• jery

    Al Sharpton said if he was at the Apollo theatre they would have pulled him off stage. So sad.

  • Rashad

    That’s right, bash the man. The media’s take down of the icon Clint, will be a galvanizing moment for the independents. This only helps Romney.

  • moviesquad

    Seems about as well thought out as Million Dollar Baby.

  • DuluozGray

    painful to watch, cringe inducing.

  • reverent and free

    An actor with no script is always a recipe for disaster.

    Seriously though, that this will be the ONLY speech from the convention that anyone will remember pretty much says it all.

  • JColtrane

    Rashad is in what’s known as the alternate universe bubble where reality doesn’t exist.

    Of course, this is excellent news for John McCain!

  • Ghost of Kazan

    Clint’s main contribution was to underscore how good of an orator Rubio is. It was a very uncomfortable scene.

  • Rashad

    This was in no way worse than Kirk Douglas at the Oscars

  • cyanic

    Douglas as a stroke survivor has the in-house audience’s sympathy and patience. Melissa Leo said his routine broke the anxiousness for her and her fellow nominees.

  • Lost_Contacts

    There’s a difference between the Oscars, which don’t need to energize the audience, and a political campaign event, which does. The chair routine was very, very sad to watch. That Rashad would compare it to a stroke victin’s speech is telling.

  • Noiresque

    I imagine the teleprompter broke, and Clint had to ad lib. And he decided to ad lib that President Obama (why did they keep referring to him as “Mr Obama” anyway? Surely incorrect protocol.) told Romney to go fuck himself.

    Funny when he talked about conservatives in Hollywood not tooting their own horns, he brought up Jon Voigt. Voigt is as vocal about his right wing political views as Martin Sheen is about his on the left. Clint should have mentioned a right-winger less crazy and more hot like Angie Harmon or Jennifer Garner (Yes, Mrs Affleck is Team Romney).

    Also, the women in the crowd looked like extras from Good Christian Bitches. Lots of big glossy hair.

    I really don’t see how this helps Romney. In any way. Most people are confused and embarrassed and a little sorry for Clint, they’re not taking him down at all. They are blaming the Republicans for putting him up there at all.

    It’s sucks for them since Condi’s speech managed to be responsible, reflective and positive, easily the best of the night. However, she brought up minorities and the poor, and they think she’s a pro-choice lesbian, so she has no chance at running for office as a Republican.

  • Rashad

    Clint is freaking 82. The fact that he’s able to speak clearly, and walk at all is an accomplishment. Does it really matter if Kirk had a stroke? It was a slog to watch, and you ended up questioning why they even had him there in the first place. It’d be like trotting out Ali for a speech, and then wondering why he’s not killing the room.

    Contacts, the crowd was more than into Clint’s speech. Did you hear them? They were cheering, and laughing. It’s clear the bloggers, commenters, and twitterers are overwhelmingly left-leaning, so a speech riling up the base would have no effect on you all. I don’t have a dog in it, but in no way did he let down the crowd. Apart from too many “uhs” (and it’s kind of obvious he was ad-libbing), he did his job.

    Now the big bad media is gonna beat up on the old American Icon , one of the few outspoken Conservatives in Hollywood – how do you people think this is going to play with people? It’s going to do nothing but strengthen the base even more, and gain sympathy from the unaffiliated voters.

  • Terry McCarty

    I’m wondering who will be the first to post a clip of Clint watching TV in ABSOLUTE POWER, intercut with last night’s Romney speech.

  • reverent and free

    I mean I can see the obvious appeal of bringing in Eastwood. He’s an American icon beloved across the political spectrum and a Republican who’s never said anything controversial (until now). But the thing to do would be to give him a tight, focused, point by point speech on why he was endorsing Romney and why a reasonable person should follow his example. Instead of that they just let him give a rambling crazy uncle speech.

    To his credit Eastwood is probably the only speaker at a Republican convention who will ever criticize the war in Afghanistan from the left

    .

  • Travis Actiontree

    When Clint started talking about other conservatives in Hollywood, I pictured all of these people at home in L.A. saying “Oh shit…don’t mention me!…don’t mention me!….you promised you wouldn’t say anything!…shit!”

  • Terry McCarty

    Whereas Kelsey Grammer raged at his TV: “You didn’t mention me!”

  • nakedman

    I refuse to watch it. Knowing that one of my heroes is a conservative is bad enough. I don’t need to see what would have to be the most embarrassing moment of his career.

  • Kakihara

    Terry McCarty: You forgot to add that he was trying on a new dress at the time.

  • Ira Parks

    JOE TANTO SAYS…

    Clint could’ve AND SHOULD’VE rolled in wearing the shiny gold suit from PINK CADILLAC, rocking some Affleck/Seacrest ’03-’05 hair with blond tips. He could’ve wheeled out a flat screen and just play any scene from FIREFOX and JUST STAND THERE with arms folded because Clint is GODLY.

    The only thing about which Kenny “Tweed Jacket” Turan and Joe Tanto agree is that YOU DON’T QUESTION BRONCO BILLY. YOU BOW.

    You Film Movement Bong Soo Agniezjzca Huang Wajda sock-stink lefties seriously need to back off on this one. My BP is already through the roof.

    GUNNY HIGHWAY POWER.

  • cyanic

    I refuse to watch it. Knowing that one of my heroes is a conservative is bad enough. I don’t need to see what would have to be the most embarrassing moment of his career.

    Naked, it’s not as ugly as it appears. The most disrespect thing he does to the president is reference him as Mr. Obama, he’s the president of the United States.

  • Ira Parks

    WATCHER OF THE SKIES SAYS…

    I haven’t seen the video of Clint yet as I’m packing for an early flight to Geneva, on the last operational Concorde (Shh, don’t tell, only certain passengers are allowed on, and it’s not actually a sanctioned flight). I’m meeting with swiss executives about a possible cologne called Man on the Go, based on my experiences.

    I will try to see the video on the plane, though.

  • Daniel Tayag

    Clint should have mentioned a right-winger less crazy and more hot like Angie Harmon or Jennifer Garner (Yes, Mrs Affleck is Team Romney). – Noiresque

    Sorry to burst your bubble but Jennifer Garner is still Team Obama.

    http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=garner&fname=jennifer&search=Search+by+Name

    The Jennifer Garner Facebook page was fake and has been taken down.

  • Kakihara

    I agree with Rashad. Anyone attacking Clint when he’s trying to sound rational and conciliatory is probably going to be as stupid as that Obama staffer who trivialized Ann Romney’s status as a stay-at-home mother.

  • Kakihara

    Er, come off stupid and insensitive.

  • Kakihara

    I think people take for granted that tortoise and the hare story, even though it totally applies now.

  • http://www.internet-marketingservice.com Yanesa24

    It was a big challenge for him. :)

  • http://www.internet-marketingservice.com Yanesa24

    Everyone has an opinion for it. So let us respect it.

  • Eloi Wrath

    “Republicans cheer as old white guy rants at invisible black person”

    Truly bizarre. Apparently the speech was only meant to last for 5 minutes.

  • Alboone

    Definitely a “say it ain’t so Joe” moment. Truly and utterly pathetic. Kind of describes the entire convention IMO.

  • Eloi Wrath

    Democrats have got to get Bill Hader up on stage with his high-waisted pants.

  • Still Ray

    “The most disrespect thing he does to the president is reference him as Mr. Obama, he’s the president of the United States. ”

    RAAAAAACIST.

    Also racist: calling the President our employee. Jesus why not just call him our BOY, Clint??

  • Eloi Wrath

    Funniest part was the huge cheers when Clint said “We own this country”. He went on to clarify his point and seemed to suggest that all citizens, Rep. or Dem., own the country, but the crowd plainly saw it as an endorsement that they alone are the masters of the universe.

  • Still Ray

    “Funniest part was the huge cheers when Clint said “We own this country”. He went on to clarify his point and seemed to suggest that all citizens, Rep. or Dem., own the country, but the crowd plainly saw it as an endorsement that they alone are the masters of the universe. ”

    Or not.

    Man, if Clint Eastwood wasn’t so RAAAAACIST he never would have gotten old.

  • Still Ray

    Aside from the sweet taste of delicate nancy Ebert’s fake tears, the best thing about last night? I **guarantee** that was the first time in four years that millions of Americans got to hear someone spend ten minutes ridiculing our God-Leader.

    Four years and NOTHING was funny about Obama, NOTHING could be said about the Teleprompter With No Clothes, or else it was just RAAAAACIST. Letterman, Leno, Daily Show, SNL… EVERYBODY took the lamest kid glove jokes on the guy. Leave it to Clint to pop that balloon.

    I laughed (okay chuckled) more in ten minutes last night than in all of Bill Maher’s career.

  • Gussie Finknottle

    Kaki – Not sure the tortoise and the hare story is a very apt analogy for this situation. I may be wrong (I’m not from the US), but as far as I’ve been aware this race has been considered close pretty much from the moment it was known Mitt Romney was the Republican candidate. At which point did anyone have a massive lead in the polls?

  • JBM…

    There are differing opinions as to whether calling a President “Mister” is respectful or disrespectful but I think we can all agree Ray is a douche.

  • GeorgePrager

    JAKE LA MOTTA SAYS…

    “Mitt Romney comes home and finds Ann in bed with another guy. She says, look who it is, big mouth, now the whole neighborhood will know.”

    “We got short waitresses. Makes the drinks look bigger.”

    “Guy comes into the comvention and says, where’s the toilet? I said you’re in it.”

    “These are the jokes folks.”

  • MAGGA

    In all fairness to Mister Eastwood, he didn’t sound half as crazy as Mitt Romney. When “slowing the rise of the oceans” is a laugh line from a would-be President you know we’re all fucked. “When big things need to be done you need an American”. Clearly not. Also, tell me a non-birther way to interpret that. It was abundantly clear that Republicans don’t believe in climate science, since they put their convention in Tampa in the middle of hurricane season. And Paul Ryan LIED non-stop through his entire speech. Grandpa Eastwood may have mimed slicing Obama’s throat and said “we own this country”, but compared to the main candidates, Boehner’s insistence that if someone told someone in his bar that they didn’t build the roads or the bridges they’d throw him out of the bar (great bar), and that insanely fat angry man screaming about RESPECT, he seemed like someone I might not have rolled my eyes at if he spoke at a street corner. At least his hair was an awesome Back To The Future reference

  • Kakihara

    Gussie: Well, the assumption is Obama’s going to edge out Romney on the electoral votes, regardless of how close they are, but the Dems have gotten cocky in general. They keep coasting off the Repubs’ sucktitude, but are bad at dealing with their own record for the last four years. And that could end up biting them in the ass soon, unless they plan for some other strategy besides “Blame Bush”.

  • Michael

    @cyanic

    He gives as much respect as the NYTimes does.

  • Eloi Wrath

    “Aside from the sweet taste of delicate nancy Ebert’s fake tears”

    The headline refers to a line Clint used in his speech, nothing to do with Ebert.

  • BobbyLupo

    “Leave it to Clint to pop that balloon.”

    Counter-point: Clint rambled like a caller talking on the Michael Savage show and thinks he’s Bob Newhart.

    I do have to admit, though, that “What’s that, Mister President? DON’T TELL ME TO SHUT UP!” is a hilarious line. It sounds like a perfect satire of a Hollywood guy who has spent years building up his own self-image as a tough guy. When contrasted with the fact that he’s talking to an empty chair, it’s a pretty amazing symbol… just not for what he meant.

  • Krillian

    Clint’s thing was supposed to be funny, and parts of it were. I think he could have pulled it off better 10 or 15 years ago, but he had the quick stutters of an old man trying to find his words. If he’d done the same routine against Bush a few years ago, everyone would be giving him the benefit of the doubt right now (except the Breitbarts).

    Clint still rules.

  • evelyn garver

    The argument that Eastwood made it ok for people to make fun of the president is a Republican and Fox News talking point that I have heard several times today. The fact is the Romney campaign is distancing itself from the “performance” by highlighting only that Eastwood noted the number of unemployed. It is also being reported that the campaign fully expected Eastwood’s remarks to resemble those he made when he endorsed Romney. It is Eastwood who will be lampooned for weeks, not the president.

  • myownhausfrau

    He damaged the brand.

  • raygo

    I don’t see what the fuss is all about. He wasn’t great, he wasn’t terrible. Anyone who has visited aging parents will recognize the good parts and ignore/forgive the bad. Hyper cynical times we live in.

  • bluefugue

    >Clint is freaking 82. The fact that he’s able to speak clearly, and walk at all is an accomplishment.

    Being 82 isn’t a disability. I’ve known octogenarians far more intelligent than you appear to be. And since Clint is still, y’know, directing movies, it’s not too much to ask that he be coherent…

  • brace

    I stopped watching after imaginary Obama told him that second SHUT UP! not funny at all just sad!!!!!

  • bluefugue

    >Also racist: calling the President our employee. Jesus why not just call him our BOY, Clint??

    ??? Nothing racist about that. The President works for the people of the U.S.

  • Ponderer

    The irony here is all the Republicans who so proudly defend Clint’s performance here would MURDER him if he ever dared tried to run for office. Pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, believes in global warming, and at least partially in favor of gun control? You’d decimate him. You don’t support him. You’d shit on him, like you’ve shit on any other moderate Republican candidate, like you shit on him when he did the pro-bailout auto ad during the Super Bowl. Fucking users.

  • EdHavens

    I would like to know what Eastwood and others who claim to be conservatives think McCain would have done better than Obama for the country during the past three and a half years. Sure, it hasn’t been perfect, but no one would have been. How would McCain have done better?

  • Mr. F.

    “There are differing opinions as to whether calling a President “Mister” is respectful or disrespectful but I think we can all agree Ray is a douche.”

    THAT’S ‘MISTER DOUCHE,’ ASSHOLE!!!

  • Mr. F.

    Bonus points to Clint for creating the “Invisible Obama” meme, however.

  • Ghost072

    @StillRay: For four years, we’ve been hearing that the President is a socialist, a Marxist, a Muslim, a Kenyan, an idiot and the anti-Christ. And somehow you come out the other side I remember that no one was allowed to say anything bad about him. What you should remember is that if your side is going with the ridiculous arguments and accusations I outlined above, you’re not going to get a rational response in return.

    Criticize the man’s policies if you disagree with them, but if the only things you SAY are plainly racist and xenophobic – why would you expect that it would be taken any other way?

  • corey3rd

    “I **guarantee** that was the first time in four years that millions of Americans got to hear someone spend ten minutes ridiculing our God-Leader.”

    Really? You mean the millions of people who watched FoxNews and listened to Rush Limbaugh for the last four years haven’t heard 10 minutes of Obama bashing?

    Clint Eastwood destroyed himself last night. Short and simple. Not for his politics. That’s been known for decades since he was Mayor. What was destroyed on that stage was the image that Clint Eastwood was a man of few words and knew how to leave the audience wanting more. The RNC had an hour of airtime to pimp Mitt on the networks. Clint was supposed to be there for a few minutes to pump up the crowd with a cameo. And what did Clint do? He took up nearly 15 minutes of airtime for his improv. He become a babbling fool starring at an empty chair. He turned an introduction into “Clint Eastwood: A One Man Show!”

    Eastwood went from being an exciting accent of the night to being the Wedding Guest who upstaged the bride . You can spin it all you want, but Clint Eastwood pissed on his legacy and image.

    For the first time in his career, Eastwood fans were moved to say, “Will stop talking!!! Enough!!!”

  • patches23

    I guess I’ll be the ultimate cynic and wonder out loud if Clint would’ve done this if he didn’t have a movie coming out.

  • Mr. F.

    Credit has to go to The Simpsons for getting there first:

    http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/g/g/4/old-man-yells-at-chair.jpg

  • Travis Actiontree

    “You can spin it all you want, but Clint Eastwood pissed on his legacy and image.”

    Being a bit of a drama queen, aren’t you?

  • mizerock

    Is this actually a thing, do Republicans think the President is always yelling at them to shut up (metaphorically, at least)? I didn’t think that was on the list of things that people don’t like about the President, that he tries to intimidate people that have different opinions.

    Maybe the guy in the chair was supposed to be Rahm Emanuel? See, now that guy, he can be pretty rude.

  • GeorgePrager

    Rashad wins the straw man argument of the decade award. If Bob Dole got up there and gave a bizarre and/or incoherent speech, you would give him sympathy and the benefit of the doubt because he is a politician speaking at a political convention.

  • GeorgePrager

    P.S. has anyone done a George C. Scott watches Clint’s speech yet? Somebody better get on that shit.

  • mizerock

    Is this actually a thing, do Republicans think the President is always yelling at them to shut up (metaphorically, at least)? I didn’t think that was on the list of things that people don’t like about the President, that he tries to intimidate people that have different opinions.

    Maybe the guy in the chair was supposed to be Rahm Emanuel? See, now that guy, he can be pretty rude.

  • clockwork taxi

    “Clint Eastwood destroyed himself last night. Short and simple. Not for his politics. That’s been known for decades since he was Mayor. What was destroyed on that stage was the image that Clint Eastwood was a man of few words and knew how to leave the audience wanting more.”

    That’s bullshit. Clint spoke what he believed. He’s 82. He’s the biggest ICON in hollywood. He can say whatever he wants. Was it smooth? No. He’s 82! Do i agree with him? No. But he’s CLINT FUC#ING EASTWOOD! That has earned him MANY get free passes. With everyone. This will not hurt Clint. And do you honestly think he cares what ANY OF YOU think? lol

  • Redbeard
  • Travis Actiontree

    Great idea Prager….. no, wait….. better yet…. how about….(get this!)…. Hitler, in his bunker, reacting to Clint! I can see it now!

    I think it would go a little something like this…..

    “Yo, Mr. T! I pity the fool who don’t phone home!”
    (wait…wrong meme)