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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You laugh now, but wait a day or two. This is low-hanging fruit for the Dems – nothing is beneath them, as we well know. The attack machine is already cranking up.

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 12:27 AM

I don’t think so. It would backfire spectacularly among seniors.

If you think the DNC or anyone is going to spend any time or money on Eastwood; you are crazier than Eastwood appeared up on stage.

It’s not worth the effort. And for what purpose? To piss off old people?

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Agree, thought I think they could have filled that spot with someone better. Maybe even Jon Voigt. Eastwood’s speech was just a rambling disaster.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

If you think the DNC or anyone is going to spend any time or money on Eastwood; you are crazier than Eastwood appeared up on stage.

It’s not worth the effort. And for what purpose? To piss off old people?

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Agreed. It would be a pointless endeavor that would waste campaign capital on an 82 year old private citizen, antagonizing seniors and fans of a living legend. Doing so would be a pointless distraction from the issues that they would need to hit during their convention next week, contribute absolutely nothing to the political conversation going on in this campaign, and be a gutter low tactic of absolute desperation that would signify a flailing campaign.

So yeah, given their moves so far I’ll say it’s a 50/50 prospect at worst…

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

You laugh now, but wait a day or two. This is low-hanging fruit for the Dems – nothing is beneath them, as we well know. The attack machine is already cranking up.

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 12:27 AM

That’s a very dumb move. I don’t think trashing Clint in a bunch of campaign ads is gonna win them over any swing voters. Now I wouldn’t be surprised to see them attempt some sort of similar surprise celebrity appearance next week at their convention, and certainly a few of the speakers may take a jab or two at the dude, but making him the subject of anti-Romney ads is gonna look foolish.

Doughboy on August 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

If you think the DNC or anyone is going to spend any time or money on Eastwood; you are crazier than Eastwood appeared up on stage.

It’s not worth the effort. And for what purpose? To piss off old people?

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM

You’ve made your point; I’ve made mine. We’ll see what happens and who is ultimately proven wrong. No more use in further back and forth with you folks.

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Why, did he act like Chris Matthews?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Chris Matthews smokes dope. I’ve seen him higher than a kite on Bill Maher’s show.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Dang, you just want sunshine blown up your butt 24/7. It’s a cruel world.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

What bothers the Left the most is that Clint’s performance will be talked about for days. In each conversation and each You Tube viewing the same thing comes through – Obama is a failure.

Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

I’m sorry but I thought Eastwood was a riot. Has anyone picked up yet on the line where empty chair Obama told Romney to go F yourself like he was Jesse Jackson?

OliverB on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Clint is a Senior, and he probably appealed to a lot of Seniors. His “you work for US” was a hit and MSNBC has to spin it as a huge fail, of course. But he wasn’t there to appeal to MSNBC. Anyway you have to love pot Al Sharpton calling kettle Clint “an embarrassment”, but resist much he couldn’t.

Marcus on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Nah…the majority of people in this world know better than to insult and mock their elders…and the majority of people will also take his age into account before spewing all sorts of criticism. With anyone that is 82…you can never be sure how things are going to turn out.

“You want a guarantee…buy a toaster.” Know who said that…? Clint Eastwood.

lynncgb on August 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Except the left…

old school on August 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Well that explains a lot. I think the speaker was okay.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Del Dolemonte on August 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Z–

;-)

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM

“I’m Barack O’bama, and I Approved of this Message.”

Del Dolemonte on August 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Will there be a prize?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

C’mon. DNC is going to run a clint eastwood ad? LOL

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM

You laugh now, but wait a day or two. This is low-hanging fruit for the Dems – nothing is beneath them, as we well know. The attack machine is already cranking up.

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 12:27 AM

So what if they do? They will show themselves once again as elites who can add the elderly to the list of people they pretend to care about but really don’t like and just want to use.

Sterling Holobyte on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

If you think the DNC or anyone is going to spend any time or money on Eastwood; you are crazier than Eastwood appeared up on stage.

It’s not worth the effort. And for what purpose? To piss off old people?

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM

No, for that age-old reason..

“Because!”

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM

…and as usual with your “let’s runaway…it’s so smart” routine…you offer no real insight beyond…blind,stupid,it’s not worth it…..wahhh..wahhh…wahhh.

You have no solutions on how to deal with this enemy….and you obviously are to stupid to understand the threat considering the advancements made in fighting terrorism since Bush decided to face the enemy.

After the success of the surge in Iraq…al-qaeda had been defeated in it’s own back yard in front of the world…..leadership and followers running back to N. Africa,Afghanistan,and Pakistan.

This was a great accomplishment by our military and one you are obviously to stupid to appreciate.

With the enemy on the run and now a blue print on how to get the mission in Afghanistan moving in the right direction…we unfortunately elected a community organizer to be President. A President who ignored Afghanistan his first year…..made incompetent move after incompetent move only to finally settle on a dismal surge that no where near was enough to take and hold ground until the Afghanistan people could take over.

There was much to be proud of that our Soldiers were accomplishing.But they were dealt an incompetent Commander and Chief….ignorant ROE’s…..and the mission was so politicized that any type of victory was rendered impossible.

Our Soldiers deserved to have the American people demand this President take their mission seriously…..demand that victory should be the only option and do what ever it takes to achieve it.
The blood and treasure spent should not have been so easily dis-guarded with people like you crying “let’s just quit…it’s to hard..it’s not worth it….lets just run away!!!!”……
I live,breath,and work with Veterans of this war and the Iraq war and not one of them felt like it could not have been won if we had given it 100% ….if the leadership had been committed to winning.
We are the strongest,smartest,and most efficient fighting force on the face of this Earth….and we are losing to sheep herders and terrorist who have only one advantage over us…..
……………….they are in it to win at all cost.

So keep cheering for surrender….keep celebrating the victory of the jihadist that have murdered so many of us……keep whining about how it’s not worth it and anybody who feels this enemy should be defeated is just “blind and stupid”……
……………………..because this is all you have…you sure as hell don’t have any solutions nor have you ever offered any on this blog on how to stop this jihadist threat that is hell bent on killing every living person who does not follow the Koran.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

When judging an event at the Olympics, who would judge say a gymnastic event by swimming event criteria? It would seem the people here who think Eastwood did poorly.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Dang, you just want sunshine blown up your butt 24/7. It’s a cruel world.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

No I don’t, and where you were coming from with that question, Lord only knows.

I will make it clearer for you. You have been a member of this group long enough (likely longer than I have) to know that there comes a point at which a subject has been exhausted and the horse has been beaten long after it has decesased.

Capeesh?

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I started out cringing at Eastwood’s routine and ended up laughing and cheering. Eastwood, a noted jazz fanatic, came out and gave a ragged, sloppy, brilliant, partly scored and partly improvised solo performance that was equal parts infuriating,inspiring, and hilarious. This was a comedy routine by the guy who directed Bird.

It was also the only speech of the entire convention that had balls. Sarah Palin’s speech would have had balls, but if you can’t have Sarah Palin, Clint Eastwood will do.

Can someone clue me in about Boehner’s alleged drunkenness?

Mr. Arkadin on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Just like the Nixon/Kennedy debate (where opinion depended on whether one heard or watched), I heard Clint’s speech on the radio and thought it was just great (although I was confused as to who he was talking to). I sat in traffic and laughed and clapped.

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Thank you Mr. Eastwood.

You said, what so many would love to say … and you said it your way.

Well done Sir.

ORrighty on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Go, Clint.

Yeah, he’s older and a bit off-tempo. So f-ing what.

Clint brought it.

Midas on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

No one has ever made fun of Obama like that on television. Letterman, Leno, Stewart, SNL, and the rest should hang their heads in shame for kissing Obama’s ring.

Moesart on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

You know what, I bet he could give a hoot what the talking heads are saying.

old school on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/08/30/rubio_obama_trying_ideas_people_came_to_america_to_get_away_from.html

Yeah: 17:33 in this video. Rubio flubbing his line.

Not a big deal I guess; but it clearly screwed up the applause line.

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

So anyone on MrsNBC called Mr Eastwood a racist yet ?

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Except the left…

old school on August 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Well I will agree that nothing is beneath them…but I think attacking the man would backfire big time. It would just appear to be downright cruel to attempt to ridicule an aging American icon.

lynncgb on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

If you think I’m going to read, and respond to, all your lengthy “The troops must stay in Afcrapistan until they ‘win’ or we’re all doomed” Al Gore level hysteria you must be off your toot. Brevity is the soul of wit.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

In the end, the only bellwether for Eastwood’s speech is: Did he fire up the base enough to help the turnout in Nov?

Eastwood (as with all of the speakers there during the convention)are going to get slammed regardless if you felt it was “rambling” or if it had the eloquence of Lincolns Gettysburg address….he spoke *against* the Administration and Obama in particular….that alone marks him as a heretic.

But, Eastwood has a lot going for him: He still has an amazing amount of star power, he can still put butts in movie seats (prices be damned) and as a investment, he’s as solid a moneymaker any studio would like…

PLUS, he can always go his own route: Eastwood has been a director and actor since bell bottoms were in…and out…and “in style” again…He can put out his own movies direct to the audience, like Gibson’s “Get the Gringo” project and STILL MAKE MONEY for his investors…

…And in a phony azz town like Hollyweird, that can make the knuckleheads sit up and take notice…and worry, because he DOESNT have to play on their field, he can buy and play in his own damn stadium.

Now, THAT’S American.

BlaxPac on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Suck it, slaver. Your “special guest” is going to be a lifetime student-communist who can barely keep her propaganda/lies straight. You want to compare?

Dirt McGirt on August 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Or her legs closed.

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Can someone clue me in about Boehner’s alleged drunkenness?

Mr. Arkadin on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

He went up to the podium said. “Bleerrrghyblerr i blerrgy mischshigin blagerrp?” Then some guy from Michigan said, “yeah let’s get this over with.” Boehner then said “Blerrrrr” and banged the gavel.

Not a huge deal but he had clearly started celebrating a bit early.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

What about Clint’s lawyer comment? Mitts a lawyer!! Clint doesn’t know Mitt is a lawyer? weird….

ZippyZ on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

n judging an event at the Olympics, who would judge say a gymnastic event by swimming event criteria? It would seem the people here who think Eastwood did poorly.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I started out cringing at Eastwood’s routine and ended up laughing and cheering. Eastwood, a noted jazz fanatic, came out and gave a ragged, sloppy, brilliant, partly scored and partly improvised solo performance that was equal parts infuriating,inspiring, and hilarious. This was a comedy routine by the guy who directed Bird.

Bingo. These two get it.

McDuck on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Peter Falk couldn’t be there, so Clint brought him along.

skydaddy on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Sorry but you were annoyed with Del for posting a review of Mr. Eastwood’s appearance on an a thread about Eastwood’s appearance. Just like your opinion is valid, it doesn’t hurt to know what is being said. It’s interesting. If you are here for a monolithic view, it is never going to happen. On anything.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM

When somebody does not do the job, we gotta let ‘em go.

Thank you Clint Eastwood.

Kenosha Kid on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

After reading and hearing all the talk about how odd this speech was I prepared myself for the worst. Then I watched it.

I thought it was great. Humorous and biting. And really, having Clint on our side pretty much trumps everyone in Hollywood the left can claim put together.

Binky1138 on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Or her legs closed.

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

I don’t care what she does in her private life or with whom. She could be a faithful sweetheart for all I know. But she wants to make her behavior a public liability. The consequences of your choices (or, for that matter, what Fate deals you) is of no consequence to me.

Dirt McGirt on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Give COIN just a few more decades of time
And the Afghan’s love for us will surely grow
Give COIN just a little more decades of time
And the Afghan’s love for us will surely grow
Ever leaving Afghanistan would be a big mistake
Let’s think of how wonderful Islam can be and hesitate
Almost broke and the troops as tired as they may be
But there’s no need for America to act in it’s own interest selfishly

If we part Afghanistan, the Generals won’t forget it
Years from now they’ll surely make us regret it
Some don’t understand how wonderful Islam can be and they’re in a hurry
The Afghan army and police are not eager to stop shooting our troops, but don’t you worry
COIN will win their hearts and minds and then they’ll love each and every American troop’s life
But these things don’t come overnight
Don’t give up ‘cos Afghan progress has been oh sooooooooo slow
We’re surly gonna win their Hearts and Minds if we just with more of our Partners in Peace shooting our troops go

Cheshire Cat on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

If you think I’m going to read, and respond to, all your lengthy “The troops must stay in Afcrapistan until they ‘win’ or we’re all doomed” Al Gore level hysteria you must be off your toot. Brevity is the soul of wit.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Good…shutting up is the smartest thing your dumbass could do.

…But I’m sure in your head…leaving Afghanistan stronger and deadlier than when we originally came in is the “smart thing” to do.

You would fit in real well in the Obama administration.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Sorry but you were annoyed with Del for posting a review of Mr. Eastwood’s appearance on an a thread about Eastwood’s appearance. Just like your opinion is valid, it doesn’t hurt to know what is being said. It’s interesting. If you are here for a monolithic view, it is never going to happen. On anything.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Think before you post, Cindy. You really missed the mark this time.

Del took MY quote, deleted my name, and substituted the NY Times for it. THAT is what I reacted to. You appear to have believed it was a real quote from the NYT.

And speaking of monolithic views, I am not exactly presenting a go-with-the-crowd viewpoint about Mr. Eastwood’s appearance, am I? How can that be characterized as expecting a singular viewpoint throughout this thread? Again, think before you post.

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

“I’m Barack O’bama, and I Approved of this Message.”

Del Dolemonte on August 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

OK, I hear you.

But will you release my dog? Please?

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Good…shutting up is the smartest thing your dumbass could do.

…But I’m sure in your head…leaving Afghanistan stronger and deadlier than when we originally came in is the “smart thing” to do.

You would fit in real well in the Obama administration.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

You must really hate the troops and right to the bone.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

I can understand people being upset about Afghanistan. It’s not going well and I am not sure it can go well. I still disagree with advertising pull out date. I think Mr. Eastwood’s remarks indicate that we are making the same mistakes the USSR made.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Sorry, I missed the substitution. Why don’t you lighten up? We are all just a bunch of anonymous people talking to other anonymous people. Nothing earth shattering.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Many of us will be lucky to remember our names when we’re 82, much less have much of anyone else that remembers them. So, the question you have to ask yourself is, “Do you feel lucky?”

claudius on August 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

An American General “Excuses” the Murder of American Servicemen in Afghanistan as due to “Religious Stress”!

In what can only be described as a pitiful attempt to distract Americans from the obvious truth which is being written, and rewritten in American blood multiple times per week, General Allen excused the actions of Afghanistan’s “True Soldiers of Allah”. He very publicly declared that the “stresses” endured by ANA and ANP troops who participated in the month long Ramadan fast, have contributed to the very existence of “insider” attacks. Apparently, for the General, this is an acceptable explanation for “vetted” Afghan’s to turn the weapons Americans have given them, against their benefactors.

It wasn’t long ago we heard of another Officer who felt United States Marines were nothing more than cannon fodder for his unique understanding of “the greater good”, Lieutenant Colonel Homiak. Let me be clear General; it is not acceptable!! No killing of American War Fighters is EVER “acceptable”! While it may be that during the normal conduct of battle deaths will occur, it is never “acceptable” and no individual entrusted with the level of authority you have been given should ever dare to suggest to America’s Fathers and Mothers, that their Son’s or Daughter’s deaths is acceptable – regardless of the words you use to arrive at that opinion!

This almost apologetic comment, made by this American General who has been very quick to condemn American troops for things like the inadvertent burning of copies of the Quran can only be described as a total lack of regard for the Marines and Soldiers who have been sacrificed at the hands of this 7th century gaggle of thugs and their surrogates in Washington!

What makes his disgraceful commentary that much more unpalatable is his follow up in the Washington Post. Rather than damning these attacks for what they are, he continues to excuse these simple acts of Islamic mandated holy murder while calling for more US bloodletting for the unwarranted hope that Afghanistan will somehow miraculously blossom into a beacon of peace, tranquility and freedom for the ever “oppressed and noble” Afghan!

Can you say Stupid?

RasThavas on August 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Fox is reairing the Eastwood speech, it improves on the second take.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Apology accepted. I have a sense of humor about many things, but not about anything that can hurt Mitt’s chances of getting elected. This is too serious a subject for me. Again, I read loud and clear the posts of those who believe this will not hurt those chances, and I hope they are right. We’ll see. I truly hope this Eastwood thing is all a wash.

Have a good evening / morning. Signing off.

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Fox is reairing the Eastwood speech, it improves on the second take.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I just watched for the second time. It really was a masterpiece, full of perfect soundbites blasting the King.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I think Mr. Eastwood’s remarks indicate that we are making the same mistakes the USSR made.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

No. It was a jab at liberals. Allow me to elaborate. I was a liberal in the Bush years. This argument about the Russian was brought up often by liberals during the Bush years as indication that Bush was stupid and didn’t care about the troops. Clint just threw it in their faces. That was the whole point of that part of the skit with Gitmo and other things that Obama was supposed to do.

MrX on August 31, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Richard Fernandez explains it Good comments too.

a capella on August 31, 2012 at 1:14 AM

It is far time for the American voter, the “King” according to our founding documents, to accept responsibility for the disgrace that is the inner DC beltway and stop the carnage being perpetrated against our American Servicemen – our Sons and Daughters in Afghanistan and other ill-conceived battlefields; present, and future!

We “owe” Afghanistan and Afghan’s, nothing! And if there are those who think differently, they can always but their collective butts where their far too free tongues are, join or start a civilian aid group and go to Afghanistan to do as they see fit! But make no mistake about it; War Fighters should NOT be used and abused to seek the manifestation of a fantasy conjured up in the minds of the deluded puppets of the political sphere.

RasThavas on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I hope you will come around more often.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

You must really hate the troops and right to the bone.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Your the one that wants all the blood and sacrifice of our Troops in Afghanistan to be for nothing…not me.

….your the one cheering on surrender….

………..nothing to offer up on this blog towards our military but ridicule…
……………your the one who thinks it’s smart to run from the jihadist…

Own it…surrender is all have to offer in dealing with this Islamic threat.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

I watched Clint’s speech twice. It was better the second time. The rambling and stammering were done for affect, I think. You’re supposed to imagine Obama’s actually there pulling excuse after excuse out of his rear end. Clint was pausing to listen to the excuses and the suggestions from imaginary Obama telling Romney and Eastwood to “go f#@* themselves.”

Eastwood’s mix of humor with seriousness made it more poignant, esp. talking about how Obama, Winfrey, and Eastwood himself (for totally different reasons) all cried when Obama was elected. Then, the masterful follow-up about the only time since then he’s cried that much was after knowing 23 million Americans were out of work.

…and besides, he’s Clint freaking Eastwood, for crying out loud!

kscheuller on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

MrX on August 31, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I get the Gitmo references but I’m not sure I agree about Afghanistan. I think Obama surged and then changed the rules of engagement. Add to that the recent spate of killings by the people we are suppose to be training to take over, I think a disenchanted public is starting to form. Afghanistan was always called the “good” war. I’m the wife of a Vietnam Vet, we get a tend to get a bit freaky about long term stays with no strategy to win. The troops are always the ones who pay the price.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:22 AM

It was good to see Eastwood at the convention. One of the few times I’ve watched someone on TV and felt like I was seeing an old friend, even though, obviously, I’ve never met the man.

Speaking at a political convention was actually a very “un-clint eastwood” thing for him to do.

Which tells me he cares enough about what’s going on, and doesn’t like what he sees, that he felt like he wanted to chip in.

Good show, I say.

Dreadnought on August 31, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I want to implore General Allen to reconsider his remarks which are so uncharacteristic of our beloved Corps and recant. And if for some reason, you have arrived at that point in your life, and your career that you can no longer place the lives of the Marines in your charge at a premium, do the honorable thing and retire! Who knows; maybe the “honorable Afghan” will appoint you as an Officer in the ANA?

Lastly, to all the Sheep, former Sheepdogs and currently serving Sheepdogs; use your God-given right and compose a letter, an e-mail, pick up the phone, send a telegraph, lash a note to the leg of a Carrier Pigeon, send up a smoke signal or drive down to DC but please, contact those men and women who dared to ask for your vote while promising to represent you and tell them ENOUGH is ENOUGH!

By the way General; Does the last “noble Afghan” who killed two more United States Service Members, yesterday, still get to claim clemency under the Allen/Ramadan defense?

RasThavas on August 31, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Richard Fernandez explains it Good comments too.

a capella on August 31, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Great article, great comments. Thanks for sharing.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 1:24 AM

And yeah, I think this could definitely hurt Romney. It’ll certainly give the DNC fodder for presentation next week and/or in future ads. Sit back and watch as it unfolds. This was an embarrassment.

OneVision on August 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

C’mon. DNC is going to run a clint eastwood ad? LOL

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I hope they are stupid enough. Can you imagine getting the meme out of Obama as an empty chair to those that don’t watch the conventions?

There’s no lose in Eastwood’s performance tonight.

kim roy on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Your the one that wants all the blood and sacrifice of our Troops in Afghanistan to be for nothing…not me.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

It is for worse than nothing and you keep wanting more and more and more and still more, and it’s never enough.

You do hate the troops. If you do “love” them, it’s the “love” of a stalker.

If you won’t listen to me you should listen to RasThavas.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 AM

If Stephanie Cutter is any indication the Obama campaign is fully stupid enough to trash Clint. The backlash would be awesome!

claudius on August 31, 2012 at 1:31 AM

I just re-watched the Eastwood clip and thought he was great. Again. I ‘m really not understanding the harsh remarks.

lynncgb on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 AM

It’s actually really funny what happen. The dude tossed out his speech and ad lib for 12 minutes to an empty chair while on every major broadcast in the country… As a republican I just have to laugh at this. The people running the convention must have been freaking out.

brewcrew67 on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 AM

It needs to be said it took Clint Eastwood to make jokes about O, let that sink in, no other so called Stand up Comic had the Guts to do what he did tonight.

Patricksp on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Also did you not notice that the empty chair had a Teleprompter.

Patricksp on August 31, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Clint Eastwood is stupid like a fox. He knew exactly what he was doing, and tha apparent randomness of his performance will guarantee that people who would not have watched a second of the convention will you tube his 11minutes to see how terrible he supposedly was.

Win.

Bob's Kid on August 31, 2012 at 1:41 AM

My $.02: If you didn’t *like* the routine – fine. To each his own, but he made some damned fine strikes against the libs. If you can’t see past the, at times, stilted delivery to appreciate the awesome attacks, that’s your shortcoming. If you couldn’t even *get* the delicious jokes and attacks he was delivering, then you should have yourself checked for ADD & Alzheimer’s and have yourself specially marked so we know your comedy needs to be spoon fed, perhaps with a laugh track.

TWG78 on August 31, 2012 at 1:45 AM

lynncgb on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 AM

It’s very odd, I can’t it explain it but the second time I saw it was entirely different. I didn’t dislike it the first time but the second time it seemed very fluid and focused. I think Obama is going to hate it every time it is shown.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Go over to Huffn’puff and see what the libs are saying about Clint. They are as clueless and bereft of decency as we could possibly imagine.

claudius on August 31, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Some here still don’t seem to understand that Eastwood didn’t give a speech, good, bad or indifferent. This is absolutely amazing.

He gave a performance and it was an outstanding one.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 1:48 AM

El Dillo on August 31, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Seen and answered.

http://yfrog.com/ob25160482p

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:49 AM

If it will help some understand what Eastwood did and how it was truly a great performance, think Forest Gump combined with Groucho Marx.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 1:55 AM

You can’t get away from the truth.

Do the idiots on MSLSD not have any family lucky enough to be aged to 80 years old?

Chris Matthews and your cohorts:

You know exactly what Clint Eastwood was saying, and you damn well know what he is implying, and he is exactly right. Oh, I almost forgot, you slimy hater: Have a dose.

You can talk around it, spin it, parse it, and do all of your other Clintonesque tricks. We won’t be fooled again, you tingly jackass.

You can’t get away from the truth.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Eastwood didn’t give a bad speech. He didn’t give a good speech. He didn’t give a some good and some bad speech. He didn’t give a speech. He gave a performance! And it was delicious. It was a combination of Forrest Gump, Groucho Marx and Mark Twain.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

It’s very odd, I can’t it explain it but the second time I saw it was entirely different. I didn’t dislike it the first time but the second time it seemed very fluid and focused. I think Obama is going to hate it every time it is shown.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:46 AM

I agree…it did seem a little “choppy” the first time. But when you watch it knowing full well the man is 82…perhaps you just watch it with a bit more patience in general. Maybe some of the younger people here just can’t quite appreciate that yet.

lynncgb on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Something about the Dems not being dumb enough to respond to Clint?

El Dillo on August 31, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Thought he wasn’t watching

Second what a thin skinned whiner hahaha

Conservative4ev on August 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Yes. Some people will not recognize what Eastwood did to Obama, or how well he did it.

Many will be embarrassed for Eastwood, not realizing the subtle approach.

The political sucker fish attached to the Incredible Shrinking Obama are enraged.

As usual, their anger is as sophisticated as buzzards fighting over road kill.

Eastwood left them road kill all right: the guy in the empty chair beside him.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Some here still don’t seem to understand that Eastwood didn’t give a speech, good, bad or indifferent. This is absolutely amazing.

He gave a performance and it was an outstanding one.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 1:48 AM

A fine performance it was.

Clint Eastwood did some vintage Bob Newhart shtick and eviscerated Barky. A little bit of stumbling here, a little aw shucks misdirection there All while he stuck the knife in and twisted it every two or three minutes.

Eastwood was obviously not using the teleprompter that were set up They were props there for the invisible empty chair/empty suit Obama. And even the whole “Eastwood was acting bizarre” thing was a trap. If the Dems choose to mock and belittle a beloved living legend, let them do it. And see how far it gets them.

Eastwood was Absolutely wicked.

jrgdds on August 31, 2012 at 2:10 AM

He didn’t give a speech. He gave a performance! And it was delicious. It was a combination of Forrest Gump, Groucho Marx and Mark Twain.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Yes he did and yes he was.

I think it’s hilarious that the usual suspects haven’t got it yet.

Giv’em a spell; they’ll get there, then proceed to attempt to tear that down.

Good luck.

We’re gonna take our country back in November, despite what the wheels at the wheel think!

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:11 AM

claudius on August 31, 2012 at 1:47 AM

No, I’m past due for my Tetanus booster.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:12 AM

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

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Eastwood was Absolutely wicked.

jrgdds on August 31, 2012 at 2:10 AM

The thinskinned whiner will respond next week, he has to.
The only question is — who will give the lefty version of Eastwood’s performance ?

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Clint Eastwood did some vintage Bob Newhart shtick and eviscerated Barky.

jrgdds on August 31, 2012 at 2:10 AM

It was a combination of Forrest Gump Bob Newhart, Groucho Marx and Mark Twain.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 2:18 AM

I love many of Clint Eastwood’s movies, but Romney and the Republican Party are starting to scare me more than Obama. The GOP is being run like a dictatorship!

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 2:22 AM

I was expecting something good from Eastwood, but kind of let down and confused. That many stumbles and the failed talking to a chair routine was hard to watch.

deuce on August 31, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Clint Eastwood gave a first rate performance with genuine feeling mixed in. Though a bit more frail nowadays he still got his points across effectively.

A lot of the shaky, contemplative voice is a hat tip to Jimmy Stewart talking to Harvey albeit in this case Harvey is the profane, incompetent, incorrigible Obama trash-talking inaudible responses. Rude, incompetent classlessness is precisely what people have come to expect from Obama. Eastwood hammered that point home.

Clint is the real deal mostly of a “government get off our backs” persuasion. A guy who ran for mayor from frustration of trying to run a business. All the more meaning from experience to his “businessman” comments.

Clint is as noted earlier a big fan of live jazz music, much of that of New Orleans style(s) and origin as many will recall from his film soundtracks. Those knowing and having been in the details will remember the long gone Tyler’s Beer Garden, the still kicking (and “saxophoning”) James Rivers and some great days when a few beers, great jazz, familiar faces all could sit down and enjoy the music regardless of various degrees of notoriety. Good times during the late 1970s and early to mid 1980s, in particular.

viking01 on August 31, 2012 at 2:27 AM

I love many of Clint Eastwood’s movies, but Romney and the Republican Party are starting to scare me more than Obama. The GOP is being run like a dictatorship!

FloatingRock on August 31, 2012 at 2:22 AM

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

It’s so fun watching the blowhards on MSLSD explode their own heads.

Good times.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:31 AM

viking01 on August 31, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Loved “Harvey”! Loved Jimmy Stewart.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Sad.

That performance reminds me of a line by Peter O’Toole’s character in “My Favorite Year” When he found out he was going to have to do a live performance:

“I’m not an actor, I’m a Movie Star“.

And a comb would have helped too,
in a world where style is more important than substance to 85% of the population.

LegendHasIt on August 31, 2012 at 2:36 AM

viking01 on August 31, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Loved “Harvey”! Loved Jimmy Stewart.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Clint and General Jimmy Stewart both are and were genuine, fairly humble people (and people persons) off screen. I wonder how many know that Gen. Stewart remained Air Guard during his film career and was aboard B-52s over Vietnam, on occasion. Stewart was and remained very much the career esprit-de-corps military pilot, as much as practicable. Their public persona is themselves. Apparently Alfred Hitchcock outside the studio was a regular guy as apparently are Gary Sinise, Tom Selleck, and ….Ronaldus Magnus when he didn’t have to worry about being spokesman for this or that or wary of sabotage by Sam Donaldson or other now outed Old Media hacks.

IMO Part of what adds spice to Eastwood’s humorous spanking of Obama is how it channels much of what Eastwood certainly has seen in egomaniacs in Hollyweird. Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, James Cameron and Cameron Diaz, perhaps. Hence the disclaimer at the start that not all actors and actresses are like those Leftys.

viking01 on August 31, 2012 at 2:52 AM

And a comb would have helped too,
in a world where style is more important than substance to 85% of the population.

LegendHasIt on August 31, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Apparently Eastwood’s levity is lost on you. “Every one a critic” as the old saying goes.

Let us know next time your famous self doesn’t mind taking a moment to lighten up in your golden years yet still convey a sense of seriousness for those whom who realize the movie roles are make believe yet the real destruction which is slipped-mask Obama now gone beyond the makeup department and endless retakes to conceal.

viking01 on August 31, 2012 at 2:59 AM

viking01 on August 31, 2012 at 2:52 AM

I remember a Roast of some sort, maybe even Pres. Reagan, where Jimmy Stewart corrected him about his rank. On the Open Thread, someone pointed out that this is going to get played and played. As we know, The Won, is very thin skinned and will not like being mocked. I don’t know if you have seen it by Obama has already tried to hit back. Treacher has a great thread on it.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/30/heres-clint/

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Anyone who would denigrate Mr. Eastwood’s performance obviously has no close family, or hates their close family. I would also add that they lack a sense of appreciation for performance art at its pinnacle.

Clint Eastwood got all of the points across, despite his obvious infirmities. Pray for the fools over on the Fools’ Network(s). They’ll get it after a while, and they’ll still hate it.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Thanks for the link. I’ll try to read it before my eyelids close.

All through the Eastwood presentation I kept remembering (as Clint spoke to the interrupting Fauxbama) those famous words…. “Feeling lucky punk???”

viking01 on August 31, 2012 at 3:17 AM

The Empty Suit meets the Empty Chair.

Spot on.

Perfect.

Fukkin’ A.

Hell yeah.

You go.

That’s the ticket.

SMAK!

Holy Truth-in-the-face, Batman!

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:19 AM

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