No Longer Mystery Guest Revealed Update: Video added

posted at 10:21 pm on August 30, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Even though Allahpundit ruined it and spoiled the surprise, the guessing game surrounding the “mystery speaker” at the RNC was a welcome change from the scripted beauty pageant these things have become over time. It wasn’t the only surprise, of course. Some of Mitt’s long time friends who spoke about his work with people in the community as a young man, including aiding families caring for children with terminal illnesses, brought the room to silence, tears, and finally thunderous applause.

But who was the special guest? Would it be a hologram of Ronald Reagan? A cloned version of Seamus the dog? Ed Morrissey? (Oh, come on… you were all suspicious, given that Ed supposedly didn’t come to the convention.)

But no. Unlike the very personal messages delivered by long time family friends, our mystery guest was there to deliver a more stern message. Clint Eastwood has long been known as one of the few conservatives in Hollywood with the standing to speak his mind without fear of being hounded out by the town’s controlling factions. And the star didn’t fail to deliver.

He assured the crowd that there are conservatives and moderates in Hollywood, but said that they don’t “hot dog it around” like some others. He talked about how he was willing to give Obama a chance when he was elected and how it was an emotional moment for many Americans. But the real tragedy, as he put it, was that there are 23 million Americans without jobs. And maybe it’s time for somebody else to take a crack at the job. Clint was not coming on as some sort of hard right winger. He mentioned his opposition to both wars, but criticized Obama for his handling of Afghanistan and foreign policy in general.

It was an interesting choice. He kept talking to an empty chair next to him on the stage, pretending that President Obama was sitting in it. The comedy fell a bit flat at times, but he put on a heck of a show. Oh… and his comments about Joe Biden were not to be missed.

Exit quote from Dirty Harry: “When somebody does not do the job, we have to let them go.”

Video upcoming. You be the judge. And here it is.


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Dude, you need to play with your Google for a while before you make unilateral declarations with no foundation besides your floating rock.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Dude, click on the link I provided before, watch the video and read the short writeup. The source is to a respectable publication you should be familiar with.

I repeat, the GOP is being run like a dictatorship. If you don’t want to click on the other link, click on this one:

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2012/08/31/video-confirmation-the-fix-was-in-on-those-republican-rules-changes/

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 3:20 AM

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 3:20 AM

I’m up to date on all of that.

It still doesn’t give me a scent of a reason to give the current occupant of our White House four more years. You do realize what this election is all about, do you not?

Do you know, for instance, that we cannot relive the primaries?

It’s over.

A no-vote is a vote for four more years of the present regime. Are you down with that?

Let’s get this nightmare over, then we can sort out our own house.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Missed this last night, it is truly funny, no wonder the FBer libs are spitting about this. Nails all their crap to the wall.

wi farmgirl on August 31, 2012 at 3:39 AM

viking01 on August 31, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Oh, He did better than I would at that age. Probably better than I could do it now. I’ll admit it.

But on the other hand I hope I’d have sense enough to not try to pull something like that off with millions of people watching, where my performance could have a significant impact on a Presidential race.

And while I’m not famous, I did spend a year and a half doing live television, as on camera ‘talent’, head writer and producer, and I’d have been horribly embarrassed to have done a performance like that despite my absolute lack of professional training in television.

LegendHasIt on August 31, 2012 at 3:52 AM

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:27 AM

The Republican Party is supposedly the party of law and order. You can’t just declare “It’s over” and then cheat to make sure you’re side wins. Old people who don’t mind the debt and deficits as long as they keep getting bailed out, while sticking young people with the bill they’ll have to struggle to repay all their lives, and will fail. They will be struggling to pay for the money our corrupt politicians spend frivolously to buy the votes of old people who like lots and lots of candy with no regard to the cost because they’ve arranged to have somebody else pay it.

The American people need to be educated about how dire the situation is and immoral generation theft is. Young Republicans are trying to engage in the process to save their very futures, and old people who are spending their futures and cheating and shutting them out.

But there’s spill over, because these rules changes neuter the tea party, social conservatives and all of the grass roots. Reagan couldn’t have challenged Ford, for example, and might never have been the nominee or had any influence on the Republican Platform, with these rule changes. I’m not an insider and am not sure of all the ramifications, but Ron Paul supporters are not the only ones getting the shaft here.

That’s why Boehner and the GOP establishment lost the voice vote, because Michelle Malkin, Mark Levin and others have expressed displeasure as well. The GOP tried to stack the vote by not letting Ron Paul delegates be seated, they turned them away at the gates, but a lot of the other delegates oppose the rule changes too, and they won the voice vote, but the GOP elites don’t care, they rule by fiat.

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 3:54 AM

LegendHasIt on August 31, 2012 at 3:52 AM

I have had neither the time nor the inclination to catch up to the previous posts on these various threads.

I would be interested in hearing your critique of the Romney speech.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:55 AM

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 3:54 AM

Despite the incoherence of this 3:54 AM post, I believe I can divine the gist of your concerns, and they are, for the most part, valid ones.

I still maintain that if you don’t want our country to suffer through four more miserable years of the current regime’s programs, then it is incumbent upon every loyal American to vote this scourge on our prosperity and our future out of office, and then begin to reform our parties from the bottom up.

We cannot stand four more years of this redistribution-minded, tone-deaf, America-defiant, success-hating administration.

PERIOD.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 AM

For those who won’t read my lengthy post above, the important point is that these rule changes are aimed at all the Republican grass roots, not just the Ron Paul supporters. If it had only been the Ron Paul supporters opposing the rule changes then they would have lost. In fact, apparently most of the delegates at the convention opposed the rule changes, but the elites ruled in their own favor anyway. It was even written on their teleprompters.

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 4:06 AM

…your critique of the Romney speech.
hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:55 AM

Slick. Very slick. Delivered like a master politician.

And I feel safe giving that critique despite not listening to it.

LegendHasIt on August 31, 2012 at 4:13 AM

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 AM

Obama and Romney are the same. Before I thought maybe Romney might be a slight bit better, but now I fear he may be worse. Romney’s GOP is already acting dictatorial and he’s only just attained the nomination. This is a sign of danger, you should be wise and pay heed.

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 4:14 AM

So … Obama is little more than an unresponsive stool. We already knew that.

crosspatch on August 31, 2012 at 4:14 AM

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 4:06 AM

I agree. The Paulbots made a good excuse, but it was a strike against all ‘grass roots’ and others that won’t tow (or toe) the elitist’s line

LegendHasIt on August 31, 2012 at 4:19 AM

Now I get the empty chair…..http://changingminds.org/articles/articles/empty_chair.htm
Brilliant to stick it to them hollywood style Clint. Winning!

wi farmgirl on August 31, 2012 at 4:20 AM

Empty suit, empty chair, own it dems.

wi farmgirl on August 31, 2012 at 4:25 AM

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 AM

I’m totally on your side with regard to getting rid of Obama but consider this: a wolf in sheep’s clothing is far more cunning and dangerous than a regular world. Obama is bad, but Romney is also bad, so why vote for either one? They are both dangerous!

Gary Johnson, literally, has the most executive experience of all the other four combined, and he governed consistent with the Constitution and Bill of Rights, unlike Obama and Romney. He improve the economy of his state more than any of the others.

He’s not perfect, but he has always had genuinely American solutions, not socialist solutions.

Please don’t vote for a corrupt, dictatorial party to replace another. Please don’t throw away your vote and perpetuate the unsustainable status quo, it is immoral. America can be a great nation again but it can only happen if we get out of the two party rut.

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 4:27 AM

a wolf in sheep’s clothing is far more cunning and dangerous than a regular world wolf.

fix

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 4:27 AM

The 2012 Banana Republican Convention

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 4:32 AM

Please don’t throw away your vote and perpetuate the unsustainable status quo, it is immoral. America can be a great nation again but it can only happen if we get out of the two party rut.

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 4:27 AM

I happen to agree that there are huge problems with the two-party system, and that it is rife for abuse and is abused daily.

However, I agree even more stridently with your first phrase:

Don’t throw away your vote.

Even if you despise Mitt, you must admit that he would necessarily have to be better than what we have now.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 4:51 AM

‘Throwing away your vote’ *IS* voting for Gary Johnson, idiot. Why not just cast your vote for Obama and get it over with, because SURELY you know that’s exactly what a vote for Gary Johnson is.

Yes, I hear you and I understand you want something other than the current two-party status quo, but what all of you Paulbots need to understand is that this election is literally historical and is far too important to throw away by taking your stand NOW. This country is LITERALLY hanging by a thread, and if Obama is granted four more years, none of us will recognize what’s left by the time he’s out of office. Make your stand four years from now and vote for Romney so as to preserve and SAVE this country from the Marxist. PLEASE.

JenBee on August 31, 2012 at 6:08 AM

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Our actions after this election are every bit as important as our vote on Nov. 6. In the past we may have trusted that the candidate we voted for would at least attempt to fulfill their promises and we could back off and let that happen. After all, we have lives and jobs and families and we can’t babysit these critters 24/7. But Mitt has a past that is on record and often far less than conservative. Granted, he was a Republican in a very liberal state and gets special dispensation for that, but a record is a record and must be considered when looking at the whole man. I am personally of the opinion that Mitt is, at his core, more conservative than his record, but how can I know when all I have are his words telling me so? How’d that believing in words thing work out with Obama?
I see myself having two jobs: First, throw that POS Obama under his own bus and let the wheels of fate roll right over his sorry a$$.
Second: Vote for and then watch President Romney like a hawk. See if his core is what I think it is. If he strays, do whatever I can, however small, to bend him back toward the light of the right and praise him when he does the right thing. Even presidents like positive feedback. Our current one hears nothing else.
The point is I just can’t sit back and rely on “hope”. After the last four years “hope” churns in my gut like a bad burrito. Best to “eliminate” it, flush it and get back to work. Not an easy task, but it truly is our task. Who’s up for it?

swinia sutki on August 31, 2012 at 6:17 AM

its unanimous, every single guest hated the Clint Eastwood bit. It ruined an otherwise good convention.

thats when you know you hit the left where it hurts. Clint has a psychic connection with my generation. His chair is going to leave a mark.

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 6:21 AM

The empty chair perfect – it matches the empty suit.

Rod on August 31, 2012 at 6:41 AM

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 6:21 AM

you talking about morning joe or just msdnc in general?

i thought it was great…. a little shaky, but funny

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:49 AM

I loved Clint’s speach!

I hope to see the empty chair in future crossroads ads

Not-a-Marxist on August 31, 2012 at 6:57 AM

The Man With No Name talks to the President With No Presence.

Pitch perfect and classic Eastwood.

His references to Gitmo, Afghanistan, trials and such? Simple. Don’t promise what you can’t do, don’t announce anything you will do, just DO IT. Getting the Empty Suit to the Empty Chair shows just how vacant Obama is… and when a man promises to do a job, gets elected to do it, love him or hate him he has to do the job he asked for, that he wanted, that he said he would do and live with it.

Clint Eastwood wasn’t talking to the base: he was talking to any Americans who love his films who haven’t thought all that much about the election and pointing out the basics to them. And anyone trying to slice and dice Eastwood’s speech into an oppo ad is plain nuts: the man can afford to defend himself and give a less impromptu performance in front of a camera that he owns. Or just run ‘Bring it on, punk. Make my day.’ and get the point across about just what those doing the attacking ARE.

And those excuse making Charlie-Foxtrots and their supposed campaign will find out that for all they do, that sometimes you just gotta let a man go who can’t do the damned job as he PROMISED to do it.

Clint Eastwood has character and has played characters and has just stood up a man who has no character and can’t even pretend to act like a President. Just try and bring down Clint Eastwood to the level of Axelrod, Jarrett, et. al. and a lifetime’s work and experience will be brought against them by a master of the trade. Eastwood knows his limits and has just pointed out that a man has to know his limits before asking for a job…and the only thing Obama has no limits on is incompetence, deceit and lies, those he has in abundance. And their limits have just been measured by the one guy in the US who can properly size them up and has just let America know what that size is in no uncertain terms.

ajacksonian on August 31, 2012 at 6:59 AM

now mikas talking to an empty chair.

i’ve been waiting 4 years for someone to a good comedy skit mocking obama. this was it.

the empty chair presidency. beautiful.

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Happy to see Axelrod’s sock puppets talking up Gary Johnson.

carl todd hand on August 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM

If I see one more concern troll about Eastwood stealing the media coverage…

joekenha on August 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM

morning joe crew is upset that clint disrespected the president…what if someone did that at the dncc about a gop president…

ummmm folks, they disrespected w for 8 years….

shut up

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM

The extended freakout about Clint on MSDNC last night was interesting.

forest on August 31, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Clint Eastwood’s performance was so good, that it exposes those who hate Romney, Obama supporters and die hard libertarians. Sure it was weird. Sure he is 82 years old. Sure he looked like he was a doddering border line senile old man.

He didn’t start the act until he placed Obama in the empty chair. Once that was accomplished, you can see the act. Once he placed Obama in the chair, he started in on Obama. Those of us who had seen the past masters of acting could see what he was doing.

Do you think it was deliberate, Clint getting the sequence wrong on him crying the night Obama was elected then crying about the 23 million people who are currently unemployed? I know it was deliberate, do you? Very clever way of showing that a great moment, like the election of Barack Obama, is nothing compared to what came after.

From that point onward was a class act of flaying and burning up Obama’s every achievement, even with the back handed compliment of keeping Gitmo open.

This should be studied by any would be actor.

Joel_The_Oneth on August 31, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Clint broke up the sparkling, scripted speeches with his sketchy, rambling conversation with the empty suit chair of Obama. At times I thought it was a poetry he was reciting.
Clint’s oratory was famous old guy fine…and funny at many times and went straight to the heart of the failure of Obama with his “When somebody does not do the job, we have to let them go.”
(It also made one overlook a bit of the stiffness in Romney…)

albill on August 31, 2012 at 7:24 AM

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM

they can’t let it go can they. it must be driving them nuts. can’t wait to see axelrods puss.

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 7:24 AM

ummmm folks, they disrespected w for 8 years….

shut up

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Clearly, you are too coarse and unrefined to grasp the subtle difference between “disrespect” and “speaking truth to power”.

Extrafishy on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 AM

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 7:24 AM

:)

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Extrafishy on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 AM

silly me :)

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:28 AM

silly me :)

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:28 AM

It’s not your fault. You probably didn’t go to Harvard.

Extrafishy on August 31, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Clint is apparently a closet libertarian, and showing up stoned at the Republican Convention was a stroke of genius. I can’t wait to get stoned myself, so I can finally appreciate what would otherwise seem to be a stuttering, rambling, one-joke monologue from a movie star trying to be important.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Extrafishy on August 31, 2012 at 7:36 AM

heh

where plagirism rocks

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:48 AM

I love Clint Eastwood. I applaud him for stepping up to the plate! And I shake my fist at the other Hollywood types who didn’t, who are too afraid of losing their careers to speak up for their country. Stop being afraid of weasely liberals!

Urban Infidel on August 31, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Who cares what some actor from Hollywood thinks about politics, right? RIGHT?

CoffeeMan on August 31, 2012 at 7:50 AM

The empty chair was not planned.

The teleprompter stand they were going to use to prop up an empty suits got bent, so they had to improvise.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on August 31, 2012 at 8:18 AM

AWESOME !!! I laughed my ass off!

TX-96 on August 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM

The only thing Clint could have added to make his speech better, would have been to say “Now Mr. Obama, it’s time for you to get off our lawn.”

chewmeister on August 31, 2012 at 8:31 AM

morning joe crew is upset that clint disrespected the president…what if someone did that at the dncc about a gop president…

Seriously? That was tame compared to the stuff that Hollywood dished out to Bush on a regular basis.

Priscilla on August 31, 2012 at 8:32 AM

“Well here we are and after four years of this Sh*t in all this
excitement I forgot how many digs I was supposed to say…
..but there you sit like a Dumbazz on a chair!”

ToddPA on August 31, 2012 at 8:33 AM

According to The Hill, Obama tweeted that “this seat’s taken” in reponse to Eastwood’s smackdown.

onlineanalyst on August 31, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Please don’t vote for a corrupt, dictatorial party to replace another. Please don’t throw away your vote and perpetuate the unsustainable status quo, it is immoral. America can be a great nation again but it can only happen if we get out of the two party rut.

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Nice pathetic try bozo…but you are entertaining.

Maybe you should step back and learn something, your just a kid, and if not a kid, incredibly naive for an adult.

It’s not the “two party” system, it’s who we elect…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 8:52 AM

It’s a shame, really, about Eastwood last night. He has spent most of his life since the Unforgiven, in 1991, making movies to appeal to the liberal establishment in Hollywood because he felt (quite rightly) that he would never be accepted otherwise. And he swept it away in one night. He will never be nominated for another oscar again, he will have trouble getting funding for his movies. All you have to do is read the blog post of his “fan”, Roger Ebert, to see what’s coming.

senor on August 31, 2012 at 9:24 AM

It’s a shame, really, about Eastwood last night. He has spent most of his life since the Unforgiven, in 1991, making movies to appeal to the liberal establishment in Hollywood because he felt (quite rightly) that he would never be accepted otherwise. And he swept it away in one night. He will never be nominated for another oscar again, he will have trouble getting funding for his movies. All you have to do is read the blog post of his “fan”, Roger Ebert, to see what’s coming.

senor on August 31, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Oh blow it out your rear…

sandee on August 31, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Please don’t vote for a corrupt, dictatorial party to replace another. Please don’t throw away your vote and perpetuate the unsustainable status quo, it is immoral. America can be a great nation again but it can only happen if we get out of the two party rut.

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Okay Rock, most of us get it. The point you are missing is this: we are out of time with Obama.

There is no change, no act, no dictator that can make a permanent change to how the party conducts its business without another chairman having the same power to do, or undo, what the previous chair has done. Furthermore, the way *I* see it, it WILL come back to bite the entrenched establishment. I do not underestimate the ability of the Tea Party or the Paul Ryan camp to overcome that obstacle.

For now, keep our eyes on the goal. Get that Socialist out of the White House.

Turtle317 on August 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM

So … Obama is little more than an unresponsive stool. We already knew that.

crosspatch on August 31, 2012 at 4:14 AM

Winner. You went ahead and made my day.

The Rogue Tomato on August 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Ron Paul camp… sorry I said Paul Ryan above. I’m getting more dyslexic as I get older.

Turtle317 on August 31, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Clint’s the closest thing we have today to John Wayne maybe that’s why he was so effective last night. He must have tweaked some noses since they put out the twitter. Just wish they had given SP some time to talk as well.

Kissmygrits on August 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Bill Maher called him an a**hole. I bet Clint could still kick Maher’s.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 10:41 AM

*meh*

RedNewEnglander on August 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

He was the perfect contrast for the pro politicians.

Who will be the mystery speaker for the Party of Death ?

How about they have a parade of citizens that were aborted by Planned Parenthood since 1973?

Oh wait I guess they can’t?

PappyD61 on August 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

For those of you that want to vote for Ron Paul, go ahead, MAKE THEIR DAY. Just remember that American isolationism made World War II inevitable, and America’s refusal to lead has permitted the Syrian debacle to kill thousands, and our limp wristed approach to Iran will probably lead to World War III (which will probably be very short). When you are so shortsighted that you can’t see past the end of your nose, you miss the balled fist that draws blood. With nuclear weapons on the stage, you can’t wait that long, and our ocean’s no longer secure us.

georgeofthedesert on September 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

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