Rachel Weiner reports on the Washington Post Blog, that More protesters during Romney speech.
Tonight’s protesters are holding pink signs, stage left and behind Mitt Romney. They yelled “people over profits” and “democracy is not a business.” They’re being removed forcibly, accompanied to the usual U-S-A. But the distraction caused some delegates to crane their heads and look at the protesters instead of Romney.Perhaps, this explains why Ann Romney, and both of the Ryans looks so grim during the cut aways, earlier in his speech.
The crowd seems to be warming up a little more now, but there seem to be a fair number of unhappy campers in the audience. Romney got off to a slow start, and is wearing too much make-up. Perhaps, Ron Paul supporters are still steamed at being bulldozed on day one?
8:50 PM PT: Clint Eastwood's weird talking to the chair skit isn't getting good reviews.
Backstage, stern-faced Romney aides winced at times as Eastwood's remarks stretched on. The actor was the only speaker not reading from a teleprompter as he spoke. The machine was blank.
Twitter was instantly ablaze with comments mocking Eastwood's rambling speech.
Howard Kurtz, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," tweeted that "Clint's empty chair act" was the "weirdest convention moment I have ever seen." Joe Scarborough, the conservative host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," declared "a great night for Mitt Romney just got sidetracked by Clint Eastwood. Wow. That was bad."
Minutes after Eastwood began his speech, someone created the (at)InvisibleObama account on Twitter. It already has 17,000 followers and counting.
"Clint Eastwood is now backstage arguing with a vending machine," joked Canadian comedian Daryn Jones.
Film critic Roger Ebert didn't give the speech two thumbs up.
"Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic," tweeted Ebert. "He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him."