)
Robert Duvall
Sly Stallone
Adam Sandler
Tom Selleck
..etc.

Also in Hannity’s show the other night two very passionate conservatives, a writer and an actor:

Andrew Klavan

Robert Davi

I personally look for movies that these foks do and patronize them if I can. Also, these folks are probably not as outspoken as to their beliefs because (1) they want to work and (2) understandably, it’s annoying to brandish one’s political views in the work place.

I mean, would you want some loopy Obama-bot swooning over his precious Light-Bringer in the next cube from you?

Bu this does into stop my admiration and special feeling of kinship for these folks.

Semi-tangential: One of my favorites — though not republican — is the fiercely thinking Adam Baldwin (Animal Mother in Full Metal Jacket). His Wiki bio:

He has been a registered voter with the Democratic Party since 1980, but admits reexamining his views after being given a copy of David Horowitz’s book Radical Son. Politically, he considers himself a “small government conservative libertarian”, and has contributed blogs to The Huffington Post and Big Hollywood.

As a hobby, he collects and posts links to varying conservative viewpoints on his Twitter feed.[9][10]

Recently he has become an avid supporter of Ride 2 Recovery, a bike riding organization set up for the rehabilitation of wounded veterans. Recently he participated in the “Don’t Mess With Texas Challenge” bike ride.

add to that category guys like James Woods, Gary Sinise, Dennis Miller, etc.

The War Planner on August 4, 2012 at 6:53 PM

foks == folks, of course.

The War Planner on August 4, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Jazz, kinda Surprised you didn’t compare and contrast this with the odd superbowl ad that Clint was in.

maineconservative on August 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Paint Your Wagon. Lee Marvin singing Wandering Star gets stuck in my head all the time.

VerbumSap on August 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Wandering Star was/is still on my tongue – but Clint signing “I talk to the trees” was way too much singin’.

OldBurgie on August 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Love ya, Clint!

bluegill on August 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Last I heard, Clint was registered as an Independent. That certainly could have changed, and I’m not in the research mood just now. But he definitely leans to the Right on substantial matters. Anyone attempting to claim that he’s a bigot of any stripe needs to review his work as a Producer/Director, and enough said.

Do I think this will give Romney any kind of bounce? Not really, but it’s a mild feel-good all the same.

And even at his age, he’d wipe the floor with Clooney in a boxing match. Clint still works out every day, and he punches like Thor’s hammer.

Freelancer on August 4, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Maybe Clint figured out he was scammed in that SB ad and decided he’d get even. How many other elections has he come forward in before this one? Make ‘um paint the town country red, Clint. He’s a way better actor, too.

Kissmygrits on August 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM

The irony is that this scene is shot at the Acorn Cafe. How prescient, Mr. Eastwood.

Rock on with your bad self.

DevilsPrinciple on August 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Obama better be very worried!! He lost the film industry from the very bottom to the top this week! First the porn star, then the iconic legendary Clint Eastwood endorses Romney while Obama’s boys are shown around the world kissing at a fast food restaurant!!What would Dirty Harry say about that?? Ha!

Marco on August 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM