Skip to comments.The Greatest Piece of Performance Art in American Political History
Posted on 08/31/2012 2:27:10 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
Americans have a firm appreciation for sports metaphors. So if one looks at our political process to select the President as the "Super Bowl" then it could be implied that the two conventions are the first and second quarters respectively.
The Republican's just had a spectacular first quarter, in my opinion, their best Convention ever, and it is soon time for the Ds to run their game plan.
However, something uniquely American happened during the Republican convention -- a new, never seen before play was run. An iconic and extremely successful artist created an original, entirely unique moments in our political history. Clint Eastwood gave one of the greatest pieces of performance art ever seen.
Clint Eastwood knew exactly what he was doing -- as both an actor AND director he knows full well how to deliver a message that resonates. As a simple, practical matter his speech will be discussed for a very very long time and that will bring positive focus back to a very successful GOP convention again and again.
But Clint's true artistic genius was provoking the ready, fire, aim, liberal Obama Administration supporters, and was reflective of how the "take him down at all costs" pack journalism thinks. It was pathetic when they focused on his age as their attack line. So go ahead you fools insult the elderly, use getting old as a weapon to discredit an extremely powerful message done with fantastic humor. That will turn out to be very, very stupid media attack line in the run up to the election. Not to mention, how off the mark it is because Clint Eastwood was out-thinking everyone and was intellectually miles ahead of all of you.
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The pack journalist meme today is it was too good and upstaged Romney.
Stupid ‘reporters’ can be nimble...
WLS radio in Chicago is one of the few conservative media sources in Chicago. I enjoy Don & Roma, Bruce & Dan and Rush Limbaugh. The afternoon host Roe Conn, and his co-host today Steve Dahl, enjoy the fruits of conservatives buying from the advertisers, yet spent the afternoon ridiculing Clint Eastwood’s speech last night. I had to turn them off.
Very good article.
I agree that none of Clint’s comments were accidental or unscripted.
I also don’t buy into the fact that the Romney campaign didn’t know what he was going to do/say. From what I read the convention was very carefully scripted and the chair with a teleprompter in front of it was a dead give a way.
He hit it out of the park and left the MSM, liberals and Hollywood sputtering.
Mission accomplished, imho.
Actually, I think that Clint missed a bet. It shouldn’t have been an empty chair. It should have been an empty suit.
Go Harry, Go
The laugh's on them because they just do not get it.
There's nothing funnier than someone that can't laugh at themselves; ain't that right Mr. MT Chair?
It is telling of the vermin media that they caught every nuance and comprehended what it would do to the so carefully fabricated image of the lying scum sucking bastard commie-in-chief, seeing that they cover for his stupidness, his golfing as America declines by his executive orders, to his flipping people the bird when they expose his childish, affirmative action promotion ineptness.
A disgusting slug of a no-man was exposed with eight minutes of brilliant stagecraft, by a man who has proven his talents and honed his mind for decades, in the crucible of American exceptionalism which barry soetoro will never grasp. Not since Alan Simpson echoed through the Seante chambers has such a masterful putdown been executed so perfectly and with such brilliance.
Being laughed at is the greatest insult an narcissistic sickly can receive. This one was multi-layered and precisely accurate.
That was the good thing — it wasn’t. IN reality, it was funny, but meanspirited, and attacking, and fictional.
Nobody thinks Obama would be sitting their cursing or saying those things that Eastwood kept pretending his “Obama” was saying.
If ANY republican politician had implied those things, the media would have had a field day about how meanspirited we were.
But it was Clint Eastwood. An Icon, a Legend, a Hollywood figure. And an old guy. They couldn’t attack him — after all, just this year they were praising him and saying how he’d really helped Obama — because he narrated that Detroit thing for the Superbowl.
Now here he was, doing what they had hoped the republican speakers would have done so they could attack them. The world saw the attack, got to laugh at Obama, and the media really has no good attack. Sure, they could tear down Clint Eastwood — but how? And what good would it do?
They could fault the RNC for inviting him? How would that work when they know next week the DNC has speaker after speaker lined up to launch vile lies about the republicans?
It was a masterful stroke, using Clint Eastwood to send this message, in a way that was so unique and out there that it couldn’t be tied back to Romney, or upstage his speech.
We loved it at our house. My husband sat there with a big smile.
Most of us out here across the country are tired of the gloves never coming off regarding the marxist clown in the White House. Eastwood cut to the chase and was so very effective in his slamdown of Barky.
He started a whole new craze. Obama responded, which he shouldn’t have, but he hates being ridiculed and couldn’t resist. So now, we have some totally delicious humor regarding the chair to use for a long time.
Eastwood was superb.
“Oh, shut up!” Loved it.
That is a beautiful thing!
Play Clinty For Me - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online
Like William F. Gavin, I hugely enjoyed Clint Eastwoods turn last night, but Im not sure I agree that it was unintentionally hilarious and that he forgot his lines, lost his way. 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 directed eight films). Hes also, as Mr. Gavin observed, a terrific jazz improviser 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. Indeed, 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. A guy smoothly reading platitudinous codswallop while rotating his head from the left-hand teleprompter to the right-hand teleprompter like clockwork as if hes at Centre Court watching the worlds slowest Wimbledon rally is a very reductive idea of professionalism. 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.
Oh, and next time round, he should sing.
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.
Was there really a Teleprompter in front of the empty chair?
Yeah, the ‘let’s you and him fight’ is the Grand Slam of political tactics- fight an icon no less.
Clean hands are best.
The media response has been more ‘fumbling’ than ‘nimble’.