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Clint Eastwood's Convention Schtick Draws Extreme Criticism
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Posted on 08/31/2012 9:24:54 AM PDT by chessplayer

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.

An unattributed release from the Romney campaign defended Eastwood, according to The Wall Street Journal: "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,” the statement read.

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To: chessplayer

Compared to Romney’s typically stiff, scripted, emotionally vacant and awkward speech, Eastwood’s routine was a welcome bit of relaxed, playful zaniness. The stiff country-club Republicans that walk around with sticks up their butts should shut up and let us enjoy something since it’s their fault we’re stuck with the Romulan as a candidate. The libs are only criticizing Eastwood because he wasn’t doing this for their side. They’d be cheering him on, calling him an icon and praising him for poking fun at himself if he had delivered the exact same speech at the DNC about Bush.


151 posted on 08/31/2012 11:25:01 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: olrtex

I think FR is being flooded by Romney bots... They have one thing in common the like to call people names and love the establishment coolaid.

May I offer that I am not a republican therefor I had no candidate in this charade. The first Nixon then Bush 1 drove me out of the party and the second Bush confirmed that any liberty loving American is nuts to put their hope in a party that is just another flavor of statist.

Pray tell what has your beloved republican statist done to preserve our country, liberty or to honor the constitution... NOTHING. Instead they have grown government expanded dependency, depressed liberty and basically crapped on the constitution all the while pretending to be on “our” side.

There is no point in discussing the dems... commies and perverts are commies and perverts. What makes the Republicans so disgusting is they run around behind a facade of patriotism proclaiming love of country and liberty and they are just short of the democrats when it comes to the destruction of this country and our individual sovereignty and liberty.

I did my duty and fought for this country only to see it becoming the thing I fought against. And all you happy cool-aid drinking frogs are comfy in your little republican establishment pots wondering why it seems to be getting a little warm...

I am not the looser here, the american people are regardless who wins.

PS I am happy to shame Obama any time I can.


152 posted on 08/31/2012 11:25:12 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: napscoordinator

LOL.. Boy are you delusional!! Also, do you think the nominating process is over yet? or is Mitt’s nomination still up in the air?


153 posted on 08/31/2012 11:25:33 AM PDT by jb729
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To: popdonnelly

That is absolutely correct.


154 posted on 08/31/2012 11:25:55 AM PDT by Maryhere ("HE comes to rule the earth")
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To: chriscraft

You know he hit it out of the park when the left is running around screaming “He struck out!”


155 posted on 08/31/2012 11:26:02 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Couldn’t agree more!


156 posted on 08/31/2012 11:26:31 AM PDT by InsensitiveConservative
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To: Lucky9teen

BTTT


157 posted on 08/31/2012 11:27:18 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: jb729

No I know we are stuck with a liberal on both sides of the political spectrum. I will vote for Romney but I think it is tragic that the Republican party has gone so far down the tubes with probably zero way of getting back.


158 posted on 08/31/2012 11:28:17 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: EnquiringMind

Walker’s personality seems about as stiff as you can get. He’s definitely the “Felix” half of the Odd Couple. And he seems to have about as much trouble cracking a smile as Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black. I guess it’s good that he’s as serious and business-minded as he is in his job as governor. But he doesn’t appear to have much of a sense of humor.


159 posted on 08/31/2012 11:30:00 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: mancini

I won’t be surprised if the left starts talking about how Clint played a racist in GRAN TORINO. And they’ll say he was apparently playing himself. They’re so predictable.


160 posted on 08/31/2012 11:30:06 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: milagro

“Your “shtick” is becoming very old, falling—I suspect—on a a bunch of empty seats.”

That was a well reasoned argument... good job


161 posted on 08/31/2012 11:30:51 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Lucky9teen

Just go see it for yourself and decide.

LLS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiHNVYRTKP8


162 posted on 08/31/2012 11:36:08 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Didn’t take me a quarter second to get it. By the way, your fingerprints are all over that picture. Lol.


163 posted on 08/31/2012 11:37:17 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: napscoordinator
God what an idiot. You say all Democrats (Proper noun you dofus) are weak...Well if you learned to read a post, I was talking about the 3 last Democratic Presidential Nominees. God why do we have stupid people on Free Republic?

Glad you admit you believe in the myth of a strong democrat...kind of like a tall dwarf huh? And if you are going to engage in name-calling, at least be good at it. That was pretty lame.

164 posted on 08/31/2012 11:38:43 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Quit poking holes in the life raft!)
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To: fhayek

I noticed the prints when I posted it. It would be fascinating to find out whose they are...Possibly the guy who took it...


165 posted on 08/31/2012 11:39:11 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: RummyChick

Oh Dear Lord! This is just too funny!


166 posted on 08/31/2012 11:40:05 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: chriscraft

Clint’s teleprompter stopped working, he did that off the cuff.


167 posted on 08/31/2012 11:40:05 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (On November 6, 2012 "I Built It'...Obama's defeat)
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To: napscoordinator

Where’ve you been? Sleeping for the past 80 years? Ronald Reagan is too far to the left for people like you.


168 posted on 08/31/2012 11:40:17 AM PDT by jb729
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To: chessplayer

Yeah, and Michael Moore and Spiked Lee are respectable spokesmen of the donkey party...


169 posted on 08/31/2012 11:43:09 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: COUNTrecount
Clint’s teleprompter stopped working, he did that off the cuff.

I didn't know this until this morning. I actually thought that Clint was 'mocking' Obama, by talking like Obama talks without a teleprompter. Which I think the liberals thought the same thing.... Not only was the empty chair perfect, but the speaking part sounds just like Obama without his teleprompter.

170 posted on 08/31/2012 11:43:31 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Have you donated to the 'resurrection of Akin' yet?)
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To: chessplayer

Thank you, Clint Eastwood!!! Like rogue, rough, tough General Daniel Morgan of Revolutionary War, “Cow Pens” battle fame, Clint loves America!!! God bless you Mr. Eastwood!!! I have loved your films for many years, especially, “The Outlaw Josey Wales”, and, “The Unforgiven”. Me, a tough old NY street kid, who punched back when unjustly hit, cried like a baby last night. You are a true American hero!!!


171 posted on 08/31/2012 11:50:48 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: chessplayer

The libs are angry because Clint said Biden was the intellect of the democrat party...


172 posted on 08/31/2012 11:50:53 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Dysart

I want that owl!


173 posted on 08/31/2012 11:51:33 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

Sorry, the owl is my muse. How about a turtle instead? I have two.


174 posted on 08/31/2012 11:55:33 AM PDT by Dysart (Borrowed, spent and wasted --Paul Ryan)
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To: chessplayer
Don't forget this angle too....he's old. So what happens if Obama goes after Clint too hard over this? Many many of the medicare population see Eastwood as an icon from their generation. If he is attacked they may feel as if Obama is picking on him because of his age. He is conservative from a generation who quit paying attention to Hollywood a long time ago but they will still claim Clint. There is really nothing Obama can do to counter act the Eastwood effect.

Like him or not Romney has yet to make a mistake. Even walking in down the aisle last night instead of across the stage was intentional. Looked like he was coming in for a state of the union address as PRESIDENT. Having an elderly icon on stage was no accident. Lack of a “soaring” speech was no accident. People gave a speech reader their votes once. If you are unemployed do you want to be moved by fancy words or do you want a job? Ryan mentioned medicare first. He said basically bring it on. They are defining this campaign not Obama. Start watching the intentionality and thought that this campaign is showing. He isn't chasing Obama. He is acting like a president and mentioning issues on his agenda not Obama’s.

175 posted on 08/31/2012 11:57:15 AM PDT by proudtexasmama
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To: cotton1706

“It was levity. And in itself, powerful. A little awkward, but we knew Eastwood is a powerful actor, and could tone it up if he needed to. But he didn’t need to.”

Agreed. I wasn’t sure where it was going at first, or if it was going to get anywhere at all. Then it built, and built, and was funny as hell, ending at a crescendo. Perhaps the first laugh I’ve had in this political season.

I was a bit sad to see him look so old, but that is what happens with those who are tough enough to survive.

It was good, and left wing yelps of pain prove that it was effective.


176 posted on 08/31/2012 11:58:39 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: lonevoice

I didn’t see that the chair had its own teleprompter. This whole Eastwood skit gets better and better! I loved it and I am still laughing today when I recall certain parts of it.


177 posted on 08/31/2012 12:01:40 PM PDT by Pride in the USA (With Romney - Ryan you get change back.)
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To: Psalm 144
The best line of his skit was the one on Biden.

We all know he is the intellect of the Democratic Party.

A face with a grinning mouth.

178 posted on 08/31/2012 12:01:57 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: mware

“A chair and a teleprompter walk into a bar”

———use your imagination!


179 posted on 08/31/2012 12:02:40 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: Revolting cat!

That’s nothing. Next week an empty suit will use 2 teleprompters to speak to the Democrat Convention.


180 posted on 08/31/2012 12:02:59 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: Psalm 144

-——I was a bit sad to see him look so old———

You can’t really what you saw. The man is an actor, a great actor and a director, a great director. He knows about performing and setting up the performance. He knows about being a character, of making everything up.

What he did was to provide classic Shakespearean comic relief. It was all a terrific bit of writing, acting and directing.


181 posted on 08/31/2012 12:04:20 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Niteranger68

Well you can’t curse so this is the most you can do. Anyway that guy or girl I was speaking to is a nasty human being.


182 posted on 08/31/2012 12:05:27 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: Breto

So you’ve removed yourself from the game.

Hows that working out for you? Are the things important to you progressing well?

If you don’t play the game you can’t win. The left is trying to make people stay home and not vote.


183 posted on 08/31/2012 12:05:35 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: austinaero

Eastwood has created a new image of Obama, the estute comedians are going to pick up on this and go with it.


184 posted on 08/31/2012 12:06:43 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: chessplayer

I thought Clint was great. I watched MSNBC after Eastwood spoke, just to see their reaction, and it was great. Rachel Maddow threw a fit attacking Eastwood, calling him a senile old man. Stay classy, Rach.


185 posted on 08/31/2012 12:07:28 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: jb729

Where’ve you been? Sleeping for the past 80 years? Ronald Reagan is too far to the left for people like you.

Who knows...You think I am old enough for Ronald Reagan? good Lord. Anyway since I have been able to vote, we have nominated Dole, McCain, Romney. Aren’t I lucky to have this group of losers.


186 posted on 08/31/2012 12:08:33 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: chessplayer

The visions of the empty chair are all over the internet now.

Clint opened the door for a whole lot of new fun.

This is why the O idiots are so ticked off. O hates ridicule.

Clint Alinskyed Odoofus.


187 posted on 08/31/2012 12:10:48 PM PDT by dforest
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To: chessplayer; All
So how can the dems and laim stream media pound Clint when their messiah gets a pass for doing things like this?


188 posted on 08/31/2012 12:12:58 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

LOL!


189 posted on 08/31/2012 12:18:17 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: "ABO"/Ryan 2012)
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To: Revolting cat!

It’s okay, I left it on the front porch for you. Pick it up any time.


190 posted on 08/31/2012 12:26:48 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: MNJohnnie
The way you beat a Cult for Personality canidate like Obama is with ridcuale and scorn. The fact that the Leftists are in such hysteria about it today shows just how effective it was

Narcissistic personalities don't hold up well to being laughed at. If anything will make Obama crack, it's being laughed at and mocked.

The Dems know it, and that's why they freak out so hard.

191 posted on 08/31/2012 12:32:25 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("They say I don't pray for my enemies. I do.. I pray they go to Hell!" ---Marshall Law)
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To: chessplayer

I just watch the Eastwood speech again.

Masterful!!

He is one sharp man, very intelligent.

No wonder the dems and the dimwits are freaking out!

LOL


192 posted on 08/31/2012 12:42:09 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
I heard Donald Trump was going to bring a surprise to the convention. Did anything come of that?

LOL...maybe Eastwood flew in on a Trump plane.

193 posted on 08/31/2012 12:45:47 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: greene66

I’m a political junkie, but I find most politicians’ speeches annoying and condescending. The art of giving an engaging speech is lost, in my humble opinion.


194 posted on 08/31/2012 12:46:48 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.....)
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To: bert

-——I was a bit sad to see him look so old———
Part of being old is the inevitable aging process but the alternative is not desirable!
As long as Mr. Clint Eastwood lives and enjoys life and doing his great work, God Bless him and all those like him.
By the way he helps in composing music for some of his movies including “Unforgiven”! He is a self taught pianist and loves Jazz!


195 posted on 08/31/2012 12:51:56 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: Responsibility2nd
check the symbolism in that picture empty chair and teleprompter...
196 posted on 08/31/2012 1:00:31 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: chessplayer

I didn’t watch the convention proper, but I caught part of CNN’s roundtable discussion afterwards and Piers Morgan was really going after Clint for the empty-chair thing. And I was thinking, “You piece of crap. You just did the same kind of thing when Todd Akin cancelled on you.” And let’s be kind. I think Akin’s nowhere near as indispensable as the fan club on FR thinks he is. I just found that, coming from Piers, a bit much to take.


197 posted on 08/31/2012 1:02:49 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: EnquiringMind

Clint to Obummer: A man’s got to know his limitations...


198 posted on 08/31/2012 1:08:13 PM PDT by Edgerunner (Second Amendment Spoken Here)
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To: chessplayer
Scott Walker needs to loosen up. Geez, I'm surprised he said that.
199 posted on 08/31/2012 1:12:31 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: kevao
My experience so far today has been along the lines, Did you watch the convention last night? Wasn't Eastwood hilarious? Sure was. So, what did you think of Romney's speech...?

That is Exactly how it's been all day today w/ every person at my work.

200 posted on 08/31/2012 1:20:44 PM PDT by Pagey (B. Hussein Obama is weak, and is a worse human being than F.D.R., on multiple levels.)
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