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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someone should ask jay leno et al, “why is clint eastwood funnier than you?”

Dr. Demento on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 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

‘trouble with the curve’, saw the trailer too…wonder how are they going to make the case that he is senile/demented :).. the dementia just set in a day before the convention or something :)..or it will be explained as an episode of ‘temporary insanity’ in the event that he gets an Oscar for this new movie next year :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

What happened to all the Isaac coverage? It’s invisible.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

someone should ask jay leno et al, “why is clint eastwood funnier than you?”

Dr. Demento on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Hahaha, tha would be cruel though….

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:39 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 really. Anyone that makes a movie about bush like that is pretty pathetic…..

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

CNN switched from Issac coverage to serious discussions about creationism with Bill Nye the Science Guy

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

But having watched it this morning, after all of the drama has passed, I actually thought Eastwood was … pretty funny.

Hey, I thought the entire speech was quite good.

“Biden is the intellect of the democrat party.”

Hilarious.

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 1:41 PM

My husband and I loved Clint Eastwood last night. We laughed through the whole thing. Yes, he rambled a bit, but not bad for an 82-year-old’s ad lib. It was really more a skit than a speech, or maybe a combination of both.

Can’t wait for his new movie, it looks like it will be just as good as Gran Torino.

Common Sense on August 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM

He’s bishing.

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

I left to gather up the camping gear and the little bugger keep jumping into the boat.+_+

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM

CNN switched from Issac coverage to serious discussions about creationism with Bill Nye the Science Guy

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

That’s the effect Romney’s presence in LA has on them :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

He’s bishing.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:43 PM

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/08/31/clint-eastwood-talks-to-chair-eastwooding-is-born/?intcmp=features

It’s going viral…..

EASTWOODING.

You heard it here first…./

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Not to worry, some real citizens were in jeopardy in MS.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

U2denver on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

But, what Russel Brand said about Gov. Palin is perfectly fine, right?

Hypocricy…thy name is Liberal.

kingsjester on August 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

The Husband added to that last night. He thinks it’s a hoot.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM

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.

….And THERE it is! THAT is the Payoff Line for ALL of the Liberal Democrat Media and Obama Water-Carriers:

CLINT EASTWOOD WAS FUNNY AND “FAR TOO WELL” RECEIVED –

THEY HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO CALL HIS SPEECH “RACIST” NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY NEED TO TWIST THE MEANINGS AND HIS WORDS TO DO IT!!!

…..the only thing missing is the NYT or MSNBC “breaking the news” that Clint is the “real father” of Bristol Palin’s child!

williamg on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 PM

By the way – if you are looking for Ed or Allahpundit to “Do The Right Thing” and promulgate the REAL “talking points” which PROVE the legitimacy, COHERENCE, Humor and BRILLIANCE of Clints Words – don’t hold your breath.

They won’t do that.

They are A LOT more likely to REPEAT Over and OVER the Bile and Contempt of THE LEFT – thereby giving THAT poison OXYGEN – and then “sit back” in a “nonjudgemental” way……in other words, they’re more LIKELY to help the Liberal Mainstream Media get ITS message out……

williamg on August 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

He’s bishing.

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

There ahould be a symbol for that :)…maybe this:

/b

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Kim Roy ,can I get you some intellectual honesty and courage ? you obviously couldn’t intelligently refute my charge of blatant right wing hypocrisy on here as usual so you come up with a non clever put down instead

U2denver on August 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

There ahould be a symbol for that :)…maybe this:

/b

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

That would be like telling the bish you were coming to get ‘em. *_+

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Kim Roy ,can I get you some intellectual honesty and courage ? you obviously couldn’t intelligently refute my charge of blatant right wing hypocrisy on here as usual so you come up with a non clever put down instead

U2denver on August 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

That’s all you have is a “charge”.

kingsjester on August 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

There ahould be a symbol for that :)…maybe this:

/b

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

whadabouta #bishing hashtag?

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM

It was cringe-worthy seeing an old man ramble on and wondering if he had dementia.

ZippyZ on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Because you are a talentless individual who cannot recognize or understand tale t…that was a performance, what part you didn’t get….you don’t dissect a performance like you do real life politics and all, unless you are the crazy left, and this was the genius of whoever invited him there….besides, .a ‘demented old man’ wouldn’t be able to direct a movie (Trouble with the curve) to be released just before at the end of the year, would it now…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Believe me…I understand the performance part. “Crazy old coot” or “brilliant performance”? His weird factual misstatements undermined the “brilliant performance” review. He bashes Obama for being a lawyer and Mitt is a lawyer (WTF)? He bashes Obama for keeping the forces in Afghanistan but Mitt never wants to leave (WTF)? Obama didn’t close Gitmo and Clint agrees with him but this is a negative (WTF)?

Clint Eastwood is a great actor and director. He supports abortion and gay marriage. His convention performance was entertaining but odd. The network audience did not see Mitt’s bio movie or any of Romney’s friends saying haw great Mitt is. Those bits would have gained Mitt more votes than Clint’s schtick.

ZippyZ on August 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Clint Eastwood for 2nd Amendment Czar?

Or Homeland Security. Take your pick.

moo on August 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM

ZippyZ on August 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM

liberal

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Yeah, it would have to be a more subtle than that.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:53 PM

These are tired and old big government ideas. Ideas that people come to America to get away from. Ideas that threaten to make America more like the rest of the world, instead of helping the world become more like America.

Suck it, commies….

Strike Hornet on August 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM

moo on August 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM

No czars. Gov. Romney can keep his promise to reduce the government by just getting rid of them.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM

rush has an odd caller on ….

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:55 PM

ZippyZ on August 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I think it sweet that you think that the networks would have covered it.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:56 PM

There ahould be a symbol for that :)…maybe this:

/b

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

That would be like telling the bish you were coming to get ‘em. *_+

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Well then, I’ll remember your moniker :) ..It’s easy, I’m in Sacto area :)

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I’m in Sacto area :)

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Where?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

breitbart.com has now tattoed him with “the empty chair”……

/nicknames.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

rush has an odd caller on ….

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:55 PM

What, did he confuse Rush with the Help Line again, or something…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

rush has an odd caller on ….

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Roseville…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM

What, did he confuse Rush with the Help Line again, or something…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I think so…either that or AA…

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

It took Hollywood and the critics several decades to catch up to what millions of movie-goers and Americans generally knew instinctively, that John Wayne was actually a pretty good actor in addition to being an American icon. So they finally gave him the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. Wasn’t even his best role, but Hollywood realized it needed to act fast.

They thought they got ahead of the curve with Clint Eastwood (although his “Dirty Harry” flicks were despised by them back in the day) when they were able to honor him for his directorial efforts. They could keep up with the masses and display their discriminating superiority at the same time.

Hold that thought and consider this:

The worst fate that can befall a Hollywood denizen (the young generally, and certainly the trendy Left) is to be perceived as being out of touch, uncool and unhip. The possibility gnaws at them constantly, and often leads to some spectacular box office misfires when Hollywood tries too hard to be with it. It was bad enough to have to embrace Wayne, and then Eastwood… and then there he was last night at the RNC convention.

Possibly the most unnerving reply one could deliver to an Eastwood critic today would be a long, reflective look of wide-eyed innocence. Blink a couple of times for timing and effect and then: “Oh. You didn’t get it?”

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Roseville…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Cool, my daughters line in Roseville out off of Old Auburn Road

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 2:04 PM

this is making headlines ….

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Eastwood did have something serious, and heartfelt, to say, and at first the crowds were cheering for him saying it, and then he chastised them:
25 million Americans are without a job.

I thought it was an old man with a reputation for playing rough characters being sweet.

And, showing up meant that the commercial he cut for the superbowl, wasn’t any kind of Obama endorsement.

Maybe he can cut a commercial for Mitt.

Fleuries on August 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

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

Wasn’t me, ted c.

And apologies to all for the re-link just above to what most of you checked out on comments page 3. Just seemed worth repeating.

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Possibly the most unnerving reply one could deliver to an Eastwood critic today would be a long, reflective look of wide-eyed innocence. Blink a couple of times for timing and effect and then: “Oh. You didn’t get it?”

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

This will quiet them indefinitely :) …on an aside, are you a Holywood insider? Only not a movie critic, pls :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I expected him to recite something patriotic, I did not expect a speech.

Fleuries on August 31, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Roseville…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Cool, my daughters line in Roseville out off of Old Auburn Road

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Heh, small world ..we will be out of here in a few month though, my wife’s in the AF (Beale) and looks
Iike next we’re headed to So Cal :(…palmdale or so…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I had to give up on the perusal of responses early this morning, but I did find this one interesting.
It’s HuffPo, so…

The author writes this about half-way through the piece (emphasis mine):

“‘When somebody doesn’t do the job, you gotta let them go,’ he said, gesturing to draw a finger across his throat.”

I didn’t recall that, and had to look at the speech again. Eastwood makes no gesture at all on that line.

I know it’s minor, but it’s an obvious lie. And, to me, implies violence toward the president.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:14 PM

But the [Newhart] connection is probably too obscure to most everyone.

bayview on August 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I don’t think obscurity is a downside. For those who got it, it’s an inside joke. For those who didn’t? Well, the schtick worked pretty well for Bob in his day–might want to check the Tampa crowd’s response to judge its reprise in different hands.

Barnestormer on August 31, 2012 at 2:20 PM

It’s entirely possible for something to be amusing to the relatively small number of political fanatics in the hall and watching live (even I laughed a couple of times) and yet counterproductive for the campaign as a whole. Clint’s imitation of grandpa after too many Budweisers, and his rambling, unfocused delivery are getting as much or more coverage than whatever vague and unoriginal (Biden jokes) points he was supposed to be making. It was an opportunity lost — I don’t think anyone not already on Team Romney will be drawn in by a doddering movie star leading a “make my day” chant. He eas more persuasive shilling for Chrysler. Clint the director would have called for another take.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I have a suggestion for Team Romney.

Announce that the official car for the Romney-Ryan campaign is…a Gran Torino. And Romney and Ryan should drive up to every campaign appearance in the Midwest in one.

The head exploding would be epic.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

That’s not a bad idea.

But they would have to remember to have a chase car to pick up all the crumbly plastic parts tumbling in its wake. The Gran Torino, unfortunately, was not one of Detroit’s shining moments.

cane_loader on August 31, 2012 at 2:25 PM

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

liberal

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I know it’s minor, but it’s an obvious lie. And, to me, implies violence toward the president.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I don’t think it’s minor.

I think it’s important to point out the lies and to point out the people telling them.

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Clint the director would have called for another take.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Clint’s a one-take guy. Well known around here.

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 2:28 PM

VERY appropriate icon for the Prez -

and EMPTY chair for an EMPTY suit

fred5678 on August 31, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Rush on Eastwood now.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 2:32 PM

A liberal who watched High Plains Drifter Sunday night. And if he’s a one-take guy, he’s probably working from a substantially tighter script.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Haven’t we yet learned that it matters not who or what is on the GOP side, they left will take them down personally in as vicious a manner as they can?
If God Himself gave a perfect speech at the GOP convention, they’d throw a hissy-fit because his sandals weren’t union made, and the fact that He doesn’t “look like Obama”.

Don L on August 31, 2012 at 2:36 PM

It was cringe-worthy seeing an old man ramble on and wondering if he had dementia.

ZippyZ on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Hypothetically, lets say that your right.

It’s much less cringe-worthy to wonder if the old man that spoke as a guest at the RNC convention had dementia than to do the same with another old man, Joe Biden. The guy is just a heart beat away from being president.

jrgdds on August 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Well it certainly pricked the One’s thin skin. “This seat’s taken.”

LMAO. Thin-skinned. Thin-skinned. Thin-skinned.

“This seat’s taken.” How pathetic is that?

Blackacre on August 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

…his rambling, unfocused delivery are getting as much or more coverage than whatever vague and unoriginal (Biden jokes) points he was supposed to be making…

So you remember the joke. You and everyone else who investigates and comments on Eastwood’s “rambling, unfocused” speech as every one seems to be doing. Seems that he did his job. The points are there for those who get them.

Barnum’s First Rule of PR: “I don’t care what they say about me, as long as they spell my name right.”

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I think it’s important to point out the lies and to point out the people telling them.

jaime on August 31, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Really, it was also an attempt to imprint some trace of evil on one of Eastwood’s two best (most serious) lines. (The other–”We own this country…”)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:41 PM

the facts are, ed and allahusseinpundit are beltway republicans and not conservatives, simple really. that’s why we get less than convincing rightwing stories and more often than not, these boys use mr subliminal techniques to make the progressive story seem to be not so bad. this election will be a landslide just like 2010 and more and more conservatives will be put into gov’t to make things right. the progressives on both sides of the aisle are going to fight tooth and nail to stop it, even if it means we lose in missouri!

tm11999 on August 31, 2012 at 2:42 PM

The reaction by the pundit class to Clint Eastwood’s brilliant takedown of not just Obama (but mostly Obama) but the entire political culture is quite revealing and very, very wrong. I’m sorry Scott Walker got taken in by this initial, false wind.

Yahoo has a short article up now that grudgingly gives Eastwood credit for shaking things up. It’s the comments that are very revealing. At the moment there are well over 16,000 comments. I read only a few ages worth but all of them were positive. Strikingly positive. Lowbrow America got the joke.

The article can be found at the link below. Go read the comments. These are not from typical right wingers but a Yahoo audience. You will come away knowing that Mitt Romney is going to be our next president.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/defense-clint-eastwood-weird-fantastic-025825753–election.html

MaxMBJ on August 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Yeah. An obvious and old joke about the VICE president. That’s going to move the needle.

And, every second people spend focused on Clint Eastwood is a second not spent talking about Romneys pretty decent speech. You can bet Romney’s people are not pleased to have this sideshow sucking up air.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

What Eastwood did was point out what many people know, but do not say, and that is that Obama is not a nice guy. He did this in a not so subtle way, but it seems that most people did not get it.

Jasper61 on August 31, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Yeah. An obvious and old joke about the VICE president. That’s going to move the needle.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Right. Like that’s all he said. No, this is going to move the needle:

But I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we — we own this country…. And we should not ever forget that. And we – when somebody does not do the job, we gotta let them go.

But that’s what you’re here to prevent, no? Go ahead, make your day.

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Yeah. An obvious and old joke about the VICE president. That’s going to move the needle.

And, every second people spend focused on Clint Eastwood is a second not spent talking about Romneys pretty decent speech. You can bet Romney’s people are not pleased to have this sideshow sucking up air.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:

oh, you have no idea, how very pleased they are…oh, and what positive things do you suppose the hack leftist media would have to say about romney’s speech anyways…they would be too busy looking for instances of imaginary ..ism’ in it:-)…so, I say, let ‘em eat Eastwood cake instead :)..

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Unfortunately, the sound bite that they’d like to get out there is obscured by the ruckus over the “go f yourself” lines, and the rambling delivery (I thought he was channing late-80s Reagan rather than Newhart, but, whatever). As I said, it was an amusing and refreshing palate cleanser. It could have been a lot more effective politically, however.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Ed is quoted/ linked in a drudge linked humanevents piece right now.-linked back to this post.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 3:01 PM

that’s demeaning to the president

Biden – BFD (title is NSFW, they use Biden’s actual words)

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I think Eastwood’s speech was scripted and rehearsed down to the lady in the audience screaming for him to “make my day”. Watch the video, the pacing is perfect, every time he seems to be acting like your crazy uncle, there’s a smile in his eye and he delivers zinger after zinger. He was an old actor playing an old cantankerous old man. As crazy as a fox.

All those lefties who are calling it “bizarre” are playing right into Clint’s hands. The people who see those comments and decide to watch the video will hear every single one of those zingers.

We own this country and like any proprietor faced with a non-performing employer, it’s time to let Obama go.

rokemronnie on August 31, 2012 at 3:01 PM

The article can be found at the link below. Go read the comments. These are not from typical right wingers but a Yahoo audience. You will come away knowing that Mitt Romney is going to be our next president.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/defense-clint-eastwood-weird-fantastic-025825753–election.html

MaxMBJ on August 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

close to 17,000 comments…as we speak :-)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 3:04 PM

It could have been a lot more effective politically, however.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Yeah, right. Keep telling yourself that. It was so “ineffective” that Obama felt compelled to respond to it. Click on the link above.

Blackacre on August 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Blackacre on August 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

looks Iike next we’re headed to So Cal :(…palmdale or so…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Not as nice as where you are, but adjacent to a lot. You’ll make the most of it.

Outsider on the inside. What’s the saying? “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, are critics.” Can do.

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

And, every second people spend focused on Clint Eastwood is a second not spent talking about Romneys pretty decent speech. You can bet Romney’s people are not pleased to have this sideshow sucking up air.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

This is utter nonsense. I suspect the only problem the Romney camp is going to have with Eastwood’s speech is that the liberal media will continue to pester them about it for the rest of the campaign.

Why? Well, because their in Odumbo’s pocket, and he’s got NOTHING!

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Yes. His staff tweeted a chair. They’re clearly in a state of panic.

urban elitist on August 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

It was cringe-worthy seeing an old man ramble on and wondering if he had dementia.

ZippyZ on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Yeah, the Vice-President is a real work of art.

itsspideyman on August 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

It was cringe-worthy seeing an old man ramble on and wondering if he had dementia. ZippyZ on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

It was especially cringe-worthy when he said “corpse-man.” I hated that.

And when he mentioned the 57 states. And said doctors would rather amputate a diabetic’s foot than treat him properly because amputations cost “$30, $40, $50,000.” (Actual cost $700, and GP’s don’t amputate.)

And when he referred to Admiral McRaven as “General McRaven” the other day. You know, the head of Special Ops?

And when he said this I wanted to crawl under the couch:

“Some say, ‘Well it costs too much money,’ but you know what? It would cost, about… It — it — it would cost about the same as what we would spend… It… Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us… All right. Okay. We’re going to… It… It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about — hold on one second. I can’t hear myself. But I’m glad you’re fired up, though. I’m glad. Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. I haven’t had much sleep in the last 48 hours.”

Or howsabout this whopper? “We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.” I forget, what continents were involved?

“I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

“The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.”

“I don’t know what the term is in Austrian…”

“I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics.”

“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

“John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith…”

“I’m here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis.” (Spoken in Kansas City.)

“Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s.”

“On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today…”

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

“Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions.”

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” (Twelve people died.)

Yeah, that Clint Eastwood just makes me weep for my country. What’s that Bishop? Hold on, Bishop’s yelling at me. What? President Obooba, Commander in Chief of the United States and leader of the free world said all that?

Never mind.

Akzed on August 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Not as nice as where you are, but adjacent to a lot. You’ll make the most of it.

I know…and we will, we’re adaptable, nomadic spirits …there’s a certain charm about the high desert too, you just need to tune your antennas to see/detect it :)…

Outsider on the inside. What’s the saying? “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, are critics.” Can do.

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

you seem to be doing 2 and 3 quite expertly :-)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Best from the web:

“Old Man Yells at Chair”

“Repeal Obamachair!”

“Eastwood/Chair 2012″

” ‘You did great!’ Terrified personal assistant tells Clint Eastwood.”

Clint Eastwood is Abe Simpson in: “Get Off My Damn Chair!”

I’d resolved not to watch any of the Republican Convention, but I am truly sorry I missed Eastwood in real time. I guess I’ll just have to cherish memories of Admiral Stockdale.

Oh, and the Obama response was tone perfect. The message to Mitt is: Come big or stay home.

chumpThreads on August 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

we don’t have accents in Michigan.

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

Snort… youse never been to da UP, eh.

Yoop on August 31, 2012 at 3:46 PM

…there’s a certain charm about the high desert too, you just need to tune your antennas to see/detect it :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Desert rat here. Go low desert: Anza-Borrego, Mojave Preserve, Death Valley. Or go high and low same day: Joshua Tree and Palm Springs. But you’re not that far from the mountains, either. Or the Pacific. SoCal is as big as most states. You could borrow the jeep.

Looks like you’ve got 2/3 covered yourself.

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Oh, and the Obama response was tone perfect. The message to Mitt is: Come big or stay home.
“This chair is occupied! I’m in this chair! All this chair are mine! No, really, here I am! In this chair!”
chumpThreads on August 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

My only question is: did Obama fancy himself capable of filling the chair? or did he mean the chair was busy?

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Jokes are only funny when liberals tell them.

Scrappy on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Too true! Remember when Dennis Miller used to be funny? The guy has been a crushing bore ever since he went conservative.

And now Clint Eastwood is the standard bearer for right wing humor!

chumpThreads on August 31, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Clint Eastwood’s speech was very effective because he delivered the best line of the whole convention with the most powerful theme:

“When someone isn’t doing the job, we’ve got to let them go.”

Period. He delivered it with a Reaganesque humility, simplicity and common sense. “We’ve got to.” Something we have to do because it’s the right thing, no matter how much you like or liked the guy or feel sorry for him or if you voted for him last time.

It doesn’t matter what liberals think, who won’t be voting for Romney anyway, or what conservatives think.

This line and his delivery of it let’s the non political voters and independents know it’s OK to get rid of Obama.

That line must be very scary to any liberal who understands the real world.

Elisa on August 31, 2012 at 3:57 PM

The liberal establishment has now decided to take on… Clint Eastwood?

Up next… apple pie and baseball. Oh, dear.

Apparently his speech was a bigger success than anyone could have ever hoped for.

The Resolute Desk on August 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

You could borrow the jeep.

Looks like you’ve got 2/3 covered yourself.

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM

heh, we have a Rubicon Wrangler for that purpose :-)…we do a lot of mountain biking too, the foot hills here in N Cali and parts around Tahoe are perfect for that…will miss it, but there’s soo much mountain where we’re going, not really worried about it :-)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I got as far as the “virtually all-white crowd” and stopped reading.

I must check my TV set’s settings: I saw a lot of blacks, latinos, women, one Ann Coulter look-alike, and young people. All were attractive just plain folks.

billrowe on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Why not Eastwood. He’s better at getting to the simple points than a lot of politicians and beltway talking heads.

I couldn’t care less if Rove, Brooks, Will, Kristol, and the democrats didn’t like it – they can stick it where Clintwood was suggesting.

Yes, we own this country as Clint reminded us and not the banksters that as Dr Laurence Kotlikoff recently stated again have given America a terrible banking system with the federal Reserve at its head, that swindles us, creates money out-of-debt with taxpayers paying their commissions, debt and interest on the debt that has enabled politicians to bypass taxpayers and grow a government with a military empire (somebody should remind Rubio we are not the world’s police force – we can’t afford it) and “where everything is free but us” to quote Ryan.

And yes, Biden is a self-important, sit-in-judgement, time-serving-drone bureaucrat with no apparent worthwhile intellect, and, yes, having a big smile with a body attached to it.

And as Clint also reminded us, many, many politicians are not doing their job and have created unconstitutional government and need to go – preferably without pensions (now that would be a term limiter).

And as Dr Edwin Vieira has stated and challenged anyone to refute him (nobody has in over ten years), the Supreme Court following judicial review that leads to judicial supremacy is acting unconstitutionally but many politicians like this because “However, given that the powers that be (both parties’ elite establishment) hold basically the same views, the political branches of the Federal government will support “judicial supremacy” through “judicial review” for this concept perfectly rationalizes wholesale violations of the Constitution that politicians wish to perpetrate and wholesale nullifications of powers politicians do not wish We The People to exercise.”

And as Vieira has further noted from Page 65-66 of “Pieces of Eight;”
“The real Federal government consists of 5 parts, the Congress, President, Judiciary, the states, and We The People. Each of these Branches of government has the right, power, and duty, to support and defend the Constitution because Congress/Pres/judges/state officials because of the oath of affirmation from them to that effect, and We The People because the people were responsible for the “ordain[ing] and establish[ing]” the Constitution in the first place, and ultimately control its substance through the process of amendment. Congress does exercise political supremacy because it can impeach judges and the President. But it must have its actions ratified or rejected by the electorate. Thus, ultimate supremacy lies with We The People. And supremacy must lie there: For if the principals cannot decide the meaning of their own supreme law, it is absurd to believe their mere agents can.

The Court is not supreme – because as Blackstone pointed out “whenever a question arises between the society at large and any magistrate vested with powers originally delegated by that society, it must be decided by the voice of the society itself: there is not upon earth any other tribunal to resort to.”

I liked Clint’s speech so much, I sent the Romney campaign another donation just for letting him speak!

Falcon46 on August 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Did anyone post this tweet, yet ??

Kirstie Alley ‏@kirstiealley
I just saw Clint Eastwood’s speech and I LOVED it!! Funny as hell & on point!!..& I’m a Democrat..US media is SO biased in favor of Dems

COOL !

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

And by the way, doesn’t Eastwood have a new movie coming out next week?

Clint may be old, but he’s not stupid.

chumpThreads on August 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Clint may be old, but he’s not stupid.

chumpThreads on August 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Yup. Thought the same thing.
He IS a Republican, after all :-)

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM

YOU HAVE TO READ THIS :)…Moore apparently easn’t impressed with Eastwood performance last night, and was stupidenou to redount this little story in a piece in the dauly beast today:

‘A few years ago, at the annual National Board of Review film awards held at Tavern on the Green in New York, I was there to hand out one of the honors. When it came time for Eastwood to accept his, he went up to the microphone and growled to me in front of the audience, “If you ever show up at my house with that camera, I’ll shoot you on sight.” The audience laughed, I laughed, but the person who issued the threat wasn’t laughing. That creeped me out a bit. I made sure never to go stand on Clint Eastwood’s lawn. ’

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

‘wasn’t impressed’…

‘was stupid enough to recount this little story’ that is….

Daily Beast”..

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

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