Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Clint Eastwood's Convention Schtick Draws Extreme Criticism
Nationaljournal ^

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: 2012; clinteastwood; eastwoodspeech; gopconvention; obamafailure; thinskin
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-255 next last
I'll agree it was a nice break from all the speechifying.
1 posted on 08/31/2012 9:24:56 AM PDT by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Put me in the “enjoyed it” column.


2 posted on 08/31/2012 9:26:20 AM PDT by greatvikingone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

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.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 9:26:55 AM PDT by cotton1706
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

If he had spoken at the DNC they would be raving at his performance.


4 posted on 08/31/2012 9:27:12 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: driftdiver

BINGO!


5 posted on 08/31/2012 9:28:00 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

Comment #6 Removed by Moderator

To: chessplayer

Clint Eastwood delivers his carefully crafted
monologue to the Empty Chair, exactly representing
America's undocumented, National Disgrace.

7 posted on 08/31/2012 9:29:45 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

One of the good things about old age is that you stop worrying about what people think of you.


8 posted on 08/31/2012 9:30:05 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

I enjoyed it. Old people get to do what they want according to my dad.


9 posted on 08/31/2012 9:30:12 AM PDT by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

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.


10 posted on 08/31/2012 9:31:18 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Clint knows there is no such thing as bad publicity for an actor. The critics will just make people watch.


11 posted on 08/31/2012 9:31:40 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

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.


12 posted on 08/31/2012 9:31:51 AM PDT by greene66
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diogenesis

President Obama has done little more than fill chairs his entire career.


13 posted on 08/31/2012 9:31:52 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
Extreme criticism?...LOL! Clint cracked the democratic coconuts wide open!
14 posted on 08/31/2012 9:32:03 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
Well, not sure why Scott Walker dissed him. I certainly CAN understand why all the jerks on the networks and MSNBC did.

I'll say it again: Clint was FANTABULOUS!!!

15 posted on 08/31/2012 9:33:30 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator

BS.


16 posted on 08/31/2012 9:34:11 AM PDT by traderrob6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

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.


17 posted on 08/31/2012 9:34:27 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Comment #18 Removed by Moderator

To: chessplayer

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!


19 posted on 08/31/2012 9:35:43 AM PDT by albie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traderrob6

You do have a tough time with facts. Everyone is talking Clint Eastwood and not Romney’s speech. FACT! Deal with it.


20 posted on 08/31/2012 9:35:43 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Clint was Clint, and that was perfect.

He didn’t grandstand the way Liberal actors do.


21 posted on 08/31/2012 9:37:52 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator

“. He TOTALLY took the air out of Romney’s speech and anything else Romney.”

How so? He was there supporting Romney. Romney isn’t shooting for the cult like following that BO did.


22 posted on 08/31/2012 9:37:56 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator
He TOTALLY took the air out of Romney’s speech and anything else Romney.

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"

23 posted on 08/31/2012 9:38:45 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

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.


24 posted on 08/31/2012 9:38:51 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

25 posted on 08/31/2012 9:39:51 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

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 don’t 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 can’t 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 um’s and ah’s 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 they’ll 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.


26 posted on 08/31/2012 9:39:51 AM PDT by chriscraft
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Empty chair = Empty suit


27 posted on 08/31/2012 9:40:10 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMARTY

“He didn’t grandstand the way Liberal actors do.”

***

Or politicians.


28 posted on 08/31/2012 9:40:58 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator
Wake up and smell the coffee......it's Romney or Obama.

Live with it.

29 posted on 08/31/2012 9:41:16 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

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”.


30 posted on 08/31/2012 9:41:54 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Breto
I agree with you the GOPe does exist. I disagree with you when you blame others like an Obamanite.

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.

31 posted on 08/31/2012 9:42:00 AM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator

Mostly the left and MSM which are synonymous.


32 posted on 08/31/2012 9:42:45 AM PDT by traderrob6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Diogenesis

Exactly!


33 posted on 08/31/2012 9:42:53 AM PDT by freeagle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
The chair has decided to follow Romney to Lousiana...
34 posted on 08/31/2012 9:44:57 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, said that he "cringed" at the performance.

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.

35 posted on 08/31/2012 9:45:39 AM PDT by Will88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
It's only a big deal because a ‘rat president was the target for once. Saturday Night Live built a whole shtick based upon mocking Republican presidents, what makes them think a ‘rat president would be off-limits?
36 posted on 08/31/2012 9:45:44 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator
I completely disagree.

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.

37 posted on 08/31/2012 9:46:07 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator

38 posted on 08/31/2012 9:46:07 AM PDT by RummyChick
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator
Everyone is talking Clint Eastwood and not Romney’s speech.

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.

39 posted on 08/31/2012 9:46:30 AM PDT by kevao (Is your ocean any lower than it was four years ago?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

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!


40 posted on 08/31/2012 9:47:19 AM PDT by mancini
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: popdonnelly

Excellent loved it. Can’t wait for our new President to take office and end this nightmare.


41 posted on 08/31/2012 9:47:38 AM PDT by angcat (ROMNEY/RYAN 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator

“He TOTALLY took the air out of Romney’s speech and anything else Romney.”

Yes, the subject talked about when Romney’s speech was over, was Clint Eastwood and it is today.


42 posted on 08/31/2012 9:47:46 AM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: driftdiver

Tuco thinks you're full of it...

43 posted on 08/31/2012 9:48:58 AM PDT by stormer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Diogenesis

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…


44 posted on 08/31/2012 9:51:03 AM PDT by mikrofon ( Totally TOTUS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: driftdiver
If he had spoken at the DNC they would be raving at his performance.

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.

45 posted on 08/31/2012 9:51:26 AM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: stormer

Yes and we all know what deep intellect Tuco has.


46 posted on 08/31/2012 9:51:55 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Let's Roll

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.


47 posted on 08/31/2012 9:52:34 AM PDT by rudabaga
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: AngelesCrestHighway

>> 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!”.


48 posted on 08/31/2012 9:52:48 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Eastwood defined the entire campaign. He did more in eleven minutes to define Barack Obama than Mitt Romney has done in fourteen months.


49 posted on 08/31/2012 9:54:50 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stormer

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.


50 posted on 08/31/2012 9:56:34 AM PDT by Frank Sheed (The injustice of trendiness is nearly dualistic in its isomorphism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-255 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson