After Clint Eastwood’s meandering, somewhat Alzheimer’s disease afflicted speech at the Republican National Convention last week, most people thought, well he is getting older and we know he is a staunch right wing Republican so let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. And then figured maybe that was the last they would hear from him for a while.
Not so quick there buddy.
In his speech to the RNC on Thursday, Clint may have appeared blind or needing a new prescription for his glasses, but we all still love him as an actor and director.
No matter what you might think about Clint Eastwood’s performance Thursday night, don’t for one second believe that the 82-year-old actor-director is senile. He knew that there wasn’t anyone in that chair.
Eastwood pulled off a brilliant 12 min improvisational performance and lifted the spirits of everyone in the convention center’s audience, while repeatedly speaking to an empty chair.
To put it differently, Hollywood’s legendary tough guy brought down the house with a comic turn, telling America it’s time to give a “stellar” businessman a chance to become president and say goodbye to the “attorney.”
“I think it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problems,” he said to loud applause.
Maybe he PAID the RNC for an opportunity to speak, as his newest movie “Trouble with the Curve” opens on September 21st, but it was moved up from the 28th of September to cash in on Eastwood’s bad press. I mean why not get some exposure. He probably donated millions of dollars to the Romney campaign, along with using his name for other purposes. If I were Mitt Romney, I couldn’t think of a better way to associate myself with a legendary Hollywood actor of Eastwood’s stature, then to let him speak on my behalf at the convention. Oh well, there goes that idea.
So the jury is out on the new movie, but the votes are in on Clint’s performance at the convention.
To add insult to injury, the RNC edited Eastwood out of the two and a half minute video that was posted to Romney’s youtube account today.
It does, however, include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, VP nominee Paul Ryan and of course, Romney himself, but it leaves out Eastwood’s controversial speech.
White House senior adviser David Plouffe called Eastwood “an American treasure,” on ABC’s ” This Week ” Sunday. “We’re all Clint Eastwood fans here in the Obama campaign.”
All the political pundits have weighed in, calling Eastwood a disruption, a distraction, and even a bump in the night.
And now they are referring to Eastwood’s talking to the empty chair, alleged by Clint to represent President Obama, as “Eastwooding.”
Speaking on NBC’s Meet the press with David Gregory, former presidential candidate and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called the performance “a distraction.”
“I think in the long run it’s almost irrelevant. But it’s the sort of bump that gives everything something to tweet about, and it provides lots of fodder,” Gingrich said. “On the other hand, if you’re Mitt Romney and your choice is to have Saturday Night Live decide to pick on Clint Eastwood or pick on you, I think- I think I’d give them Clint Eastwood for every night for the rest of the campaign.”
They dissed Dirty Harry.
If I were Clint Eastwood there would be only one thing I would say to the Republican Leadership.
“Right turn Clyde”
Article by Jim Donahue