Video: Metaphor of the day

posted at 6:41 pm on August 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate, I’ll give you two options on this. One: It’s a metaphor for the Democrats’ Mediscare offensive ever since Paul Ryan joined the ticket. Two: It’s a metaphor for Romney’s decision to let Clint Eastwood do that performance art piece in primetime. I’m sticking with number one, partly because it makes me feel good and partly because I’m not remotely convinced that Eastwood is any kind of liability for Mitt.

Having watched this three times, I still don’t understand why the Towson guys tackled him. Granted, it didn’t really matter — the play was ultimately ruled dead as soon as the ball was touched near Towson’s end zone — but that’s some mighty dumb football all around. Exit question: What percentage of the reaction to Eastwood’s speech on both sides is being driven purely by partisanship? Ninety-seven? Ninety-eight?


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Eleventy-eleven percent!

/BISHOP!!

Khun Joe on August 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

The opponents should have let him go all the way.

aunursa on August 31, 2012 at 6:46 PM

The Clint Eastwood bit wasn’t a liability — it was a knock-out punch right to barack’s face, and every single barack supporter knows it. It was hilarious. It had an “everyman” quality that will go right to the gut of undecided voters — “they work for us…and when someone doesn’t do the job, ya gotta let him go.”

Rational Thought on August 31, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I didn’t know Biden had a son playing college football.

hillsoftx on August 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Clint is NOT a liability. C’mon, wake up.

Clint just gave Romney the advantage in this thing.

If Clint Eastwood thinks Obama failed then so do I, and so does a whole lot of people, worldwide. You seem not to grasp how influential Eastwood is with so many people.

Whatever the specific attacks the left tries, the fact is forever out there: Clint Eastwood thinks Obama failed. That message is now top-of-mind for millions of people.

doorsxp on August 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

It’s Kent State the biggest surprise is they’re winning.

RickB on August 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

It was kind of like if Joe Biden played football and was tackled by the 3 Stooges…

And there’s gotta be some racism in there…was the punter a white guy?

albill on August 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The classic wrong way football player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eBrb00pdGw

Mark1971 on August 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I suppose you don’t hear the dog whistle on this video?

Most of the players are black…… The stadium is mostly empty……

Which shows that they don’t have the good stuff and not enough corporate sponsors. Which means that there are no banners from Staples. And that order came from the equity firm Bain Capital which must have told Staples not to sponsor Black sports teams.

Which proves that Mitt Romney hates black people.

Vvvvvvvvvewwwwww Vvvvvvvvvewwww (I hear it…don’t you?)

PappyD61 on August 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I didn’t know Biden had a son playing college football.

hillsoftx on August 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

No, Jim Marshall of the Vikings.

RickB on August 31, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Triumph of training over awareness.

Count to 10 on August 31, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Ya gotta let him go…

Punchenko on August 31, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I hope Dear Leader takes the legacy media down with him…he’s definitely “Wrong Way Obama”.

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM

FORWARD

heh.

RealMc on August 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I can’t bear to watch this kind of mistake. I feel so sorry for people who do this. I can see myself doing this.

davidk on August 31, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Exit question: What percentage of the reaction to Eastwood’s speech on both sides is being driven purely by partisanship? Ninety-seven? Ninety-eight?

Sure, I’m partisan. But I liked Eastwood’s speech. I’ve been a huge fan of his westerns for years. I have DVDs of every single western he’s ever made. So count me in the 98%.

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 6:59 PM

let the dems continue to think it was a liability and continue with their abortion convention

idiots…

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Why don’t coaches insist that their return guys fair catch the ball? What good could come out of letting that one drop – besides the other team picking it up and running the wrong way?

forest on August 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Fox News had over 9 million viewers last night…Wow!

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 7:01 PM

It is a metaphor for Obama and Romney. The republic is dead, yet Obama wants to run it into the ground anyway, meanwhile Romney and team are knocking him down so that they can prevent a plan that’s already a moot point. I believe WE are the football.

abobo on August 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Fox News had over 9 million viewers last night…Wow!

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I wonder how many watched gavel-to-gavel on c-span. I did. Online.

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Sure, I’m partisan. But I liked Eastwood’s speech. I’ve been a huge fan of his westerns for years. I have DVDs of every single western he’s ever made. So count me in the 98%.

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 6:59 PM

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Best film ever. I’m in as a 99%’er

oldroy on August 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

With the way the Left went bananas over Eastwood, I think they saw him as more of a liability for their side.

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I tried to watch Fox News, but I couldn’t do it. I went to CSPAN.

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 7:06 PM

why’d they tackle the guy?

Heck,he spikes the ball they could have picked it up for a touchdown. Or, if it goes out of bounds, you’re looking at a safety.

KirknBurker on August 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Head ‘em up.. move ‘em out.. RAWHIDE!

Keep those Demo’s moving, though they’re disapproving, keep those Demo’s moving… RAWHIDE.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

It doesn’t matter that he ran the wrong way, or that the other team tackled him. He was running with a dead ball. It cannot be advanced or retreated on a muffed punt. It was spotted right at the 7 for the following play.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Best film ever.

oldroy on August 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I don’t know if it’s the best film ever, but it’s in my Top Five. Apparently they knew how to make movies in the mid-sixties.

Have you seen anything recently that’s worth watching? I went to see “Ted” a few weeks ago. blech. Earlier in the summer I went to see Prometheus. Disappointing. No wonder I rarely go to the cinema.

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Polls show that 68% of the people polled loved the Eastwood speech, 22% hated it.

The electorate is about 20% liberal.

Kirsty Ally came out today in support of Eastwood’s speech. She said it was ‘on point’ and funny. She added “And I’m a Democrat”.

Kathleen Turner voiced her support for Eastwood’s speech as well.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Sorry.. Janine Turner.. not Kathleen.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 7:12 PM

The amount the left freaks out about an event is directly proportionate to how badly they are damaged by the event.

steel guy on August 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM

If you let it go instead of catching it and it goes into the end zone, you get the ball on the 20. The only reason the other team got the ball was because it touched the return man which makes it a fumble.

AndrewsDad on August 31, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Allahpundit,

You are proof that “a man should know his limitations”.

jackal40 on August 31, 2012 at 7:14 PM

That’s why he’s playing on special teams……….

GWB on August 31, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Exit question: What percentage of the reaction to Eastwood’s speech on both sides is being driven purely by partisanship? Ninety-seven? Ninety-eight

Probably closer to 100%, but the winner in this is Team Romney. Clint’s shtick has gone viral and a lot of people who didn’t watch it live or, for that matter, any of the convention coverage have and will have seen it, including the very substantive messages he laced it with. Clint knew exactly what he was doing, the man’s a genius, and a lot of the “old guy stammering” crap you saw was him ensuring the result. He knew the media couldn’t resist it.

He wasn’t interested in Beltway reaction or attention, it was sent right over their heads.

TXUS on August 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I tried to watch Fox News, but I couldn’t do it. I went to CSPAN.

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I didn’t even try. I prefer to watch a thing first hand, not have it interpreted for me.

I trust AP to pick up anything interesting I might miss on another channel. No one is better.

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Allahpundit,

You are proof that “a man should know his limitations”.

Okay. Off to ponder my limitations. Evidently they include silly blog posts about weird football plays.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

They really need to be careful about attacking Mr. Eastwood as being old and rambling. Seniors vote. And his movies have been a big part of their lives. Calling him old and rambling is an attack on them also.

Rose on August 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

The only people upset about Eastwood are the RINO, palinistas, and liberals.

mrscullen on August 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Okay. Off to ponder my limitations. Evidently they include silly blog posts about weird football plays.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

and just don’t be runnin’ with them scissors now either……

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I think Mitt may have nailed down the dementia community last night…..Just kidding.

steel guy on August 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

They really need to be careful about attacking Mr. Eastwood as being old and rambling. Seniors vote. And his movies have been a big part of their lives. Calling him old and rambling is an attack on them also.

Rose on August 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

One thing you can say about the seniors – they get out and vote.

I wonder how many under 40 types are going to be at the DNC?

Turtle317 on August 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I saw the Eastwood video. I don’t know if his delivery was intentional or just a result of his apparent choice to be extemporaneous. Maybe it was part of him being 82 years of age. Nevertheless his perceived lack of “polish” is the way we talk everyday to one another. My dad is 86 and it is the way he talks at times. I think Eastwood’s delivery personalized the message and it was a great talk in the midst of fair, pretty good to excellent but well rehearsed speeches heard throughout the week. It was different and it was terrific.

DaveDief on August 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

TAMPA, Fla. — Clint Eastwood’s rambling and off-color endorsement of Mitt Romney on Thursday seemed to startle and unsettle even the candidate’s own top aides, several of whom made a point of distancing themselves from the decision to put him onstage without a polished script.

“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.”

Finger-pointing quickly ensued, suggesting real displeasure and even confusion over the handling of Mr. Eastwood’s performance, which was kept secret until the last minute and offered an off-key message on the night that Mr. Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination.

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. Mr. Eastwood even ignored warnings that he had exceeded his time.

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Clint Eastwood was wayyy before my time, so maybe I just dont get it but I thought he looked like a crazy old man but hey, if that’s what your into. Good for you.

But when Mitt’s own team thought it was weird lets not act like it’s just liberals lol.

Politricks on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

here’s a clue about Clint.

Democracy Now! has an article

Clint Eastwood Delivers Rambling RNC Speech Featuring “Invisible Obama” in Empty Chair

and Amy has a ‘rush’ transcript…but somehow leaves out the ‘we own this country’ part.

Critics called Clint Eastwood’s address “sad” and “embarrassing,” while Republican supporters rushed to defend it. The Romney campaign said the actor’s apparent ad-libbing was, quote, “a break from all the political speeches and the crowd enjoyed it.” A Romney spokesperson told CNN’s Piers Morgan, quote, “You can’t look at him at through the same political lens that you would other politicians. He’s Clint Eastwood.”

here’s the clue…when Amy Goodman is embarrassed for you, you are heading in the right direction

and, poor barry…had to tweat something

r keller on August 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Two: It’s a metaphor for Romney’s decision to let Clint Eastwood do that performance art piece in primetime.

The Left could conceivably argue that if Barry hadn’t given it his tweeted GFY imprimatur to it’s liability by responding with his narcissistic laden “I won!” pic in response.

Nope, still can’t do that, Mr. President.

Dusty on August 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The amount the left freaks out about an event is directly proportionate to how badly they are damaged by the event.

steel guy on August 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Nailed it.

Eastwood asking the chair the honestly good questions the lapdog media would never ask.

tru2tx on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Best film ever.

oldroy on August 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM
I don’t know if it’s the best film ever, but it’s in my Top Five. Apparently they knew how to make movies in the mid-sixties.

Have you seen anything recently that’s worth watching? I went to see “Ted” a few weeks ago. blech. Earlier in the summer I went to see Prometheus. Disappointing. No wonder I rarely go to the cinema.

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Strong consideration for my “Desert Island 10″…
- The Godfather
- Gone with the wind
- Casablanca
- The Quiet Man
- Lawrence of Arabia
- All about Eve
- Apocalypse now
- Das Boot (the 4 hour director cut in German)
- Animal House (I need a comedy)
- My Fair Lady (I need a musical)

Khun Joe on August 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Fox News had over 9 million viewers last night…Wow!

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Which I guess was fewer than in 2008 if the news was correct; viewership of the convention was down on every network, I believe.

Midas on August 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

But when Mitt’s own team thought it was weird lets not act like it’s just liberals lol.

Politricks on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

lol, the only hysteria i’m seeing is coming from the Left (nyt is Left btw)..amy goodman is Left.

Al Sharpton who hated it, is Left.

the Left hates it. I thought it was funny as hell.

and he blew off the roof with the ‘we own this country’. You see this was real theater…not the phony agitprop street theater of the Code Vaginas.

He forced barry’s team to respond. the response was grim…this seat is taken. Oh really, barry? Just like Teddy’s seat? barry is not funny

or, as michael walsh at nro says

If there’s one thing the Left can’t stand, it’s mockery, and Clint gave it to them with both barrels.

bingo

r keller on August 31, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Oh, and sorry, but Eastwood’s bit is nearly universally acclaimed unless you’re a lefty, in which case you’re freaking out about it.

Midas on August 31, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Who is coaching this team? Joe Biden? “Situation Awareness” major FAIL.

prairiemain on August 31, 2012 at 7:45 PM

What percentage of the reaction to Eastwood’s speech on both sides is being driven purely by partisanship?

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100% on the left… 0% on the right. And I’m not bias on this at all. Fact is they have no sense of humor so far as the Messinthewhitehouse is concerned… And we on the right have a great appreciation for Bumbles being made fun of.
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RalphyBoy on August 31, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Eastwood is not a liability, not even close… Out of desperation the liberals are going to find anything and claim it is a liability for Romney… Their biggest liability by far is no other than Obama… the welfare queens agitator… No a single person in this election in both side would even compare to the liability of Obama…

mnjg on August 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM

It was kind of like if Joe Biden played football and was tackled by the 3 Stooges…

And there’s gotta be some racism in there…was the punter a white guy?

albill on August 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Racism, yup, they were all chasing that brown ball which is done by typical white males.

Don L on August 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

TXUS at 7:15 pm has it exactly right. Eastwood had days to prepare, and he knew precisely what he was doing — a stellar piece of comic acting that carried a big punch in the gut to Obama. All the mumbling around was punctuated by strikes that came right over the plate, and right on time.

What you have to remember about Eastwood is that he’s always played down his abilities. His enormous success in directing an impressive range of movies shows that the guy is a LOT smarter almost anybody gives him credit for.

What he did in a few minutes of stage time last night was to create — purposefully and with malice aforethought — a piece of political iconography (the Empty Chair) that will haunt Obama forever. Once anyone thinks that image, they can never un-think it. It was genius, and there was no part of it was accidental.

Byron on August 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Football players are dumb because they play football.

KF Peters on August 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I feel for the kid. But if you’ve ever watched non-pro football, you’d understand the adrenalin-charged excitement, both on the field, and in the sidelines, and know that nobody on that field was focused on anything but advancing the ball (offense), or stopping the ball (defense), things that often don’t translate to direction.

Which seems to describe our politics these days.

RebeccaH on August 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

@KF Peters on August 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM
Football players are dumb because they play football.

No, they are not. I’m sick and tired of the dumb jock metaphor. Football players have to memorize complicated plays every game, and if they’re still in high school or college, they also have to meet academic standards in order to play (except in those big-money schools where football apparently trumps academics, largely to the detriment of minorities).

Don’t be so damned analog, OK?

RebeccaH on August 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Dumb and Dumber!

dont taze me bro on August 31, 2012 at 8:16 PM

And this about Eastwood’s performance: It may have gone over the heads of many, but the reaction from folks in the Obama campaign makes it clear that it did not go over their heads. They understood it perfectly well.

Byron on August 31, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Eastwood a liability?

Ridiculous.

Sure, he rambled in places, but he was speaking without a prepared text. That being said, he delivered the most important line of the convention, “When someone does not do the job, you have got to let them go.” It’s non-partisan and will appeal to people in the middle who may feel reluctant to vote against Obama. It’s a common sense position to take and it will resonate.

Eastwood also provided a stinging visual blow with the empty chair. That’s going to stay in people’s minds, even if they completely disagree with it.

People can mock Clint all they want, but they’re doing it because deep down they know that this master storyteller told the best and most damaging story of the 2012 election so far: the guy who is supposed to be sitting in his chair doing his job has failed on that account and it’s time to fire him.

otisframpton on August 31, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Politricks on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

liberal

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Okay. Off to ponder my limitations. Evidently they include silly blog posts about weird football plays.
Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Here’s a classic to ponder, AP – Viking’s Jim Marshall running a fumble the wrong way for a safety in 1964.

whatcat on August 31, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Clint killed Obama. Theatrically of course and on many levels. Simplify put Oboobi was alinskied.

AH_C on August 31, 2012 at 8:34 PM

The classic wrong way football player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eBrb00pdGw

Mark1971 on August 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

The Jim Marshall story is now used as an inspirational story about not quitting or, in some rehab centers, an example of making things right. Apparently, as he sat on the bench after his move, he decided he could either try to live it down or try to make it right. He ended up as a Hall of Famer (IIRC)and held a couple of records at the end of his career. His teammates remember him for his undying determination. When told properly (as I saw at a graduation ceremony) it is quite a good story, especially if you have access to the video. Everyone starts out laughing, and ends up teary-eyed at the rest of his story. Worth checking out.

SailorMark on August 31, 2012 at 9:00 PM

P.S. I hope you’re inspired now, Allah.

SailorMark on August 31, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The Jim Marshall story is now used as an inspirational story about not quitting or, in some rehab centers, an example of making things right.
SailorMark on August 31, 2012 at 9:00 PM

As he was running the ball back his teammates were yelling “No, Jim, no!”. He thought they were encouraging him with “Go, Jim, go!”. The Vikes won that game after Marshall sacked the 49s QB, causing a fumble that Carl Eller picked up and ran in for a touchdown.

whatcat on August 31, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Liability?

What are hyper-partisan lefties going to think of whenever they look at an empty chair?

Callahan will be living in the empty heads 24/7.

98ZJUSMC on September 1, 2012 at 1:34 AM

If Mr Obama had a football-playing son, he’d look just like #10.

Here’s the metaphor I came away with after looking at this clip: Obama was #10 and stealing the 2008 election through voter fraud winning the election was like getting possession of that football. But where #10 ran the wrong way by mistake, Obama has taken our country in the wrong direction by design.

In November, vote out Obama the fumbler.

CatchAll on September 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

As far as the Eastwood bit went, I liked it and thought it was both funny and biting. Not a liability at all, and most likely a plus. How big? Time will tell.

CTimbo on September 1, 2012 at 4:25 PM