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Posted on 08/31/2012 12:32:00 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
...Clint is a brilliant actor, and a superb director of other actors (and I dont just mean a quarter-century ago: in the last five years, hes made eight films). Hes also, as Mr Gavin observed, a terrific jazz improvisor at the piano and, in film and music documentaries, an extremely articulate interviewee. So I wouldnt assume that the general tenor of his performance wasnt exactly as he intended. The hair was a clue: no Hollywood icon goes out on stage like that unless he means to.
John Hayward writes:
>>>The intended recipient was not Mitt Romney, the convention delegates, or even Republican voters, but rather wavering independents. Clint was there to tell them its OK to find Obama, his ugly campaign operation, and his increasingly shrill band of die-hard defenders ridiculous. Its OK to laugh at them.<<<
Im not sure he could have pulled that off if hed delivered a slick telepromptered pitch. As Mr Hayward suggests, the hard lines packed more of a punch for being delivered in the midst of a Bob Newhart empty-chair shtick from the Dean Martin show circa 1968. They were some of the hardest lines of the convention and may well prove the take-home (We own this country Politicians are employees of ours And when somebody does not do the job, weve got to let them go), but they seemed more effective for appearing to emerge extemporaneously from the general shambles.
The curse of political operatives is that they make everything the same.....Even politicians youre well disposed to come across as slick bores in that format. Which is by way of saying Clint is too sharp and too crafty not to have known what he was doing......
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
And its OK to let Obama go, as Eastwood said, in what I think will prove to be his most widely quoted line: When somebody does not do the job, youve got to let them go. The significance of that statement, coupled with the raspy straight-shooting delivery of Dirty Harry, should not be underestimated."..... John Hayward
Eastwood was hilarious and people have to be seriously anal to not have noticed.
Clint Eastwood was great.
The liberal press is just besides themselves. You can’t make fun of obama - you just can’t. He is too serious. He is above satire. He is the One. No one makes fun of the “One.”
Clint did in 15 minutes what SNL was afraid to do for 5 years.
And I foresee it will open the flood gates...
Great point. Clint Eastwood is a pro, still at the top of his form. Nothing he did was accidental.
I was actually thinking—despite the desperate lefty attacks on him—that he kind of pulled some of his punches. He could have hit Obama even harder. But that probably wouldn’t have been as effective with the people he wanted to reach. And no one could call it a hate speech and retain any credibility.
Today, on the networks and "progressive" social sites, subtlety and humor have been deliberately misrepresented by the media "talking heads" and Obama surrogates as senility and signs of deterioration.
Voters are not buying it though, and Seniors may wonder if this is how the "bureaucratic panels" of Obamacare will evaluate their intellect and mental acuity, once they're in charge of health care.
WAS? IS !!
He isn't smart enough to be funny or clever or original.
As well they should. Seniors LIKE Ryan!
CNN and the mainstream media are now out to detroy him for poking fun of O and B.
The fact is, some people ARE seriously anal, and it shows in their faces. They have this pained, pinched appearance to their faces any time something less that complimentary is said about their idol, and it is a traumatic thing to realize that not everybody shares their almost religious zealotry.
That was classic and vintage Eastwood up there on stage, ranking with some of his best “Dirty Harry” or “The Outlaw Josey Wales”.
Clint had that Gatling machine gun up, loaded, aimed, and firing away.
Though he may have been wearing that Bob Newheart/Jimmy Stewart impersonation, and he did it well enough that I kept thinking there was something familiar about it until I finally figured it out, it was clear enough he meant what he was saying.
I can forgive the Bronco Billy days. Every man has to find and break his limitations. Clint Eastwood is a master and that performance last night was just more of why. Some age well; Clint's obviously a bit better at it than most.
Clint is an old pro. He is 82 years old, and at times had you wondering if he was going to lose track, and then...zinger. I enjoyed his interview with Mr. Obama.
Must be Hell to be Joe Biden Or Obama today, DAMN,Being Dissed By The Man CLINT EASTWOOD! I would not want to show my face in Public the rest of my Life! Clint You are the Man!
The lines about consulting the Russians over Afghanistan and letting a failure go were devastating. Romney would have caught hell for using that language, but Eastwood pulled it off in that sorrowful and regretful tone. It was a good setup for Romney who gave permission for people to admit that it didn't work and it's time to replace Obama.
I posted this on another thread, but I’ll say it again: the genius of the approach was to spike the guns of the shrill voices on the left screaming about the “anger” and “meanness” of the Republican convention. If he had come out slickly groomed, spouting menacing one-liners in the mode of Dirty Harry or his other tough-guy personae, it would have fed into that narrative. Beautiful, what he did!
82? WOW! I would have thought 72.
He was terrific. I read the transcript and saw him on YouTube. I have friends older than him who do have a characteristic quaver and tremor and who really do forget what they are saying in the middle of a sentence. He has none of that.
Glad to see many of us “got” the Newhart-esque aspect of Eastwood's performance. Sadly, too many of the “stuffed shirt” GOP-e types didn't ...including my own Governor, Bob McDaniel, who disparaged Eastwood's performance.
Eastwood, who is anything but senile, crazy or doddering, knew exactly what he was doing. The “crazy uncle” persona was merely an artifice to veil the thrust of the stiletto. All-in-all, a stellar performance. Kudos, Clint!!
While I'm no Romney fan, Obama is far worse and the Republic needs to be rid of him and his minions. Last night Eastwood did more to help “sell” Mitt to the formerly uncommitted, moderate, “middle of the road,” “average Joe” voter than all of the rest of the carefully choreographed, polished politicians and tearful testimonialists assembled.
The media and GOPe didn’t get the “Newhart” personna. But Newhart did and tweeted some snide remark. He should be grateful anyone remembers who he is.
And by the way Ellen Gegeneres used the same stuttering technique in her “phone call to God” routine.
Clint did not go out there on his own. He was vetted and approved by the campaign.
"Incidentally, Im not generally in favor of what Rob Long would call working blue, but, if youre going to do it, doing anatomically impossible sex-act cross-talk with an invisible presidential straight-man in front of the Republican Convention is definitely the way to go."
I really hope some of the PACs pick up portions of Clint’s routine and broadcast them repeatedly in the swing states.
they are 25 years too late to try to destroy him...He would say to them.......go ahead, make my day......
Ouch, I have a lot of those moments.....:O)
HEY, I liked Bronco Billy! I could have done with a lot less Sandra Locke though (in all of his movies).
If they're smart, they will.
O.G.: I think the media are being deliberately obtuse ...the GOP-e; not so much.
Terry Mross: “Clint did not go out there on his own. He was vetted and approved by the campaign.”
O.G.: I would assume that to be the case; however, if so, why did the Romney campaign fail to get the word out to the rank and file??? (McDonnell, etc) ...or is this just an attempt at plausible deniability???
I totally agree with you about Sandra Locke now, but I admit that I thought she was pretty hot at the time.
But that probably wouldnt have been as effective with the people he wanted to reach. And no one could call it a hate speech and retain any credibility.
That's exactly right. Because it was ridicule without the meanness, the nastiness, the violence, of the Alinsky bunch, it was all the more powerful and enjoyable. There's a lot of gnashing of teeth on the other side over it because they know they were out-maneuvered on this one. Some are even, in desperation, falling back to playing the race card, which is so ridiculous - zero credibility there...
Oh, absolutely! "You've got to let him go" should be used as often as "we built it". It should be on bumper stickers.
Clint was fantastic.
Biden: “ Just a smile with a body behind it.”
I love Clint Eastwood.
He did to Obama what he did to that on screen dog as the character Jose Wales, a prime dollop of tobacco juice delivered right between Obama’s eyes.
Clint’s act reminded me of the old Shelley Berman routines. Only Shelley held a phone to his ear while conversing.
I just ordered the Dirty Harry box set on DVD !
Clint could have had his pick of leading ladies but he always went with these washed-out blond types. Sondra Locke, Frances Fisher (although I think she may have been washed-out red). Never understood his taste in leading ladies and girlfriends.
And, if I may add, helped Romney with the women's' vote as well - at least the baby boomer women.
Anybody know what younger women think of Clint?
Let's face it, Romney simply must be a brilliant tactician. I'm beginning to like him.
-——These lefty “talking heads” are either ultra-stupid or ultra-dishonest. They can’t be anything else. ———
Actually there is one other common motivation....... pure unadulterated fear. The Clint piece showed all that the Emperor has no clothes. The Obama myth is really nothingness.
The reaction to fear is panic. We will now be able to watch the panic as it unfolds and the Democrat house disassembles
I'm four years older than Mr. Eastwood and it was immediately obvious to me what he was doing. I judged the skit to be both hilarious and hard hitting.
Then I heard the critics start to howl and thought Clint really got to them.
The man is a Genius Director and Actor. He knew precisely what he was doing. And though he is still young (by my standards),I heartily applaud him!
"Go Hope Yourself"
Oh yeah, Ellen Degeneres — she uses that same method.
:sigh: It seems nobody — not even the wizened film critic Roger Ebert — recognized Eastwood’s performance for what it was: a brilliant parody of a classic Jimmy Stewart character, Elwood P. Dowd, from the movie Harvey.
It’s a great movie, by the way. Rent it.