The more I watch Clint Eastwood’s performance at the GOP Convention, the more brilliant I think it was
I must admit, I was holding my breath when Clint seemed, in some places, to stumble and ramble. He’s 82 years old. He had no teleprompter, no script, not even any notes.
But each time I watch his performance, I am more awed by its brilliance. And I now I think his moments of stumbling and bumbling were intended.
The way he came out onto the stage with his air all askew sticking up in the air was a clue that this was not going to be your standard teleprompter performance.
Clint was having a conversation with the average undecided voter out there who doesn’t pay much attention to politics until a few days before they have to vote. And he was talking to those middle-of-the-road Americans who voted for Obama because they liked the idea of voting for an African-American to bury forever the idea that America is a racist country, and those who believed Obama’s soothing rhetoric in 2008 — that there are no red states, no blue statues, just the United States.
Obama’s rhetoric in 2008 was great. I must admit, I was even somewhat taken in by it — hopeful that Obama might move beyond all his radical associations (William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, his atheist-socialist mother, his Communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, and all the Marxist professors who Obama tells us he made a special point of seeking out). I too hoped that Obama might follow Bill Clinton’s path of tacking to the center.
Instead, Obama tacked hard Left. He could have easily gotten some Republican votes for ObamaCare if he had compromised even just a little, just threw a few bones to the Republican side. But no. He saw it as a badge of honor to pass this massive 2,700-page government takeover of health care without a single Republic vote . . . because Republicans, in Obama’s view, are the enemy. Republicans don’t just have a different point of view, they’re evil in Obama’s view.
This is why Obama won’t lift a finger to help his half brother George Obama in Kenya. George Obama lives in a one-room hut that’s so small you can reach out your arms and touch the opposite walls. He lives in abject poverty. Why won’t Obama help George Obama? Well, apparently because George disagrees with Barack’s socialist world view. Contrary to Barack, George sees Kenya has having gone downhill ever since the British left the country. Barack shuts out all members of his family who do not agree with him, including George.
Barack is 100% ideologue — uncompromising, unwavering.
Had Barack taken a page from Bill Clinton’s playbook, he would be well ahead in the polls right now.
After the Democrats lost control of both houses of Congress in the 1994 election, Clinton famously declared that the “era of big government is over.” He then signed Newt Gingrich’s and Rick Santorum’s welfare reform proposal into law. He also cut capital gains taxes. The economy predictably boomed. And people moved off welfare into the workforce.
Obama is a failed President because he has a failed ideology.
Socialism, Communism, and collectivism, in all its forms, have failed. Freedom — free markets and free people — is what creates prosperity. Socialism creates poverty. When you wage a war on business and on achievement, is it any wonder that you end up with less business and less achievement?
Clint Eastwood was talking to those disillusioned Obama voters — those whose hopes for Obama were dashed by Obama.
Clint Eastwood did not speak in ideological terms, did not speak in a way that would excite Rush Limbaugh’s audience or that crowd in the conventional hall (though Clint certainly did get huge cheers from everyone in that hall). Clint was talking to those six percent of undecided voters, many of whom voted for Obama last time. Clint’s sometimes stumbling, rambling-sounding discourse emulated the disjointed, imprssionistic thoughts that must be running through the minds of many disillusioned Obama voters.
He was emulating the conversation undecided voters are likely having in their own minds.
Clint was saying to Obama’s disillusioned 2008 voters that it’s okay not to vote for Obama this second time around. He was saying: Sadly, it turns out that this Obama fellow just isn’t what he seemed to be.
He then summed up his thoughts with this:
We own this country . . . Politicians are employees of ours . . . And when somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go.”
What could be simpler and more obviously true than that?
Obama has no automatic right to a second term. We’re his employers (even though Obama thinks we’re his serfs).
That’s not an ideological statement. It’s a statement that anyone with common sense would agree with. We have 23,000,000 unemployed Americans. “It’s a national disgrace,” Eastwood said. “It may be time for someone else to come along and solve the problem.”
Again, this is a line not aimed at a conservative audience that lives and breathes politics. This is a line that is perfectly calibrated to appeal to those undecided voters who only follow politics intermitantly, who start tuning in a few weeks before Election Day.
You could have said exactly this about George W. Bush.
Let’s face it. The Iraq War was a mistake. We found no weapons of mass destruction — the justification for the war. The Iraq War was enormously costly in terms of lives and treasure — 3,000-plus American soldiers killed, 60,000-plus wounded, $2 TRILLION spent, plus 150,000 Iraqis killed (including 66,000 civilians). And we still don’t know what American interest was really served by this war. By any rational measure, the Iraq adventure was a disaster.
So Clint could have said exactly what he’s now saying about Obama about George W. Bush — and probably did. Clint hinted what he thought of the Iraq War when he threw in some lines about the need to pull out of Afghanistan (the more defensible war). Again, a great line of argument aimed at the undecided voter, most of whom think it’s time for America to get out of Afghanistan.
But it was when Clint was talking to Obama’s empty chair that Clint delivered some of the funniest and toughest lines of the entire convention — devastating stuff.
He had Obama using profanity toward Romney — reminding us that Obama is running the most negative campaign in history. But Clint was doing this in a lighthearted way. He was saying, it’s okay to laugh at Obama, even if Obama himself has no sense of humor. Clint was also saying that Obama’s only message is how terrible Romney is . . . because Obama can’t talk about his own record.
Repeatedly throughout his performance, Eastwood acted as if he were listening to the imaginary Obama unleash diatribes against Romney. “He can’t do that to himself. You’re absolutely crazy!” Eastwood responded. “You’re getting as bad as Biden. Biden is the intellect in the Democratic Party. It’s just kind of a grin with a body behind it.”
Wow! What an image. And hilarious. Whamo!
Clint then had Obama shouting at him from the empty chair to “Shut up” when Clint started reminding us of all of Obama’s broken promises.
“What do you mean ‘shut up’?” said Eastwood, acting mildly indignant, but also smiling. “I thought it was just because somebody had a stupid idea of trying terrorists in New York City.”
The Bob Newhart-style riff (where you only hear one side of the conversation) was wonderful.
But even better was how liberals fell into Eastwood’s trap by attacking him — by calling him crazy and hinting that he might be a bit addled in his old age.
So now all those undecided voters, few of whom even saw the Convention, are going to wonder why Obama’s flaks and lapdog media are attacking the great and iconic Clint Eastwood. This attack on Eastwood will likely cost Obama votes. Sure won’t get him any.
Eastwood’s act was sheer brilliance — every word of it. And I don’t think any if it was ad-libbed. Eastwood is one of America’s greatest actors, a master director and filmmaker. He knows who his audience is and how to deliver the message he wants, with perfect pitch and timing. His was a message deftly calibrated for those six percent of undecided voters who will decide this election.
Remember, Hollywood insiders (including Eastwood’s friends) thought he was nuts to leave the super-successful “Rawhide” TV Western to launch his own brand of Western — which are the greatest Westerns of all time. Eastwood knows what resonates with the average movie-goer. And he knows the pulse of America.
Liberals never liked Eastwood much. They did not like his Westerns, and they especially hated his “Dirty Harry” character. ”Dirty Harry” stands against everything liberal.
Eastwood always got scathing reviews for his Westerns and “Dirty Harry” movies. They just weren’t at all politically correct (on any level). The film “Hang’em High” is a two-hour editorial against liberal criminal justice policy.
Eastwood has never really told us his political views — at least not in much detail. It seems he is some kind of libertarian — at least libertarian-leaning. Perhaps you could call him a “law and order libertarian.”
Who knows? It doesn’t really matter. He certainly delivered a torpedo into the side of U.S.S. Liberalism.
Eastwood’s performance is the only performance we will remember from the GOP Convention on Election Day. It was a masterpiece.
Here was Eastwood’s great performance, so you can judge for yourself . . .
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