New Florida poll shows vindication of Eastwood Strategy

posted at 10:01 am on September 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Feel lucky, punk?  When Republicans chose Tampa as the site for the 2012 national convention, they didn’t do it for the weather, obviously.  They saw Florida as a key to their hopes of winning the presidential election and hoped to make an impact on voters with their week-long argument for Republican control of the White House.  According to a snap poll from Survey USA of 754 registered voters who watched the final night of the convention, they may have switched 10% of the vote with the effort:

1,211 adults were interviewed statewide 08/31/12, after Romney, Florida’s Marco Rubio and Clint Eastwood spoke to the convention 08/30/12. Of the adults, 1,100 were registered to vote in Florida. Of the registered voters, 754 heard the convention speeches. Of the convention speech watchers:

66% did not change their mind.
16% switched from “undecided” to Romney.
6% switched from Obama to Romney.
Adding those 2 together, that’s 22% who switched TO Romney.
10% switched from “undecided” to Obama.
2% switched from Romney to Obama.
Adding those 2 together, that’s 12% who switched TO Obama.
Comparing the 2 aggregate numbers: 22% switched TO Romney, 12% switched TO Obama.

There is, however, a big caveat in this figures, which is that the people who watched the convention on the final night were still more Republican than the general population.  The D/R/I of this sample was 24/48/27, and the D/R/I of the 2010 midterms was 36/36/29.  That’s still significantly less Republican than I would have thought for a convention audience, and this might well be the first datum of success for the Clint Eastwood strategy.  Another data point would be the saturation among registered voters in Florida for the final night; in this survey, nearly 69% of registered voters in Florida tuned in.  That’s a pretty remarkable reach, and if that’s the case around the country, I’d say that Team Romney and the RNC won big.

Here’s another data point, too: the split among Florida voters to Eastwood’s speech was 49% positive to only 24% negative by the next day — presumably even after the avalanche of criticism for it.  The overall split is positive in almost all demos except Democrats (30/45) and liberals (26/58).  Majorities of independents (51/26), seniors (54/20), men (54/24) approved of it, but the biggest positive response came from Hispanics, 62/21 — even better than Republicans (58/12).  Even women (44/25) and black voters (43/37) liked Eastwood’s extemporaneous riff on President Obama.

The ultimate question, though, is whose minds were changed — and that looks bad for Obama almost along the same lines.  The aggregate numbers are shown above, but here are some key breakdowns in the demos, which we’ll calculate by adding those switching from either undecided or Obama to Romney, and those switching from undecided or Romney to Obama, in that order:

  • Men: 32/16 (Romney/Obama switchers)
  • Women: 15/9
  • 18-34YOs: 29/15
  • Black: 38/19
  • Hispanic: 25/17
  • Independent: 37/23

One last caveat: those tuning in among those demos would tend to be a little self-selecting as having an open enough mind to be convinced to switch.  Still, it’s pretty clear that at least in Florida, Eastwood not only got people to tune in, he got them to enjoy the evening and perhaps open their mind to support Mitt Romney.  If I’m Mitt Romney, I’d say that this makes my day.

Update: I should probably also mention some of the reaction to the speeches of Romney and Rubio.  Let’s start with the positive/negative of Romney:

  • Overall: 64/23
  • Women: 62/26
  • 18-34YOs: 51/39
  • Black: 54/36
  • Hispanic: 65/19
  • Independent: 54/24

And for Rubio, the numbers are even better:

  • Overall: 67/19
  • Women: 66/20
  • 18-34YOs: 57/31
  • Black: 55/37
  • Hispanic: 76/15
  • Independent: 61/21

If Eastwood did indeed drive viewership, these numbers will be key in the weeks ahead for this swing state.


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…that made my day!

KOOLAID2 on September 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

…Clint is no punk!

KOOLAID2 on September 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Cautiously optimistic.

But not too cautious. Barring disaster, Romney’s going to win Florida at this point.

JimLennon on September 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Brilliant. Clint set a trap and the MSM and Obama fell in it big time.

cheetah2 on September 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

…you knew when the left went crazy on him instead of Mitt…something was good

KOOLAID2 on September 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Wow. That actually is a pretty good split. I can’t see that many Democrats watching just to mock the opposition. Take just 10% of Barry’s Dems – probably from blue collar men – and he starts in a pretty big hole.

Gingotts on September 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Bring on the abortion festival!

pain train on September 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Rasmussen has Romney up 47-44, which is similar to what it was over week ago but a jump from before the convention. Romney’s jumped two percentage points from yesterday, and it only takes into account one day since Romney’s speech.

midgeorgian on September 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Normal people talk like Clint talked. They don’t speak in focus-group-tested paragraphs that have survived fourteen rewrites.

RBMN on September 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

So Rs are oversampled by 12 points, and in that sample, Romney only picked up, on net, 10%. The only saving grave here is that the I share of the sample was correctly weighted, and one assumes that the vast majority of swing voters are Is.

Outlander on September 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

whoop!

ctmom on September 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

After watching the convention, how in the hell could ANYONE switch their vote to obama?

BallisticBob on September 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Rasmussen today Romney +3. He was -3 on Monday 8/27. That is a 6 points flip.

bayview on September 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

What Clint Eastwood did was deliver the “Daisy Ad”. It will have a bigger negative impact for Obama than pundits realize. And they won’t understand why.

BDU-33 on September 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Dennis Miller had a Twitter response:

I’m hoping Shemp Biden will deliver his DNC speech to his actual stool. #crazyjoebiden

Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ) September 01, 2012

In either meaning, Millers statement would fit the Twitter hash tag of #thingsIwouldvoteforbeforeObama .

DAT60A3 on September 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

And the icing on the cake? The democrats, already reeling from the public finally finding out that barack is robbing Medicare to pay for obamacare, are falling all over themselves to cast Eastwood as a doddering old guy who should be ignored! Romney-Ryan need to get some old folks in an ad, spliced with the MS-DNC folks railing on Eastwood’s age, and let them have it — all through Florida!

Rational Thought on September 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

For me.. it was alot like the final Seinfeld show, when I first watched it I thought it was really dumb. Then after I watched it again I thought it was Great.
Thanks for the stand up Clint.

mmcnamer1 on September 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

It appears as if the Dems fell for ‘the Missouri Boat Ride” trap that was set for them.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Outlander on September 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Keep in mind that it’s a poll of registered voters who watched the last night of convention speeches. It would of course be mostly Republican – and most were going to vote Republican anyway which is why 10% only was gained.

TarheelBen on September 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Clint Eastwood gave an amazing performance. I watched it after hearing all the negativity about it and what I saw was a charming grandfatherly man speak from the heart with mannerisms that displayed his advanced age. We make allowances for people like that and they deserve it. If they doder a bit we indulgently and fondly listen anyway and delight in the proofs they give that an intelligent, wise and experienced mind lives within that frail frame. The MSM and Obama have made a huge mistake to be mocking him.

cheetah2 on September 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

BallisticBob on September 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Crazed Paulnuts upset that Romney didn’t promise to ‘cap’ the head of the Fed?

CPT. Charles on September 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Bring on the abortion festival!

pain train on September 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Federal currency exchange game.

deptofredundancydept on September 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

We can do better, most definitely. Good news.

Philly on September 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Rational Thought on September 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

That’s a great point. “Don’t listen to that senile old has-been” is probably not a winning message with seniors.

RBMN on September 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The more I think about it (and the more times I watch the video of Clint), this was a BRILLIANT piece of work on his part. It made liberals heads explode – caused them to criticize the elderly – the ‘bumbling’ act was actually a parody of Biden, I think – all of the fumbling around was just ground cover for the zingers that would be delivered – the portrayal of Obama as an empty chair (IE: no leadership), with a TOTUS to boot, was devastating, especially when it caused Obama to respond on twitter. EVERYTHING was planned and played for effect.

All in all, I think Clint is at home, enjoying the fallout. It probably had exactly the effect he wanted.

Timothy S. Carlson on September 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Imagine that. Americans want somebody to call Obama out.

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Eastwood’s skit will be looked back upon as the moment the election turned. That will be an incorrect assessment. Ryan’s speech was part of that moment. But the Empty Chair has become a cultural icon already. Obama cannot argue, spin, threaten, joke his way out of it. He has been ridiculed now by America’s greatest film icon.

And making all this all the more delicious is the Left’s initial reaction to it: horror and ridicule … exactly the same reaction they had when the Tea Party sprang up out of nowhere.

Obama is toast and good riddance.

MaxMBJ on September 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Barry is in Iowa again today. This after a 3 days bus tour there and a rally in Ames on 8/28. Might Barry/Axelrod be worried about Iowa?

And if Barry having such a big lead in Electoral College votes as the media pollsters like to tell you, why do Barry/Axelrod so worry about 6 Electoral votes in IA?

bayview on September 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

The beauty of the Eastwood strategy is that his main point will be discussed and remembered for a long time to come thanks to the MSM’s meltdown and over reaction. If someone is not doing his job well “WE HAVE TO LET HIM GO” In addition, Clint gave all the undecideds permission to make the switch without guilt.

Conservalicious on September 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I’m watching College Gameday (football) in metro Atlanta, and just saw the Clinton ad on behalf of Obama. WTF is it running here? He has no shot for Georgia. Maybe to stimulate (pun intended) donations?

Donald Draper on September 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

BallisticBob on September 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I suppose it would have a lot to do with which network/lense they watched it THROUGH ????

pambi on September 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Brilliant. Clint set a trap and the MSM and Obama fell in it big time.

cheetah2 on September 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Whats so sweet is even the right wing pundit class fell into it.

Hey, he’s some crazy old dude with wild hair who mumbles and he has lost it. He also does racist dog whistles (is there any other kind of dog whistle any more).

Sure he is. Bless your heart.

CorporatePiggy on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

It was pretty clear Clint got under Obama’s skin. He and his desperate minions tweeted that ludicrous picture of Barry’s giant Dumbo ears hovering over the back of the chair with “The President” label within hours of Clint’s performance.

Political hacks like Barry’s crew don’t bother responding to ineffective attacks on Dear Leader. But these Alinskyites know that Clint hit the mark.

AZCoyote on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

From the QOTD thread, but applicable:

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

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

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

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

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

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

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Ed Morrissey: Are you watching the ND v Navy in Dublin, Ireland this morning?

d1carter on September 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Following Clint Eastwood’s lead, can we now refer to Barky as “StOTUS”, the Stool of the United States?

bofh on September 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The Empty Chair Presidency.

Punchenko on September 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The Left just does not get it that they’re FAIL and their randy accusations are nonsense to most the rest of humanity.

Obviously, Clint Eastwood’s not the same today in his 82nd year of age that he was in his early/earlier adult years, but no one else is, either (it’s called “ageing”). Left has run the guy down on his feeble-physical appearance instead of honoring what he said and what he said still stands the test of time.

Now we can add “ageist” to the Left’s series of easily-won awful characteristics.

Lourdes on September 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

BTW: Did Romney visit Louisiana? I can’t tell, as there is hardly any news coverage.

I’m sure there will be wall-to-wall, 24/7 coverage of Obama’s trip, however.

More opportunities for Obama to put his foot in his mouth. Good – come on out into the open, champ. Hopefully you will bring Biden with you, too. With as much as he should be flustered now, it will be a regular gaffe-fest.

Timothy S. Carlson on September 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

can we now refer to Barky as “StOTUS”, the Stool of the United States?

bofh on September 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I’ve been referring to him as ‘the stool in the White House’ since he was inaugurated.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

What Clint Eastwood did was deliver the “Daisy Ad”. It will have a bigger negative impact for Obama than pundits realize. And they won’t understand why.

BDU-33 on September 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The left already knows this. That’s why they are having their marxists conniption fits over it.

bgibbs1000 on September 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Btw, I watched MM on F&F this morning, and she now believes it was a brilliant addition to the final night.

pambi on September 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

ANYONE who claims to be an independent and switched their vote to Oliar after listening to Rubio and Clint IS LYING about being “Independent”

FlaMurph on September 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Sure he is. Bless your heart.

CorporatePiggy on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

That 82 year old American is still producing and directing hits like “Gran Torino”.

“Doddering”. Hardly. What part of acting, don’t you understand?

No…bless your heart.

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The Dems wish we had a policy something along the lines of “Carousel” where at the age of 30 you go up for “Renewal”. Then, we wouldn’t have to put up with doddering old guys like Clint!

yubley on September 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I’ve been referring to him as ‘the stool in the White House’ since he was inaugurated.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I’ve been referring to him as something I deposit in the “stool” since he came on the scene.

bgibbs1000 on September 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

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

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

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

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

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Excellent comments and insights.

I was wondering (seriously) why a man of Eastwood’s stage, screen and public performance experience would go on any stage with his hair all rifled and otherwise posing as such a feeble old guy.

Now I realize it was an act and the Left looks even more stupid for condemning the man as they have.

Barack Obama, the Empty Chair.

Lourdes on September 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The Left is ageist.

Lourdes on September 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

. What part of acting, don’t you understand?

No…bless your heart.

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

He still thinks you’re a 22 year old blonde cheerleader named Buffy.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Go ahead Obutthead, Assholerod and crew, MAKE MY DAY.

NOMOBO on September 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I’m watching College Gameday (football) in metro Atlanta, and just saw the Clinton ad on behalf of Obama. WTF is it running here? He has no shot for Georgia. Maybe to stimulate (pun intended) donations?

Donald Draper on September 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Billy Jeff’s ad turned up again here in VT the other night. That’s the second Barky ad I’ve seen in a week. Why would they spend the money for airtime here?

bofh on September 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

“What do they want?”

“A police car.”

“What are you going to do?”

“I’m going to give them one.”

backwoods conservative on September 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

The Dems wish we had a policy something along the lines of “Carousel” where at the age of 30 you go up for “Renewal”. Then, we wouldn’t have to put up with doddering old guys like Clint!

yubley on September 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

They _do_ have something like that – it’s the ‘death panels’ in ObamaCare.

Timothy S. Carlson on September 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I’ve been referring to him as something I deposit in the “stool” since he came on the scene.

bgibbs1000 on September 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Doctors call those deposits ‘stools’.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

OT :Game Day is 10miles north of us !!! LOL

pambi on September 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

He still thinks you’re a 22 year old blonde cheerleader named Buffy.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

My 4 year old grandson who’s showing me his stickers, as I write this post, would be very surprised.

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

BTW: Did Romney visit Louisiana? I can’t tell, as there is hardly any news coverage.

I’m sure there will be wall-to-wall, 24/7 coverage of Obama’s trip, however.

More opportunities for Obama to put his foot in his mouth. Good – come on out into the open, champ. Hopefully you will bring Biden with you, too. With as much as he should be flustered now, it will be a regular gaffe-fest.

Timothy S. Carlson on September 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Obama showed his hand when the MidWest flooded soon after he was inaugurated. Obama didn’t visit, no photos were taken of him doing anything about the misery and suffering, nothing, not a word.

I loved how the people of Tennessee rebuilt the Grand Ole Oprey themselves after the original suffered flood damage. Not to mention the residents and all those homes lost or damaged.

Where was Obama? Oh, now I remember, he was bowing to the Saudis and making speech-lub with the Muslims in Cairo or playing golf or something similar.

The Left tried to destroy President Bush after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. When similar destruction hit the MidWest, not a peep.

Lourdes on September 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Wouldn’t it be just beautiful if this Clint speech backlash turns out to hurt Obama big time.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Not to worry, the racist carpetbagger Democrats will soon be swarming to Florida to smear their swill of fear & loathing racist fever amongst the populace…
“Eastwood is a racist, Romney is a racist, Rubio and Ryan are racists, too!”

albill on September 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

KJ – perhaps I wasn’t clear. I was mocking his detractors.

That old man is producing the best work he ever has.

Gran Torino was practically a masterpiece. :)

CorporatePiggy on September 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

It was pretty clear Clint got under Obama’s skin. He and his desperate minions tweeted that ludicrous picture of Barry’s giant Dumbo ears hovering over the back of the chair with “The President” label within hours of Clint’s performance.

Political hacks like Barry’s crew don’t bother responding to ineffective attacks on Dear Leader. But these Alinskyites know that Clint hit the mark.

AZCoyote on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I nominate that chair as the nation’s gift to Barack Obama when he moves out of the White House in January 2013.

We can even put a big, red bow on it, sit him in it, give it a push and off he can go, whooosh, down the street.

Lourdes on September 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Clint Eastwood made James Lipton very sad! Lipton thinks Eastwood mocked the office of the President. Of course, I do not remember Lipton ever defending George W. Bush.

Mr. Joe on September 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Rarely do I read a poll that adds up to exactly what I’ve encountered.

The only people who hated Eastwood are progs and Obamacons.

budfox on September 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

AZCoyote on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I nominate that chair as the nation’s gift to Barack Obama when he moves out of the White House in January 2013.

We can even put a big, red bow on it, sit him in it, give it a push and off he can go, whooosh, down the street.

Lourdes on September 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

We could tie his golf clubs to the back of the chair, and have it tow a little wagon filled with Michelle and her grocery store receipts that someone else paid for. Whooosh, off they go, back to Cheee-cah-gooohhh.

Lourdes on September 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Normal people talk like Clint talked. They don’t speak in focus-group-tested paragraphs that have survived fourteen rewrites.

+100

Clint shared off the top of his heart what many in America feel about Obozo and his raping of America. Good on ya Clint!

johnnybgood on September 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

The chair must go to the White House if Romney wins.

budfox on September 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Fine, but the “Eastwood strategy” needed no vindication. But, like “albill” implied, watch out for all the left wing, liberal slime destined to creep into Florida to trash everything conservative and Republican. The fight can’t end here.

rplat on September 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

CorporatePiggy on September 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

OK. My apologies.

kingsjester on September 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Wouldn’t it be just beautiful if this Clint speech backlash turns out to hurt Obama big time.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM

It’s not the backlash, it is the reality of what Eastwood said. People who see it remember it and it resonates with them.
Eastwood was a bit quirky in parts (acting), but when he wanted to hammer his point he was clear as a bell.
The straight-shooter parts should be a Republican ad.

albill on September 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I put a chair in my front yard today.I don’t need to put a campaign sign anymore thanks to Clint.

docflash on September 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Ed Morrissey: Are you watching the ND v Navy in Dublin, Ireland this morning?

d1carter on September 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The Domers are up 27-0, almost halftime… Pretty ugly for the Mids… No trip to Ireland is worth that…

Kind of like the UGLY that Clint laid all over Obama…

Khun Joe on September 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I put a chair in my front yard today.I don’t need to put a campaign sign anymore thanks to Clint.

docflash on September 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Clever idea!
The empty chair in the front yard.

albill on September 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

You know the effectiveness of various speeches by the way the Obamunists attacked them. A wave of criticism for Eastwood-almost no mention at all of Romney’s effort.

MaiDee on September 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I put a chair in my front yard today.I don’t need to put a campaign sign anymore thanks to Clint.

docflash on September 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Heh

Rio Linda Refugee on September 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

For those who think that he was merely being himself, they might be surprised to know that he’s directed or acted in some 7 or 8 movies over the last 5 years and that, in person, he’s as articulate as men half his age, though his gravelly voice is authentic.

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

.
Spot on.
The hair deal was the give away. Libturds are to stupid and self involved to see beyond their dishonest little noses. What did they think ? Clint was doing backflips backstage and his hair got messed up?

This one was for the seniors. And the the liberal scum press was beside themselves and couldn’t wait to spew against an American Icon.

Bifurcate this……. You socialist punks.

And after halftime in America, I was extremely satisfied to have seen Clint on that stage in Tampa.

And Yes, We own it, and they work for us.

FlaMurph on September 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

From the Headlines: Republicans plan counter-convention in Charlotte.

Worth reading, the plans are quite elaborate and with big name talent on hand. This is not your father’s counter-convention.

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Remember when Clint opened his speech with “I know what you’re thinking”? Well, he was making an allusion to the famous “Make my day” scene from “Dirty Harry.” Even the way he was wearing his hair was an allusion to the 70s hairstyle of the character!

He knew EXACTLY what he was doing!!!

“I know what you’re thinking” is at 1:46

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xjr2hnOHiM

Pest on September 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Bless your heart.

CorporatePiggy on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I prefer Capitalist_Piglet.

You, on the other hand, I could really do without.

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Thank you for your insight. I knew watching him that Clint was hitting the mark. After reading your comment in QOTD I now know how and why.

The empty chair is such a fitting icon for the TFGP noting the attendance issues at his rallies.

Barky should start reviewing architectural drawings for his presidential “LieBarry” as Rush says.

eyesky on September 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Sorry, it’s the “Do you feel lucky, punk?” scene!

Pest on September 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I put a chair in my front yard today.I don’t need to put a campaign sign anymore thanks to Clint.

docflash on September 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Very clever indeed. My HOA covenants don’t allow political yard signs (I was very surprised to learn this little fact at our last meeting). However, there’s nothing stated that prohibits a single piece of furniture.

Nikkia2112 on September 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I prefer Capitalist_Piglet.

You, on the other hand, I could really do without.

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You’re not exactly my cup of tea either but you’ll come good eventually.

CorporatePiggy on September 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Rational Thought on September 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

That’s a great point. “Don’t listen to that senile old has-been” is probably not a winning message with seniors.

RBMN on September 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I thought of that as I read all the nasty snarky tweets from Clint’s Hollyweird friends. Doddering old fool, indeed…..

BettyRuth on September 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

The left is in a no-win situation over Clint Eastwood because he is so popular. Brilliant.

Philly on September 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Timothy S. Carlson on September 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Romney was here yesterday, the day after the convention ended. He met with all the data and solutions going forward Jindal.
Zero is making 7 campaign fundraisers before coming here.

Kermit on September 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

From the Headlines: Republicans plan counter-convention in Charlotte.

Worth reading, the plans are quite elaborate and with big name talent on hand. This is not your father’s counter-convention.

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Cute, except that the LSM will make sure that there is no whisper of coverage of it. If a tree falls in the forest…

bofh on September 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

If Eastwood did indeed drive viewership, these numbers will be key in the weeks ahead for this swing state.

We’ll see, but for now these numbers are better than getting poked with a sharp stick in the eye. So far, so good.

whatcat on September 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I put a chair in my front yard today.I don’t need to put a campaign sign anymore thanks to Clint.

docflash on September 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Very clever indeed. My HOA covenants don’t allow political yard signs (I was very surprised to learn this little fact at our last meeting). However, there’s nothing stated that prohibits a single piece of furniture.

Nikkia2112 on September 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

That’s hilarious. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the White House as the ridicule mounts!

BettyRuth on September 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Some who might not have watched could have been like me working a second job from 3 to 11 all week?
Real Estate by day and cashier by night. Trying to make ends meet. Took the job, 3 years ago.
Clint Eastwood,it was suggested on another blog, took his wonderful routine from Jimmy Stewart in the movie and play entitled HARVEY.
All about an invisible white rabbit Jimmy Stewart would talk too.

I loved the play and the movie. As a side, my mother was in the Broadway play.

Eastwood brought back my memories with a clever truth slapping to the empty chair, over which, he could have placed an EMPTY SUIT!

Delsa on September 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Zero is making 7 campaign fundraisers before coming here.

Kermit on September 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Is that what he was doing in TX yesterday?

JohnGalt23 on September 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Remember when Clint opened his speech with “I know what you’re thinking”? Well, he was making an allusion to the famous “Make my day” scene from “Dirty Harry.” Even the way he was wearing his hair was an allusion to the 70s hairstyle of the character!

He knew EXACTLY what he was doing!!!

“I know what you’re thinking” is at 1:46

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xjr2hnOHiM

Pest on September 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Just to set the record straight,”I know what you’re thinking” is from the first movie “Dirty Harry”. “Make my Day” is from the 4th movie “Sudden Impact”. Reagan even used the line “Make my day” with congress when he threatened a veto. Two totally different lines from two different movies, same character of course.

bgibbs1000 on September 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

That’s hilarious. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the White House as the ridicule mounts!

BettyRuth on September 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Obama wanted to be on Mount Rushmore; he’ll have to settle for Mount Ridicule.

backwoods conservative on September 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The chair must go to the White House if Romney wins.

budfox on September 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Hell yes.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

What I think will be remembered, when all the performance analyses are done and the Left has concluded consigning this rambling senile old man to Obamacare’s death panels, is– that was Clint Eastwood up on that platform.

The only authentic Hollywood and American icon who has endured as long and is as beloved as Reagan, a cross-generational cultural landmark and still one of the coolest dudes on the planet, Clint Eastwood up on that platform pwning the President. Live, without a teleprompter, on national television.

Dirty Harry, The Man With No Name, Outlaw Josey Wales… none of them like the Won. And mocked him like the empty chair that he is.

That’s already left a mark.

de rigueur on September 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I’ll admit I was squirming as I watched Clint’s speech. (Please don’t hurt me.)

The empty chair is an old standup routine, and I suspect it works better in a small club-type setting. On TV it gave me the impression that Clint was rambling and talking to a chair, even though I knew what he was doing. This, of course, is what the left gleefully jumped on as well.

But if most people had a better impression of Clint’s speech than I did, great.

Of all the other speakers I caught, Rubio was the best–awesome.

MidniteRambler on September 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

There are some hilarious photos turning up with empty chairs. And this is only the beginning!

Paddington on September 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I cannot help but point out the demographic with the lowest approval rating for virtually everything associated with the RNC – blacks.

Seriously, WTF ?! It is downright offensive that this demographic seems to care about one thing and one thing only – skin color.

That right there is actual racism.

deadrody on September 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

AZCoyote on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

And a big mistake… given what Photoshop can do.

CPT. Charles on September 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

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