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So let's say you're independent-minded actor Clint Eastwood, and you get invited to speak at the Republican National Convention because they've apparently mistaken you for Charlton Heston. You'll be given an opportunity to kill fifteen minutes or so however you choose ... but you DON'T want a coliseum full of people angry at you.

Then you remember ... you're an ACTOR. What's more, you're OLD! Wouldn't it be great to play the pity card and hit just enough vague applause lines to confuse the crowd. They're going to be DESPERATE to find things to cheer when you talk, so talk about stuff they disagree with, framed as criticisms of Obama!  It's court jester time. Be the doddering senile fart they can't possibly be mad at. Then, when the speech is almost over, drop a little bomb like the one below the squiggle ...

Then follow up with "Go ahead, make my day" and leave 'em cheering for the confusion they just experienced.

That's called culture jamming, friends. Clint is the new master.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    There's really only one conversation in life. It just covers a lot of ground. -- Chris Blask

    by soundacious on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:12:25 AM PDT

  •  Sorry, Clint's not that smart. (2+ / 0-)
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    psilocynic, TexMex

    And nobody's that good of an actor.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:21:34 AM PDT

    •  Thing is, he doesn't HAVE to be that good (2+ / 0-)

      It would just be playing up the crowd's expectations. I suggest you watch the speech again with this theory in mind. Take note of what he is NOT saying, which is anything good about Ryan/Romney.

      There's really only one conversation in life. It just covers a lot of ground. -- Chris Blask

      by soundacious on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:51:39 AM PDT

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      •  I think he came unprepared, expecting to (2+ / 0-)
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        Sylv, Captain C

        extemporize, and got nervous.

        He really seemed to hate Obama. I dunno. I'll watch again, some, but ...

        "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

        by Bob Love on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:00:15 AM PDT

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        •  eastwood? nervous? not a chance - not with (3+ / 0-)

          the background he has had before cameras, etc.

          remember, this guy has run in the political arena and won.

          that sentence just highlighted in the diary at the time sent real question marks through me - but not enough to flag it as the diarist has.

          i keep calling mittens the subliminal candidate

          oh, yeah, vote for romney
          in this convention and now i'm rethinking the eastwood moment.

          as another diarist/article pointed out, his "go ** yourself" comments would definitely offend many older and/or deeply religious conservative voters - that language and suggestion is highly charged and not in their vernacular.

          and eastwood is a very SMART man - director, actor, politician.

          now i, too, am thinking, mittens got pwned!

    •  Oh yes there are good actors out there and he is (2+ / 0-)

      one of them.

  •  yeah (0+ / 0-)

    google "eastwooding pics" for a laff.

  •  I dunno - the first time I read that last line, (5+ / 0-)

    I couldn't help but think he was talking about Mitt.  and seeing the transcript, there is just so much in there for our side.

    I am having a hard time thinking they weren't punked, but it is also hard to think that, at 82, Clint is THAT good.

    Clearly, I really don't know what to think of it!

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:35:05 AM PDT

  •  I thought it was a shot at Mitt also (3+ / 0-)

    I think Eastwood was talked into this because so many right wingers thought he endorsed Obama with the Superbowl commercial.
    Who knows what was going on  but Eastwood is not a doddering 82 year old.

  •  His comments are interesting . (2+ / 0-)
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    Carol in San Antonio, edrie

    They can be read more than one way .

    Why are you giving the date out now? Why don't you just bring them home tomorrow morning?
    They clapped for ending the war ?
    But I just think that there is so much to be done, and I think that Mr Romney and Mr Ryan are two guys that can come along.
    They are not ready , they need to come along some ?
    I think attorneys are so busy -- you know they're always taught to argue everything, always weigh everything, weigh both sides.
    And a business man would not do that so ...
    And I think if you just step
    aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over.
    "kind of" but not really ?

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:23:29 AM PDT

  •  Just a few of the better ones. I could go on. (3+ / 0-)
    It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it.
    Paul Ryan was a sales rep for Oscar Mayer who has reminisced about calling in a favor from his aunt, a company secretary, to drive the Weinermobile once.

    Read more:

    I know even some people in your own party were disappointed when you didn't close Gitmo. And I thought, well, you know, closing Gitmo--why close it up? I mean we've spent so much money on it...
    I know you were against the war in Iraq, and that's okay. But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. You thought that was something worth doing. We didn't check with the Russian to see how they did there for 10 years. You mentioned something about having a target date for bringing everybody home and you give that target date and I think Mr. Romney has the only sensible question, though, why are you giving the date out now? Why don’t you just bring them home tomorrow morning?
    While Romney did question the President's decision to even have a target date, we all know he doesn't support leaving anytime soon. The crowd gave a BIG cheer to this nonexistent quote. After that, it was unsurprising that all mention of Afghanistan was absent in Romney's speech.
    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.

    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 08:31:42 AM PDT

    •  Good. Somebody else noticed this stuff too. (2+ / 0-)

      Nice job pointing it out in bold.
      Fantastic, actually.

    •  damn! the more we SEE these comments (4+ / 0-)

      in print, the worse it looks for rmoney.

      the thing that really struck me was eastwood's "bow" at the end - the formal little "bow" - it struck me as if he were saying "well, i've done MY job now!" - and it wasn't the performance that any republican expected.

      dottering? not a chance - that "bow" proved it!

      performance - highly scripted performance - by eastwood.

      even the last bit before the bow - the "go ahead, make my day" that some twithead shouted from the audience, then he turned it on the crowd and had them parrot it - adoringly - as he just decimated THEIR candidate?

      i think eastwood just played that entire room for fools, especially the two (four) at the top.  the ryans looked like idiots in their reaction and the cameras i watched didn't show the rmoneys at all.

      and for this, the rethugs ditched the glowing rmoney video bio?  HAH HAH HAH --- clint?  dottering old fool?  not  a chance!

      his performance is all that is being talked about today - not rmoney.  brilliant piece of effective theatre!

      •  From a NY Times (2+ / 0-)
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        soundacious, rosarugosa

        piece on the performance:

        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.

        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.
        Somehow, I don't see it.

        His very last line, the "Make my day" line he made the crowd deliver, there is a word indelibly associated with it, Dirty Harry, and with that scene in Sudden Impact. What was that word? ...oh, right, I remember now--it was "punk", wasn't it? He punked them.

        I bet they wish now they'd gone with John Voight. He's a very conservative Academy Award winner who has reliably dished up red meat in the past. Somebody or other pointed out he'd been right there and available...

        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 11:19:38 AM PDT

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  •  Honestly, when I heard the line about masochists-- (4+ / 0-)

    --I really was thinking, "Is he saying that Republicans shouldn't vote for Mitt, because Mitt is not who they really want?"

    The rambling, minimally coherent schtick contained verifiable falsehoods that were red meat to the audience; this also lends credence to the Punked Theory.

    It's only going to work completely though, if Clint Eastwood cops to it. I hope he does, not just so the Rethugs' nosed get rubbed in it, but also so that this story dominates a news cycle right after the convention (and before the Democratic convention).


    "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

    by CitizenJoe on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:44:51 AM PDT

    •  Maybe, maybe not (1+ / 0-)
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      It worked well enough as is, sucking every bit of RNC balloon-scented air out of the blogosphere. If he cops to it too early, it could conceivably backfire by causing outrage at the Democratic "dirty tricks".

      Heck, if he cops to it, he'd be admitting it WAS a dirty trick, albeit one that was (literally) a one-man show and their own damn fault for not vetting the speech. If he's going to admit to it, let him wait a while.

      If he doesn't, he may have just delivered a Gran Torino ending to his career, but he's 82. He might think that's worth it. If you've seen the movie, you'll know what I mean.

      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 08:52:42 AM PDT

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  •  Please edit your HTML image tag (1+ / 0-)
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    By using "width=600" in your image tag, you can fit the entire image into DK's column width.


    We are all in the same boat on a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. -- G.K. Chesterton

    by Keith Pickering on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 09:59:30 AM PDT

  •  See also ... (1+ / 0-)
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    leftist vegetarian patriot

    "Brutus is an honorable man."

    There's really only one conversation in life. It just covers a lot of ground. -- Chris Blask

    by soundacious on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 11:18:17 AM PDT

  •  "a quote on quote stellar businessman" (0+ / 0-)

    I am leaning that Clint punked the GOP. The beauty of this though is it doesn't even matter if it was on purpose or not. If he did it accidently that is humorous and a bit sad, because he looked like he was losing it and I don't wish that on anyone, not even a conservative or a libertarian. But, if he did it on purpose it was possibly the best performance of a lifetime. It would be absolutely brilliant to go into a GOP convention and get them to clap for liberal ideas, like bringing the troops home from Afghanistan tomorrow and not over a year from now. So, whether he meant to or not Clint did Democrats a big favor and he hurt Romney more than hundreds of anti Romney ads could have.

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