Why Eastwood? Look at the map

posted at 11:21 am on August 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As I mentioned in my last post, I missed part of the line-up last night.  I got back just in time to see Clint Eastwood offer up one more “Make my day,” and then watch the deluge of criticism roll across Twitter.  It continues today at Time Magazine, where Michael Grunwald calls it a “train wreck,” and goes a little Chris Matthews for good measure:

 Oh my. Romney’s speech sounded fine, and Marco Rubio seemed quite eloquent, but honestly, all I can think about is Dirty Harry scolding an invisible president in a chair for making an anatomically impossible suggestion. We had heard there would be a surprise guest tonight, but apparently, the surprise was a surprise to the surprise guest. You know how reporters always complain that conventions are too scripted? Eastwood was the first thing on network TV tonight, and oh, it wasn’t scripted. It wasn’t rehearsed. It wasn’t sane. …

There was one semi-disturbing moment, when Clint screamed “We own this country!” He got a standing ovation for that one, and it’s possible that the virtually all-white crowd was picking up a bit of Gran Torino you-know-what-I-mean-by-we. But I would chalk it up to incoherence rather than malice, because that was definitely the theme of his soliloquy.

The “sane” world understood that as a reference to the taxpayers as opposed to the political class, actually, and the theme of Gran Torino wasn’t a paean to xenophobia, either.  In fact, that’s nearly a direct antithesis of its message.  It doesn’t get much better over at National Journal’s roundup of reactions, either:

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.

Walker, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday, echoed the sentiments of many when he said he would have preferred to see more testimonials from people talking about Romney. “Frankly I would have rather seen that than Clint Eastwood,” he said. …

Eastwood’s performance, a rambling 12-minute discourse that featured the legendary actor and Oscar-winning director talking to an empty chair that represented President Obama, dominated Twitter and other social media sites.

The Romney campaign explained it best:

“Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn’t work. His ad-libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it.”

Perhaps the initial reaction from people came from the immediacy of the moment, and an expectation that a lifelong entertainer had come to do something other than, er, entertain.  Plenty of criticism in my Twitter feed came from people who support Mitt Romney, too.  But having watched it this morning, after all of the drama has passed, I actually thought Eastwood was … pretty funny.  It was refreshing to get that break from all of the seriousness of the three days in Tampa.  The clucking of tongues over Eastwood’s “I can’t do that to myself” as inappropriate is almost laughable, considering what passes for humor these days in the US.  Eastwood intended this to be irreverent, spontaneous, and fun. If you didn’t get at least three laughs out of that 11-minute segment, you’re taking life too seriously.

If I can riff like that on national TV at the age of 82, believe me, I’ll be happy.

One criticism is more substantial, which is that this kind of break from seriousness should have been scheduled earlier in the evening.  That misses the point of having Eastwood on the stage at all.  Michael Walsh explains it at the New York Post:

To see why the choice of Clint Eastwood as the surprise guest speaker at last night’s close of the Republican Convention was so brilliant, look at the electoral map. …

In other words, the Heartland Campaign is not simply about Electoral College votes. It’s also a way to frame the Democrats as the out-of-touch party of the status quo — i.e., Big Government — at a time when Big Government has so signally failed the average American.

If it works — and if a Romney administration can successfully grapple with the debt bomb, the entitlement crisis and growing government dependency — it could set back the Democrats’ prospects for years to come.

Which brings us back to Eastwood. In such films as “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “High Plains Drifter,” he’s the embodiment of rugged, rebellious heartland values.

And those cranky, cantankerous, all-American voters are just who Romney & Ryan need to defeat the coastal elites and return America to its heartland roots.

Besides the Heartland Strategy, the RNC and Team Romney was using the Eyeball Strategy.  They needed to reach people who might not have otherwise tuned in to the Republican convention to see Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney.  That means putting their Eyeball Strategy in play directly before Rubio.  Now, perhaps some people who tuned in to see Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood speak tuned out after (or even during), but it’s a no-lose strategy.  They wouldn’t lose anyone who tuned in to see Romney and Rubio anyway, and there’s a very good chance that most of the people who tuned in for Eastwood stuck around for Rubio and Romney afterward.  If they did, they saw two terrific speeches and perhaps had their minds opened about Romney after Barack Obama’s summer of vilification.

That’s brilliant. As for the handwringing over Eastwood’s extemporaneous riff, I can only say this:

Update: David Harsanyi concurs:

And speaking of the mildly curious voters … Though many of them may enjoy and admire someone like George Clooney, they probably don’t relate to him. Clint, on the other hand, cuts through generations and fan bases. He’s about as close to universally liked as a celebrity can get. This is why Chrysler used his voice.  Eastwood’s appearance will do nothing to amuse those who take their politics too seriously, but he certainly lightened up what is by nature an artificial and highly-scripted event. No, Eastwood didn’t lay out an eloquent, bullet-point argument against Barack Obama’s economic policies, what he did was convey a prevalent sentiment in nonpartisan language that a lot of people who don’t care much about politics can relate to.

Morning Spew adds this:

What is most humorous is that by presenting in a seemingly unscripted manner, Eastwood masterfully uses his craft to interact with all voters in a playful, personal way and squarely hits his mark.  His performance caught the liberal main stream media off guard because they didn’t understand the intent of his speech, and so in their haste to destroy all things Romney, they’ve dutifully trashed Eastwood’s appearance.  What the liberal pundits do not realize (yet) is that by trashing Mr. Eastwood speech, they have simply helped to bring more attention to Eastwood’s message: Obama must go.

I think most people will see this is a lark, and react accordingly.


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Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Me to but I’m not counting on them being that stupid.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Sad that Scott Walker is not a team player. No more money for him from me. He has been making these petty criticisms that don’t relate to the issues. The media is lapping it up and portraying it as dissatisfaction with Romney from one of our rising stars. To go on MESSNBC and say that he “cringed” was unhelpful and foolish. I don’t care what he thought of Clint’s remarks.

echosyst on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

we don’t have accents in Michigan.

8 weight on August 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Lol! At least not until you come down here. ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I bet Mr. Eastwood his laughing his hindquarters off today.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Yup!

BTW, my all time favorite line from an Eastwood movie:

“When a naked man is chasing a woman down the street with
s butcher knife, I figure he’s not out collecting for
the Red Cross”

Police Commissioner: “He’s got a point”

From Dirty Harry.

ToddPA on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

No one but no one puts ketchup on a hotdogis permitted to mock Mr. Obama…

DVPTexFla on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Why do democrats hate old people?

Strike Hornet on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM

OT: dear leader will now visit louisiana on 03Sept

a little late to the party there champ

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Leading from behind

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Leading from behind

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

consistency is important

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

[Harry Callahan has to explain why he shot a man]

Harry Callahan: Well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard. That’s my policy.
The Mayor: Intent? How did you establish that?
Harry Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher’s knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross!
[walks out of the room]
The Mayor: He’s got a point.

[Why they call him "Dirty Harry"]

Gonzales: There is one question, Inspector Callahan: Why do they call you “Dirty Harry”?
De Georgio: Ah that’s one thing about our Harry, doesn’t play any favorites! Harry hates everybody: Limeys, Micks, Hebes, Fat Dagos, Niggers, Honkies, Chinks, you name it.
Gonzales: How does he feel about Mexicans?
De Georgio: Ask him.
Harry Callahan: Especially Spics.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

13 pre-season football games ended and went to the RNC.

What keeps these viewers best? Rubio, a promotional video or Eastwood?

Not hard math.

budfox on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

indeed

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

When I watched it live, it was a bit “unusual”, now as I watch replays it was a moment of brilliance. It has so upset the Left because it was a take down of the President that they had never seen before. Iwas so subtle, yet so direct in Obama’s ineptness.

Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Well said, by watching it a second time you can see the sheer, subtle genius in what he was doing.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I’m shocked. I kinda expected an announcement from team Obama this morning; that Biden had dropped out of the race for health reasons.

You know, something to change the subject. They were clinging to Eastwood last night, and they’re still doing it this morning.
Operation Shiny Objects.

El_Terrible on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM

There’s only one way a seasoned performer evaluates his results: by the amount of ‘ink’ it receives.

I picture Clint leaning back with his feet on his desk this morning, coffee cup in hand, measuring the amount of attention his performance received last night and today. More ‘ink’ than the three R’s put together.

Critics be damned.

Sly fox.

timmytee on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM

ZippyZ on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Whatever keeps you warm at night, zz.

btw; did it really make you cry when you saw your obamassiah being mocked? Good!

Solaratov on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM

“Overall, at a convention, that one moment, which I cringed about … I think in the big picture, though, the rest of it was amazing,” he said.

After all the cash the left burned and lost trying and FAILING to get him, I’ll give Scott Walker a pass on this!

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

82 year old man shows more guts than the entire Saturday Night Live writing staff.

kurtzz3 on August 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Add in Letterman, Leno, and the dreck on the “comedy” channels too!

Bruno Strozek on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Hay….!

Umm. Drudge just refreshed and the empty suit chair is headed to NOLA.

BLINK@

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

40 Clint Eastwood Quotes Illustrating the Obama Years

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Nice!

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I’m shocked. I kinda expected an announcement from team Obama this morning; that Biden had dropped out of the race for health reasons.

El_Terrible on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Hillary is not answering her cell phone, and Michelle’s perks and salary requirements are ridiculous.

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

It’s too bad that Isaac didn’t hit any swing states.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Gran Torino you-know-what-I-mean-by-we?

In Gran Torino, Eastwood’s character embraces a hard working minority family and sacrifices much in order to help them battle criminal elements.

blink on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Doesn’t Clint’s character die for this minority family?

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

By the way next week for the DNC, who wants to bet that the Cowboy-Giant game outdraws the empty chair 2-1.

Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Thanks to Clint for an entertaining and forceful. I loved the empty chair and only wished that they could have found a way to place an ‘empty suit’ in that chair.

lhuffman34 on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Hay….!

Umm. Drudge just refreshed and the empty suit chair is headed to NOLA.

BLINK@

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Team Romney has gotten INSIDE Obama’s OODA loop! They control this campaign now!!!

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHEHhcVIOdY

de rigeur!?! didju make that video!?!???

FRIGGIN HILARIOUS!!!

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Well said, by watching it a second time you can see the sheer, subtle genius in what he was doing.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Good take on your observations here: “The Greatest Piece of Performance Art in American Political History.”

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

82 year old man shows more guts than the entire Saturday Night Live writing staff.

kurtzz3 on August 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Add in Letterman, Leno, and the dreck on the “comedy” channels too!

Bruno Strozek on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Their mediocrity screams….

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Team Romney has gotten INSIDE Obama’s OODA loop! They control this campaign now!!!

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

uMM Yep. Not only are they inside his OODA loop, their in his “OH SH!T WERE LOOSIN” Loop…..

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Gran Torino you-know-what-I-mean-by-we?

In Gran Torino, Eastwood’s character embraces a hard working minority family and sacrifices much in order to help them battle criminal elements democrats.

blink on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

FIFY

Strike Hornet on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I think Clint’s “let him go” should replace “yes we can” as the campaign’s chant this time around.

The speech has everyone talking about a Republican convention that is often ignored by the media and pop culture. Mission accomplished!

HellCat on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The Invisible President has created millions of Invisible Jobs

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM

uMM Yep. Not only are they inside his OODA loop, their in his “OH SH!T WERE LOOSIN” Loop…..

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Awesome!

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM

40 Clint Eastwood Quotes Illustrating the Obama Years

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Nice!

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

YES!

ToddPA on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Well said, by watching it a second time you can see the sheer, subtle genius in what he was doing.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Good take on your observations here: “The Greatest Piece of Performance Art in American Political History.”

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

That article is a gem…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

ToddPA on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Oddly enough, I know which part you left out of that quote. This seems an odd thing to say but for many years on of our Christmas traditions was to go see the new Clint Eastwood movie.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I think clint’s performance, while stilted in areas, very subtly marginalized the entire “comedic” left as hapless leftward hacks that ignore humorous opportunities when they smack them in the face.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I agree with Ed that viewing Clint’s Schtick through the political lens (which I guess Scott Walker did on MSLSD no less) is a mistake. Clint was a warm-up act and a good change-up. He also did the soft-sell well. The goal seems to be (agree with it or not) that we need to give gentle permission to people to let Obama go. The people like me and here at HotAir (or Scott Walker) were not the audience.

I would also like to see what people would have thought had he come out and did a Dirty Harry on Obama and it fell flat. Looking at his age of 82 he might not be all that convincing anymore as that caricature.

He probably did the right thing here and my guess is this is a fund-raising speech he has given before to good reviews and was KNOWN to the Romney campaign as a soft sell that worked with a crowd.

Conan on August 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM

My girlfriend, 26 y/o, enjoyed Clint. She’s the type who watches garbage like Real Housewives on Bravo. She even commented that hearing it from someone like Eastwood really helped it click in her mind.

preallocated on August 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Just heard the radio news… “Obama is headed to LA on Monday, Romney is headed there today” implying that Romney decided later.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Good take on your observations here: “The Greatest Piece of Performance Art in American Political History.”

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Great piece but everyone keeps saying that he was rambling and appeared to be doddering without taking into account that that was what he wanted it to appear like.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 PM

40 Clint Eastwood Quotes Illustrating the Obama Years

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Thank you so much for pointing this out, I haven’t laughed so hard in quite awhile!

jackal40 on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 PM

It would have been even funnier with an empty suit in the chair… just sayin’

Mr_Magoo on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Just heard the radio news… “Obama is headed to LA on Monday, Romney is headed there today” implying that Romney decided later.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 PM

MSM headline:
“Romney heads to LA as black people drown in Mississippi”

Strike Hornet on August 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Great piece but everyone keeps saying that he was rambling and appeared to be doddering without taking into account that that was what he wanted it to appear like.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Exactly, watching it live you didn’t get the subltety that you get in the second viewing……it was absolute brilliance.

Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 PM

but honestly, all I can think about is Dirty Harry scolding an invisible president in a chair for making an anatomically impossible suggestion.

Jokes are only funny when liberals tell them.

Scrappy on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I think clint’s performance, while stilted in areas, very subtly marginalized the entire “comedic” left as hapless leftward hacks that ignore humorous opportunities when they smack them in the face.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I miss Anthony Weener too…

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

The real problem for Obama is that he is now labeled with the “empty chair” or “empty suit” analogy.

Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

That’s going to go viral.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

The real problem for Obama is that he is now labeled with the “empty chair” or “empty suit” analogy.

Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I’m sure the solution will present itself somewhere between the 9th and 10th greens!

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM

The President of the United States did not deserve to be treated like that.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

You mean like Clint Eastwood’s bitch?

It’s high time he was treated exactly like that. But you ain’t seen nothing until you see the treatment in November.

rrpjr on August 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Exactly, watching it live you didn’t get the subltety that you get in the second viewing……it was absolute brilliance.

Tater Salad on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I saw him being interviewed recently so I knew that he was putting on a show with the James Stewart schtick.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Good take on your observations here: “The Greatest Piece of Performance Art in American Political History.”

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

What a great piece. Thanks for sharing.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

haha, Angrea Mitchell just said she was ‘a little horse’.

hahahaha, oh, she mean’t ‘hoarse’?

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Another thing to consider, and I haven’t been able to read everything, Eastwood said he didn’t think lawyers make good presidents. Eastwood was cross-examining petulant President crybaby. I think it has staying power. For such a “terrible” speech, it sure has a lot of people talking

kscheuller on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Great piece but everyone keeps saying that he was rambling and appeared to be doddering without taking into account that that was what he wanted it to appear like.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Exactly, an old wise man/actor talking to a young snipper snapper…I think people fail to see his amazing sense of sel-irony there too, not just the snark….contrast that to ghe WH reaction and the ‘this seat is taken’ tweeter…engaging with a performer (and one that is a national institution too), now how inept is that…and therein lies the genius of inviting Cling, looks like he is loving into their miniatural lib heads already, plus that’s all the media is talking about…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Look at the freedom that this now gives……Every pertinent Clint quote can now be used with reckless abandon on the Won. When they see the Won and then hear Clint’s voice……

magic baby….magic.

George Clooney, Axlerod is on line 1 asking for your list of quotes to see if it can compare to Clints…..
*gulp*

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Of course they would faraway

Tools

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Doesn’t Clint’s character die for this minority family?

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Yeah, to save the kid from gang life. Great movie.

Lightswitch on August 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Someone is commenting from their not so smart phone

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I think Obama is going to be seein’ a lot of empty chairs at his rallys…… He can now feel as if he is talking to the most important one in the world—– himself.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Romney just landed in New Orleans…heh, filling the empty chair :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Obama: this seat’s taken

But… Obama told us that he didn’t watch the RNC. The POTUS responding to an empty chair? Apropos.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Romney just landed in New Orleans…heh, filling the empty chair :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

well, if a guy just ain’t doin’ the job, ya just gotta let ‘em go…

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Romney just landed in New Orleans…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

That’s not possible. I haven’t seen it on CNN.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Oddly enough, I know which part you left out of that quote. This seems an odd thing to say but for many years on of our Christmas traditions was to go see the new Clint Eastwood movie.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Nothing wrong with that!

As a kid in the 70′s I loved the following:

Any Clint Eastwood movie
Any John Wayne movie
Any James Bond movie

ToddPA on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I want to see them keep attacking Clint. He is a national treasure. Just keep it up. It may backfire…

southernms on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

For such a “terrible” speech, it sure has a lot of people talking

kscheuller on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Bah-ZANG!!!

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Once again your right wingers here prove you have no intellectual honesty . At least some of the GOP?RIGHT Wing were honest .Morning Joe , Scott Walker , Ann Romney ( a little bit ) and some other GOPers. If Chris Rock etc . had used such off color jokes at the Democratic Convention talking about Romney ,Reagan , or Palin it would be crying and fake or real outrage all day long from Palin ,Rush ,Hot Air , Red State , Big Government , Fox, Daily Caller , Malkin,Hannity , Coulter etc. I wouldn’t like a dem to do it and i don’t like repubs doing it …

U2denver on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

was there a TOTUS for the empty chair? rush said that there was……

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 PM

prove you have no intellectual honesty

U2denver on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I was looking for your comments about Romney’s murders and felonies, and I can’t seem to find it. Can you help me?

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 PM

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Someone is commenting from their not so smart phone

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Guilty :)…it gets worse if I enable the auto text corrector :)..I am counting on those studies that showed that human brain can read scrambled words easier than thought previously :) ..

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:23 PM

U2denver on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I know this is apropos of nothing, but what’s with the weird punctuation?

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

President Sulky Petulant…

Who would have guessed?

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Romney just landed in New Orleans…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

That’s not possible. I haven’t seen it on CNN.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

They wait for Barry to land there on Mon first :), and only then they can show Romney too :)… You know, CNN ‘deference’ to the (empty) office/chair of the presidency :)

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Eastwood Alinsky’d Oblahblah!

Clint, you magnificent ba$tard!

ornery_independent on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 PM

U2denver on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Can I get you a hankie?

kim roy on August 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

It’s okay to mock the Marxist in Charge…

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The President of the United States did not deserve to be treated like that.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Yeah, we’re just “those bitter Americans clinging to our guns and religion”. You know – the “tea baggers”. The “lazy Americans”.

You forgot your constitution honey, We the People deserve respect from those we employ.

Btw, here’s a list of others that Obama has dissed – including America.

katablog.com on August 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The President of the United States did not deserve to be treated like that.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

You understand the chair was empty, right?

pedestrian on August 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Hurricane coverage will be suspended until Monday

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:29 PM

If I can riff like that on national TV at the age of 82, believe me, I’ll be happy.

I wonder, will Chris Matthews even survive until 82?

Nutstuyu on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

U2denver on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Get over yourself you mamby pamby. The Dems have been using these Alinsky tactics for years. Wassa matter, you can dish it out, but can’t take it?

ornery_independent on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Obama: this seat’s taken

But… Obama told us that he didn’t watch the RNC. The POTUS responding to an empty chair? Apropos.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

paranormal…he knew they were talking …ist stuff at the convention before the convention even started…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

You understand the chair was empty, right?

pedestrian on August 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Perhaps could not tell the difference?

Roy Rogers on August 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The President of the United States did not deserve to be treated like that.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Why not? Is he “King by the Grace of God/Allah/Gaia/Soros” or just a citizen holding a temporary management position? Oh, I see…you actually believe it’s the former.

Nutstuyu on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Since everyone on the Republican side seems afraid to confront President Pantload directly – racist donchaknow – there’s Dirty Harry laying out Obama for the worthless amateur he is. Without ever laying a hand on him :-D

timmytee on August 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Well…he is the one and only original Bad-A$$!!

:-)

lynncgb on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Oh, Mr. Eastwood has a new movie coming out, I saw the preview yesterday when I went to see 2016.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

The President of the United States did not deserve to be treated like that.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

It’s classic comedy monologue/dialogue thing, engaging with a person who’s not there, usually represented by a…get that…empty chair :)…lots of great comedians before him did that sort of sketch…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

The President of the United States did not deserve to be treated like that.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

No. It’s much better when they’re treated like this. Right?

I think making fun of the guy is perfect. Laugh at the left. They have no counter for it.

Washington Nearsider on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

He’s bishing.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The President of the United States did not deserve to be treated like that.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I agree…way to much respect was given to him by Clint.

Glad you caught that also…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 1:36 PM

The President of the United States did not deserve to be treated like that.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Which president? I haven’t had a president since January of 2009, sadly. That empty chair represented so much more than the empty suit now occupying our White House.

MustLoveBlogs on August 31, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Don’t pick on Obama…he hasn’t done anything…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Once…just once before I die I’d like to hear a Dem (or a presstitute) say something that does not include a reference to race.

Just once. Is that too much to ask?

creeper on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

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