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Play Clinty For Me
National Review Online - The Corner ^ | August 31, 2012 | Mark Steyn

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 don’t just mean a quarter-century ago: in the last five years, he’s made eight films). He’s also, as Mr Gavin observed, a terrific jazz improvisor at the piano – and, in film and music documentaries, an extremely articulate interviewee. So I wouldn’t assume that the general tenor of his performance wasn’t 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 it’s OK to find Obama, his ugly campaign operation, and his increasingly shrill band of die-hard defenders ridiculous. It’s OK to laugh at them.<<<

I’m not sure he could have pulled that off if he’d 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, we’ve 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 you’re 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......

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinteastwood; laughatobama; marksteyn; rncconvention; romneyryan2012
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Human Events: "..........It’s OK to dismiss the brutal slander of the Obama campaign with humor, as Clint did when Invisible Obama supposedly gave him profane insults to relay to Mitt Romney. The silly notion of Obama as a serene, cool, Spock-like figure floating above the political fray is gone forever, but Clint shoveled a little dirt on its grave with those jokes. The pained over-reaction of Obama defenders does them no credit, and will not serve them well in the election. Americans are a humorous people who value the ability to take a joke. A thin-skinned campaign that appears to be cracking walnuts with its clenched butt cheeks usually turns them off.

And it’s 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, you’ve 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

1 posted on 08/31/2012 12:32:09 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Eastwood was hilarious and people have to be seriously anal to not have noticed.


2 posted on 08/31/2012 12:35:01 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: jwalsh07
You have to have a sense of humor.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 12:38:56 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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...


4 posted on 08/31/2012 12:48:06 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

Well said!


5 posted on 08/31/2012 12:49:15 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


6 posted on 08/31/2012 12:50:35 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jwalsh07
deserving
7 posted on 08/31/2012 12:51:00 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
To the great audience of thinking individuals out there across America, Eastwood's keen political analysis was delivered and received loud and clear.

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.

8 posted on 08/31/2012 12:57:53 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The gist of Clint's message: "Right turn, Clyde America"
9 posted on 08/31/2012 12:58:48 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Taranto: "The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog.")
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To: 2banana

WAS? IS !!


10 posted on 08/31/2012 1:01:44 PM PDT by MtnMan101
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To: 2banana
....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.”

He isn't smart enough to be funny or clever or original.

11 posted on 08/31/2012 1:12:24 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: loveliberty2
....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.

As well they should. Seniors LIKE Ryan!

12 posted on 08/31/2012 1:18:22 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cicero
.....Nothing he did was accidental.

I agree.

13 posted on 08/31/2012 1:19:17 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: MtnMan101
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.

These lefty "talking heads" are either ultra-stupid or ultra-dishonest. They can't be anything else. Either they were too uninformed about vaudeville comedy to know that the stammer/ramble technique is just that... a technique. Its used when ever any comedian pretends to talk to an imaginary person. Bob Newhart did it often pretending to talk on a phone with someone. Jimmy Stewart used to use a stammer as part of his comedic technique. IT WAS AN ACT!!! They have to be immensely stupid to not see that. Or more likely, they're being intentionally dishonest and they just hate that their ox was getting gored and they're just trying to destroy anyone who disses Obama.
14 posted on 08/31/2012 1:20:44 PM PDT by AaronInCarolina
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To: NonValueAdded

:)


15 posted on 08/31/2012 1:21:55 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

CNN and the mainstream media are now out to detroy him for poking fun of O and B.


16 posted on 08/31/2012 1:25:24 PM PDT by FreedBird
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To: jwalsh07

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.


17 posted on 08/31/2012 1:25:53 PM PDT by alloysteel (Are you better off than you were four years ago? Well, are you?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Clint Eastwood

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000142/
 
Won 4 Oscars. Another 126 wins & 86 nominations
See more awards 

18 posted on 08/31/2012 1:30:15 PM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
AMC is running a Clint Eastwood marathon all day Monday. Someone in programming is being taken out and shot, even as we speak type.
19 posted on 08/31/2012 1:30:50 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Taranto: "The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It was one of the best performances I've seen this year.

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.

20 posted on 08/31/2012 1:31:02 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


21 posted on 08/31/2012 1:32:26 PM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: alloysteel

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!


22 posted on 08/31/2012 1:34:20 PM PDT by ballplayer
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To: GBA
The cleverest part was that he delivered the most devastating lines in that Newhart/Stewart persona. Laying it out straight would have been considered offensive, but he couched the toughest lines in the most inoffensive way.

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.

23 posted on 08/31/2012 1:37:49 PM PDT by Publius (Leadership starts with getting off the couch.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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!


24 posted on 08/31/2012 1:41:40 PM PDT by MissNomer
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To: avenir

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.


25 posted on 08/31/2012 3:18:27 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Publius
Publius-

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.

26 posted on 08/31/2012 3:20:17 PM PDT by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Ozymandias Ghost

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.


27 posted on 08/31/2012 3:43:27 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Pride in the USA
Oh, how I admire the way Mark Steyn puts words together. Great article. I particularly enjoyed the closing paragraph...

"Incidentally, I’m not generally in favor of what Rob Long would call “working blue,” but, if you’re 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."

28 posted on 08/31/2012 3:50:00 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Ozymandias Ghost

I really hope some of the PACs pick up portions of Clint’s routine and broadcast them repeatedly in the swing states.


29 posted on 08/31/2012 3:53:54 PM PDT by p. henry
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To: FreedBird

they are 25 years too late to try to destroy him...He would say to them.......go ahead, make my day......


30 posted on 08/31/2012 4:03:16 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: reformedliberal
. 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.******

Ouch, I have a lot of those moments.....:O)

31 posted on 08/31/2012 4:08:28 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: loveliberty2

Well put.


32 posted on 08/31/2012 4:11:30 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: GBA

HEY, I liked Bronco Billy! I could have done with a lot less Sandra Locke though (in all of his movies).


33 posted on 08/31/2012 4:14:14 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: p. henry
“I really hope some of the PACs pick up portions of Clint’s routine and broadcast them repeatedly in the swing states.”

____________________

If they're smart, they will.

34 posted on 08/31/2012 5:26:30 PM PDT by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Terry Mross
Terry Mross: “The media and GOPe didn’t get the “Newhart” personna.”
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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.”
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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???

35 posted on 08/31/2012 5:39:21 PM PDT by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Fledermaus

I totally agree with you about Sandra Locke now, but I admit that I thought she was pretty hot at the time.


36 posted on 08/31/2012 7:33:36 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Cicero
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.

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...

37 posted on 09/01/2012 3:40:48 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: p. henry
I really hope some of the PACs pick up portions of Clint’s routine and broadcast them repeatedly in the swing states.

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.

38 posted on 09/01/2012 4:00:13 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: ballplayer; LucyT; Beckwith; TigersEye

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.


39 posted on 09/01/2012 4:15:41 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: GBA

Clint’s act reminded me of the old Shelley Berman routines. Only Shelley held a phone to his ear while conversing.


40 posted on 09/01/2012 4:31:01 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: NonValueAdded

I just ordered the Dirty Harry box set on DVD !


41 posted on 09/01/2012 4:32:12 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: Fledermaus

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.


42 posted on 09/01/2012 4:33:45 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Ozymandias Ghost
Amen!

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?

43 posted on 09/01/2012 5:17:48 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: Ozymandias Ghost
I think we can trust Romney to NOT leak state secrets.

Let's face it, Romney simply must be a brilliant tactician. I'm beginning to like him.

44 posted on 09/01/2012 5:22:27 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: AaronInCarolina

-——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


45 posted on 09/01/2012 5:33:32 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: reformedliberal
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

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!

46 posted on 09/01/2012 5:36:03 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

"Go Hope Yourself"



47 posted on 09/01/2012 5:36:12 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen


48 posted on 09/01/2012 5:49:12 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Terry Mross

Oh yeah, Ellen Degeneres — she uses that same method.


49 posted on 09/01/2012 7:15:23 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

: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.”

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

It’s a great movie, by the way. Rent it.


50 posted on 09/01/2012 7:15:34 AM PDT by kevao (Is your ocean any lower than it was four years ago?)
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