Clint Eastwood's Speech at the RNC: "Mission Accomplished"

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    Aug 31, 2012 12:23 PM GMT
    Noteworthy quotes: “We all know that Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party.”

    Plus: “We own this country. . . . It’s not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours. . . . And when somebody does not do the job, you gotta let ‘em go.”

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    Aug 31, 2012 1:11 PM GMT
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/it_battle_for_america_heartland_5CFRdzY7pjIONEmBoLO1NM#ixzz256QE4nx4

    To see why the choice of Clint Eastwood as the surprise guest speaker at last night’s close of the Republican Convention was so brilliant, look at the electoral map.

    The Democrats, thanks to their dominance of the big cities, control the West Coast and the Northeast — plus (as long as the dead voters of Cook County can still get to the polls) President Obama’s home state of Illinois. The GOP dominates the South, the Plains and the Rocky Mountain states.

    Up for grabs is the fading Democratic stronghold of the upper Midwest. Michigan-born Mitt Romney and Wisconsinite Paul Ryan aim to win the heartland and drive the Democrats back to their coastal enclaves in New England, New York, California and the Pacific Northwest.

    And this strategy — call it the Heartland Campaign — is already paying off.
    For decades, the Democrats could count on reliably liberal states like Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan (a total of 36 electoral votes) to anchor the middle of the nation, and then aim to flip normally Republican states such as Indiana and Ohio. It worked perfectly in 2008.

    This year, Indiana (11 votes) will return to the Republican fold; Illinois will stay Democratic and most likely Minnesota, too — but Ohio and the rest of the nation’s industrial midsection are now in play.

    This is not good news for Team Obama.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:15 PM GMT
    He was there to make the Republicans' day. But the Hollywood star turned out to be less Dirty Harry than somebody's "drunk uncle Harry", as one Twitter contributor called him.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/31/clint-eastwood-chair-speech-romney
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:16 PM GMT
    Another noteworthy quote:

    "Do you just - you know - I know - people were wondering - you don’t - handle that OK."
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:21 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidHe was there to make the Republicans' day. But the Hollywood star turned out to be less Dirty Harry than somebody's "drunk uncle Harry", as one Twitter contributor called him.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/31/clint-eastwood-chair-speech-romney


    Yes - but as in all advertising, when a message doesn't appeal to you, unless you're entirely naive to how it all works, you recognize that they're not trying to appeal to you.

    And really? Shocking... you mean the guardian doesn't like a Republican? icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:23 PM GMT
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    Ex_Mil8 saidHe was there to make the Republicans' day. But the Hollywood star turned out to be less Dirty Harry than somebody's "drunk uncle Harry", as one Twitter contributor called him.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/31/clint-eastwood-chair-speech-romney


    Yes - but as in all advertising, when a message doesn't appeal to you, unless you're entirely naive to how it all works, you recognize that they're not trying to appeal to you.

    And really? Shocking... you mean the guardian doesn't like a Republican? icon_wink.gif


    Oh please. Clint's performance was a joke. If you cannot recognise that, you really have lost it.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    riddler78 said
    Ex_Mil8 saidHe was there to make the Republicans' day. But the Hollywood star turned out to be less Dirty Harry than somebody's "drunk uncle Harry", as one Twitter contributor called him.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/31/clint-eastwood-chair-speech-romney


    Yes - but as in all advertising, when a message doesn't appeal to you, unless you're entirely naive to how it all works, you recognize that they're not trying to appeal to you.

    And really? Shocking... you mean the guardian doesn't like a Republican? icon_wink.gif


    Oh please. Clint's performance was a joke. If you cannot recognise that, you really have lost it.


    Yeah if you think that - look at the polling. I'm not the one who's lost it icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2012/08/30/the-eastwood-speech/

    It was an old man’s delivery, but overstatedly so for effect. It was a cutting delivery and for that reason delivered in low key. But for all of Clint Eastwood’s rhetorical cleverness at the Republican convention it derived its effectiveness precisely because it wasn’t one of those “I take this platform tonight with pen in hand, bearing in mind the immortal words of Clancy M. Duckworth” type orations. It wasn’t the speech of someone who was running for office.

    Rather it might have come from Mr. Weller down at the corner office musing on simple things to not very important people. How it wasn’t good form to mess things up continuously. How one might lose faith in a man who made one broken promise too many. How at the end of the day everyone either did the job or quit out of decency. Even Presidents.

    There was no malice in it. Just a tone of regret. But it was redolent of memory too. Of simple things a world away from the Mountaintop; of sentiments a light-year from dramatic arcs, and of ordinary happiness in a universe apart from grand bargains and high-flown rhetorical visions. They were truths that everyone who has ever worked knows but has somehow forgotten because it was so ordinary.

    But they were never known to those who had never worked a real job in their lives. And that is the wonder. That they never knew them. Thus the speech was at once us versus them; it was the check in the mail against the certainties of the heart. Every true challenge is built on the bricks of memory. And there were as many challenges in the Eastwood speech as the stones we stand on.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Ex_Mil8 said
    riddler78 said
    Ex_Mil8 saidHe was there to make the Republicans' day. But the Hollywood star turned out to be less Dirty Harry than somebody's "drunk uncle Harry", as one Twitter contributor called him.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/31/clint-eastwood-chair-speech-romney


    Yes - but as in all advertising, when a message doesn't appeal to you, unless you're entirely naive to how it all works, you recognize that they're not trying to appeal to you.

    And really? Shocking... you mean the guardian doesn't like a Republican? icon_wink.gif


    Oh please. Clint's performance was a joke. If you cannot recognise that, you really have lost it.


    Yeah if you think that - look at the polling. I'm not the one who's lost it icon_wink.gif


    Clint did not gain them any extra points, that's for sure (Obama started the war in Afghanistan?). Let's see how the polls are looking at the end of next week.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    Sadly, Eastwood made a fool of himself and did Romney no favors with the swing voters.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    riddler78 said
    Ex_Mil8 said
    riddler78 said
    Ex_Mil8 saidHe was there to make the Republicans' day. But the Hollywood star turned out to be less Dirty Harry than somebody's "drunk uncle Harry", as one Twitter contributor called him.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/31/clint-eastwood-chair-speech-romney


    Yes - but as in all advertising, when a message doesn't appeal to you, unless you're entirely naive to how it all works, you recognize that they're not trying to appeal to you.

    And really? Shocking... you mean the guardian doesn't like a Republican? icon_wink.gif


    Oh please. Clint's performance was a joke. If you cannot recognise that, you really have lost it.


    Yeah if you think that - look at the polling. I'm not the one who's lost it icon_wink.gif


    Clint did not gain them any extra points, that's for sure. Let's see how the polls are looking at the end of next week.


    Again, his speech wasn't designed to appeal to those like you and your views (and someone who quoted from the film section of the Guardian of all places). But the Republicans do have a history of playing the game and understanding their base and playing it well - e.g. Bush has been said to pronounce nuclear - new-cleur in private but nuke-u-lar in public which for his supporters just apparently lends charm but for many liberals just drives them into a state of frenzy.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidSadly, Eastwood made a fool of himself and did Romney no favors with the swing voters.


    Lol - yeah cuz you're such a swing voter.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:36 PM GMT
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    Christian73 saidSadly, Eastwood made a fool of himself and did Romney no favors with the swing voters.


    Lol - yeah cuz you're such a swing voter.


    Never said I was. As usual, you only argue against straw men. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:37 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
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    Christian73 saidSadly, Eastwood made a fool of himself and did Romney no favors with the swing voters.


    Lol - yeah cuz you're such a swing voter.


    Never said I was. As usual, you only argue against straw men. icon_lol.gif


    And yet, again, it was on point given how ridiculous you sound with your generally unsupported views that are often at odds with reality. icon_wink.gif

    Um, what was that you were saying about Wisconsin?
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
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    Again, his speech wasn't designed to appeal to those like you and your views


    His speech was designed? By whom, Jim Beam?
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:49 PM GMT
    Shady Pines Ma, Shady Pines.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    His speech represented the GOP base perfectly- as intended. The angry old white delusional borderline cognitive demensia out of touch male. We've seen some headless torsos on RJ that fit the same mold.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
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    Christian73 said
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    Christian73 saidSadly, Eastwood made a fool of himself and did Romney no favors with the swing voters.


    Lol - yeah cuz you're such a swing voter.


    Never said I was. As usual, you only argue against straw men. icon_lol.gif


    And yet, again, it was on point given how ridiculous you sound with your generally unsupported views that are often at odds with reality. icon_wink.gif

    Um, what was that you were saying about Wisconsin?


    So you double down on your straw man argument with two more straw men. Do you get a special discount on straw in Canada?

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    Aug 31, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    Lol that Mitt was overshadowed by an old actor with one foot in the grave. After 150 years of being overrated we're still wondering how Eastwood lands these gigs.
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    Aug 31, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidLol that Mitt was overshadowed by an old actor with one foot in the grave. After 150 years of being overrated we're still wondering how Eastwood lands these gigs.


    To quote another: "People are talking about Romney being upstaged by Ryan, and I’m sure they’ll talk about Romney being upstaged by Eastwood. But here’s the thing: Worries about being “upstaged” are for actors. Presidents shouldn’t mind sharing the spotlight, as long as the job gets done."

    Of course the reason that Eastwood gets these gigs? It's because he's popular and sells tickets. Those who depend on government rather than creating value for others might have difficulty understanding that idea.
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    Aug 31, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    I cringed a bit when he said "we own this country".... yeah talking to all the rich white folks lol.
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    Aug 31, 2012 2:36 PM GMT
    S34n05 saidI cringed a bit when he said "we own this country".... yeah talking to all the rich white folks lol.


    He was referencing that Americans do over their politicians who are their employees. And that's kind of a far more unique view of government than it should be around the world unfortunately...
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    Aug 31, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    Riddler, I think it's terrific that you are promoting this video, I strongly
    encourage you to keep it up.
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    Aug 31, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    Obama responds with a tweet: "This seat's taken."

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/08/this-is-not-the-tweet-of-a-confident-man/

    While I was very uncertain whether the Eastwood appearance worked, I now believe it did.

    If it didn’t, Obama would not have felt the need to respond.

    It must have been a late night in AxelPlouffe HQ figuring out what to do, and whether Eastwood making a mockery of Obama’s empty suit chair before tens of millions of people was something which could not be left to just the media to counter.

    This is not the tweet of a confident man.
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    Aug 31, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    HottJoe saidLol that Mitt was overshadowed by an old actor with one foot in the grave. After 150 years of being overrated we're still wondering how Eastwood lands these gigs.


    To quote another: "People are talking about Romney being upstaged by Ryan, and I’m sure they’ll talk about Romney being upstaged by Eastwood. But here’s the thing: Worries about being “upstaged” are for actors. Presidents shouldn’t mind sharing the spotlight, as long as the job gets done."

    Of course the reason that Eastwood gets these gigs? It's because he's popular and sells tickets. Those who depend on government rather than creating value for others might have difficulty understanding that idea.


    Obama's never been overshadowed by anyone in the media or Hollywood. Romney's so easy to overshadow and comes off as a shrinking violet.