Clint Eastwood at the RNC: Brilliant, or just plain weird?

TAMPA – As the 82-year-old actor and director Clint Eastwood walked onto the stage, with the image of the Confederate veteran Josey Wales in the background, the stage at the Republican National Convention was set for a tour de force.

For 11 minutes, with only Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney between Dirty Harry and the end of the evening, Eastwood debated an invisible President Barack Obama:

But here’s the thing: Eastwood, while he clearly endorsed Romney, was channeling Ron Paul when it came to foreign policy. From Eastwood to the invisible Obama:

”You were against the war in Iraq, and that’s okay. But you thought the war in Afghanistan was okay. You thought that was something worth doing. We didn’t check with the Russians to see how they did there, for the 10 years. But we did it….

“You mentioned something about a target date for bringing everybody home. And you give that target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question: Why are you giving the date out now? Why don’t you just bring them home tomorrow morning?”

Then again, in his acceptance speech on Thursday, Romney didn’t utter the word “Afghanistan.” Not exactly an endorsement of John McCain’s criticism of Obama on Wednesday evening.

By the way, delegates tell me that this was all extemporaneous. There was no teleprompter or text screen rolling in the hall.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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205 comments Add your comment

Randi

August 31st, 2012
12:36 am

Jim, your are pathetic!!!!!!!!! He’s 82 years old you jackass! Oh that’s right… only “young”, “cool”, “physically beautiful” are aloud to have a voice in this country.

Janet

August 31st, 2012
1:06 am

The fact that he’s 82 years old has nothing to do with the fact that anyone talking to an empty chair on stage should be taken with a grain of salt. His speech was lacking in factual evidence and full of sideways insults and jackassery. Quite frankly I respect and admire Mr. Eastwood’s spunk and humor for a man of his age. What I don’t respect are his cheap shots, mimickery, and lack of respect. Republicans often criticize Obama for the events that have unfolded, specifically those related to the economical decline and national debt. But it has been the actions of the republican party that have made it difficult for our president to do his job. And there has been nothing that has shown me that Mit would do any better for our country, the evidence in my mind has been quite contrary.

double

August 31st, 2012
1:20 am

His life on film was all make-belief.tonight was make-belief,it has paid him well.But we do not need a make-belief government.A sock puppet would have been better.

rbd

August 31st, 2012
1:35 am

Brillant and funny.

Mitsu

August 31st, 2012
1:53 am

Clint was rambling and incoherent. A sad display for a great director and actor. The guy is obviously suffering from dementia… it’s unfortunate the whole world had to see that in such a public forum.

Manuel

August 31st, 2012
2:22 am

Double you are a retard. He was paid? He’s been a republican almost his whole life. And Janet, he is probably one of the only few actors in Hollywood with a proper perspective on this government. Thanks Clilnt Eastwood!

say what?

August 31st, 2012
2:34 am

Scary that so many people connected with his rant and poor acting. Perhaps he has acted for so long, he has forgotten how to behave in an actual situation.
Perspective is in the mind of the believer.

nodoz

August 31st, 2012
5:14 am

Brilliant, a message to the undecided was his strategy. He had a couple of serious moments in the entertaining speech where he tells the Americans that the politicians are their employees, the people own this country, not government. The people in this country are the best and deserve a top notch man to run the country. If he is not doing the job, let him go. You don’t need to rehire a person just because you feel he is a good guy and you voted for him and stood by him for 4 years. Clint was the best because he out smarted all the liberal media. The people he was targeting got the message and that will make a difference, you will all see.

Buckhead Boy

August 31st, 2012
5:49 am

Manuel, you offensively belittle another poster as a “retard”, based upon your mis-reading of his comment? How typically Republican. (Note that’s with the big “r” for future reference).

Mitch

August 31st, 2012
5:53 am

I’m a huge fan of Eastwood as an actor and director, but that was a pretty sad and pathetic display. They would’ve been better off having Clyde the orangutan go up on the stage at the RNC.

John Ellison

August 31st, 2012
5:59 am

Clint should go on the road with his act. I thought it was humorous and effective.

Lee

August 31st, 2012
6:03 am

It’s weird how Republicans dismiss Hollywood types 24/7/365 but whenever they find one that’s willing to speak on their behalf, that person is a god. Chuck Norris, Jon Voight, etc. were paraded around every chance Republicans got. When Eastwood made that Super Bowl commercial, Republicans thought it was “Dem propaganda garbage from a liberal Hollywood elite scumbag” and pooped all over him. Of course they jump at the chance to have him speak at their convention months later. Now he’s a hero in their eyes and they act like they never said what they did about him for the commercial. It’s hilarious.

Also, Eastwood (and seemingly most Republicans) have forgotten that the war in Afghanistan began in 2001 under George W. Bush. When Democrats talked about getting out of that war, Republicans scoffed and said that “we must stay the course” and that Democrats wanted to “cut and run”. Now Republicans act like it was Obama’s decision to go to war and that they have no idea why we’re over there. LMAO

Karl Marx

August 31st, 2012
6:06 am

“When somebody doesn’t do the job, you gotta let ‘em go …” Amen Dirty Harry

Sheldon Adelson

August 31st, 2012
6:08 am

Mitt, if I donate enough money and you get elected, is there any chance you could shut down the investigation of me?

Sean Limbaugh

August 31st, 2012
6:14 am

rawmilkdrinker

August 31st, 2012
6:29 am

It might be worth noting that the last time anyone (The Mongols) won a war in Afghanistan was some 8-900 years ago.

Michele

August 31st, 2012
6:40 am

Was this a true sign of desperation by the GOP? Who in their right mind and self assured in their organization would put a senile old man in front of their convention to totally embarrass himself and the entire political party. Whoever put this village idiot on the stage made a loud statement. The GOP has no idea what it really wants. For now they are grasping at straws, and last night they got a used straw.

Real American

August 31st, 2012
6:52 am

Elias Denny

August 31st, 2012
6:55 am

Most people have forgotten what a mess our country was in only four years ago and it matters not what Clint or Mitt says but the policies that the Republicans would bring into reality.

cc

August 31st, 2012
6:55 am

Eastwood was at onece funny and effective last night. Ever the gentlemen, Eastwood was humorous without being offensive. Of course, libs have demonstrated their vitrol here anout Eastwood’s appearance. I’m sure the same libs critical of Eastwood’s support of Romney would have nothing but praise for the likes of the foul-mouths Joy Bahar and Whoopi Goldberg when they achieve orgasm publicly at the mere mention of obama’s name. Such is the way of libs . . .

Charles

August 31st, 2012
7:18 am

Joe Biden – Michele@6:40 doesn’t want you to embarrass her party. Thanks!

AtlJack

August 31st, 2012
7:54 am

After years of criticizing Democrats for their ties with Hollywood, Republicans are happy to roll out Clint Eastwood.

H-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.

And blaming Obama for Afghanistan? Do Republicans’ have amnesia? Bush put us in Afghanistan TEN years ago. Obama inherited two wars and a collapsed economy thanks to Bush’s failed policies.

Interesting how Romney is hiding W. Bush and Palin hoping we forget.

honested

August 31st, 2012
7:55 am

What else would you expect from a pathetic, old, has been?
The repugincans brought out someone to speak to their ‘base’ (just look around the convention hall).
Just talk to anyone who lived in Carmel when clint was mayor.
An exemplar of an ineffective ‘leader’.

If they had given eastwood a few more minutes, he would have probably asked the empty chair about the wars that it wouldn’t start, but that ro(money) certainly would!

Bob Loblaw

August 31st, 2012
7:55 am

If we didn’t have a soft spot in our heart for a guy who had done so much in his career that made us laugh, scared and all the rest, his little show wouldn’t have been anything short of a disaster. He had a couple of zingers, but he mumbled a lot and seemed a little disoriented at times. I’d of rather seen him just give a hardcore speech instead of the empty chair thing. It wasn’t comfortable for him and you could tell.

honested

August 31st, 2012
7:57 am

bob
After the previous nights of the lie-fest, I didn’t feel eastwood was the least bit uncomfortable at taking his turn to lie.

ExRepublican

August 31st, 2012
8:05 am

Clint Eastwood was coo coo and the rest of the clowns on the stage. Romney and Ryan lied about everything. Ryan lied about the stimulas package, lied about medicare plan. Romney lied on Obama about raising taxes on the middle class. Romney is a clown just like Clint Eastwood.

susan

August 31st, 2012
8:12 am

freaking bizarre.

Mark

August 31st, 2012
8:18 am

It’s strange that the RNC would even give him 5 minutes and then allow him to ramble for 11. He got the attention last night that Romney should have received.

Debbie Dooley

August 31st, 2012
8:22 am

Vaugely entertaining – you could tell there were alot of nervous laughs in the audience – Clint should stick to the make believe world – what he knows

philo bedo

August 31st, 2012
8:25 am

right turn, clyde!

Van Jones

August 31st, 2012
8:28 am

A speech in front of millions with no teleprompter and all these jackwagons think they could have done better. The air must be thin up in those ivory towers…

B. Thenet

August 31st, 2012
8:30 am

It was very interesting that after that slapstick attempt at humiliating and embarrassing the President, Mitt Romney blamed Obama for dividing Americans.

The RNC had done a pretty good job over the last 3 days of pretending they have not spent the last 4 years assaulting and insulting the President, attacking him over where he was born, if he even attended the colleges he graduated from, and basically opposing anything he has attempted to pass even if it was a bipartisan outreach effort on his part.

It was at least a bit refreshing to see some truth on that stage for a short period of time, some red meat for the real GOP base.

ExRepublican

August 31st, 2012
8:30 am

I thought this convention was nothing but a clown show. It was all about lied.
That why I left the republican party because they dont have any ideas to lead this country.
Ryan lied about everything came out of his mouth. Ryan said Obama close that auto plant which Bush close it down before Obama became president.
Republican party will be voted out.

dd

August 31st, 2012
8:34 am

what a surprise…those with closed minds and blinders on, who are stuck on the Dem plantation, thought it was awful. didn’t see that one coming.

Whirled Peas

August 31st, 2012
8:57 am

Jim, you and your leftist buddies will do anything not to talk about the economy.

You and your leftist buddies at the AJC will not talk about the national debt and what it will eventually do to this country.

Shame, shame, shame.

Michael

August 31st, 2012
9:04 am

Have to laugh as the far Right threw Clint under the bus after his Super Bowl commercial, but now they love the guy. Hey. I like his films.

zeke

August 31st, 2012
9:05 am

if romney wins, hope he can run a country better than they ran the convention, especially the last hour. very disjointed. mitt gave good speech. no doubt he loves his family and is respected in his church and business. call me wonky but their plans are too vague. about as well thought out as 9-9-9i . think i could trust romney to do the right thing as he was a “progressive” governor (his own words). i don’t trust theinfluence of the kochs, adelsons, roves, senor, boltons in their party. it is about greed and power for these folks. the chinese have to laughing their tails off as mitt was pushed to saber rattle about iran and russia. the tpers are just pawns for the oligarchs or is it plutocrats?middle america will get tax cut, but lose any hope of medical coverage later in life so the rich can get more wealth and a few crumbs for the rest. also, it will be funny when the coastal areas ask for federal dollars to alleviate the effects of global warming.

bucket

August 31st, 2012
9:12 am

Considering the state of the government school system and the overall lack of creativity in this country I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that the majority of people in this country totally missed the point of Mr. Eastwood’s “act” last night. He was talking to an empty chair that represented the POTUS. We have had an empty chair in the White House and no leadership for the last 4 years as the POTUS has been an absentee leader on the critical issues that face this nation. Maybe next time Clint will spell it our for all of you, but he kind of did when he said, “When someone doesn’t do the job, we gotta let ‘em go!”

Clint..A Wagging Tongue Bites Itself (You Are Weird)

August 31st, 2012
9:13 am

Ann Romney WAS NOT PLEASED.

It was written all over her face.

Republicans got what they deserved – a babbling old angry white man.

bigD

August 31st, 2012
9:16 am

The libs are running scared. It’s pathetic when left wingers will assail anybodies character simply because they don’t agree with their big govt socialistic believes. Real Americans are going to take this country back and then listen to them cry.

bigD

August 31st, 2012
9:16 am

The libs are running scared. It’s pathetic when left wingers will assail anybodies character simply because they don’t agree with their big govt socialistic believes. Real Americans are going to take this country back and then listen to them cry.

Mike

August 31st, 2012
9:17 am

Hey Debbie, he was in the world he knows. It’s U.S. politics, it’s all make believe!!

zeke

August 31st, 2012
9:19 am

your repeating yourself, bucket, apparently mrs romney went to govt schools too then.

Clint..A Wagging Tongue Bites Itself (You Are Weird)

August 31st, 2012
9:20 am

@bigD

August 31st, 2012
9:16 am
The libs are running scared. It’s pathetic when left wingers will assail anybodies character simply because they don’t agree with their big govt socialistic believes. Real Americans are going to take this country back and then listen to them cry.

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Woooo we are SCARED?

Clint SCARED a lot of people last night.

He was WEIRD.

He came across as an old angry white man with no

timing and a has been actor.

Wooo we are shaking in our boots. :)

Clint..A Wagging Tongue Bites Itself (You Are Weird)

August 31st, 2012
9:25 am

@bigD

August 31st, 2012
9:16 am
The libs are running scared. It’s pathetic when left wingers will assail anybodies character simply because they don’t agree with their big govt socialistic believes. Real Americans are going to take this country back and then listen to them cry.

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Mrs. Romney said it all……….SHE WAS NOT PLEASED with

DIRTY HARRY.

Dirty Harry was very dirty last night.

Republicans got what they deserved.

Be careful of the rocks you throw they just might

come back and hit you in the head.

bucket

August 31st, 2012
9:27 am

Thanks for your enlightened response zeke. You brought a lot to the table with that one. Just because people inside and outside the convention hall missed the point doesn’t invalidate the point that Eastwood made in his performance. Stop attacking people and start arguing the substance of what people say and the actions that they take. Are you arguing that the POTUS has led the last 4 years?

Dirty Harry..A Wagging Tongue Bites Itself (You Are Weird)

August 31st, 2012
9:27 am

Instead of talking about Myth Robme people are TALKING ABOUT

DIRTY HARRY.

Dirty Harry BACKFIRED ON THE CONS.

heeheeeheeheehee

Mike Geigerman

August 31st, 2012
9:27 am

Clint as always exceptional and totally immune from democratic dogma.. A few American icons remain remain standing. Those who criticize are the ones who tear down the country not make it the greatest that it has been. Roger Ebert – major idiot as many on this site are.

Mike Geigerman

August 31st, 2012
9:29 am

Stop attacking , stop dividing progress forward thinking and the American dream dream. Where am I going with this .. to a better America than we have today !

Christian Conservative Who Happens to Be Black

August 31st, 2012
9:30 am

Brilliant! Hilarious!