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Clint Eastwood was fun, funny and critical all in one speech. He talked about both domestic and foreign policy. His roles make him uniquely qualified to have a critical opinion.

He was fun right from the start with his opening sentence. “I know what you are thinking.” He didn’t say punk, but everyone heard it as he addressed an empty chair. Clearly a line from Dirty Harry, one of his trademark good guy films. He ended the fun with “Go Ahead” and the audience on cue said, “Make My Day.” He had the audience captured with his aura of rightness and indignation clearly in fun way.

Clint Eastwood was funny throughout his speech. Some of his funniest lines were, “I remember three and a half years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I was not a big supporter, I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people were lighting candles. They were saying, I just thought, this was great. Everybody is trying, Oprah was crying. I was even crying.”

His transition into crying about the 23 million unemployed was both funny and critical. That’s how humor works, sort of an ironic funny that really hits home.

Another funny thing was his remarks about the war in Afghanistan he said, “…you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. You know, I mean — you thought that was something worth doing. We didn’t check with the Russians to see how did it — they did there for 10 years.”

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Posted - 08/31/2012 :  2:52:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

But my favorite joke was the one about Biden being the intellectual leader of the Democratic party. What a contrast to Paul Ryan. There is no comparison except they both are the intellectual leaders of their respective parties. Now that’s funny no matter who you are.

"I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" #BillCosby
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I don't know man, seemed like I was watching a one man show of Death of a Salesman which is bad cinema even with multiple characters. I thought he was going to call out to Uncle Ben, he lived the American dream ya know.
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Posted - 08/31/2012 :  3:06:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Were you drinking Koolaide?

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Little stronger Bud Light. I just did not like it, nothing political, just thought it was bizarre and not really the right place. Who are the Dems going to bust out, Liza Minelli? A little camp never hurt anything. I am thinking a rousing rendition of High Hopes, everyone knows that an ant, can't.....
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http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/08/poll-romney-trails-empty-chair.html#ixzz258favAXZhttp://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/08/poll-romney-trails-empty-chair.html


NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In a development that the Republican campaign is sure to find troubling, a new poll of likely voters showed nominee Mitt Romney trailing badly behind the empty chair Clint Eastwood talked to onstage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
When asked the question, “Who cares more about people like me?” thirty-seven per cent of voters responded, “Mitt Romney,” while fifty-two per cent said, “Chair.”
The poll numbers for the chair represent the largest post-convention bounce for an inanimate object since the nomination of Michael Dukakis, in 1988.






(I just hope people know what the Borowitz Report is before responding lol)
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[i]Originally posted by John Beagle[/i]
[br]But my favorite joke was the one about Biden being the intellectual leader of the Democratic party. What a contrast to Paul Ryan. There is no comparison except they both are the intellectual leaders of their respective parties. Now that’s funny no matter who you are.




Haha the joke probably would be funnier if there was some semblance of truth behind it though.

I don't know of any Democrat that would consider Biden to be the intellectual leader of the party
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They should not have built him up as the 'surprise' guest. Thats really unfair, someone at the RNC should pay for that one. Its a hard gig to live up to, especially when your entire bit is improv.
It is easy to see that no one in the GOP, and for certain, no one in the Romney camp approved his bit before he went on stage. They all figured he would go up there and give a rousing rendetion of "I knew Ronnie Reagan, and Mr. President you are no Ronald Reagan." And everone would cheer. That wasn't the case, instead there were a long string of 'Ums, and 'Ands' and a weird mix of rhetoric and 'back and forth' logic about having spent too much money at Gitmo to close it now and the line about asking the Russians how Afghanistan turned out. The United States never asks how things will turn out, thats how we win wars.
But, of course, he did fill one of his objectives, he was heckled with his most famous of lines. And like the good entertainer that he is, was shamed into throwing at least half of the line back to the crowd.
Oh well, I am not a business man. Just a shift working blue collar tweeker. Not exactly what the GOP wants hanging around its convention.
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He's 82, he did fine. I liked what he said and how he said it. It was like a grandparent speaking to you. And that's what he is, a grandparent.

You need to go back and watch this again, he was very funny while he was being critical.

You can read my entire post here: Full post: http://criticalpolitics.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/clint-eastwood-critical-speech-to-the-rnc/

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quote:
[i]Originally posted by Matt_Steele[/i]
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by John Beagle[/i]
[br]But my favorite joke was the one about Biden being the intellectual leader of the Democratic party. What a contrast to Paul Ryan. There is no comparison except they both are the intellectual leaders of their respective parties. Now that’s funny no matter who you are.




Haha the joke probably would be funnier if there was some semblance of truth behind it though.

I don't know of any Democrat that would consider Biden to be the intellectual leader of the party



And OMG! isn't it sad that any party can not consider their vice president/candidate an intellectual leader??????
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It doesn't matter! ( though I thought it quite humorous) Romney will be the beneficiary of the referendum on Obama. People will awake in droves and either stay home or go Romney. All the undecided will break Romney and it will not be close.
Romney in a landslide!

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quote:
[i]Originally posted by elgspfkcmon[/i]
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by Matt_Steele[/i]
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by John Beagle[/i]
[br]But my favorite joke was the one about Biden being the intellectual leader of the Democratic party. What a contrast to Paul Ryan. There is no comparison except they both are the intellectual leaders of their respective parties. Now that’s funny no matter who you are.




Haha the joke probably would be funnier if there was some semblance of truth behind it though.

I don't know of any Democrat that would consider Biden to be the intellectual leader of the party



And OMG! isn't it sad that any party can not consider their vice president/candidate an intellectual leader??????




.... no?

Would you really consider Dick Cheney or Al Gore or Dan Quayle an intellectual leader of a party?
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by elgspfkcmon[/i]
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[i]Originally posted by Matt_Steele[/i]
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by John Beagle[/i]
[br]But my favorite joke was the one about Biden being the intellectual leader of the Democratic party. What a contrast to Paul Ryan. There is no comparison except they both are the intellectual leaders of their respective parties. Now that’s funny no matter who you are.




Haha the joke probably would be funnier if there was some semblance of truth behind it though.

I don't know of any Democrat that would consider Biden to be the intellectual leader of the party



And OMG! isn't it sad that any party can not consider their vice president/candidate an intellectual leader??????



Dan Quayle. Or what about freakin' Aaron Burr??
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by blueblood[/i]
[br]It doesn't matter! ( though I thought it quite humorous) Romney will be the beneficiary of the referendum on Obama. People will awake in droves and either stay home or go Romney. All the undecided will break Romney and it will not be close.
Romney in a landslide!




Hahaha I think I just saw a pig fly outside my window
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[i]Originally posted by Matt_Steele[/i]
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[i]Originally posted by elgspfkcmon[/i]
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[i]Originally posted by Matt_Steele[/i]
[br][quote][i]Originally posted by John Beagle[/i]
[br]But my favorite joke was the one about Biden being the intellectual leader of the Democratic party. What a contrast to Paul Ryan. There is no comparison except they both are the intellectual leaders of their respective parties. Now that’s funny no matter who you are.
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Haha the joke probably would be funnier if there was some semblance of truth behind it though.

I don't know of any Democrat that would consider Biden to be the intellectual leader of the party



And OMG! isn't it sad that any party can not consider their vice president/candidate an intellectual leader??????




.... no?

Would you really consider Dick Cheney or Al Gore or Dan Quayle an intellectual leader of a party?



With the exception of Dick Cheney....as I said SAD!!
But, really, Joe is sadder than most.
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I agree that it is sad, though. You'd think we would want the best and brightest when we're talking about one heartbeat away from the Presidency. Nine times out of forty-four the VP has taken over, right? That's roughly 20%. One out of every five Presidents. How many Presidents have we had since Nixon?
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Posted - 08/31/2012 :  8:10:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I was disappointed in the Eastwood skit. Not so much the skit, but where it was placed - primetime right before Romney. It was funny in parts, but that's all you're going to hear about in the mainstream media. Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio's comments will be replayed, but AFTER the Eastwood rant.........

Did you notice that the empty chair had what looks like a teleprompter?? That was pretty funny (to me anyway)

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It is a tremendous success, this skit by the "legend". It is being talked about all over the news and the web and will continue to be, and for that effect, it is ground breaking. Of all the speeches ( dozens) that were packed into three almost nonstop days, most are already forgotten, but not Walt Kowalski!

I think depending on how closely one follows politics is directly proportional to how much you may have liked what he did. It was dagger staving in a way that a republican politician would have been crucified for saying, but Clint not only got away with using a 44 magnum, he is getting some love for its originality, even from some of the left, who really don't know how to handle such an event.
This will become a memorable event for the ages long after all memories of the election and conventions are but faded and gone. JMO

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quote:
[i]Originally posted by blueblood[/i]
[br]It is a tremendous success, this skit by the "legend". It is being talked about all over the news and the web and will continue to be, and for that effect, it is ground breaking. Of all the speeches ( dozens) that were packed into three almost nonstop days, most are already forgotten, but not Walt Kowalski!

I think depending on how closely one follows politics is directly proportional to how much you may have liked what he did. It was dagger staving in a way that a republican politician would have been crucified for saying, but Clint not only got away with using a 44 magnum, he is getting some love for its originality, even from some of the left, who really don't know how to handle such an event.
This will become a memorable event for the ages long after all memories of the election and conventions are but faded and gone. JMO




I think you might be over hyping this a bit. I think it was a distraction. Instead of talking about Condi's awesome speech and Rubio after the convention, we're talking about Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair (a speech that has already been turned into many jokes online). I think it was a missed opportunity.

I agree with Bretland actually, it shouldn't have been placed right in front of Romney. Nor should it have been in a place where it could overshadow Condi or Rubio.

Anyway, I do agree that this will be discussed for a long time after the conventions are over, but I think it's going to be more in a mocking way than in any type of great event (right or wrong).
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What is going to be interesting, is, what will the Dems. say next week? What can they say? More of the same? We will finish off America? And a host of other things! NO They will continue to tear down the only thing Obama has in his favor and is losing that as fast as possible, with his desperate attacks in very poor taste. His likeability. People are finally starting to see, he is not the nice guy they once thought he was, and he is committing hari kari in a slow, painful,desperate, manner.

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look for a Democratic blockbuster next week!!! A big announcement that takes over all the election talk...

What? Maybe a different VP for this term....

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Fun Clint Eastwood facts:


Self proclaimed Libertarian

Pro-choice

Supports gay marriage

Was once elected as a "non-partisan" mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Has 7 children by 5 different women, only married twice

Said in an interview in 2000 that he supports some forms of gun control

Has been known to talk to empty chairs
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I don't think Eastwood's speech was terrible. But it definitely wasn't fantastic or anything. If anything, it was just a little odd. But coming from someone who has done tons of improv comedy, it's not easy. At all. And on a stage like that? Forget about it, I would have been way too nervous to be funny.

I've seen lots of reviews that said Clint must be losing his mind, too old, not funny, etc etc. The only people I really saw give him high marks was Foxnews (big shock there) and Bill Maher, of all people.

I also agree that Rice and Rubio killed it! Wow. Now THOSE were good speeches. I'm telling you what, Rubio is one sharp dude. I know he's more of an "up and comer" but if the GOP doesn't move him to the forefront soon, they are missing the boat.

I'm anxious to see how the Democrats stack up, speech-wise and surprise-wise. I'd love to see them drop the new VP bomb. Things could get really interesting.
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Sorry I missed it - I was looking for that bar in Bridle Creek while Kato and I were on Neighborhood Watch Patrol.

As for Gitmo houndog, remember they have cubians there that are making cigars by hand .... And yss I spell cubian jusat like I pronounce it.

All hail Clint, a man among men, making MY DAY...

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[br]But my favorite joke was the one about Biden being the intellectual leader of the Democratic party. What a contrast to Paul Ryan. There is no comparison except they both are the intellectual leaders of their respective parties. Now that’s funny no matter who you are.



It is funny that I agree until you infer that Paul Ryan is NOT as stupid as Biden.

His budget plan shows no intellect at all. It shows him to just be another Brain washed young man with good intent but no intellectual capacity to think for himself.

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the chair dirty harry was speaking too now has a twitter account

you can follow it @invisibleobama

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Chris Rock's idea: They should have an empty chair on stage the whole DNC. If anyone ask who is in the chair, they reply: Osama Bin Laden.
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You like Chris rock the racist?

Comedian Chris Rock tells white audiences, "None of ya would change places with me! And I'm rich! That's how good it is to be white!"

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[br]You like Chris rock the racist?

Comedian Chris Rock tells white audiences, "None of ya would change places with me! And I'm rich! That's how good it is to be white!"



You sure do jump to a lot of conclusions. Did my post start with, "I like Chris Rock and he said..."

You know what they say about assuming, John.

Maybe I dislike Chris Rock. Am I not allowed to post something he says even if I dislike him? What the?

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You cited Chris, what is one to assume when you take a contradictory stance and cite a racist as your proof?

I happen to like Chris Rock. I saw him in NYC with my wife. He was trying out new material. None of which was any good. He asked me how i really feel about my wife. I said I love her. It wasn't funny and he didn't use it in his act.

The problem is you never really answer the question. You don't get what the question is.

Platforms:

Dem = Godless party of hate and death to babies in the womb.
Rep = God fearing party of love and the pursuit of happiness, life and liberty

You are making my blood pressure go up. I have to stop posting for the rest of the day.

In parting....

Lets say something nice such as ...

Well, we agree to disagree you don't believe in God and we do. We don't hold that against you, in fact we often pray for you and your soulless kind. God be with you. Peace to all, Amen.


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Lately I've been looking for people that John Beagle is quoting, but he's actually typing his own stuff up.
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