Skip to comments.Clint Eastwood's Convention Schtick Draws Extreme Criticism
Posted on 08/31/2012 9:24:54 AM PDT by chessplayer
The reviews continue to pour in on Clint Eastwoods 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 doesnt work. His ad-libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it, the statement read.
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Put me in the “enjoyed it” column.
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.
If he had spoken at the DNC they would be raving at his performance.
Clint Eastwood delivers his carefully crafted
monologue to the Empty Chair, exactly representing
America's undocumented, National Disgrace.
One of the good things about old age is that you stop worrying about what people think of you.
I enjoyed it. Old people get to do what they want according to my dad.
You all can love it, like it, hate it. It does not matter because all we are doing today is talking about Clint Eastwood. He TOTALLY took the air out of Romney’s speech and anything else Romney.
Clint knows there is no such thing as bad publicity for an actor. The critics will just make people watch.
I didn’t watch the convention, but hearing about the Eastwood bit, I did watch the replay of it. I thought it quirky, a little awkward, but also pretty funny. Probably added a bit of zesty unpredictability to the proceedings, which I bet was needed. Being political junkies here, I sometimes think we underestimate how innately tiresome 95% of political speeches are to most viewers.
President Obama has done little more than fill chairs his entire career.
I'll say it again: Clint was FANTABULOUS!!!
In many of his movies there are very subtle messages. Many people only see the cigars and six shooter and anything more complex goes right over their head.
I wish they put an empty suit in the chair. That would have been hilarious and the kenyan would’ve understood it. As is, I don’t think he gets it. Too stuck up and full of himself. Also, he’s void of any sense of humor. Come to think of it...he’s void all the way around!
You do have a tough time with facts. Everyone is talking Clint Eastwood and not Romney’s speech. FACT! Deal with it.
Clint was Clint, and that was perfect.
He didn’t grandstand the way Liberal actors do.
“. He TOTALLY took the air out of Romneys speech and anything else Romney.”
How so? He was there supporting Romney. Romney isn’t shooting for the cult like following that BO did.
Not true. And besides, I kind of like that they can't shut up about Clint. That just means more Independents will know that he's NOT voting for Obama. I think the RNC should craft an ad showing Clint saying "you have to let him go"
The empty chair/suit description seems to be sticking and it’s driving the left crazy. (imo) It’s not supposed to be this way. They’re of superior intellect in their own minds.
Who knew Clint Eastwood was a Tea Party guy? I have a theory .. that Clint Eastwood just ended the GOPe era of wimped out communications. In one segment he put to rest the whole new tone (please dont call me a racist) meme.
He stood up and never backed down from a truth we all recognize but have allowed to be compromised. Namely, when you cant do the job, we have to let you go. No animosity, no fear, just a fact.
The sarcasm had a role as well. Someone with some perceived credibility by the left needed to mock Obama openly and laugh at his incompetence. And mean it!
The fact that there were some stumbles, a few ums and ahs made it even better. In his honest delivery Clint will ultimately serve to be the best way to expose the predictable response of the main stream media. We know how they will be offended.
But the real reason theyll be ticked off, is because they just got out Alinskyed by an American icon who was laughing in their faces at them and their protected, but incompetent President.
Empty chair = Empty suit
“He didnt grandstand the way Liberal actors do.”
Live with it.
Clint is a moviemaker and the empty chair was very visual.
Libtards are sniping because Clint will not be in their arena in Charlotte. No doubt they’ll turn out a parade of their own celebs who will once again show that they don’t understand reality but will receive nothing but accolades for their (snicker) “insight”.
WE are responsible. We lost. The sooner we realize that the sooner we can re-tool and get back to working for another 2010 WIPEOUT.
EARTH TO BRETO, you cannot expect to win a primary with two candidates splitting who do nothing but split the conservative vote which allows the opposition (GOPe/RINO) to win.
Mostly the left and MSM which are synonymous.
That's the first time I've heard anything from Walker that was disappointing, and surprising. Eastwood did a great job, but the viewer did have to hone in on what Clint was doing with the empty chair.
Eastwood actions got people to tune in who otherwise wouldn't have.
And on top of that both Rubio and Romney looked better by comparison because Eastwood set the bar so low. In fact I think Eastwood appearing actually made Romney look younger by comparison also.
Everyone? Who is "everyone"? 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...?
Anecdotal, I know. But anyone that obsessed by Eastwood's performance last night, to the exclusion of all else, is not the kind of political junkie who would otherwise be dissecting Romney's speech today anyway.
I enjoyed it! Especially the part about Zero flying hither and yon in that gas-guzzle AF1 to do unimportant things. Oh, and the part about firing his sorry a$$. Now get off my lawn!
Excellent loved it. Can’t wait for our new President to take office and end this nightmare.
“He TOTALLY took the air out of Romneys speech and anything else Romney.”
Yes, the subject talked about when Romney’s speech was over, was Clint Eastwood and it is today.
Tuco thinks you're full of it...
Actually, Eastwood didn’t even need the chair as a prop — he could have spoken directly to the teleprompter, that’s who does all the talking
Exactly! I do not want to adopt their petty smallness. But ridicule is a tool we need to pull out of the bag and use regularly on Zer0 and the Rat Party. They are certainly deserving.
Yes and we all know what deep intellect Tuco has.
I don’t see libs sniping. I see them laughing and mocking. And whatever you thought of it, it most certainly took the air out of Romney’s speech because I haven’t heard a word about that this morning.
>> Clint cracked the democratic coconuts wide open!
I have to agree. And so did his audience. Those people were not jumping to their feet and cheering and applauding like that because someone in front of the stage with a sign was *telling* them to. [Side note: in some of the other speeches, the applause *did* seem a little forced to me.]
Go ahead and attack Clint’s speech, libs. I wonder how many undecideds will watch it because of all the criticism... and come away thinking “the guy’s got a point!”.
Eastwood defined the entire campaign. He did more in eleven minutes to define Barack Obama than Mitt Romney has done in fourteen months.
The thing that ticks off Hollywood is that an 82-year old actor/director/producer still makes money unlike people like George Clooney who make political crap.
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