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Clint Eastwood puts liberals in full panic mode
NY Daily News ^ | 8-31-2012 | Derek Hunter

Posted on 08/31/2012 1:51:35 PM PDT by smoothsailing

August 31, 2012

Clint Eastwood puts liberals in full panic mode

Derek Hunter

Liberals wanted nothing more than to see a divided Republican Party this week, sputtering out of Tampa and limping across the country. They didn’t get that.
 
What they got was a party united behind their nominee and in purpose.
 
This unity has caused even more panic than normal.
 
While waiting to interview former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, I listened to a reporter from CBS ask him three questions in a row about how he’s out of the mainstream of the party because of his pro-choice, pro-gay marriage views. Giuliani, being too smart to give the reporter the attack on his fellow Republicans he clearly wanted, denied any division. Were it not for time constraints, there’s little doubt the question would’ve been asked several more times, not for lack of an answer but for lack of the desired answer.
 
I asked the mayor if the division was more a reality or media meme. Not surprisingly, he thought the latter.
 
Giuliani said, “Sure, we disagree on some social issues but there’s always disagreement. The question is: do you agree on a lot more things than you disagree on and I think, ‘yes, we do.’ There’s one thing this entire convention is focused on, we all agree on: we cannot take four more years of Barack Obama. He will ruin our economy in a way that’s going to be very hard to repair.”
 
“Mitt Romney will be a much better President than Barack Obama even if we don’t all agree on everything he will do.”
 
He continued, “They’re (the media) are looking for the little fissures in our party and trying to take the little disagreements and trying to make them into permanent disagreements, which they’re not.”
 
The mayor was right, but the media has their agenda and their candidate. He must be protected at all costs.
 
That’s why you got a night of coverage last night mocking Clint Eastwood’s brilliant performance mocking President Obama as an empty chair. Inside the “Washington bubble,” which travels with them to these events, they’ve never heard such things at Georgetown cocktail parties.
 
It’s a world in which former New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael is quoted as saying, “I don’t know how Nixon won. I don’t know anyone who voted for him.” (The actual quote may be different, but equally as telling of this “bubble” mentality.)
 
You’ll never find a more incestuous group than journalists. That they socialize extensively, if not exclusively, with each other in Washington and events like conventions is not a surprise, but the extent to which they insulate themselves from their fellow non-journalist humans would shock even the most ardent observer. They may interview real humans from time to time, but those are people picked by their producers and they safely return to the bubble once the recording devices are off.
 
That’s why you get today’s media meme – Clint Eastwood was a huge flop last night.
 
In the convention hall, Eastwood talking to an empty chair was huge hit. In homes across the country, the reaction was the same. Inside the bubble is the only place it wasn’t well received.
 
The incestuous circle of media wagons has been immune from such talk, only bringing criticism of the President up to mock it over a Tom Collins or gin and tonic at David Frum’s house, or some such similar venue. As they are the megaphone, and the filter, through which politicians are forced to speak to the American people, they are confused and angry when someone deviates from their desired norm.
 
Eastwood said what I’ve heard from non-journalist, non-political people for the last two years – President Obama hasn’t delivered on his promises, and now things are worse. There’s a growing sense, that’s been growing for a while, that President Obama doesn’t know or care what he’s doing, that he’s an empty suit.
 
Clint Eastwood made him an empty chair.
 
The media has, and will continue to tell you that Eastwood was a flop, a mistake of epic proportions. Democrats will say how horrible it was. But they both know this country holds Clint Eastwood as an icon and has done so for nearly 50 years. Real people like, trust and believe him. A tornado’s worth of spin won’t touch the credibility that man has earned with the American people.
 
How do I know I’m right? How do I know Democrats even know this, no matter what they’re saying publicly? Twitter.
 
Last night the Obama campaign felt the need to respond to “the Eastwood fumble” with a tweet saying, “This seat’s taken” and a picture of President Obama sitting in his chair in the White House Cabinet Room. In spite of the revelation that fully 70% of the Presidents Twitter followers are fake accounts, his campaign felt the need to respond to the remaining 30% and the world. Campaigns don’t respond to things they see as irrelevant, they respond to things they see as damaging in the hope of stopping the hemorrhaging.
 
What all the spin, all the MSNBC hosts and paid consultants or pictures of Obama sitting in chairs in the world can’t change is that that chair is still empty when it comes to successes and to ideas for improving upon his failed record. And what all of those things will never, ever be able to change is the fact that a man, an icon that the American people know, love and trust, went around the President’s media guard dogs directly to them and pointed it out for the whole world to see.
 
Last night, Clint Eastwood not only made a lot of people's day, he made a difference in this election. As a conservative, I feel lucky to have had him on that stage...punk.


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1 posted on 08/31/2012 1:51:36 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

They are acting as if Clint Eastwood gives a rat’s a$$ what they think of him. Hey, Talking Heads, get off our lawn!


2 posted on 08/31/2012 1:54:38 PM PDT by mancini
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To: smoothsailing

Sounds like Clint Eastwood “still got it”. But I think he was best back in the 60s and 70s, such as Dirty Harry and your Western action heroes.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 1:54:40 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Morpheus2009

” . But I think he was best back in the 60s and 70s,”

Heck, so was I : )


4 posted on 08/31/2012 1:56:24 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: smoothsailing

5 posted on 08/31/2012 1:57:28 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: smoothsailing

I thought it was pretty funny. I turned into MSNBC and they were going nuts. I didn’t undertand what the big deal was.


6 posted on 08/31/2012 1:57:52 PM PDT by snowstorm12
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To: smoothsailing
“This seat’s taken” and a picture of President Obama sitting in his chair

Hey, ass-hat!

That seat is NOT YOURS to take.

It's bestowed only by the American People!

7 posted on 08/31/2012 2:00:01 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
If you ever heard Clint on a talk show, you would know this Clint was being himself....sarcastic, funny, impish....

He did a good job bashing Obama and his record without saying anything bad.

8 posted on 08/31/2012 2:00:59 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: smoothsailing

Love it. Clint was himself and he was funny. He upped the value of Mitt.


9 posted on 08/31/2012 2:01:16 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: smoothsailing

I agree completely.......go get’em Harry


10 posted on 08/31/2012 2:01:21 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: smoothsailing

That “interview” has recieved 243, xxx views on youtube since last nite-

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


11 posted on 08/31/2012 2:01:33 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Obama- If you get re-elected, who are you gonna blame for the mess you will inherit?)
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To: smoothsailing
Today, everyone’s talking about Eastwood. I believe in this case, whether they trash him or praise him, it's going to make people want to watch the video and then that will be devastating for Obama.
12 posted on 08/31/2012 2:01:55 PM PDT by Family Guy (A society's first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values. -Williams)
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To: smoothsailing

I was at the local GOP headquarters last night. Many of our
local GOP politicians were there as well. One of our guys
told us that he had been door knocking for the past 2 weeks
and we have no idea how angry the people are out there about
the state of the country. Now, he was talking about an area
that is outside the metro area, a bit suburban and the rest
countryside. Still, he said the animosity for the current
administration is strong out there.

I am talking about Minnesota here!


13 posted on 08/31/2012 2:02:00 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

14 posted on 08/31/2012 2:02:19 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

In addition to being a hugely successful actor, Clint Eastwood has been a mayor, an producer, a director, a composer, and he served admirably during the Korean war. He also reminds people of how classy and patriotic Hollywood used to be.


15 posted on 08/31/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT by jimmygrace
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To: smoothsailing

Seems like ANOTHER GOOD performance from Clint!

Can we say many will be rushing in November to applaud his performance - AGAINST the empty chair/suit/allegiance/head.


16 posted on 08/31/2012 2:02:41 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: mancini

They know how effective he was. Their hysteria today shows just how bad things are for 0 now.


17 posted on 08/31/2012 2:02:41 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I would call it hopeless.


18 posted on 08/31/2012 2:02:41 PM PDT by marvlus
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To: Sacajaweau

I think that’s what threw people off, they expect Clint to be like the characters he plays, and he’s not that way.

That’s why as Jon Lovitz says, “ACTING!”


19 posted on 08/31/2012 2:02:51 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: smoothsailing
I loved Clint's speech.

I can see moonbat heads exploding from here, the nether reaches of Wash. Co.

20 posted on 08/31/2012 2:03:10 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: smoothsailing
I loved Clint's speech.

I can see moonbat heads exploding from here, the nether reaches of Wash. Co.

21 posted on 08/31/2012 2:03:14 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: smoothsailing
I loved Clint's speech.

I can see moonbat heads exploding from here, the nether reaches of Wash. Co.

22 posted on 08/31/2012 2:03:19 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

post # 5 pic LOL! Brilliant!


23 posted on 08/31/2012 2:04:39 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (You ain't holding anybody's feet to the fire ya lousy limp noodle.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I’m as good once as I ever was...


24 posted on 08/31/2012 2:04:58 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (ObamaCare is an assault on the unborn, infirmed and elderly. GOP, repeat this as necessary...)
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To: Morpheus2009
But I think he was best back in the 60s and 70s,

So was America!

25 posted on 08/31/2012 2:05:10 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Pietro

I loved it too. Best I have ever seen as at a political event.


26 posted on 08/31/2012 2:05:40 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: smoothsailing

Clint was Clint. Clint is always Clint. After a couple of drinks, he’s even more Clint.


27 posted on 08/31/2012 2:05:45 PM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: smoothsailing

Per some posts, Eastwood’s teleprompter got stuck on page 1, so he ad libbed.

Imagine how the libs would have reacted, if he could have stayed on script, instead of doing the empty chair skit from memory.


28 posted on 08/31/2012 2:07:40 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: MamaTexan

Remember back when the libs spoke of Kennedy’s seat. Who chimed up saying ‘it’s the people’s seat’?


29 posted on 08/31/2012 2:07:45 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
In 2008 it was about Hope and Change...
now, in 2012, it's about Hope and Chairs!

Nice pic. — :)

30 posted on 08/31/2012 2:08:16 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: smoothsailing

“Chairs are racist!!!”


31 posted on 08/31/2012 2:08:58 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (If a man will not work, then neither shall he eat.)
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To: smoothsailing

This here is what will be left of the empty chair long about November 7th.

32 posted on 08/31/2012 2:09:09 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: smoothsailing
eastwood ridicule, Eastwood Ridicule
33 posted on 08/31/2012 2:09:13 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: smoothsailing

LOL!!

The Oval Office is not a training ground; yet....


34 posted on 08/31/2012 2:09:40 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: marvlus

BINGO!!


35 posted on 08/31/2012 2:10:31 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: smoothsailing

Over at AOS they’re talking about everybody putting a chair in their front yard.

And in their pickup beds. And anywhere else they please.

Empty chairs everywhere!


36 posted on 08/31/2012 2:11:14 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: smoothsailing

The King doesn’t like to be ridiculed! He’s been put on a pedestal since he was born.

Mitt knows how to get under this guy’s skin, just as he did with Gingrich. He ever so politely sticks in the shiv.

Gonna be two months of fun! If Mitt wins in a landslide, there will be screaming for decades!


37 posted on 08/31/2012 2:11:14 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Pietro

Clint said what all the GOPe were afraid to say. The “nice guy Obama” was put away in a style that only Clint can do. God bless Clint Eastwood.


38 posted on 08/31/2012 2:11:37 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: presently no screen name
TRUE WIT.


39 posted on 08/31/2012 2:11:46 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: Deb
Clint was Clint.

I can't tell him to do that. He can't do that to himself!

40 posted on 08/31/2012 2:15:39 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: smoothsailing
"Clint Eastwood made him an empty chair."

No. The undocumented Moslem Kenyan
IS an empty suit in an empty chair.

41 posted on 08/31/2012 2:15:51 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Believe me, it could have been worse.


42 posted on 08/31/2012 2:17:47 PM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

” I’m as good once as I ever was...”

You lie, I’ll swear to it : )


43 posted on 08/31/2012 2:17:49 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: smoothsailing

I love Clint, but personally I found it a little sad when he seemed to be stumbling and forgetting what he was saying, at least early on. But if the RATS think they are going to get anywhere attacking Clint they are crazy. They would do better just to say they still love the guy and drop it.


44 posted on 08/31/2012 2:17:54 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Pietro

45 posted on 08/31/2012 2:18:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: stephenjohnbanker

LOL!!!


46 posted on 08/31/2012 2:18:38 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (ObamaCare is an assault on the unborn, infirmed and elderly. GOP, repeat this as necessary...)
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To: smoothsailing

There are times in a campaign where everything comes into focus and looking back, you can see it was over at that point.

Reagan - “There you go again”.

Bush - the shoulder shrug when Algore crept up on him in a threatening manner and when Algore yammered about him being part owner in a lumber company - “Need some wood?”.

I think Clint and the empty chair totally ended O’s re-election bid. The mockery has gone viral and added Eastwooding as an internet pastime. Unless Mitt completely stumbles in a debate, this race is now his to win.


47 posted on 08/31/2012 2:18:47 PM PDT by KingKongCobra
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To: smoothsailing

I noted a couple of Facebook “friends” who I rarely hear from and had no clue about their politics go nuts this morning how “sad” and “pathetic” Eastwood was and they were angry how “right wingers” loved it.

Basically, they’re apoplectic that someone dare mock Prince Precious.


48 posted on 08/31/2012 2:19:11 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Vera the possum is US.)
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To: TomGuy

Rush said today that there was a teleprompter on stage...for the empty chair! Bwahahahaha! He said you can see it in stills.

If so, that is brilliant!


49 posted on 08/31/2012 2:19:17 PM PDT by Shelayne (Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!)
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To: SaxxonWoods

OMG, I love it! I think, since Obama won’t do pressers, that someone should do one with an empty chair. Then just play his own words back in answer. It would be devastating.


50 posted on 08/31/2012 2:20:05 PM PDT by tioga (Biden is the intellect of the Dem party. Clint Eastwood)
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