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The Theatrical Brilliance of Clint’s Empty Chair
Ocean State Current ^ | 08/31/2012

Posted on 09/01/2012 12:15:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Politicos and policy wonks have been parsing every major speech offered at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, each with his or her own lens. (The exception is MSNBC, which apparently declined to parse several speeches by ethnic minorities.) Some have commented on the gender-war content of Ann Romney’s statements; some have focused on the deep policy weeds of Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan.

But the most transformative moment — in its way, the most redolent of the Tea Party revolution — was Clint Eastwood’s conversation with an empty chair in which President Obama was not sitting.

One of the clearest tidbits recalled from my playwright studies was a device that effectively made a murder victim present on the stage. On a set of his house, during an interview scene with family members, the script called for the actor playing a detective to lean his hand on the dead character’s favorite rocking chair and “inadvertently” set it in motion.

What Clint Eastwood emphasized, with his seemingly improvised chat with the invisible Obama was the absurd notion of having a man-to-man talk with the Vogue-interviewee president. Eastwood was a real celebrity expressing common-man ideas to a celebrity commander in chief.

Even more, Eastwood’s fame is founded in his being a character actor whose chief characteristic is to cut through nonsense. Tough and real; doing what needs to be done.

Viewers who found the speech peculiar (mainly those in academia, entertainment, and media, I’d wager) may have done so because Eastwood used a theatrical device in the service of the wrong script… from their point of view and according to their expectations. As a thought experiment, they should imagine some other actor’s using the exact same gimmick at the Democrat National Convention, with a non-present Mitt Romney.

To be sure, an invisible, unapproachable businessman would be much more to type than a “populist,” progressive community organizer, just as the Occupy movement is much more in keeping with the established images of grassroots activism than the Tea Party.

Beyond the screen writer’s flair, though, the feel of Clint Eastwood’s convention speech was not of soaring political rhetoric, but of a movie awards ceremony, as if he were speaking to an audience of peers. And there again is the unique character that he has been in the public imagination, as if we the people are his peers, not the glitzy stars. He introduced himself to the GOP audience as a “movie tradesman.”

What Eastwood did, with his extemporaneous air and unfilled chair, was to call bull**** on the increasingly untenable narrative that the Left has been weaving through all of the public institutions that it has spent decades infiltrating. He elevated to TV Land the shocking breach of story line and etiquette that hit YouTube years ago when angry citizens shouted down their Senators at town hall meetings.

The speech may not be a pivot point to a new reality in Hollywood, and the political side it serves may not win the day in November, but to the guardians of the elite, it was definitely a statement new, even though to the rest of us it was a very familiar sensation.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinteastwood; emptychair; obama; rnc


1 posted on 09/01/2012 12:15:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a pity that Gov. Bob McDonnell caved to the MSM within minutes of Eastwood’s brilliant speech. When will Republicans grow a set?


2 posted on 09/01/2012 12:22:12 PM PDT by Kahuna
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To: SeekAndFind

Dirty Harry Meets Clean Mitt
Saturday, September 01, 2012 1:47:14 PM · 28 of 28
KeyLargo to Kaslin

NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
www.nationalreview.com

The Corner

The one and only.

Play Clinty For Me

By Mark Steyn
August 31, 2012 3:08 P.M.

Like William F. Gavin, I hugely enjoyed Clint Eastwood’s turn last night, but I’m 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 don’t just mean a quarter-century ago: In the last five years, he’s directed eight films). He’s also, as Mr. Gavin observed, a terrific jazz improviser 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.

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/315658


3 posted on 09/01/2012 12:22:58 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Kahuna

What did McDonnell say?


4 posted on 09/01/2012 12:25:53 PM PDT by albie
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To: KeyLargo

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/187159/empty-chair-interviews-officially-a-trend-after-clint-eastwood-rnc-speech/

Empty-chair interviews officially a trend after Clint Eastwood RNC speech

Clint Eastwood interviewed an empty chair Thursday night at the RNC, in a speech that took a remarkably maverick tone even without the stunt.

Punks on Twitter couldn’t believe how lucky they got. (Except Tom Brokaw.) A British correspondent tried to make sense of American Democracy. People took their own photos of empty chairs, and naturally there’s now a Twitter account for Clint’s.

More important, this was the fourth incidence of an Elijah seat on TV since the beginning of the year. Piers Morgan had one on his CNN show this month after U.S. Rep. Todd Akin canceled an appearance. Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed a chair in March, after a lawyer for George Zimmerman left the studio unexpectedly. Also on MSNBC that month, Thomas Roberts interviewed an empty chair after a guest didn’t show — and had to apologize after the network admitted it had brought her to the wrong studio.

It may be difficult for print journalists to hop on this trend, which, it should be noted, has only a 50 percent success rate. But please send examples of your own attempts. Here’s one guy who tried to capitalize on it:

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE REST


5 posted on 09/01/2012 12:27:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
I thought the Eastwood bit was great, he completely demolished Obama. His campaign is furious, and I'm sure he is too, that thin-skinned narcissist! LOL!

It's been totally entertaining to follow the twitter explosion as well, this thing has a life of it's own!

http://www.bing.com/social/search/updates?q=clint%20eastwood&p1=%5bSocialTweetAnswer%20src=%22tw%22%5d%5bSocialAnswer%20src=%22tw%22%5d&FORM=TWWDSO

6 posted on 09/01/2012 12:28:10 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: SeekAndFind

We have Dirty Harry. The dems. have Dingy Harry.....no contest.


7 posted on 09/01/2012 12:29:39 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Alinsky's Rules For Radicals

Rule 5:

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.


8 posted on 09/01/2012 12:31:57 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Churchillspirit

He missed the chance to put an empty suit on the chair, that would have been great symbolism right there...


9 posted on 09/01/2012 12:32:59 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Eastwood kicked ass and took names. Just as he has done throughout his entire career. Spin it any way you want but them’s the facts.


10 posted on 09/01/2012 12:36:53 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: smoothsailing
Thanks for the link.

This has really turned the table on the Obamaites!

Hope and Chair - Twitter Explosion


11 posted on 09/01/2012 12:38:03 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: SeekAndFind
It needs to be repeated and repeated......that:

"Liberals cannot stand being laughed at."

They have an overblown sense of self worth and ANYTHING that threatens that sense of worth is to be feared....deprecating laughter more than anything drives them ape-sh*t.

12 posted on 09/01/2012 12:42:27 PM PDT by stboz
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To: SeekAndFind

By making it an empty chair only, he also reinforced Obama’s penchant for never making himself available to any real questions...........In this sense even the media has to acknowledge the message was spot on.


13 posted on 09/01/2012 12:43:20 PM PDT by chriscraft
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To: SeekAndFind

An Observation:

Anything similar the democrats do to imitate and retaliate will be seen as sour grapes and will fall flat on its face with everyone except Obama die-hards.


14 posted on 09/01/2012 12:47:13 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Kahuna

“It’s a pity that Gov. Bob McDonnell caved to the MSM within minutes of Eastwood’s brilliant speech. When will Republicans grow a set?”

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Look at the bright side. It’s almost become a “good-cop, bad-cop” thing. Either way, people are talking about US, not THEM.

Embrace it. Run with it. Be positive about it.


15 posted on 09/01/2012 12:49:37 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

“Eastwood kicked ass and took names.”

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Yeah - until his pen ran out of ink.

Then he just kicked ass.


16 posted on 09/01/2012 12:51:30 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: SeekAndFind

The real genius was that he managed to keep his performance under two hours for once ...


17 posted on 09/01/2012 12:51:57 PM PDT by x
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To: Iron Munro
"And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go."

Brilliant, I think Eastwood was talking directly to independent voters with that line. Those voters are the key to defeating Obama.

18 posted on 09/01/2012 1:01:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: albie

“What did McDonnell say?”

To quote creatively, “BURRRRRRRPP!!!” After eating a burger, super-size fries, and a milkshake. - Beyond that, WHO CARES!?!!


19 posted on 09/01/2012 1:02:20 PM PDT by Twinkie (Obamanation - where everything is free; except US!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Clint rocked. Period.


20 posted on 09/01/2012 1:03:03 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Kahuna

His likely reason for the perceived caving is simply that he couldn’t understand what he saw.For him and scores of others, including many many Freepers, it made no sense. To declare there was something wrong about it was a matter of perception.

He took seriously what was a joke. His expectations were for normalcy, for ordinary convention speak. The demented old man act could be taken as reality on one level and as an elaborate comic relief joke on another.

To have achieved both reactions is a tribute to a masterful piece of theatrics. Shakespeare himself would be proud of Clint


21 posted on 09/01/2012 1:03:32 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Eccl 10:2

He came to kick a$$ and chew bubblegum...
And he was fresh out of bubblegum.

:)


22 posted on 09/01/2012 1:04:03 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: SeekAndFind

23 posted on 09/01/2012 1:09:57 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought it was a fantastic visual.
The empty chair represented to me the fact that
normal-thinking Americans have been ignored
for nearly 4 years.

The empty chair has ignored us regarding
obamacare, illegals, gay marriage, etc.
and all the while telling us to go
_____ ourselves (through surrogates
and in-your-face EOs).

Clint talked back to it and ridiculed it for us.

It was brilliant and I adore him for doing it.


24 posted on 09/01/2012 1:15:39 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia ("Together we will unite America and get this done" - Paul Ryan - August 11, 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

bookmark


25 posted on 09/01/2012 1:17:31 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: smoothsailing

Sorry watching that repeatative stupidity on twitter is of no interest to me.


26 posted on 09/01/2012 1:23:44 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Heart of Georgia

Excllent post, HoG!


27 posted on 09/01/2012 1:37:51 PM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: SeekAndFind

wait for the inevitable “me too” moment at the DNC

MRomney will be ‘featured’ in an empty chair numerous times. maybe other right leaning types as well


28 posted on 09/01/2012 1:38:49 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: SeekAndFind

They should have put CLIDE in the chair!


29 posted on 09/01/2012 1:42:33 PM PDT by satan69 (garden)
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To: smoothsailing

VERY GOOD!
That is the key point to both parties (and to all politicians) “GET THE JOB DONE”

I believe most all the people(voters)are wanting those elected “TO JUST GET THE JOB DONE”


30 posted on 09/01/2012 2:04:02 PM PDT by Letmarch75 ( If a man knows the right way to live and does not live it, there is no greater coward).)
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To: All
(Thanks to FReeper JoeProBono for the pic!!)

31 posted on 09/01/2012 2:08:19 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind

and the stupid threesome on Fox this morning, Clayton Allison & what’s his name just made fun of it.
I guess they are too young to be smart.
I don’t understand why they just can’t report the news and shut up!
Why do they have to give their own analysis, which is usually WRONG!


32 posted on 09/01/2012 2:08:40 PM PDT by conservativesister
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To: SeekAndFind

Everyone who watched Clint’s presentation can remember 99% of everything he said with little effort. This is what they strive for in the world of advertising but seldom achieve.

Effective? Absolutely! Pretty good for a crusty old man, I’d say. The rambling stammering, stuttering and incomplete thoughts and sentences were intentional. (Obama without TOTUS) Brilliant!


33 posted on 09/01/2012 2:15:09 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: SeekAndFind

That empty Ogabe the Communist chair should appear on stage at every Romney Rally between now and election day, and should be featured in every GOP TV ad.

It is a potent symbol of the Resident Nobody. When Eric the Red and Big Sis launch the False Flag DHS Crisis Sept or Oct Surprise, the Empty Chair can be asked to explain why is the desperate Omullah again attacking American citizens, freedoms, and institutions.


34 posted on 09/01/2012 2:16:53 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Joan Kerrey

I agree Eastwood was incredibly effective. I enjoyed it.


35 posted on 09/01/2012 2:19:20 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Kahuna

Just the empty chair sez it all


36 posted on 09/01/2012 2:51:00 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: SeekAndFind
Anyone who saw the 1950 Jimmy Stewart classic Harvey would have instantly recognized what Clint Eastwood was doing.

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

37 posted on 09/01/2012 2:54:08 PM PDT by fso301
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To: SeekAndFind

Empty seat for Mr. EmptyHead-

Obummr the Rotten Egghead


38 posted on 09/01/2012 3:02:17 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (- where?? who knew?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Mitt should put an empty chair on stage for some of his stumps. Don't mention it until the audience focuses on it. Then have a series of throw away lines available:

"Just being fair and balanced," etc.

The campaign has mentioned that Mitt was a youthful prankster and Ann says he made - and still makes - her laugh, but we haven't seen that humanizing side. The jokes don't have to all be great. Poor ones are more likely to be reported - and to remind us of cringeworthy ones our own fathers made. So long as he doesn't pull an Akins there's little downside. Everyone knows he's serious enough when necessary, but more need to connect with him.

Then, when the schtick starts to become old they put a baby's high chair on stage.

"He had a tee time, so sent the understudy."

39 posted on 09/01/2012 3:08:02 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Mitt should put an empty chair on stage for some of his stumps. Don't mention it until the audience focuses on it. Then have a series of throw away lines available:

"Just being fair and balanced," etc.

The campaign has mentioned that Mitt was a youthful prankster and Ann says he made - and still makes - her laugh, but we haven't seen that humanizing side. The jokes don't have to all be great. Poor ones are more likely to be reported - and to remind us of cringeworthy ones our own fathers made. So long as he doesn't pull an Akins there's little downside. Everyone knows he's serious enough when necessary, but more need to connect with him.

Then, when the schtick starts to become old they put a baby's high chair on stage.

"He had a tee time, so sent the understudy."

40 posted on 09/01/2012 3:08:14 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Empty Chair Graphics
41 posted on 09/02/2012 8:04:00 PM PDT by PhatHead (Take the image from my profile page, put it on a chair, and put it in your yard)
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