Skip to comments.Clint Eastwood's Empty Chair Routine Reverberates Because It was So Effective
Posted on 09/04/2012 2:23:50 PM PDT by NYer
RUSH: The Clint Eastwood bit at the Republican National Convention is still being talked about, which is testimony alone to its effectiveness. You know what everybody who is analyzing this -- and I must include myself in the first ten minutes of his routine -- forgot? He's an actor. He's an actor.
Everything that happened in Eastwood's gig was intended to happen. He wasn't nervous. He wasn't bumbling. It didn't take him a while to get going. It was exactly what it was intended to be. And you know what it really was? Among many other things, he was telling people who have a sentimental attachment to the historical nature of The One's presidency, i.e., he's the first black president, some people are going to vote for Obama just for that reason alone, just like they voted for him originally for that reason alone. Eastwood was giving them permission. It's okay, when somebody's not doing a job, we let them go. He was telling those people it's okay. It's no big deal. It's like everybody else, if they're screwing up, it's time to let them go. And he may not be the guy that you think he is. He may not be this nice guy if you look at some of the ads running out there. And the empty chair day yesterday --
Snerdley, why does it get under their skin? Because Obama has never been ridiculed in his life. He's never been made fun of. You just don't do it. And now he's being laughed at. It's a whole new world for Obama. He's not been laughed at. He's not been mocked. He's not been ridiculed. That's what he does. That's what the Alinsky-ites do. It doesn't happen to them. And, of course, the empty chair also means empty suit. And I think the reason it's getting under their skin, another reason is that it has an element of truth in it, which is what made it effective. It was masterfully done. It was extremely, extremely well done.
Let me put it to you this way: If Eastwood had come out -- and I think everybody was expecting him to come out and do a traditional convention political speech -- and if he had done that, which is what people were expecting, it would have just gotten lost in the panoply of speeches. Just some Hollywood guy. But this one, everybody thinks they're so scripted and they're so predictable, this was totally off the wall. And purposely. It was masterfully done, and of course Eastwood is masterful at what he does. He's a director, producer, and actor. He memorizes lines for a living. And I just think it was really, really well done. Even some of the early analysts on our side, the button-down coat and tie crowd wringing their hands worried, "Oh no." Even they have come along.
Has anyone reported on the effectiveness of Empty Chair Day? How widespread was it? Maybe I missed it, but I haven’t really seen any reports about it.
Clint nailed it when he was lambasting President Empty Chair for not doing anything and called out Empy Chair for not calling the Russians before getting involved in Afghanistan.
Rush is right yet again. The Eastwood speech was brilliant in it’s simplicity and, as Rush noted, highly effective. Leftists reflexively ridicule conservatives and think they’re witty when they do so. Clint Eastwood, an American movie icon, gently and cleverly ridiculed Barack Obama and it was both amusing and wickedly effective. We know that because (a) we loved it and, (b) the left are highly annoyed about it. Well done, Mr. Eastwood.
I have kept an umbrella at the ready to protect myself from MSM and libtard head explosions.
This will be remembered long after we've all gone
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I think it was a success!
I agree with Rush. I misinterpreted the speech at first also, assuming that Clint was old and a little disoriented. I hadn’t seen any of his recent work, so I didn’t know how coherent he normally is at his advanced age. Having looked into it more, I reached the same conclusion as Rush did. Clint Eastwood nailed it, and he did it so subtly that many people will watch clear through to see the train wreck and come away questioning why anyone would want to keep Obama and the Dems in power over us.
lol ..because it was true. Im leaving my empty chair out til the elections over.
It made drudge and was all over facebook. my Chair is still out. I loved the empty chair with the empty suit in in. thats what my brother has called Obama all along. an empty suit.Clint’s speech made him very proud ..most people got that speech except the press. they are slow.
I agree..Thank you Mr. Eastwood.
yes... I guess this is true.. my wife liked Eastwood’s bit, I was initially concerned about it due to his hesitant delivery only, not what he said.
meanwhile, Direct TV has been running Clint E movies non-stop since this convention speech...It appears that this ended up completely getting a 10 score with the majority of Americans. I agree now with what everyone is saying above.. I was mistaken.
I currently have 0bama sitting in my backyard facing a big Black Walnut tree explaining to the tree why it didn’t build itself.
Thank you both.
Ditto on the “thank you” to Mr. Eastwood. That empty chair speech will be a “classic” on Youtube and Vimeo. What a performance! It left the big tent Rhinos and media honchos with knotted undies! Great Job!
I re=watch the Clint Eastwood performance at least once each day to discover additional layers of nuance. Brilliant!
Thank You Mr. Eastwood
The Empty Chair is Obama’s Swiftboat.
Is it just me or does anyone else find it funny that Barry needs to have a plaque with the word “President” fastened to his chair?
Only Rhinos and Dimwits are upset....
Only Rhinos and Dimwits are upset....
Come November, Zer0, our "global citizen" president will lose big time, and take tons of Democrats down with him.
....nothing positive will happen here.
WOW! Just WOW! This is beautiful.
Chuzzlewit "was initially concerned about it due to his hesitant delivery only."
Ol' Clint's delivery was classic aw-shucks Jimmy Stewart.