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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said on MSNBC's Morning Joe that Clint Eastwood's bizarre speech at the Republican National Convention, in Walker's own words, "was that one moment, which I cringed about".

Link to Huffington Post story about Walker's reaction to the Eastwood RNC speech

When a candidate for President of the United States is upstaged at his own party's national convention, that's usually a sign that he's already lost the presidential election. Michael Dukakis was upstaged at the 1988 Democratic convention by not one but two guest speakers: Ann Richards and Bill Clinton. Richards went on to be elected Governor of Texas two years later, Clinton went on to be elected President four years later, Dukakis lost the 1988 Presidential election to Republican George H.W. Bush. John Kerry was upstaged at the 2004 Democratic convention by the man that is now President of the United States, Barack Obama. One could even argue that John McCain's 2008 Republican vice-presidential running mate Sarah Palin upstaged McCain even before that year's Republican convention.

Now, Clint Eastwood, an actor and the former mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California who probably has no ambition to run for public office again, has upstaged Mitt Romney at the 2012 Republican convention, and made a complete fool of himself. That probably will not bode well for Romney's campaign at all.

Scott Walker himself probably owes the fact that he is still Governor of Wisconsin to a little-known wedding photographer from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin by the name of Lori Compas, who, after she and her volunteers gathered enough signatures to force Republican Wisconsin State Senator Scott Fitzgerald to run in a recall election, upstaged the recall movement against Governor Walker by giving this speech at the Reclaim Wisconsin rally, which was held a couple of months prior to the Wisconsin recall elections earlier this year:

For the record, Lori Compas herself ran as the Democratic nominee in the Wisconsin State Senate recall against Scott Fitzgerald and lost, and Scott Walker survived the recall attempt against him, defeating Democrat Tom Barrett. Of course, Walker had big money from the Koch Brothers, Foster Friess, Diane Hendricks, and other right-wing billionaires and a media culture in Wisconsin that was very friendly to him to his advantage during the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, and Compas had virtually no chance of actually defeating Scott Fitzgerald, but when I saw Compas's speech at the Reclaim Wisconsin rally, I said to myself, "why didn't she run against Scott Walker?" Of course, my parents wondered why Obama didn't run against George W. Bush after Obama upstaged Kerry at the 2004 Democratic convention.

Scott Walker knows that Clint Eastwood upstaged Mitt Romney and made a fool out of himself in one swoop.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:26 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:26:37 PM PDT

  •  Walker... definitely a duck-taped bean bag chair.. (5+ / 0-)


    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:32:02 PM PDT

  •  Who™? n/t (5+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:33:17 PM PDT

  •  I've been thinking (red flag) and it seems to me (4+ / 0-)

    that Clint's speech took into consideration a factor that I haven't heard mentioned yet.

    Yeah, he's a Republican, sort of, but from a time warp, and yeah, he was there to endorse Romney, I think, but people are scratching their heads trying to figure out if he actually did.

    I think Clint had self-interest in mind when he made that speech.  I think he thought about how many movie fans he had among supporters of President Obama, and decided "I've got to make this thing so ambiguous that you cannot reasonably deduce who the hell I'm endorsing, if anybody.  

    I've got it, I'll be against somebody, but it will be an invisible guy in a chair.  I'll pretend it's Obama, but I'll let invisible Obama tell Mitt to f--- himself.  If I work this right, the typical reaction will be 'Huh?  What the f--- did I just hear?'  Yeah, that'll work."

    Because stupid people are so sure they're smart, they often act smart, and sometimes even smart people are too stupid to recognize that the stupid people acting smart really ARE stupid.

    by ZedMont on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:42:47 PM PDT

    •  CBS Evening News played the "F--- himself" clip (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm surprised that the RNC even allowed Eastwood to do that.

      Face it, if you're going to upstage the presidential nominee at his own convention, take a page from Barack Obama and give a speech that everyone will remember:

      Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:49:51 PM PDT

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  •  Americans are fools courtesy of Hollywood, and (1+ / 0-)
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    are in love with massively overpaid celebrities (sports or others who get paid many millions to play games or pretend).      

    Until we level the playing field and remove  the influence of Hollywood and the sports team owners and others who suck our economy dry (mostly on our bill) for the benefit of their own little elite club,  at the expense of those who do a real job,  we'll not get our country back.    

    They have undue influence on Congress and their agenda, while our agenda to put average Americans first gets trashed.

    Hollywood ET is the epitome and example of a system that has been corrupted by money.   Who cares what an vastly overpaid buffoon like Clint Eastwood says?

    Victims of bigotry are the poorest, least influential members of society.......never the wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential. Bigotry hurts the least influential. To claim or say otherwise is absurd.

    by dailykozzer on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:52:30 PM PDT

    •  I agree with your sentiment (0+ / 0-)

      I could care less what Clint Eastwood, or any other actor, athlete, or other kind of celebrity, for that matter, says about politics.

      Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:38:39 PM PDT

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      •  I'll allow actors and athletes their opinions, dsd (1+ / 0-)
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        but the difference is, their  opinions shouldn't carry more weight than that of any OTHER ordinary citizen!

        It wouldn't with me, but I might be unique - no, come to think of it, I'm just an independent thinking person who weighs facts vs lies and propaganda and thankfully can the the difference between them... unlike most who vote Republican these days.

        For a better America, vote the GOP out of office whenever and wherever possible and as soon (and as often) as possible!

        by dagnome on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 04:23:24 PM PDT

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        •  They're just as entitled to their opinions... (1+ / 0-)
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 I am to mine. However, I think independently of other people.

          Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

          by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 06:18:28 PM PDT

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          •  Thanks for replies above. (0+ / 0-)

            Why do we allow Hollywood and an industry of overpaid pretenders and underachievers in tangible productivity to have undue influence?

            BTW I tried to rec your posts.  

            Victims of bigotry are the poorest, least influential members of society.......never the wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential. Bigotry hurts the least influential. To claim or say otherwise is absurd.

            by dailykozzer on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 04:55:23 PM PDT

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  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (2+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, wasatch

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:52:58 PM PDT

  •  I have no idea (5+ / 0-)

    what Clinton said in 1988 (other than that it was LONG), but I'll never forget Richards. She lit that convention on fire.

    Poor George. He can't he'p it. He was born with silver foot in his mouth.

    RIP, Ann. Wish you were here to fight with us now.

  •  I'm still listening to her speech, but don't quite (1+ / 0-)
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    understand yet how this helped Walker?

    •  yeah I... (1+ / 0-)
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      was just going to post that the comparison of Lori to Bill, Ann, and Barack was escaping me...

      "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

      by JackND on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 05:30:12 PM PDT

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    •  Took the air out of the Recall Walker movement (0+ / 0-)

      You have to remember that Lori Compas had zero intention whatsoever of abandoning her effort to recall Republican Wisconsin State Senator Scott Fitzgerald in order to run in the gubernatorial recall against Scott Walker, despite the fact that she had virtually no chance of actually defeating Fitzgerald, given how heavily-Republican Fitzgerald's state senate district is. Lori took the high road, ran against Fitzgerald in a virtually impossible-to-win race, and lost by a wide margin.

      When Lori Compas gave that speech to a very large crowd that had gathered at the Wisconsin State Capitol, There were probably quite a few people in Wisconsin weren't able to get enthused about voting for Tom Barrett, the guy who actually ran against Walker in the gubernatorial recall, after that. She basically upstaged the entire movement to recall Scott Walker.

      Similar effect to Barack Obama's 2004 DNC keynote address...Obama upstaged John Kerry, and took the air out of Kerry's presidential campaign.

      Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:18:20 PM PDT

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      •  You might be misreading what happened (2+ / 0-)
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        Compas was very impressive (and unlike Eastwood, in a good way), but I don't think she in any way took the air out of the anti-Walker movement. Barrett had his issues with the base long before that- he's been compared (probably unfairly) to Rahm Emmanuel, but everyone who attended that sort of event would probably crawl across cemented glass to get Walker out of office. She's great, but you might be overestimating her just a bit...

        Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

        by fearlessfred14 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:34:06 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, that was an overestimation on my part (0+ / 0-)

          Big money from right-wing donors to Walker's campaign allowed him to instill an anti-recall mindset in the minds of swing voters, so Walker had the election won before the Democratic gubernatorial recall primary, and, if anything, Compas's speech may have reinforced the fact that Barrett had problems with the Democratic base and that Kathleen Falk, who was considered the front-runner at the time because Barrett entered the gubernatorial race after the Reclaim Wisconsin rally, was personally unlikeable.

          Being from Illinois (although I'm from the east central part of the state and not from the Chicago area), I know that Rahm Emanuel has MUCH more severe problems with the base here in Illinois than Barrett does with the base in Wisconsin...I'd like to thank the Chicago Teachers Union for this video about Rahm's problems with the base here in Illinois:

          Lisa Mux, one of Compas's staunchest backers during the recalls, told me on her blog that Laura Cotting, a Watertown city councilwoman, was originally supposed to run against Big Fitz in the SD-13 recall, but Cotting had sick relatives that she had to take care of around the time of the recalls, which forced Compas herself to run against Big Fitz. Ironically, Cotting recently lost the Democratic primary for a Wisconsin State Assembly seat (AD-37), to a Lori Compas-endorsed candidate, Mary Arnold.

          Of course, I'm still mad at President Obama for taking the air out of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign with his DNC keynote speech, and I always will be, so it's that sort of mindset that prompted me to harbor the view that Compas upstaged the Recall Walker movement.

          Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

          by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:40:23 PM PDT

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