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Eastwood's 'Empty Chair' Speech Gets Under Big Labor's Skin, Provokes Violent Reaction
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Posted on 09/03/2012 8:16:48 PM PDT by chessplayer

The Politico, in its report on what turned out to be the center-right's "Empty Chair Day," covered the reaction of one prominent member of organized labor to Clint Eastwood's supposedly horrible (if you believe leftist pundits) speech at the Republican National Convention.

If it was really that awful, they would be taking pity on Clint. Instead, they're getting hostile, meaning that the Hollywood Academy Award winner really got under their skin, as seen in an understated report by the online web site's Tim Mak and Juana Summers (bolds are mine througout this post):

AFSCME President Lee Saunders, capping off a fiery speech to the Wisconsin delegation Monday morning, held a conversation with an invisible Eastwood.

An empty chair had been brought on stage before Saunders started speaking, but he ignored it for most of his speech.

“I don’t know if you noticed, but you see this chair? I don’t know if you noticed that he actually walked in with me. He’s invisible, he’s sitting right here. He’s been listening to everything I had to say,” Saunders said. “So I want you to welcome Clint Eastwood.”

“I’ve got a couple of questions. I’ve got a couple of questions I want to ask Clint Eastwood,” Saunders continued as dozens of attendees cracked up. “But first, buddy, what do you have to say for yourself? I didn’t hear you.”

“Clint’s been sitting here for the past hour. He doesn’t have anything to say for himself. Mitt Romney has nothing to say for himself. Paul Ryan has nothing to say for himself,” he said. “We’ve got to make our voices heard. We’ve got to speak loud and clear. If we do that, we will win in November.”

“Dirty Harry, Dirty Harry, make my day,” Saunders yelled, knocking the empty chair off of the stage.

Buzzfeed's report by Rosie Gray indicates that Saunders was a bit more over the top than the Politico pair indicated (HT Blue Crab Boulevard via Instapundit):

"Mitt Romney doesn't have anything to say," Saunders continued. "Paul Ryan doesn't have anything to say."

Suddenly, the tone changed: Saunders, finishing his speech, began to kick the chair, threw it, and yelled "Dirty Harry, make my day! We're gonna kick ass in November!"

The crowd was cheering, and the humor had gained a palpable edge.

So it appears that Politico may have decided to appoint itself the official language cleaner of organized labor and perhaps the entire Democratic Party.

There appears to be no direct reference to "Empty Chair Day" or Saunders' speech at the Associated Press based on related searches done at about 10:30 PM ET. It would appear that the self-described Essential Global News Network is still waiting for instructions from the Obama administration and/or campaign as to how or even if it should report the chair-related events today.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012rncconvention; angrydems; biglabor; eastwood
Other than playing the skin color card, violence is what libs do best.
1 posted on 09/03/2012 8:16:51 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Is there video of the event available? I watched the Clint chair conversation and found it very humorous.


2 posted on 09/03/2012 8:20:05 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Is there video of the event available?


Not yet. I hope there is.


3 posted on 09/03/2012 8:26:42 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
Saunders yelled, knocking the empty chair off of the stage.

would this be considered assault on the president? should the secret service investigate?

4 posted on 09/03/2012 8:27:30 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: chessplayer

Many on the left have laughed and made fun of Eastwood’s speech, yet it has gone viral and has evidently bothered everybody from the WH on down. Go Clint ... still got it.

I placed an empty chair in my front lawn today in recognition of his speech.


5 posted on 09/03/2012 8:31:44 PM PDT by doc1019 (Given my choices, I will not be voting this time around.)
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To: chessplayer

Typical violent union-RAT. He probably went out afterwards, and murdered somebody’s wife.


6 posted on 09/03/2012 8:33:52 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Was he allowed to move that chair by himself?? Why weren’t two union employees there to do the job?! I think I may file a grievance.


7 posted on 09/03/2012 8:38:17 PM PDT by profit_guy
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To: chessplayer

“Suddenly, the tone changed: Saunders, finishing his speech, began to kick the chair, threw it, and yelled “Dirty Harry, make my day! We’re gonna kick ass in November!” “

That seems to lack, I don’t know, subtlety? Understatement? (Perhaps that’s more of an English thing.) Civility? Humour? Logic? Perhaps all of those things. Don’t quit your day job Mr. Saunders.


8 posted on 09/03/2012 8:38:23 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: chessplayer
Ah, when you don't have anything meaningful to say, no logical arguments to stand on... Go for petty personal attacks.

The entire democratic party (aka big government socialists) are an empty chair. They've got nothing left. We tried things their way and it has failed. Wow, socialism fails, again. Who would've thought... (hint for you lib lurkers - who would've thought? Everyone who has ever tried it knows it does not work, cannot work)

9 posted on 09/03/2012 8:40:40 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: profit_guy

Wow! I just learned something about myself.

I saw Terd Kennedy, back from the grave, yelling on C-SPAN...I flipped him off.


10 posted on 09/03/2012 8:42:49 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: chessplayer
You Talkin at ME ?


11 posted on 09/03/2012 8:48:45 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
That seems to lack, I don’t know, subtlety? Understatement? (Perhaps that’s more of an English thing.) Civility? Humour? Logic?

Sanity?

12 posted on 09/03/2012 9:09:45 PM PDT by TChad
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To: chessplayer

The Looney Left goes crazy when the truth is brought to them in a such a manner they cannot deny.


13 posted on 09/03/2012 9:11:31 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: chessplayer

Looks like the communist convention is in meltdown mode? They have found out they have nowhere left to hide.

Pray for America


14 posted on 09/03/2012 9:12:53 PM PDT by bray (The Gummit didn't make my business, God did!)
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To: chessplayer
Obama FAIL *Must See* Video:

"We've Heard It All Before" 1:02

YouTube Video: "We've Heard It All Before" 1:02

Right rallies for 'Empty Chair Day' [post your pics in this thread, FREEPers!]

Also, a New Website: Obama Isn't Working .com
ObamaIsntWorking.com

15 posted on 09/03/2012 9:16:01 PM PDT by Golden Gate
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To: doc1019

Clint Eastwood “skit” was brilliant in so many ways. A silly chair has caused the Dems to go nuts.


16 posted on 09/03/2012 9:20:23 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: timestax

Is that snow on the ground? When was that picture taken?


17 posted on 09/03/2012 9:21:15 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: chessplayer

Hey, Mr. Union Thug! Go pick on a chair your own size!


18 posted on 09/03/2012 9:23:02 PM PDT by windsorknot
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Thursday's event is certain to draw comparisons to 2008, when Obama accepted the Democratic nomination before a capacity crowd at an 84,000-seat stadium in Denver. There was little concern back then over whether Obama would fill the stadium, in part because he was easily attracting tens of thousands of people to his campaign rallies across the country.
This time around, Obama's crowds are far smaller. He drew his biggest audience at his campaign kick-off rally in May, a 14,000-person crowd at Ohio State University. About 13,000 people attended Obama's rally at the University of Colorado in Boulder Sunday. 

The campaign says the size of Obama's events this summer have purposely been kept low. Large rallies are more expensive and security requirements are more intense for a golfing precedent than a candidate. 
Convention organizers in Charlotte may have more control over the crowds than their other big concern: the weather. Heavy evening rains doused Charlotte over the weekend, and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Thursday. 

Officials say the outdoor event will go on rain or shine, except if there is maybe a little blow.




19 posted on 09/03/2012 9:26:58 PM PDT by devolve (----- ------- ------ GO AHEAD - MAKE MY SPAGHETTI -------- ----------- ----- -------- ----------)
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To: timestax
You talkin to US ?


20 posted on 09/03/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: chessplayer

They definitely need to collect triple the dues money from their membership to finance the occupant’s reelection.


21 posted on 09/03/2012 9:50:03 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: chessplayer

Hey Saunders, keep yapping punk.


22 posted on 09/03/2012 9:55:16 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Yes, all of these things, plus a willingness to knock an 82-year-old man down. Off a stage, down the stairs, what difference does it make. Nice guy.


23 posted on 09/03/2012 11:49:42 PM PDT by cartman90210
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To: chessplayer

Did he spend all of 5 minutes coming up with that skit ?


24 posted on 09/03/2012 11:51:43 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: TChad

I had a feeling I missed something.


25 posted on 09/04/2012 12:07:53 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: sten

Typical Dem move. They only attack the inert.


26 posted on 09/04/2012 12:39:35 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: glyptol

Forgot to mention I have several empty chairs. But I made them with my own two hands and the look nice.


27 posted on 09/04/2012 12:42:58 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: chessplayer

Typical Liberal Union Thug.

Nothing original, had to copy someone else’s idea.
Made it an incitement to violence and behaved violently using harsh language.

Totally lacking in the class that Clint displayed.


28 posted on 09/04/2012 1:32:54 AM PDT by Bon mots (When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...)
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To: chessplayer

Note to labor unions: Don’t start something you can NOT finish.


29 posted on 09/04/2012 5:16:23 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: timestax

1 more bump...


30 posted on 09/05/2012 11:34:32 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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