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  •  The empty chair told Romney and his endorser (5+ / 0-)

    (supposed endorser, that is) to perform anatomically impossible acts upon themselves, and got cheered for it from the floor. Forget about dementia. Even if he were starting to slip into that, hearing voices is a whole 'nother thing.

    Eastwood repeatedly jabbed at Romney in his own voice too, and threw in a "hotdogging" jab at Ryan, for good measure. Remember when he brought up campaign promises...who's the campaigner people trust least again to mean what he says?

    Later, Romney didn't mention Afghanistan ONCE in his speech. Could it possibly be because Eastwood made it completely impossible to do so, after getting a huge cheer by misrepresenting Romney's position as "get out tomorrow?" I think it could.

    Eastwood, at the very beginning, called his audience sheep:

    John's here, an academy award winner.  A terrific guy.  These people are all like-minded, like all of us.
    And I thought, well, you know, closing Gitmo--why close it up? I mean we've spent so much money on it...
    I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be President... they're always taught to weigh both sides.
    How about a businessman... a stellar businessman... a quote-unquote 'stellar' businessman.
    We don't have to be mental masochists and vote for somebody we don't really want in office, just because they seem to be really nice guys or maybe not so nice guys, if you look at some of the recent ads going out there, I don't know.
    You know he was only assigned 5 minutes. He went way over that.
    A senior Republican involved in convention planning said that Mr. Eastwood’s appearance was cleared by at least two of Mr. Romney’s top advisers, Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens. This person said that there had been no rehearsal, to the surprise of the rest of the campaign team.

    But another adviser said that several top aides had reviewed talking points given to Mr. Eastwood, which the campaign had discussed with the actor as recently as a few hours before his appearance. Mr. Eastwood, however, delivered those points in a theatrical, and at times crass, way that caught Romney aides off guard, this person said.

    Hm, think maybe he was supposed to put them like this?
    You could still use a plane. Though maybe a smaller one--not that big gas guzzler that you're driving around, going to colleges talking about student loans and stuff like that.
    Then, at the very end, Dirty Harry Callahan got the crowd to deliver that line, to him. "You want to make my day?" he said, before setting it up.  What's the one single word most often associated with that line, that scene, and that character? Who is it addressed to in Sudden Impact? A "punk".

    He punk'd them even while telling them what he was doing.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 12:45:38 PM PDT

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