Fox News source: Yep, Clint Eastwood is tonight’s mystery speaker; Update: Confirmation?

posted at 1:21 pm on August 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Dan Riehl and Ace, you already sort of knew this but now you really sort of know it:

Officials confirmed Wednesday that a surprise guest was still on the schedule but declined further comment.

One Republican source told FoxNews.com that Eastwood is indeed the mystery speaker, following an online report that claimed the actor is planning to travel to Tampa for the convention.

If the Academy Award winner is the one, he could get a mixed reception with the Hollywood-leery crowd.

“He’s all right, despite being associated with Hollywood,” Bruce Thompson, a California delegate, said laconically. “He’s a good guy and was a good mayor.”

C’mon. Does anyone think Clint Eastwood, who’s been a libertarian-leaning Republican for decades on top of being an international symbol of American western badass-ery, isn’t going to be received rapturously? Romney will have an honest-to-goodness liberal Democrat speaking on his behalf tonight too and she’ll also be well received, just as Zell Miller and Artur Davis were. As long as you’re helping to beat the Democrat, all is forgiven. (Just ask John McCain.) If anything, Eastwood will be more appreciated because he comes from Hollywood, because he’s willing to stand up to the ideological orthodoxy of his industry on a huge stage. And he’s esteemed enough by his peers that he’ll get away with it.

Further circumstantial evidence that it’s Eastwood, posted yesterday on Twitter:

Oswalt’s an actor, comedian, and outspoken liberal. Can’t imagine why he’d have inside info on a mystery speaker at the GOP convention unless it’s someone from his own field and he’s hearing it through the Hollywood grapevine. And the only reason that he’d be disappointed is if that guy was sufficiently respected in entertainment that a liberal would be sad to see him on the other team. All of that points right to Clint.

One other possibility, though: What if Eastwood’s going to speak as a last-minute addition, but he’s not actually the “mystery speaker”? Last night after Palin announced on Facebook that her Wednesday evening segments had all been canceled by Fox News, Ed e-mailed me wondering if they might have done that because they found out she’s the mystery speaker. After all, they wouldn’t want her commenting on air on an event that she’s soon to participate in. Fox’s excuse last night for pulling her was that they had to scramble to compress their schedule once the convention shrank from four days to three, but that makes no sense. If you’re going to bump people off the air, you’re not going to bump someone with Palin’s star power instead of a lesser-known Fox News analyst. And if you’re intent on bumping Palin, why on earth would you bump her last night instead of Tuesday? McCain spoke last night, as did her successor as VP nominee. If there’s any night you’d want her on air to react, last night was it. Either it’s bad programming by Fox or there’s more going on here.

Update: Romney pal Paul Gilbert says yes, it’s Eastwood. 100 percent sure.


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My celeb is better than your celeb is a corny game, but it’s one that will get us good media buzz here and Eastwood is a guy hard not to respect.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I give “Clint RINO Eastwood’s” opinions about as much “respect” as Sean Penn’s or Roseanne Barr’s……but thanks for playing.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Megyn Kelly just said that when she comes back from commercial break she’ll be speaking with Gov. Sarah Palin.

steebo77 on August 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

“The Battle Hymn Of The Republic”

That song gets me every time

KBird on August 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Romney and Priebus blew it.

Palin inviting blue collar union workers to join us and vote for Romney/Ryan would have been a winner.

huckleberryfriend on August 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Palin wasn’t the only one missing from Fox News last night. They also dropped Juan Williams from their post-speech roundtable discussion.

Right Mover on August 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

It must’ve been a “corporate” decision.

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I am so excited for tonight! I recently watched “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” for the first time since it came out, and was blown away by how good it is. It will be the icing on the cake if he is there tonight!

Paddington on August 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Megyn Kelly just said that when she comes back from commercial break she’ll be speaking with Gov. Sarah Palin.

steebo77 on August 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Saw that too, should be interesting..:)

idesign on August 30, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Megyn Kelly just said that when she comes back from commercial break she’ll be speaking with Gov. Sarah Palin.

steebo77 on August 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

That’s a nice pair.

faraway on August 30, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Box office draw? Definitely NOT.His golden era was over three decades ago.

The most successful movie of Clint Eastwood’s entire career (period) is “Gran Torino.” You know, the film he made back when he was still a box office draw … in 2008.

YYZ on August 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I give “Clint RINO Eastwood’s” opinions about as much “respect” as Sean Penn’s or Roseanne Barr’s……but thanks for playing.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Alas, the convention isn’t geared toward you alone. It’s what about gets the ratings draw so people stick around to listen to Rubio and Romney…. but thanks for ending that post by acting particularly grating.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Oswalt’s bummed about it because that’s about all he sees when he’s standing behind Clint at the Univresal Studios cafeteria.

DumboTheAvenger on August 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I give “Clint RINO Eastwood’s” opinions about as much “respect” as Sean Penn’s or Roseanne Barr’s……but thanks for playing.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Eastwood Derangement Syndrome?

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I can’t believe a thread about Eastwood has turned into a discussion about Palin. Well, actually, I can, because Palin fans refuse to admit or perhaps even accept that she is unpopular outside of the base.

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

That’s a nice pair.

faraway on August 30, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Imagine what MSNBC and Tingles would do with that line, Faraway!

At least they couldn’t frame it as a “dog-whistle”, that’s for sure…

Bruno Strozek on August 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

“Isn’t this just another Republican dog whistle about race since Eastwood starts with east like East Harlem does? Richard Maddow, your opinion?” – Christina Tingles after Eastwood’s speech

NotCoach on August 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

In his movies Eastwood has slapped women, punched women, killed women, and even raped women; expect MSNBC to run these clips in a split screen during his speech.

Daemonocracy on August 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I can’t believe a thread about Eastwood has turned into a discussion about Palin. Well, actually, I can, because Palin fans refuse to admit or perhaps even accept that she is unpopular outside of the base.

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The main post by Allah explicitly MENTIONS Palin.

Daemonocracy on August 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I can’t believe a thread about Eastwood has turned into a discussion about Palin. Well, actually, I can, because Palin fans refuse to admit or perhaps even accept that she is unpopular outside of the base.

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

AP wrote about Palin. She’s topic too.

the_nile on August 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

OK, I see that Allah brought up Palin in his piece. My bad. Still, the reason why Palin isn;t speaking is obvious.

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

In his movies Eastwood has slapped women, punched women, killed women, and even raped women; expect MSNBC to run these clips in a split screen during his speech.

Daemonocracy on August 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Then, at the DNC, they’ll show the part in ‘The Beguiled’ where the women poison him.

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Its halftime in America, great I like Clint Eastwood.

O.T. Who the heck is Sally Kohn and furthermore what the heck is in the drinking water over at Fox. First Juanita Williams and now this hack Sally Kohn. So, when is someone going to fact check her fact checks?

DDay on August 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Why, what did she have to say? Still bickering about when that dang plant was closed, idled or whatev…oh, and btw, J Williams wrote a non-apology apology for his bizarre remark the other day on Fox, which IMO put him into an ever worse lignt since the idiot is actually saying in there, among other things, that he knows ann and romney personally and that he and his wife had dinnner with the romneys at some point …I think he’s even a bigger pig considering…imagine you have dinner with a lady and her husband (and we are not talking here their prominence on the political stage, it’s immaterial really) and then you go around calling the lady in question a ‘corporate wife’ on a major cable network, minutes after her big speech on her big day…what a tool…..and then write a piece in which akwardly and totally and unconvincingly justify the poor choice of words, yet defends all that he said about her…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 2:37 PM

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Quack, Quack….

idesign on August 30, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Alas, the convention isn’t geared toward you alone. It’s what about gets the ratings draw so people stick around to listen to Rubio and Romney…. but thanks for ending that post by acting particularly grating.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Thank you for explaining the obvious.

A shame the party gears the convention to the lowest common denominator though isn’t it?

And I’m willing to bet that you get pretty shrill when the libtards trot out celebrity idiots don’t ya?

lol….stick around if you think this is grating….I get waaaay worse.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Still, the reason why Palin isn;t speaking is obvious.

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Ducks can hear the Palin dog whistle.

faraway on August 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

You obviously don’t understand Hollywood amigo….but thanks for the opinion.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

What don’t I understand? 3 consecutive box office failures should end a career? Good thing Hollywood didn’t share your sentiment back in the late 90′s when Clint had 3 straight disappointments or bombs with Absolute Power, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and True Crime. Had Warner Bros. given him the heave-ho, his next movie, Space Cowboys, which was a huge hit would never have happened. And after Blood Work, his following two films were Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby, which were huge successes at the box office and each won Oscars(including Best Picture and Director for the latter).

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The main post by Allah explicitly MENTIONS Palin.

Daemonocracy on August 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

It wouldn’t have mattered. :)

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I swear Rush Limbaugh must refresh this site as often as I do.

BettyRuth on August 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM

It auto-refreshes like Drudge does.

tdpwells on August 30, 2012 at 2:39 PM

*I mean it could have been about Palin and you would still have gotten that response.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I give “Clint RINO Eastwood’s” opinions about as much “respect” as Sean Penn’s or Roseanne Barr’s……but thanks for playing.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Eastwood Derangement Syndrome?

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Color me surprised…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I can’t believe a thread about Eastwood has turned into a discussion about Palin.

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The big surprise is that a hollywood actor who plays let’s pretend for a living gets a prime time spot at the R convention. It is a weeee bit anti climactic. The thread was hijacked for the good of HA and it’s hit count.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Liberal Hollywood was so infuriated with Reagan supporting Clint that after he was no longer the (R) mayor of Carmel that they punished him with the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars. Twice.

YYZ on August 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Clint: “Quit being a sissy. We’ve got a country to fix, so roll up your sleeves, go find yourself a bigger set balls if you have to, and go to the polls and vote for Mitt Romney!”

(spits tobacco for emphasis)

JimLennon on August 30, 2012 at 2:41 PM

One hour swimsuit competition

faraway on August 30, 2012 at 2:03 PM

With a shooting competition…using assault rifles…and pink vagi donkey shaped targets. Todd and Sarah can be judges.

What’s not to like?

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Throw in a Classic Car Show and I’m there.

ToddPA on August 30, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I give “Clint RINO Eastwood’s” opinions about as much “respect” as Sean Penn’s or Roseanne Barr’s……but thanks for playing.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Eastwood Derangement Syndrome?

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Not at all.

Love the man’s movies – the dirty harry series in particlar – have most on blu-ray.

Politics? Hack Hollywood RINO windsock….not to be taken seriously.

I like dirty harry and “the man with no name” waaaaaaaay better than clint eastwood.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Palin wasn’t the only one missing from Fox News last night. They also dropped Juan Williams from their post-speech roundtable discussion.

Right Mover on August 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

It must’ve been a “corporate” decision.

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Loool :)…. or Mrs Ayers ( is there a Mrs Ayets, I don’t even know) felt offended by t
Juan’s ‘poor choice of words’ and had a word with her husband :)….

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I’m feeling lucky.

J.E. Dyer on August 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

What don’t I understand? 3 consecutive box office failures should end a career? Good thing Hollywood didn’t share your sentiment back in the late 90′s when Clint had 3 straight disappointments or bombs with Absolute Power, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and True Crime. Had Warner Bros. given him the heave-ho, his next movie, Space Cowboys, which was a huge hit would never have happened. And after Blood Work, his following two films were Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby, which were huge successes at the box office and each won Oscars(including Best Picture and Director for the latter).

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Not only that, but he can STILL make anything he wants. That says a ton about the respect he commands.

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Obama: [trying to read a note] “See you soon, id… ” “id… ” “ids… ”
Eastwood: [taking the note] “Idiots”. It’s for you.

VorDaj on August 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Flora Duh on August 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Rockin’ Line-up.

Still crossing my fingers on the “hologram” rumor.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Not at all.

Love the man’s movies – the dirty harry series in particlar – have most on blu-ray.

Politics? Hack Hollywood RINO windsock….not to be taken seriously.

I like dirty harry and “the man with no name” waaaaaaaay better than clint eastwood.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I don’t see how he’s a RINO windsock. He’s always had libertarian leanings and been identified as a Republican…I think he was even considered for the vp slot by Bush 41. He endorsed McCain in ’08, as well.

But I do agree with you on his movies…I’ve always been a huge fan, and Dirty Harry is my absolute favorite.

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

OK, I see that Allah brought up Palin in his piece. My bad. Still, the reason why Palin isn;t speaking is obvious.

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Yeah it’s OBVIOUS!!! Why she’s just a gold digging,
dumbazz, snowbilly QUITTER!!!!!!!

EVERYBODY can see that!!!!!!

Sometimes I wonder…..did Susanna Martinez, Nicky Haley,
Kelly Ayotte, Ted Cruz, Deb Fisher, Richard Mourdock, oh
and Marco Rubio see that??

Apparently not…..you can resume your Delusional
Palin Bashing now….

ToddPA on August 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Mitt: Whooped ‘em again didn’t we Josey?

Clint: Recon so boy.

ES

English Springer on August 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Romney fans refuse to admit or perhaps even accept that he is unpopular within the base, and that the GOP did the unthinkable and nominated the only other guy in America with a gov’t healthcare plan named after him.

There’s a reason liberals are always advising the GOP to move to the center and ‘reach out to independents’.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Clint: “Quit being a sissy. We’ve got a country to fix, so roll up your sleeves, go find yourself a bigger set balls if you have to, and go to the polls and vote for Mitt Romney!”

(spits tobacco for emphasis)

JimLennon on August 30, 2012 at 2:41 PM

That just made my day!

scalleywag on August 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Methinks Something is going on out there in Fox with respect to Palin. Do you think they would ultimately ease her off fox. If they do so – then that would be a very bad move.

vpaddy123 on August 30, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I disagree. It might force her back into the political trenches were she belongs. Palin IS NOT a great talking head. She’s an OK pundit. Palin IS a great politician. The best of this generation.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Yep, another way to look at it. Makes sense. But with all the abuses that she’s undergone already, I am not sure if she can reach the pinnacle, presidency that is…..

vpaddy123 on August 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

The way I figure, there’s really not too much future with a sawed-off man like Obama.

VorDaj on August 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

The sooner we understand that the RINOS/BUSH/ROVE/RNC do NOT support Conservatives or the Tea Party the better off we’ll be.

Sarah Palin, the Conservatives and the Tea Party is the reason for the success for the 2010 election results. This is a FACT.

The RINO group mentioned above took advantage of the 2010 elections that gave them Control of the House, but that is all. No credit given for how that came about was there?

Meanwhile, Sarah and the Tea Party continue to work against the Dem & RINO Group to campaign and elect more Conservative Senate & House Candidates. Thanks to them and the Conservative Voters in the States, we are making headway, against all odds.

Sarah Palin knows who the enemies are and it’s the RINOS, the DEMS and the MEDIA. We better wake up and understand that also.

Jeb Bush will be the 2016 R Candidate, whether Romney wins this year or not. Those Rule Changes that Romney/RNC/Ginsberg/Boehner put thru, paves the way. The grassroots have been shut out. Sarah, Conservatives and the Tea Party are having too much success.

bluefox on August 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

For the Romney campaign and the rino repubs to diss Palin -

1. The first female repub VP candidate who in 2008 rocked the
house with her speech (sorry, Ryan, although your speech was good
there is no comparison to Palin’s).

2. Who was instrumental in the successful 2010 house/senate/gov elections.

3. Who has been instrumental in 2012 house/senate elections.

4. Who continues to fire up the conservative base and is working even harder with the remaining 2012 elections -

For the Romney campaign to diss grassroot conservatives – they
have little or no voice in this convention thus far -

For Romney/repubs to cheat and institute rule changes (transportation
was either unavailable so delegates couldn’t get to the convention or the ones on the buses were not allowed off the buses while they circled for a half hour so those delegates couldn’t vote) -

This is the biggest poppycock bs I have ever seen. And enough
is enough. I will not compromise my conservative principles with
these people.

I will not donate any money to the republican party or Romney himself; I am tempted
to vote only downticket. I say “tempted” because once I get in
the voting booth I will want to vote out Obama more.

I don’t care who the “surprise speaker” is. I am not going to
watch or listen. I am seriously done with these type of people.

Amjean on August 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

OK, I see that Allah brought up Palin in his piece. My bad. Still, the reason why Palin isn;t speaking is obvious.

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

LOL

RNC Ratings Night Two: Networks Lose 17 Million Viewers Compared To Night Two Of 2008 RNC Vice Presidential speech

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/rnc-ratings-night-two-networks-lose-17-million-viewers-compared-to-night-two-of-2008-rnc_b143711

idesign on August 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I don’t see how he’s a RINO windsock.

But I do agree with you on his movies…I’ve always been a huge fan, and Dirty Harry is my absolute favorite.

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

It’s Halftime In America

Absolutely…the 1st Dirty Harry movie was the best (but all of them rock) and all of the spaghetti westerns – watched in order.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Why would anyone sneer at people who are Psyched to see Clint Eastwood at the Convention? Really. He is way beyond being a celebrity…It will be so cool!!!

Paddington on August 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

And I’m willing to bet that you get pretty shrill when the libtards trot out celebrity idiots don’t ya?

lol….stick around if you think this is grating….I get waaaay worse.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Funny how I’m “shrill,” but you apparently perceive your arrogance as a lovable quirk. “lol.”

Meanwhile if I “explained the obvious” then why are you acting so annoyed by it? Of course the convention is geared toward the masses. I love when Paul Ryan goes all policy wonk, and would gladly just watch three hours of that brand of win but we need more than just the true believers to stomp Barky into submission. Do you not want to win in November?

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Clint: “Quit being a sissy. We’ve got a country to fix, so roll up your sleeves, go find yourself a bigger set balls if you have to, and go to the polls and vote for Mitt Romney!”

(spits tobacco for emphasis)

JimLennon on August 30, 2012 at 2:41 PM

One of my favorites from Josey Wales:

“I can’t understand a thing that crazy Squaw’s saying”

I didn’t know Clint worked with Lizzie Warren??

ToddPA on August 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The thread was hijacked for the good of HA and it’s hit count.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

LOL, sometimes it’s just “the one that will not be named” will do it:-)

bluefox on August 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Yep, another way to look at it. Makes sense. But with all the abuses that she’s undergone already, I am not sure if she can reach the pinnacle, presidency that is…..

vpaddy123 on August 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I agree. But I’d rather her be a figure head for a conservative movement then a mediocre talking head.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I don’t see how he’s a RINO windsock. He’s always had libertarian leanings and been identified as a Republican…I think he was even considered for the vp slot by Bush 41. He endorsed McCain in ’08, as well.

But I do agree with you on his movies…I’ve always been a huge fan, and Dirty Harry is my absolute favorite.

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I know some folks were upset by the content of Million Dollar Baby. I’m gonna go ahead and spoil it since the movie came out nearly 8 years ago, but the third act of the film is about euthanasia. Frankly though I don’t see how you can fault Hilary Swank’s character for making the choice she does. Not many people would want to go on living like that after being on top of the world.

And in all fairness, Clint Eastwood’s character had serious doubts about ending her life and even consults his priest about it. The prospect of eternal damnation is brought up, so the movie does deal with both sides of the issue.

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Ask your kid who clint eastwood is.

Ask your kid if he/she would go to a movie soley because it starred clint eastwood.

Again….he is no longer a “box office draw” his movies are no longer automatically “bankable”.

Is he still a player? yep. and always will be if he chooses …(in front of or behind the camera)

But don’t hate the reality, amigo.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

i am really, really curious about his speech though, is it going to be more political

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

My question, how far will he go. Will he say he likes Romney, or will he vouch for him? In other words, first base or a home run? I don’t see booking him unless it’s a glowing speech.

Paul-Cincy on August 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Exactly, that’s why I am so curious about it too…an iț’s Romney big night, going put there and maling a wishy washy endorsement won’t cut it….he has to be brilliant and persuasive, besides think of ghe tough competition on the DNc side, the hot (but alas, brain dead) Latina babe :)…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

‘Going out there and making a wishy washy endorsement’ that is….typing on my ipad on my lap, while pretending (credibly, I think) that I work :)… Guess I shoud stop this unproductive habit at once :)..

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Why would anyone sneer at people who are Psyched to see Clint Eastwood at the Convention? Really. He is way beyond being a celebrity…It will be so cool!!!

Paddington on August 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I think more than a few people will be shocked when a stooped,
balding Eastwood whispers in speech….he is close to 80 years old.
You will not see Dirty Harry.

Amjean on August 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Funny how I’m “shrill,” but you apparently perceive your arrogance as a lovable quirk. “lol.”

Meanwhile if I “explained the obvious” then why are you acting so annoyed by it? Of course the convention is geared toward the masses. I love when Paul Ryan goes all policy wonk, and would gladly just watch three hours of that brand of win but we need more than just the true believers to stomp Barky into submission. Do you not want to win in November?

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

awwwwww…I sense butthurt.

We’re on the same side partner…..I just don’t fawn over washed up goofball celeb’s – (whether I enjoy their work or not).

And, relax,……we’ve already won this one (lol….and I’d prefer the 3 hours of Ryan myself).

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

But don’t hate the reality, amigo.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Hey amigo, have you ever considered the fact that he does not make movies to appeal to the typical friday night teen crowd? You are not going to get a superhero movie from Clint Eastwood. When he puts out a hit like Gran Torino people show up. I guess he would be a player in your eyes if he was directing the Twilight series?

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Palin was on the phone from Wasilla. She’s definitely not the ?????? person.

steebo77 on August 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Another thing is a lot of the typical celebrity (which Clint is not) endorsements strike me as being self-serving and therefore suspect. From what I have seen of Clint Eastwood, he doesn’t need to be self-serving.

Paddington on August 30, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Hey amigo, have you ever considered the fact that he does not make movies to appeal to the typical friday night teen crowd?

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

um….obviously.

(lol)

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Actually you might get somewhat of a superhero movie from Clint. He is slated to have a role in Expendables 3.

His new movie coming next month actually has potential. Trouble with the curve.

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Clint had a black partner in Magnum Force and a black buddy in Sudden Impact.

Another black buddy in Unforgiven.

He had a female partner in The Enforcer.

He was nice to the midget in High Plains Drifter.

He was pals with a Native American in The Outlaw Josey Wales.

He was terrorized for being a cad in Play Misty for Me, and symbolically castrated in The Beguiled.

He implied that he had had at least one homosexual experience in Tightrope.

He made a WWII movie from the Japanese point of view: Letters From Iwo Jima.

He put Sondra Locke in his movies for nearly ten years.

Clint Eastwood is the Republican big tent.

Mr. Arkadin on August 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Ask your kid who clint eastwood is.

Ask your kid if he/she would go to a movie soley because it starred clint eastwood.

Again….he is no longer a “box office draw” his movies are no longer automatically “bankable”.

Is he still a player? yep. and always will be if he chooses …(in front of or behind the camera)

But don’t hate the reality, amigo.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

First of all, my kid is 2 years old. He ain’t going to any movie yet.

Secondly, I never said he was bankable. I’ve acknowledged he’s had box office failures, but that could be said about nearly every prolific filmmaker out there. Woody Allen churns out one movie a year and more than half of them hardly earn a cent. But every now and then he delivers a Match Point or Midnight in Paris which justifies all of his projects getting greenlit.

Were Clint’s movies more consistently successful in the 1960′s and 1970′s? Yes. But keep in mind that many of those movies were westerns or tough guy roles, things he can’t exactly pull off now that he’s 82 years old. Shoot, he doesn’t even act that much anymore because of his age(which BTW also impacts the box office).

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

um….obviously.

(lol)

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Why do you find that funny? Most of those movies are forgettable trash. And I am far from a harsh critic.

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

We’re on the same side partner…..I just don’t fawn over washed up goofball celeb’s – (whether I enjoy their work or not).

And, relax,……we’ve already won this one (lol….and I’d prefer the 3 hours of Ryan myself).

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

We could be on the same side when it comes to 90% of everything. I don’t recall many of your posts outside of this thread, so I don’t know. Your approach however, at least in this case, leaves much to be desired.

I don’t fawn over celebs either. In fact, I don’t understand why so much of your opinion seems to be derived from your failed argument that Clint Eastwood is “washed up.” Does this mean that if we landed Robert Downey Jr, you would be fawning?

My rule is the same for all parties, famous, infamous, or in between. When they’re on our side, I welcome them. When I come across a leftist, I mock them for the fool that they are.
And when I come across a fool on our side…apparently I engage them in an extended debate over the Internet.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

His new movie coming next month actually has potential. Trouble with the curve.

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Thanks for the link. I needed Kleenex just for the trailer! Looks so good.

Paddington on August 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Were Clint’s movies more consistently successful in the 1960′s and 1970′s? Yes. But keep in mind that many of those movies were westerns or tough guy roles, things he can’t exactly pull off now that he’s 82 years old. Shoot, he doesn’t even act that much anymore because of his age(which BTW also impacts the box office).

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I don’t know exactly when we started agreeing but we’ve come full-circle somehow.

You’re now making my point for me.

lol….let’s just say we agree that the man has made some great movies.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I know some folks were upset by the content of Million Dollar Baby. I’m gonna go ahead and spoil it since the movie came out nearly 8 years ago, but the third act of the film is about euthanasia. Frankly though I don’t see how you can fault Hilary Swank’s character for making the choice she does. Not many people would want to go on living like that after being on top of the world.

And in all fairness, Clint Eastwood’s character had serious doubts about ending her life and even consults his priest about it. The prospect of eternal damnation is brought up, so the movie does deal with both sides of the issue.

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Yep, I remember the controversy about that. And I agree, I don’t think you can fault her either, and really that’s the only direction the movie could’ve gone once she got hurt. A really good flick.

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Ask your kid who clint eastwood is.

Ask your kid if he/she would go to a movie soley because it starred clint eastwood.

Again….he is no longer a “box office draw” his movies are no longer automatically “bankable”.

Is he still a player? yep. and always will be if he chooses …(in front of or behind the camera)

But don’t hate the reality, amigo.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Yeah, coz box office is all there is to a movie….ask any person with a brain (and not a retarded kid who for most part doesn’t care or even know how to register to vote) if they would choose a Longoria movie over a classic Eastwood one…what intrigues me though is, if they had to trot out one of their babes, the DNC I mean, and considering the huge pool the could draw from, wonder why didn’t they go all Kardashian (the hot one that is), according to your logic she’s way more popular (with a certain brain dead segment of our electorate/population anyways) reality tv box-officey and has better name recognition….besides didn’t she date that Reggie dude who just said recently that Baraka is the awesomest or something…I mean that in itself should lock in the youth vote for O, no? :)….

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

If anything, Eastwood will be more appreciated because he comes from Hollywood, because he’s willing to stand up to the ideological orthodoxy of his industry on a huge stage.

He also comes from very humble beginnings. It would make my day if he talks about this.

Buy Danish on August 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Your approach however, at least in this case, leaves much to be desired.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Awwww…and gingotts, I was sooooo trying to please you with my approach.

This is a conservative, political blog…..not “Gingotts Forum”.

It might be time to put on the big boy pants. I understand the point you’re trying to make. In my opinion, it’s wrong.

Deal with it.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Still, the reason why Palin isn;t speaking is obvious.

McDuck on August 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Yes it is:-)

bluefox on August 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Actually you might get somewhat of a superhero movie from Clint. He is slated to have a role in Expendables 3.

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Co-starring with that great moderate republican gov Arnold Schwarzzenager?!? I swore not to watch any movie starring that lying piece of sh–. I hope it tanks. Hollywood is a cesspool.

We might love the characters in the movie but no one with 1/2 a brain weighs the words of a dizzy movie actor when making his/her presidential choice. Sorry, the surprise speaker was as lame as it comes. I’m embarrassed that I gave it so much time.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

If anything, Eastwood will be more appreciated because he comes from Hollywood, because he’s willing to stand up to the ideological orthodoxy of his industry on a huge stage.

He also comes from very humble beginnings. It would make my day if he talks about this.

Buy Danish on August 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Mine too :)…and he might, given that it was almost a tneme at fhe convention…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Yeah, coz box office is all there is to a movie….ask any person with a brain (and not a retarded kid who for most part doesn’t care or even know how to register to vote) if they would choose a Longoria movie over a classic Eastwood one…what intrigues me though is, if they had to trot out one of their babes, the DNC I mean, and considering the huge pool the could draw from, wonder why didn’t they go all Kardashian (the hot one that is), according to your logic she’s way more popular (with a certain brain dead segment of our electorate/population anyways) reality tv box-officey and has better name recognition….besides didn’t she date that Reggie dude who just said recently that Baraka is the awesomest or something…I mean that in itself should lock in the youth vote for O, no? :)….

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

c’mon Jim…do you think filmakers invest millions to lose money?

In Hollywood and the business world – box office IS all there is to a movie.

You’re smarter than this.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Awwww…and gingotts, I was sooooo trying to please you with my approach.

This is a conservative, political blog…..not “Gingotts Forum”.

It might be time to put on the big boy pants. I understand the point you’re trying to make. In my opinion, it’s wrong.

Deal with it.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Awww… I understand that you think you perceive addressing others with no basic civility as being cute or edgy or whatever, but in my opinion, you come of as an ass. Deal with it.

I also see that you made no attempt whatsoever to address my last point. Does your harsh refusal to “fawn over a celeb” and his politics rely on whether you perceive him to be a current box office draw? Would Robert Downey Jr. or Kristen Stewart showing up at the GOP convention have excited you? Because if so, just admit it. If not, your free to admit defeat on the “Eastwood is washed up” line of the argument and simply claim that you don’t care about anybody’s opinion. Far more defensible, and you’ll no longer have to deal with the four or so others that have called you out on that.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Maybe he’s just introducing hologram reagan?

lorien1973 on August 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Now that would be awesome!

ButterflyDragon on August 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Palin was on the phone from Wasilla. She’s definitely not the ?????? person.

steebo77 on August 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Thanks. I believed Sarah the first time as you probably did.

bluefox on August 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM

I think Eastwood is a great choice. Their line-up has been fantastic. The messages they are sending are clear as day.

If I remember correctly the daily speakers last year were lackluster compared to this convention.

sherry on August 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Deal with it.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

lol….dealt with.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM

If Howard Stern can get George Pataki and CT Whitman elected, and Clint Eastwood gets Romney elected, then … I’ll take it!

Paul-Cincy on August 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

lol….dealt with.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Heh. Cheers then. Check out the other 95% of my post sometime.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Eastwood-starring movies tend to be more successful than Eastwood-directed movies, but he is a consistently profitable filmmaker whatever his role. Even his so-called flops, like Invictus or Bloodwork, make money when cable and DVD sales are factored in. Like Woody Allen, Clint keeps his budgets reasonable, so they are bound to make money even when domestic box office is soft.

Let’s look at the “flop”, J. Edgar. Domestic sales $37,300,000 plus foreign sales $41,700,00; total sales $79,000,000. Total budget $35,000,000 (unheard of, w/ a star like DiCaprio). Rule is you have to take in double your budget to break even (to pay theater and ad costs). So without DVD and cable sales, the “flop” J. Edgar is already $9,000,000 ahead.

The hits make substantially more, and there are a lot of them, many of them recent.

That is why Clint keeps getting jobs.

Mr. Arkadin on August 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Maybe he’s just introducing hologram reagan?

lorien1973 on August 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Now that would be awesome!

ButterflyDragon on August 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I’m still crossing my fingers…..by far my favorite rumor!

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

No way. Everyone knows that solid Reaganite conservatives despise all Hollywood celebrities with no exceptions ever.

RINO in Name Only on August 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

LOL

I see what you did there.

ButterflyDragon on August 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Heh. Cheers then. Check out the other 95% of my post sometime.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

lol….ABO 2012 !!

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

We might love the characters in the movie but no one with 1/2 a brain weighs the words of a dizzy movie actor when making his/her presidential choice.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Yeah, how could we have ever taken Ronald Reagan seriously anyway.

They may be the exception to the rule, but there are a few actors/actresses with some sense. Do a google search, you may be surprised.

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Yeah, how could we have ever taken Ronald Reagan seriously anyway.

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Bed time for Bonzo is not why I respect Reagan.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM

And he’s esteemed enough by his peers that he’ll get away with it.

How incredibly sad that libturds can’t just respect you but have to be cowed by the level of esteem to which they hold you in order to allow you to have and express your own opinions when they’re so opposite theirs, while they allow themselves and those of their opinions to say and do whatever ignorant things they want, whenever they want, lying and hurling false accusations of racism even, to ram their bigoted points down your throat.

stukinIL4now on August 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Eastwood-starring movies tend to be more successful than Eastwood-directed movies, but he is a consistently profitable filmmaker whatever his role. Even his so-called flops, like Invictus or Bloodwork, make money when cable and DVD sales are factored in. Like Woody Allen, Clint keeps his budgets reasonable, so they are bound to make money even when domestic box office is soft.

Let’s look at the “flop”, J. Edgar. Domestic sales $37,300,000 plus foreign sales $41,700,00; total sales $79,000,000. Total budget $35,000,000 (unheard of, w/ a star like DiCaprio). Rule is you have to take in double your budget to break even (to pay theater and ad costs). So without DVD and cable sales, the “flop” J. Edgar is already $9,000,000 ahead.

The hits make substantially more, and there are a lot of them, many of them recent.

That is why Clint keeps getting jobs.

Mr. Arkadin on August 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I liked the theory floated by Ari on Entourage that Clint’s movies actually cost way less then reported and that he pockets the difference. That might almost be true. Million Dollar Baby was said to cost 30 mil(and was shot in just over a month!), but it actually had a budget of only 18 mil.

Doughboy on August 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Yeah, how could we have ever taken Ronald Reagan seriously anyway.

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Bed time for Bonzo is not why I respect Reagan.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM

We concentrate on different periods in Reagan’s career. You like his movies. I like what happened in the decades after Bedtime For Bonzo.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Amjean on August 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I agree with the points you posted. Sarah Palin has been more gracious to those of the Republican Party that should have been supporting her since 2008 but have not. The way I look at this is you can tell her friends from her enemies by which support her.

The Rule Changes that Romney/RNC/Boehner put thru was a betrayal to the grassroots. They tried to use Ron Paul as their reason, but that was just an excuse.

Should Romney have the Tea Party Organizations, Sarah Palin at the Convention? Of course they should. How about some of the Candidates that won their Primary races due to the T.P. & Sarah?

Will they? No, they “built that”

bluefox on August 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM

We concentrate on different periods in Reagan’s career. You like his movies. I like what happened in the decades after Bedtime For Bonzo.

BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

But according to your logic, he should not have been taken seriously since he was an actor.

jazzmo on August 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Dont Critizize Obama’s policies in your speech Clint

Eastwood: What you want me to do yell Trick or Treat!!!!

Conservative4ev on August 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM

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