Quotes of the day

posted at 9:38 pm on August 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

“Not me,” said an exasperated-looking senior adviser, when asked who was responsible for Mr. Eastwood’s speech. In late-night interviews, aides variously called the speech “strange” and “weird.” One described it as “theater of the absurd.”…

A senior Republican involved in convention planning said that Mr. Eastwood’s appearance was cleared by at least two of Mr. Romney’s top advisers, Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens. This person said that there had been no rehearsal, to the surprise of the rest of the campaign team.

But another adviser said that several top aides had reviewed talking points given to Mr. Eastwood, which the campaign had discussed with the actor as recently as a few hours before his appearance. Mr. Eastwood, however, delivered those points in a theatrical, and at times crass, way that caught Romney aides off guard, this person said.

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“Listen, the guy went out and did what actors do something, he did a little improv,” Stuart Stevens told reporters Friday. “If someone wants to say this wasn’t Clint Eastwood’s greatest performance, have at it… Some people didn’t like Dirty Harry, some people didn’t like Gran Torino. That’s okay.”

Stevens said Eastwood never had prepared remarks for the speech, and only planned to hit on themes he’d successfully communicated at two Romney fundraisers earlier this summer in Sun Valley, Idaho. The idea to bring out an empty chair and talk to it as though it represented President Obama was one that came to Eastwood shortly before going on stage, and a prop aide fetched him the chair without asking questions. The aide assumed Eastwood was planning to sit down…

“I was backstage with [Mitt] and he was laughing, and he enjoyed it,” Stevens said, adding that the candidate thanked him for coming.

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The reviews continue to pour in on Clint Eastwood’s appearance at the Republican National convention Thursday night, and “mixed” might be a charitable way to put it. One prominent Republican, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, said that he “cringed” at the performance

In multiple television appearances Friday morning, Ann Romney was asked about Eastwood, largely demurring, calling him “a unique guy,” and noting the campaign was happy for his support. But when asked on CBS’ This Morning whether she thought the campaign should have aired a well-received video tribute in prime time in place of Eastwood, she responded: “Yes, I do wish more people had seen those touching moments.”

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“Clint Eastwood was a disaster,” Lawrence O’Donnell said.

“I thought Clint Eastwood was bizarre,” Ed Schultz said. “It was demeaning to the presidency.”

Fox News’s Chris Wallace, meanwhile, wouldn’t even opine on the speech.

“Let me say that I get paid to review politicians,” he said. “There’s no way I’m going to touch Clint Eastwood’s performance tonight.”

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Speaking to Invisible Obama last night, in a performance that seemed to have been written by Timothy Leary and performed by Cheech & Chong, Clint Eastwood was able to drive home to tens of millions of viewers the central message of this year’s Republican National Convention: We Are Delusional and Detached from Reality. Vote for Us!

The footage of Eastwood rambling and mumbling to his “Harvey”—President Obama—will be played to audiences a hundred years from now as the Most Bizarre Convention Moment Ever. The people of the future will know nothing about Dirty Harry or Josey Wales or Million Dollar Baby. They will know about the night a crazy old man hijacked a national party’s most important gathering so he could literally tell the president to go do something to himself (i.e. fuck himself). In those few moments (and these days, it only takes a few moments—see Anthony Weiner), he completely upended and redefined how he’ll be remembered by younger and future generations.

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As Mr. Hayward suggests, the hard lines packed more of a punch for being delivered in the midst of a Bob Newhart empty-chair shtick from the Dean Martin show circa 1968. Indeed, they were some of the hardest lines of the convention and may well prove the take-home (“We own this country . . . Politicians are employees of ours . . . And when somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go”), but they seemed more effective for appearing to emerge extemporaneously from the general shambles.

The curse of political operatives is that they make everything the same. A guy smoothly reading platitudinous codswallop while rotating his head from the left-hand teleprompter to the right-hand teleprompter like clockwork as if he’s at Centre Court watching the world’s slowest Wimbledon rally is a very reductive idea of “professionalism.” Even politicians you’re well disposed to come across as slick bores in that format. Which is by way of saying Clint is too sharp and too crafty not to have known what he was doing.

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Eastwood’s criticisms of Barack Obama were the average American’s criticisms of Barack Obama. If you want to hammer the president in a way that appeals to undecideds, you couldn’t do much better than to complain about high unemployment and an endless war. That won’t sound authentic coming from Romney, who has been tagged, fairly or not, as the guy who likes to fire people, and whose position on Afghanistan is 180 degrees away from Eastwood’s. But coming from Clint Eastwood, that isn’t a big problem…

In short: A widely beloved figure came onstage, offered a politically popular critique of the other party’s candidate, put it in transpartisan terms that are more likely to appeal to undecided voters, and did it in a way that guaranteed we will remember it. He was human, eccentric, funny, weird, relatable. Maybe I would have preferred a performance of Eastwood’s anti-government monologue from The Outlaw Josey Wales, but I’m not the target audience. I say the speech helps Romney.

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The further I get from it, the more I like it. His timing wasn’t perfect, but it was perfect in all the critical spots. And the parts where he missed his timing actually built a sense of mild danger about the performance. I don’t know how it played on TV, but in the arena I kept thinking, Dear God, this thing could go completely off the rails any second. That frisson of disaster narrowly avoided lent the thing a kind of extra spontaneity and power…

I think there’s the potential of real political danger in it for the Obama campaign. You could easily–really easily–imagine a world in which the Dems try to rebut it or mock it in Charlotte and instead they actually make the bite deeper. You could also imagine a world in which the empty chair becomes a pop symbol of Obama’s failed presidency. Romney and Ryan could leave an empty chair on every stage they mount. It could be a kind of iconic short-hand for popular disillusionment with Obama’s job performance.

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The weirdness seemed to discomfit the audience, but also charged them with adrenaline. Weirdness, maybe, was just what this convention needed — a reminder that, however closely choreographed, the conventions are still live events…

Commenters initially called it a catastrophe for Romney. But for decades voters have complained that there’s no spontaneity at the conventions. Eastwood brought the spontaneity, with the crazy. Who vetted his speech — or failed to? Who cares? He woke up a flagging crowd just in time for Romney’s acceptance speech.

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This morning on the local radio, the journalists kept talking about how awful the Clint Eastwood thing was, but what was hilarious was when they talked to normal people — the folks who called in or whom they were otherwise interviewing — the people all responded that they thought Eastwood was awesome. One even said he thought Eastwood had made a convincing argument (imagine the pain speechwriters experience when hearing a man on the street say stuff like that). Some were actually confused by the media question built on the premise that Eastwood had done something wrong.

My theory on this is that we have a bunch of Tracy Flick wannabes in our media and political elite. They sit there fantasizing about delivering a stemwinder that transforms the nation. They practice it over and over in their minds and think of themselves as rhetorical geniuses. They watch whatever that Eastwood performance was and they can not compute it. It’s racist. It’s awful. It’s a debacle. It can’t be allowed to exist!

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Via Mediaite.

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Via the Daily Rushbo.

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Via Misfit Politics.


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Ridicule is da bomb, and he gives us so much material!
Naturally Curly on September 1, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Alinsky Rule 5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

:D

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Happy to be of help, Barred. From Twitchy.com “As sand sculpture firm “Team Sandtastic” put the finishing touches on a 16-foot sculpture of President Barack Obama outside of the EpiCentre in Charlotte, N.C.”

Here’s the pic of Sand Obama.

It’s too weird for words.

GrannyDee on August 31, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Fitting, isn’t it? No firm foundation, just nothing but shifting sand.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 7:56 AM

There was another one that I saw Thursday night where someone had photoshopped the back of Romney’s head into that picture, but I can’t find it now.
Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Not related to the chair, but here’s a good cartoon:
http://postimage.org/image/hoivlda3t

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 7:58 AM

“I thought Clint Eastwood was bizarre,” Ed Schultz said. “It was demeaning to the presidency.”…

now that’s absolutely rich….as if barry hasn’t done enough to demean the presidency.

DiabloAzure on September 1, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Not related to the chair, but here’s a good cartoon:
http://postimage.org/image/hoivlda3t

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 7:58 AM

heh. Those words will haunt him for the rest of his life.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Who is cool, Eastwood or Obama?

nuff said.

Lonetown on September 1, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I couldn’t find the Alfed E. Newman pic, but I did stumble upon this on Tthe Morning Spew. Pretty powerful:

http://themorningspew.com/2012/08/29/obamanation-by-jon-mcnaughton/

Naturally Curly on September 1, 2012 at 8:14 AM

You individuals of less-than-solid spines need to sit back, and allow great Americans like Mr. Eastwood to push the Republican Candidate across the finish line.

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 8:18 AM

on msnbc, bob hebert, on Clints line that “we own this country” interprets it as sending a clear signal to white people.

renalin on September 1, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Naturally Curly on September 1, 2012 at 8:14 AM

excellent link….thanks

DiabloAzure on September 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I’ve been walking around the house this morning laughing about the chair.

There has been a drought over the last 3.5 years…..a drought of LAUGHTER!

we need to have lots and lots more of it, it’s good for the soul.

ted c on September 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

What the MSM cannot stand about these conventions is they cannot pre-filter the remarks. They cannot unring the bell. They can try to discredit afterwards, but with someone of Clint’s stature, they are not up to the task. Whoever decided to let Eastwood be on during the network coverage should be given a raise and possibly the job of Press Secretary in the Romney WH.

txmomof6 on September 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Believe me, there are Republicans who would have griped, groaned and complained had the speech been given by Jesus Himself.

Eastwood is a former officeholder, a smart, successful businessman and the GOP would be smart too if they would just STFU and accept support from whoever is willing to give it. He said there are more conservatives in Hollywood than we know. I believe that, but I wish they had Eastwood’s spine when it comes to helping us win elections.

Mr. Grump on September 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Cupp was frothing at the mouth in that clip. Maybe she took that cyanide after all. She comes across as a numbskull. And maybe she is.

Sherman1864 on September 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Whoever decided to let Eastwood be on during the network coverage should be given a raise and possibly the job of Press Secretary in the Romney WH.

txmomof6 on September 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

yep, the impromptu nature of his remarks and the utterly hilarious symbolism of the empty chair has the left apoplectic. Moreover, Clint Eastwood is untouchable. Criticize him as you like, but it’s to your own demise, IMO. The left has just had a piano dropped upon them, and it wasn’t by anything that mitt said, it was by way of a single, simple, solitary empty chair.

ted c on September 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Just read that the sand sculpture was taken down for security reasons. Right! It was so creepy and downright frightening. I bet they didn’t want to deal with the ridicule.

Paddington on September 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

This seat’s taken.
rokemronnie on September 1, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Yes it was. And we want it back.

Barnestormer on September 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Whoever decided to let Eastwood be on during the network coverage should be given a raise and possibly the job of Press Secretary in the Romney WH.
txmomof6 on September 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Better yet – make Clint the WH Press Secretary. Answer to jackass reporter: “Do you feel lucky, punk?”.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

What I like most is that there is a moment, a couple weeks ago maybe, when Romney shrugged his shoulders and said “Let Clint say whatever he wants to”. As much of a control freak (in a good way i HOPE) that Romney is, THAT is a classy thing to allow.

RutRoh on September 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I like S.E. Cupp but young people can be tight azzes to. Relax, Kiddo!

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

It’s too weird for words.

GrannyDee on August 31, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Fitting, isn’t it? No firm foundation, just nothing but shifting sand.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 7:56 AM

heh, very fitting. A house built on sand..ya know how that goes.

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Every other pharaoh had tribute statues in front of mass meeting places, didn’t they?

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I like S.E. Cupp but young people can be tight azzes to. Relax, Kiddo!

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I know Cin, a lot of people with a big stick up their arse syndrome.

I enjoyed it.

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Better yet – make Clint the WH Press Secretary. Answer to jackass reporter: “Do you feel lucky, punk?”.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Every time he answered a question….it would “make my day”!!

sorry ;-D

hoosierma on September 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

No matter what you thought of Eastwood’s performance, why anyone would take MSNBC seriously or use any quotes from them is beyond me. They are nothing more than the propaganda office for the democratic party. Of course they are going to attack and make fun of Eastwood, and Romney, Rubio, Palin, Reagan, Lincoln, John C. Fremont, and anyone else who happens to have a “R” next to their name, or says anything nice about someone who has a “R” next to their name.

That is what propaganda offices do…

William Eaton on September 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The GOP consultants always have their panties in a wad. They are highly paid wussies that spend their time hiding in the corner sucking their thumbs praying that their client will lose. They have no clue to the peril we are in because of the historical black president. Apparently they don’t understand that the “racist” meme isn’t cutting it anymore. I might even add that our elected Republican officals seem to have the same mind set. What ever happened to checks and balances?

Scott Walker and, I am ashamed to say that even my own governor, were somewhat taken aback by Clint Eastwood’s performance. WTH? It was an Oscar-worthy one for sure. It was perfect in every way. I would have prefered a more hard hitting one, but this worked out great for the theme of Mitt’s speech. I don’t understand the consternation on our side. The empty chair has now become a symbol of Obama’s presidency thanks to a snap decision on Clint’s part. Even if the Romeny campaign never uses it, it will be a staple on the internet way far into the future. Bumper stickers with an empty chair and no words will convey the message far better than words ever will. Give it the Andy Warhol treatment and it will go down in in political history as an icon.

Every phrase that Clint Eastwood uttered that night on the stage is genius all by itself. There were so many of them. The best one was the most familiar and was what really set the Dems off was the iconic “Go ahead, make my day.” It it was off to the races(pun intended)

BetseyRoss on September 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Better yet – make Clint the WH Press Secretary. Answer to jackass reporter: “Do you feel lucky, punk?”.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

That or head of the Secretary of Defense. Can you imagine? Get off my lawn. Or to Putin, Go Ahead, Make My Day.

txmomof6 on September 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Oops typo, should have deleted “head of”. Need more coffee.

txmomof6 on September 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Every other pharaoh had tribute statues in front of mass meeting places, didn’t they?

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

True KJ..and not just Pharaoh’s…

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

No matter what you thought of Eastwood’s performance, why anyone would take MSNBC seriously or use any quotes from them is beyond me. They are nothing more than the propaganda office for the democratic party. Of course they are going to attack and make fun of Eastwood, and Romney, Rubio, Palin, Reagan, Lincoln, John C. Fremont, and anyone else who happens to have a “R” next to their name, or says anything nice about someone who has a “R” next to their name.

That is what propaganda offices do…

William Eaton on September 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Of course you’re right. Everyone here knows it, but some people will nevertheless be influenced by MSNBC. Sadly, not everyone is able to recognize the bias. There are some real idiots out there with the power to vote. Many of these people get their information from The Tonight Show and Comedy Central.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

There’s a lot of good that comes from various Republican pundits and establishment types grumbling about the speech. Most importantly, it distances Republicans as a group so that they can’t be accused of mean-spirited vitriol. (I am glad, though, that Mitt said he “laughed” during the routine, since that humanizes him.) If you look at the content of Eastwood’s remarks, it’s devastating. If the speech hadn’t been delivered in such a halting, bemused, eccentric manner, it might very well have caused a backlash (“Republicans are just mean!”).

As it was, Clint got away with a lot of zingers that cut to the bone, and hard-nosed, determined Tea Party individuals like Scott Walker who claim they “cringed” now can’t be accused of beating up on Obama because they have so effectively distanced themselves from the remarks.

The situation is similar to what happened in Akin’s case where, because the remarks were so controversial, it was extremely important for other Republicans to distance themselves immediately. Meanwhile, something extraordinary has happened: Clint made the “meanest” speech of anyone at the convention, yet he’s the one getting everyone’s sympathy, even young people commenting at Yahoo. Go figure.

It’s called having your cake and eating it, too.

Burke on September 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I like S.E. Cupp but young people can be tight azzes to. Relax, Kiddo!

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I know Cin, a lot of people with a big stick up their arse syndrome.

I enjoyed it.

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Back during the primaries, geez that seems so long ago now, I heard S.E. go on a rant against Gingrich during an interview on Beck’s radio show. She was repeating the left’s talking points verbatim. I realized then that S.E. isn’t as enlightened as she’d like folks to think she is.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

LOL “Charios – Toasted Presidency”

http://t.co/t6bycShE

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

The left’s reaction to Eastwood’s performance is more of a statement than the performance itself. And I expect he knew it would be. They’re predictably joyless, whiny people. Poke a stick at the beehive and they’ll go into full-on, ugly attack mode for all the world to see. And Clint Eastwood carries a big stick.

I thought he was brilliant.

Murf76 on September 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Back during the primaries, geez that seems so long ago now, I heard S.E. go on a rant against Gingrich during an interview on Beck’s radio show. She was repeating the left’s talking points verbatim. I realized then that S.E. isn’t as enlightened as she’d like folks to think she is.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

No need to try to trash S.E. Cupp for her reaction here. S.E. Cupp’s criticisms of Newt were shared by many conservatives, and we’re glad she expressed herself then.

Now, I didn’t have the same reaction to Clint that she did, but her disappointment with the Clint speech was more out of her concern that it (in her opinion) stole the thunder from and distracted from Rubio’s stellar speech.

S.E. Cupp is treasure, and I’m glad we have someone like her battling with the idiots on MSNBC.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Have you ever seen her on Red Eye? She can find the camera and milk it. Of course, if I looked like her I would do the same. She reads too much, she needs to experience life, and react, not respond to others. I wonder if caring so much about what other people think is based on youth or paycheck?

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

When asked how he responded to Clint’s speech, Mitt said he “laughed.” This not only humanized Mitt, it also made all the liberals who then went on to criticize the speech look humorless. “Let the old geezer alone. He’s an icon, for heaven’s sake. And he’s just saying what we all believe anyway,” is being said in coffee shops all over America. And Roger Ebert, who hurumphed “I’ve never been so disappointed!” looked like a partisan sourpuss (which he is, of course, but now this fact is being particularly highlighted).

Burke on September 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

She reads too much, she needs to experience life, and react, not respond to others. I wonder if caring so much about what other people think is based on youth or paycheck?

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Have you read her book? How do you know she hasn’t experienced enough life?

She’s a fantastic, honest and insightful writer. To top it off, she’s extremely telegenic and has a great personality.

If you’ve watched her enough, you’d know she doesn’t try to change or moderate her positions just to please the left. She says and does plenty that drives them crazy. She’s just someone who says what she thinks, even if sometimes people won’t like it.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 9:47 AM

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Back during the primaries, geez that seems so long ago now, I heard S.E. go on a rant against Gingrich during an interview on Beck’s radio show. She was repeating the left’s talking points verbatim. I realized then that S.E. isn’t as enlightened as she’d like folks to think she is.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Morn’n Flora. I don’t watch the news..rare. I have seen many links to this Cupp lady here over the years-by AP. I have hardly been impressed. Is she like Frum in a skirt? The token R pundit they turn to for such hard hitting analysis? So the dumb viewers can go..see! Even the right agrees with us! lol..I pay it no mind.
When I hear her name here..I just think oh yeah..the hot atheist chick AP likes.
I guess you don’t remember what her Newt rant was over?
I favor blonds..so Cupp aint my cup of tea, even for eye candy. :)

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

LOL “Charios – Toasted Presidency”

http://t.co/t6bycShE

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

LOL..

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

How many times do you have to be told what an opinion is? Flora gave hers..you gave yours..easy.
Following Flora around and poking her is your MO. Seems like Cindy is also on your list since she offended you other buddy.
Just cut it out-old bro.

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:55 AM

No need to try to trash S.E. Cupp for her reaction here.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

LOL, so in your oxygen deprived mind, saying “I realized then that S.E. isn’t as enlightened as she’d like folks to think she is” is trashing her?

No, this is trashing someone you hypocritical harpy.

Won’t be Sarah Palin. The woman is a polarizing, incompetent buffoon with loser written all over her, and the whole country knows it. Besides her band of clueless worshipers who post on sites like this, the only people who want Palin to speak are Dems who know she’s toxic and would hurt more than she helps.

Sarah Palin, please stick to your reality tv shows. You screwed up already in 2008, and we don’t need you to do it again this year.

bluegill on August 28, 2012 at 3:57 PM

S.E. Cupp’s criticisms of Newt were shared by many conservatives, and we’re glad she expressed herself then.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Ah yes, but if anyone dared to criticize Romney they were called every name in the book by you, weren’t they? Again, don’t you ever get embarrassed exposing your blatant hypocrisy here every day?

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I haven’t watched her on MSNBC but she use to be on Red Eye often. I think being the lone conservative voice (token) is restricting. She’s a pretty neat kid, loves NASCAR, does a lot of hunting and fishing. And again, she is young. Young people hate to be embarrassed. It is the secret weapon for parents, to be used sparingly and with almost guaranteed success.

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM

yep, the impromptu nature of his remarks and the utterly hilarious symbolism of the empty chair has the left apoplectic. Moreover, Clint Eastwood is untouchable. Criticize him as you like, but it’s to your own demise, IMO. The left has just had a piano dropped upon them, and it wasn’t by anything that mitt said, it was by way of a single, simple, solitary empty chair.

ted c on September 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM

And the piano was dropped on them via a flawless performance by one of the best actors of all time. Every stammer, every fumble, every clearing of the throat, and even the messed up hair was planned, rehearsed, and delivered precisely as Clint intended. A good actor knows his audience and they were not in that room. He was playing to the independents out there who love him (really, who doesn’t) and who he knew would be watching live or just as likely on YouTube following the stir that his performance would engender.

His doddering, stumbling old-actor routine with the empty chair was designed to say to these independents that it’s okay to laugh at politicians, and particularly Obama. But, the two zingers — We own this country, they work for us and when somebody’s not doing the job, we’ve got to let them go — came across loud and clear, points that would’ve never been heard had he gone out there and did the teleprompter speech thing.

For those who think that he was merely being himself, they might be surprised to know that he’s directed or acted in some 7 or 8 movies over the last 5 years and that, in person, he’s as articulate as men half his age, though his gravelly voice is authentic. And you just know, after watching and reading all the mocking and ridiculing reviews from the left, he’s back at his house in Carmel, laughing his ass off.

The more I think about his appearance, the more I’m coming to believe that the election may have been won at that very moment or that it will be noted as a turning point in the final analysis.

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

How can you call yourself a Conservative, when you spend all of your time trashing them?

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Romney +3 in Rasmussen today, a 6 points move since 8/27, the day before the convention started. Lesson: gumbypoked bounces when poked.

bayview on September 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

If people don’t understand anything else about the appearance of Mr. Eastwood, they should just think about how fast and how, Obama responded. The only person cringing every time it is mentioned on the news is The Won.

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Again, don’t you ever get embarrassed exposing your blatant hypocrisy here every day?

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I think it’s safe to give that the big NO.

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Morn’n Flora. I don’t watch the news..rare. I have seen many links to this Cupp lady here over the years-by AP. I have hardly been impressed. Is she like Frum in a skirt? The token R pundit they turn to for such hard hitting analysis? So the dumb viewers can go..see! Even the right agrees with us! lol..I pay it no mind.
When I hear her name here..I just think oh yeah..the hot atheist chick AP likes.
I guess you don’t remember what her Newt rant was over?
I favor blonds..so Cupp aint my cup of tea, even for eye candy. :)

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I’ve seen S.E. sling some real zingers at some DEMwits, especially Pelosi and Weiner.

She’s got a right to her opinion, just like I’ve got a right to my opinion, regardless of what the harpy blue fish may think.

And yes, I do remember what her rant was about. She was repeating TPM’s lies as I said, almost verbatim, about Gingrich’s departure from the House.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I think it’s safe to give that the big NO.

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

As crr6 used to say, “Count It.”

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

And again, she is young. Young people hate to be embarrassed. It is the secret weapon for parents, to be used sparingly and with almost guaranteed success.

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Good points Cindy ^^
Ha, don’t I know it..so does my mom. :)
I looked her up..I have about 6 years on her.
My life and experiences through time have changed me and have I matured…and I am sure more to come as I hit my 40′s soon. Like everyone else she will to.
I just replied to Flora..I am not up on Cupp.

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I know you don’t mind but I was replying also, just indirectly.

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I see. Well, just like many..I sometimes agree with them..sometimes not. We all have opinions and sometimes they clash. Sounds like a young lady with good potential..
Since I really am not up on Miss Cupp..I don’t have an opinion as to why she would so easily fall into the lefts TP’s on Newt’s departure. You all have made me curious about her now..may have to look some stuff up!

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

And yes, I do remember what her rant was about. She was repeating TPM’s lies as I said, almost verbatim, about Gingrich’s departure from the House.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Well, the semi-piling on of S.E. Cupp (e.g., “she tries to please the left for a paycheck” and “she’s just another frum” and “have you seen how she preens for the camera?” and “she’s not as enlightened as she wants you to believe” and “she parrots talking points of left” and “she’s just a kid so we shouldn’t take her seriously” etc.) just reminded me of how some people here trashed Dick Cheney (!) of all people for supposedly not being a good enough conservative when he pointed out some uncomfortable truths about Palin’s 2008 candidacy. It comes across like petty jabs because you didn’t like what she said here. Look, S.E. Cupp’s reaction to the Clint speech was based on her desire for Rubio’s and Romney’s speeches to have as great an impact as possible. You can disagree with her about Clint’s speech, but it’s hard to fault where she’s coming from.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

He said, we own this country, the politicians work for us. No wonder they hate it.

Kenosha Kid on September 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I know you don’t mind but I was replying also, just indirectly.

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Of course I don’t mind. I didn’t mean it to come off that way. :)

Just made it clear so the fish who lurks knows I am not saying I know anything about her other then what has been linked here over the few years. Besides special occasions, no news on in the house. I only DVR shows I enjoy and FF through commercials. We are bombarded with all this everyday- that is my time away and free from all the madness-the politic free zone. Although..he/they sometimes find their way into my shows..like on Food TV Network..sigh.

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Better yet – make Clint the WH Press Secretary. Answer to jackass reporter: “Do you feel lucky, punk?”.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

That or head of the Secretary of Defense. Can you imagine? Get off my lawn. Or to Putin, Go Ahead, Make My Day.

txmomof6 on September 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

T’would be a fistful of awesome, it would.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Look, S.E. Cupp’s reaction to the Clint speech was based on her desire for Rubio’s and Romney’s speeches to have as great an impact as possible. You can disagree with her about Clint’s speech, but it’s hard to fault where she’s coming from.
bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Where she’s coming from was wanting to be one of the cool kids. Happens to easily impressionable and malleable Republicans. They take on the “Rodham” middle name in hopes of being accepted by the left as one of their token nominally conservative pundits.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

You can disagree with her about Clint’s speech, but it’s hard to fault where she’s coming from.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

You really do see things that aren’t there, don’t you? I beg you, beg you, to find one, just one, comment of mine where I have expressed an opinion on what Eastwood said.

And while you’re at it, find one comment of mine criticizing Cheney’s comments about Palin.

Ya know, attacking someone because they don’t have the same opinion as yours sounds very similar to the leftist tactic of free speech for me, but not for thee.”

And it is even more ugly from someone who claims to be a conservative than it is from the left.

#WAR

And because I neglected to include it in my earlier reply to you – #WAR

P.S. I’m sure a doctor could help your condition of seeing things that aren’t there.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

The further I get from it, the more I like it. His timing wasn’t perfect, but it was perfect in all the critical spots. And the parts where he missed his timing actually built a sense of mild danger about the performance. I don’t know how it played on TV, but in the arena I kept thinking, Dear God, this thing could go completely off the rails any second. That frisson of disaster narrowly avoided lent the thing a kind of extra spontaneity and power…

I think there’s the potential of real political danger in it for the Obama campaign. You could easily–really easily–imagine a world in which the Dems try to rebut it or mock it in Charlotte and instead they actually make the bite deeper. You could also imagine a world in which the empty chair becomes a pop symbol of Obama’s failed presidency. Romney and Ryan could leave an empty chair on every stage they mount. It could be a kind of iconic short-hand for popular disillusionment with Obama’s job performance.

THIS.

NOMOBO on September 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Have you read her book? How do you know she hasn’t experienced enough life?

She’s a fantastic, honest and insightful writer. To top it off, she’s extremely telegenic and has a great personality.

If you’ve watched her enough, you’d know she doesn’t try to change or moderate her positions just to please the left. She says and does plenty that drives them crazy. She’s just someone who says what she thinks, even if sometimes people won’t like it.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Simple, her youth, but she is one of the good kids.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

bazil9 on September 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I know. Psychitzo!

Cindy Munford on September 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

P.S. I’m sure a doctor could help your condition of seeing things that aren’t there.

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Listen, I was just speaking generally about the critics here of Cheney after he spoke the truth about Palin. I don’t recall exactly who said what, so please don’t take it personally.

Where she’s coming from was wanting to be one of the cool kids. Happens to easily impressionable and malleable Republicans. They take on the “Rodham” middle name in hopes of being accepted by the left as one of their token nominally conservative pundits.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Perhaps, but many times she has demonstrated a willingness to go against what’s “cool” according to the left.

Seriously, though… are you going to say you weren’t sweating just a little when Clint started hesitating during the speech? I almost had a heart attack because I thought something was going terribly wrong. It was so bizarre. But the more I thought about it and after watching it again, I loved it, even though it felt so joltingly out of place. To be honest, I have absolutely no idea what effect, if any, it is going to have on people and whether it ended up benefiting or hurting the speeches that followed it. I’m just stunned that the man had the guts to go out there and do something like that with a prop and basically unscripted. You gotta love him just for the sheer guts that took. And then the joke about Obama supposedly telling Clint where Romney could shove something? I was thinking, “what am I watching?! what is happening? this is crazy!”

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Listen, I was just speaking generally about the critics here of Cheney after he spoke the truth about Palin. I don’t recall exactly who said what, so please don’t take it personally.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

In other words, “I was just pulling stuff out of my azz again and can never prove the wild accusations that I throw out here. But please don’t take it personally.”

Got it!

#WAR

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

#WAR

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Just in case you haven’t heard me say this enough lately. I love you. ; )

Bmore on September 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Seriously, though…are you going to say you weren’t sweating just a little when Clint started hesitating during the speech?
bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Nope, I had me a grand old time. And I wasn’t the one up past midnight defensively tweeting pics of WH chairs – now, that’s sweating it.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Bmore on September 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

:-)

And I wasn’t the one up past midnight defensively tweeting pics of WH chairs – now, that’s sweating it.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Like a you know what in church. lol

Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Oh, on this -

I almost had a heart attack because I thought something was going terribly wrong.
bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

There’s a cure for that.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Like a you know what in church. lol
Flora Duh on September 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Do that and you have to sit in your own pew. Nyuk, nyuk.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Eastwood is a former officeholder, a smart, successful businessman and the GOP would be smart too if they would just STFU and accept support from whoever is willing to give it. He said there are more conservatives in Hollywood than we know. I believe that, but I wish they had Eastwood’s spine when it comes to helping us win elections.

Mr. Grump on September 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

There’s only one Eastwood. And as much as we mock Sean Penn and Tim Robbins (remember him? Susan doesn’t either), the next level of conservative stars don’t even reach their level of prominence, so why subject themselves to that level of ridicule? And find themselves waiting tables again?

Hollywood helps in its own way. Click on “California.” State’s given Romney more money than any other state in the union, $18.4 million. The nearest runners-up are Texas ($13.9 million), New York ($13.7 million), Florida ($13.5 million). Every other state contributes less than half those amounts.

Hollywood and Silicon Valley do what they can. Which adds up.

de rigueur on September 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

“Not me,” said an exasperated-looking senior adviser, when asked who was responsible for Mr. Eastwood’s speech. In late-night interviews, aides variously called the speech “strange” and “weird.” One described it as “theater of the absurd.”…

Big Surprise …
Willard the Wimp being upstaged by a real man.
No wonder the Mitten crew were aghast:
“A man! A real MAN! upstaging our gutless guy!”
And so it goes for those who reap what they sow.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Big Surprise …
Willard the Wimp being upstaged by a real man.
No wonder the Mitten crew were aghast:
“A man! A real MAN! upstaging our gutless guy!”
And so it goes for those who reap what they sow.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What a perfectly stupid comment. Mitt liked Clint’s speech.

As for him not being a real man, Mitt has shown immense courage and ballsiness during this long slog to the White House, and he does it with grace and dignity, as well. Mitt is hanging tough and is poised to win this thing, even after enduring a $100 million+ onslaught from the Dems and their lackeys in the news media.

No, Karl, you should spend as much time on the content of your comments as you obviously do on the pretty formatting and cutesy squiggles that are your trademark.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

You fill the thread with a stench every time. Not many like you. Its the stench!!! You petty little creature.

Bmore on September 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

My take.

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The empty chair was fantastic. I loved it.

Maybe this is just my wretched sense of humor at work, but did anyone else get the sense that Eastwood was also mocking the way Obama speaks when he’s not reading from the teleprompter? All the “uhs” and “ums” and spitting out a few words to then go down a completely different track, still “Um-ing” and “Uh-ing.”

My read is that Eastwood knew exactly what he was saying, and every garbled word was deliberate. Empty chair, babbling speechifying == Little Barry. As others have pointed out — the money quotes were delivered perfectly.

catsandbooks on September 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

BetseyRoss on September 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Exactly. If I heard right, Mark Levin said the best speech of the night was Clint Eastwood, LOL

bluefox on September 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 9:50 PM

The President of the United States should not Act the way he does.

Go back to Rio Linda, you commie.

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