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Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair
Remember that one time Clint Eastwood was the super special guest speaker at the Republican National Convention, and he lost a debate with an empty chair, and the whole world laughed and laughed and laughed? Of course you do, because you're probably still laughing about it.

And so is Clint Eastwood:

He also dismissed the controversy surrounding the "invisible Obama" routine at the RNC. "Seemed odd at the time. But, you know, I'm an odd person," he laughed.

"One thing about getting into the senior status of life, like I am, you don't really care," he joked. "You just say what you say and then you get away with it."

Yup, the great thing about being old is that you get to humiliate yourself and the presidential nominee you're supposedly trying to help elect on live TV in front of the whole world. Plus, also, shuffleboard.

In fact, Eastwood's been laughing about that uber-bizarre performance since it happened. A week after the convention, he explained in an interview that he didn't want to have "a written-out speech" because his big, hyped-all-week-long surprise appearance was "supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I'm Joe Citizen." Shortly after that, he further explained, "If somebody is dumb enough to ask me to go to political convention and say something, they're gonna have to take what they get."

Sure, the election is long over, and the comedically bad Romney campaign has mostly faded from memory, but fortunately, old, crazy "who cares anyway?" Joe Citizen Eastwood is determined to keep reminding us of just how awesome it was that time he helped Mitt lose. Thanks for the laughs, Clint!

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:24 AM PST.

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  •  I think Clint is secretly an Obama supporter. (25+ / 0-)

    That's the only logical explanation.

    "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

    by second gen on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:27:59 AM PST

  •  Does this mean I can watch the next Eastwood (10+ / 0-)

    movie with a clear conscience? If he knowingly helped tank Romney does that mean he's on our side?

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:28:22 AM PST

    •  Yep (8+ / 0-)

      You can

      Be a Space Cowboy for a Fist full of Dollars and Hang em High but don't bet on the Dead Pool or someone will hit you with Magnum Force.

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:40:45 AM PST

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    •  A good film stands on its own (5+ / 0-)

      His politics don't matter, he's still among the greatest American directors alive.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:20:00 PM PST

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    •  I'm a fan. Terrific entertainer. (1+ / 0-)
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      That's why I find this a truly bizarre diary. This guy has had a career that has spanned 60+ years . He's made 100s of millions for himself and billions for others. He started off in basic working class family and...

      His early life

      Eastwood was born in San Francisco, to Clinton Eastwood, Sr. (1906–70), a steelworker and migrant worker, and Margaret Ruth (Runner) Eastwood (1909–2006), a factory worker.[3] He was nicknamed "Samson" by the hospital nurses as he weighed 11 pounds 6 ounces (5.2 kg) at birth.[4][5][6] Eastwood is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry[3][7] and was raised in a working class home with his younger sister, Jeanne (born 1934).[8][9] His family moved often as his father worked at jobs along the West Coast.[10][11] The family finally settled in Piedmont, California, where Eastwood attended Piedmont Junior High School.[12] Shortly before he was to enter Piedmont High School, he rode his bike on the school's sports field and tore up the wet turf; this resulted in his being asked not to enroll.[13] Instead, he attended Oakland Technical High School, where the drama teachers encouraged him to take part in school plays. However, Eastwood was not interested. He worked at a number of jobs, including lifeguard, paper carrier, grocery clerk, forest firefighter, and golf caddy.[14]
      So he spends the first 16 years of his life in the middle of the depression and WW11 , he is raised in what can only be described as working class family which is supposedly the Dems base, he goes on and works in a very tough and competitive environment to the point where his early career he was laughed at by the Very Serious People, for his spaghetti westerns and  his Dirty Harry Character. Yet he is directing in those same years and producing. Then after 64 years of living he directs and acts in the Unforgiven and gets academy awards. He becomes an actor's director since he understands them the best and doesn't do a take 30 times. He makes controversial films. He is a jazz Musician.

      He goes on a stage without a script in front of millions with a empty chair as a prop (remember props?) at the age 82 years of age and somehow people here actually took that seriously to the point where there was diaries entitled " Eastwood is dead to me" and this bizarre diary that is trying to minimize someone who was truly self-made in the twilight of his years. He may have voted GOP , but then he realized like many it was all bullshit.  You only have to see where he stood on every issue today and see why Romney's team made a huge fuck-up. Eastwood? He doesn't give a shit. He's proved himself time and time again. He's terrific entertainer who wasn't scared to go against the grain.

      Then there is this diary trying to somehow make him look foolish for taking stands like below and showing up at a GOP convention. Obama couldn't have had it work out this well if he had planned it himself. Why?  here are some of the stands he has made politically...

      He has disapproved of America's wars in Korea (1950–1953), Vietnam (1964–1973), Afghanistan (2001–present), and Iraq (2003–2011), believing that the United States should not be overly militaristic or play the role of global policeman.[287][288][289] He considers himself "too individualistic to be either right-wing or left-wing",[290] describing himself in 1974 as "a political nothing" and "a moderate"[285] and in 1997 as a "libertarian".[291] "I don't see myself as conservative," Eastwood has stated, while noting in the same breath that he isn't "ultra-leftist", either.[292] At times, he has supported Democrats in California, including Senator Dianne Feinstein in 1994,[293][294] liberal United States House of Representatives member Sam Farr in 2002,[295] and Governor Gray Davis, whom he voted for in 1998 and 2002 and hosted pricey fundraisers for in 2002 and 2003.[296] A self-professed "liberal on civil rights",[285] Eastwood has stated that he is pro-choice on abortion.[291] He has endorsed same-sex marriage[292][297] and contributed to groups supporting the Equal Rights Amendment for women, which failed to receive ratification in 1982.[298]
      So Romney's group fails to look at his past and so did the diarist today. Who got fooled again?
  •  Helping Romney Lose (25+ / 0-)

    By far Clint Eastwood's best work.

    Here's to choosing Eastwood to be the unscripted guest for all future Republican conventions.

    The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

    by FiredUpInCA on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:30:55 AM PST

  •  I know I am (15+ / 0-)




     

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:32:51 AM PST

  •  Oh, please (11+ / 0-)

    I have it on good authority* that Clint is an operative of teh Librul Cabal.
    .
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    *The voices in my head

    If you play Microsoft CD's backwards, you hear satanic things, but that's nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.

    by Unit Zero on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:33:18 AM PST

    •  Doesn't he hang out in Hollywood? (3+ / 0-)
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      Otherwise known as the den of inequity and home of many, many people who are trying to destroy America?

      Except for Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal, of course.

      If ol' Clint honestly did try to eat up a bunch of expensive convention time while implyng that the GOP is the party of truly ditzi old people, then more power to him.

      Pretty crafty, old man. Pretty crafty.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:15:11 PM PST

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  •  I'm Still Not Sure I Understand What Went on Here (10+ / 0-)

    Or why, but it sure as hell was damn entertaining and I can't argue with the results! Win!

    This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: [http://www.myspace.com/beetwasher]

    by Beetwasher on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:33:37 AM PST

  •  Why give this guy any press? (1+ / 3-)
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    Errol, Alexandre, cazcee

    How many of you out there would give a flying fuck about what your elder relatives (in their 80's) would opine about when politics is concerned?  Would you pretty much ignore them?  If so, why not ignore him?  Furthermore, I would have the same opinion if he made fun of a conservative.  You had your fifteen minutes of politics buddy, now it's time for us to give you no platform.

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:35:43 AM PST

  •  And I'm laughing at both of them nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  But remember at the time how the gopers just (5+ / 0-)
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    loved it? They really thought it would appeal to the kids, you know, people under 60 years old.

    They are so fooled by their own mutual delusion societies that they cannot understand how the non deluded see them. The also believe their caricatures of everyone else in this country so their efforts to 'reach out' to new constituencies are doomed from the start.

    Carry on, gopers.

    "I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was." M Romney May 17, 2012

    by polidiscoursor on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:39:03 AM PST

  •  Would any of us say that (1+ / 0-)
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    Clint "got away with it"?

    •  Not me. (2+ / 0-)
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      I have enjoyed Eastwood's work in the past, and I'm not going to go all boycott over it, but he lost my respect.  Not for as he puts it, how "odd" it was, but because it was outrageously disrespectful to the president---oh, and not even slightly funny.  Or true to the man the president is.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:57:03 AM PST

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  •  Hey, *I* thought it was funny when he (2+ / 0-)
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    helped Romney lose too. Who are we to bash him for agreeing with us? :D

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    by eataTREE on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:49:44 AM PST

  •  I admire his candour (1+ / 0-)
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    There's some integrity in not doing a transparent shill job. Eastwood's bit was interesting and one can rarely say that about a GOP convention (especially). I think Eastwood is a jackass for supporting the Republican Party in any way. Obviously, considering the strange line he tried to walk in that convention thing, he's obviously conflicted about his support.

  •  You know what "Makes My Day"? (7+ / 0-)

    The fact that the republicans would fall all over themselves for an "A" list Hollywooder...to the point that they declined to vet his "performance".  Yet they never for a moment  refrain from demonizing a Hollywood democrat.  

    Ashley Judd, latest case in point.

    •  Hey, a Republican didn't even bother to vet his (1+ / 0-)
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      VP nominee.

      Nope, the beauty queen looks--and attitude--and a wink and a grin were enough for him.

      Oh, to be a fly on the wall when he and his team watched the Silly from Wasilla prove her total lack of intelligence and knowledge during the Couric interview!

      "Oh, shit. Oh, shit. What the hell have we done?"

      Let your hormnes get the better of you, lads. And lost yourself the Presidency.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:20:13 PM PST

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  •  Slow News Day. (2+ / 0-)
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    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:51:20 AM PST

  •  Shuffleboard? (2+ / 0-)
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    I was thinking more along the lines of drunken Lawn Darts.

    Unless the conspiracy theorists on the right are right again, and Eastwood is a "secrit" Obama (potted?) plant.

    It's only dirty if you don't respect the dirt you're made of

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:52:05 AM PST

  •  I still say Clint was a mole (9+ / 0-)

    I know Clint Eastwood. I like Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood is a talented artist with a sharp sense of self-awareness (see Torino, Gran). Clint knows who he is, what he believes (and doesn't) and - most importantly - what his public image is and how to play off it. And there is just no way he would be stumping for an arrogant, insincere, unprincipled dumb-cluck like Mitt.

    I can just hear him on the phone with the Romney campaign: "Give a speech at your convention? Oh, sure, I'd be delighted to give you a speech at your convention."

    "Republicans Vote To Repeal Obama-Backed Bill That Would Destroy Asteroid Headed For Earth." 2/2/11 The Onion

    by brooklyns finest on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:52:10 AM PST

  •  These are the kind of things you say when what you (4+ / 0-)

    thought was going to be a big hit turns out to be a dud, and you're just a wee bit embarrassed.  

  •  Looking back at the data, one can make the (3+ / 0-)
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    argument that Clint Eastwood killed Mitt Romney's chances.  They received no bounce out of their convention and Clint completely obscured Romney's speech (which was probably a good thing).  People didn't come away from that convention thinking that Romney had a serious agenda and there was nothing in Romney's speech that trumped the spectacle of Eastwood's speech.  

    The following week we had the greatest convention in the history of western civilization and came out of it with about a 3-5 point national lead depending on the poll, and Obama finished with a 4 point win.  No state that was lean blue or lean red post conventions flipped the other way. The data indicate that most Americans made up their minds in September.

    Even Mitt's debate 1 triumph couldn't change that trajectory.  

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:53:52 AM PST

  •  He didn't say What Couldn't Be Said (0+ / 0-)

    or speak to those who couldn't be spoken too...

    A pretend president, sure, but not all the people
    the GOP really wanted to tell off in nasty detail.

    Let's give an Eams Award to Eastwood...
    and inaugurate him as Chair-man for life!

  •  It's worth noting the crowd enjoyed it. (1+ / 0-)
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    Or at least, they seemed to. They were just different from the rest of the country that wasn't insane.

    "Think. It ain't illegal yet." - George Clinton | http://ideaddicted.blogspot.com

    by jbeach on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:57:18 AM PST

  •  It was an ill-conceived riff on an ancient joke (7+ / 0-)

    Eastwood admitted that he borrowed the talking-to-an-empty-chair routine from comedy skits that Morey Amsterdam and Bob Newhart did in their routines in the 1950s.

    Problem 1:  No one younger than Clint has seen those old routines and/or would get the joke.

    Problem 2: There was nothing light-hearted or humorous about Eastwood's act.  It was bitter and venomous.  Difficult to convince people you are trying to make them laugh when you start with that tone.

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    by MJB on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:58:02 AM PST

  •  Maybe it's because (7+ / 0-)

    I'm getting up in years myself, but I love the fact that he doesn't care. What he says is dead accurate. It was an odd performance and he's an odd person. He played the trickster on the national stage and he's unapologetic, which is the healthy prerogative of a senior citizen who has made his contribution in life and can now look at the historical drama with freedom and detachment. The trickster, like life, is ambivalent. Winning and losing, it all gets swept into the maw of the eternal.

    Our great mother does not take sides, Jake. She protects only the balance of life. -- Neytiri

    by ailanthus on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:00:23 PM PST

  •  "A man's gotta know his limitations..." n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:02:58 PM PST

  •  Please, Clint... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...by all means, keep your calendar free for the 2016 election!

    The truly sad thing is that the Republicans' strictly scripted dog-and-pony show in Tampa will be remembered by most Americans for the Eastwood incident, rather than for the the party's draconian, anti-inclusive platform and uninspiring speeches.

    "The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain." --George McGovern

    by Progressive Pride on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:06:11 PM PST

    •  Somehow, no matter how much.............. (0+ / 0-)

      the crowd at he GOP convention enjoyed his performance; I seriously doubt Eastwood will ever receive another invitation to speak. However, he was to; he is just unpredictable enough to put the shiv in the ribs of our candidate next time.

      The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

      by cazcee on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:22:04 PM PST

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  •  Punked by Eastwood! (3+ / 0-)

    Sucks to be Mitt.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:13:02 PM PST

  •  Clint and Woody Allen are my two favorite (1+ / 0-)
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    living directors. Mr. Eastwood would have to do a hell of a lot more craziness to ever drop too far in the personal esteem department, in my book. But that's just me.

  •  being old (0+ / 0-)

    has it's benefits.  When one is young, everything is just overdramatized. Your love kisses someone else and everyone has to go ballistic.  You don't get a promotion, you take your ar-15 to work.

    When you are old things are not just that critical.  Holes in your clothes, well, am I getting paid so I can pay my bills and feed my kids?  A little flirting going on, do I trust my SO, and I confident enough in myself?  Unfortunately there are a bunch of troubled people out there that never mature to a level where they know the priorities.  Some of these people go out and kill kids thinking they are saving kids.

    I have no doubt that Eastwood was doing something creative that he thought would communicate in a meaningful way his opinions of the president.  From the liberal point of view it was a funny thing.  However, I also say it as a performance art that required a certain level of maturity to perform and understand.

    One thing that one does acquire with maturity is the ability to try something even though it probably will not work.  Of course maturity also leads to the ability to understand when something is appropriate.  I sometimes think the problem is that white males, especially older ones, never really had to censor themselves for inappropriateness, so they don't know how.  Look at Westboro baptist church, Rush Limbuagh, and any number of losing congressional candidates.

  •  Clint also helped Obama inadvertently (2+ / 0-)
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    in his Chrysler ad at the 2012 Super bowl

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:25:26 PM PST

  •  So coming off as a senile old coot was the plan? (0+ / 0-)

    Color me skeptical, Mr Eastwood.

  •  Eastwood's an actor (3+ / 0-)

    And was improving at the Convention.

    I really don't think he humiliated himself at all.

    It's obvious he's not real concerned with and if he contributed to Romney's loss.

  •  Never an Eastwood fan, (0+ / 0-)

    though he's made some good movies, but it has occurred  to me Obama's 1st debate performance was an homage to Clint's at the convention.

    Don't ask me nothin' about nothin'. I just might tell ya the truth -- B. Dylan

    by ponderer on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:41:07 PM PST

  •  although, he has a point. I'm 63 and I don't reall (2+ / 0-)
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    y give a shit either. Already, now that I think about it. Love my kids, but hell, I'll say anything. I'm at my last job, and I don't take shit from nooooo-body.

    Those who quote Santayana are condemned to repeat him. Me

    by Mark B on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:51:25 PM PST

  •  I said it at the time, while watching (1+ / 0-)
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    and I still say it. He punked them. I was laughing through the whole genius performance.

    It's really hard to seriously mess up throwing red meat to Republicans. They'll eat almost anything, no matter how rancid. But what did Eastwood actually offer up in that regard? As damn near nothing as makes no never mind. They could have gotten better attack lines from some Kossacks who probably voted for the President's reelection.

    Not only did he utterly misrepresent Romney's position on Afghanistan (getting a rousing cheer for presenting it and turning it 180 degrees as if Mitt favored immediate withdrawal, which made it absolutely impossible for Mitt to even mention the subject for the rest of the night), he got in a good dig at Ryan, "[conservative people] don't go around hotdogging it" (that line, near the beginning, was when I knew he was doing this on purpose), he got a cheer for telling Romney to bugger himself (without actually saying it), he made repeated digs at Romney's style of business practice: taking over, letting people go, etc. Then there were these gems:

    "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 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."

    He'd already given a completely unexceptional endorsement speech at a much smaller, less important event in Sun Valley, Idaho. They had no reason to worry this time would be any different.

    He was assigned 5 minutes. He went way, way over. This is a guy who not only acts, but directs, and he completely ignored the blinking red light.

    His manager, Leonard Hirshan, would seem to be a Democrat or have leanings that way, as he donated to Hillary during the 2008 primary season. Here's his take:

    “The more I look at it, the more I appreciate what he did,” said Mr. Hirshan, who added that neither he nor others in Mr. Eastwood’s professional entourage, as far as he knew, were consulted in advance.
    Hell, it wasn't that long ago Clint showed us how this works at the end of Gran Torino. An old guy with absolutely nothing to lose sacrifices himself and in so doing takes down the villains, without ever actually directly attacking them.

    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 Feb 08, 2013 at 01:03:38 PM PST

  •  The Real Story (1+ / 0-)
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    I began August 20. 2012 writing the true account of the election and ended on election day.  It’s “The Chains of the Sea” and is available here.

    http://www.amazon.com/...

    A quest to find the Diamond at the End of Time and to defeats Flit Doomney and the Jim Jims.  Along the way we save Desdemona from Othello and that passage is below.  You’ll see why I am forever grateful to Clint.  By the way…buy the book.  It is really funny.

    “Damn it, it didn’t work,” Plurissa cried!  Jeri stood up and pointed her finger at me! “I heard Joe sigh!”

    “Poor Desdemona!”

    “Poor Desdemona, the fool is going to smother her!” I had enough.
    “You!” I pointed to Plurissa. “Right now! Appear as fairy in room. Sprinkle pixie dust on woman in bed. Go now!” There was a startled look in her face but she sprouted wings and flew out of Othello’s ear!

    I whirled and looked at Jeri. She would understand. “Uomo senza nome… do you understand?” I whirled and she pulled my cowboy hat, cigar and 44 Magnum out, slapped the hat on my head, put the cigar in one hand and the most powerful handgun in the world in the other. I put the cigar between my teeth and gestured to Jeri to follow. “Sanjuro Kuwabatake” I shouted and we manifested just as the Moor was about to press the pillow against the face of the lovely tragic heroine. I leveled my magnum at the son of a bitch. He turned and looked at me wildly. He seemed paralyzed and then moaned

    “Uomo senza nome!”

    “Put the pillow down, punk! Put the pillow down!”

    “Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men.
    Put out the light, and then put out the light…”

    "You've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

    He stopped.

    “She didn’t do the deed with nobody else. That was a big lie.”

    I glanced at Jeri. She knew what to do. Gave me the handkerchief. I threw it at him and he looked at it in wonder.

    “It is hers! But Uomo Senza Nome…”

    I gestured to Jeri. She gave me more handkerchiefs.

    “You poor dumb fuck you can get these anywhere on the street. Made in Cathay or ain’t you read Marco Polo? Man, you are so ignerrent!" And I threw one after the other at him and he began to cry. Dropped the pillow.

    “Heaven forfend!” he cried. “I am so fucking stupid. I knew she loved me but that damn Iago and oh! I guess she loved me … what do I do? Oh, Uomo Senza Nome! Help me!"

    He just stood there so helpless.

    But I knew what to do.

    I gestured to Jeri to bring the empty chair from against the wall. “Stand next to that chair, man.” He did. “Now, I want you to pretend that Desdemona is in the chair and you can talk to her and she can talk to you. Go ahead, tell her what you were gonna do and why.” And we stood there as he tearfully told her the whole sad story.

    “What did she say, man?”

    “She told me to go fuck myself.”

    It was a long night.

    We woke Desdemona up. She was pissed but Plurissa and Jeri did chair therapy for her all night while me and Othello went and found that fuck Iago and did a different kind of chair therapy on him.

    It was almost morning when we got back to Desdemona’s room and the big O and the big D gave each other a big hug. I explained we would have to leave Venice. And they said we were in Cyprus. Whatever. Plurissa ordered up four unicorns and we all flew back to Elsinore where Othello merged into his future self and was flirting with Portia like I already wrote. D and O had had a fight I guess on the Unicorn’s back and Desdemona she ended up opening up a Chair Therapy biz in Hollywood. So everything turns out ok except the Jim Jims were still there but I was back at the party and needed a drink. Jeri and Plurissa had gone off with Loneliest for some kind of briefing.

  •  What a great metaphor (1+ / 0-)
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    that empty chair was for the deluded Republican and the imaginary Obama he despises.  Today I saw a bumper sticker that read "I'M PAYING FOR YOUR OBAMAPHONE" and the memory of Clint jumped to mind as he addressed the Obama that resides in his imagination and in the imaginations of millions of Repubs.  After at least 3 years the asshole in the pickup still doesn't realize that Bush signed a bill on Sept. 27, 2008 that facilitated these phones and there is no way in hell he would ever be convinced that his imaginary version of reality was in err.

  •  like many Kossacks (1+ / 0-)
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    "One thing about getting into the senior status of life, like I am, you don't really care," he joked. "You just say what you say and then you get away with it."

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:40:21 PM PST

  •  I think we can all be grateful now (0+ / 0-)

    for the invention of Depends® undies. It could have been so very much worse.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:17:18 PM PST

  •  I think he's a jerk and since then I haven't been (0+ / 0-)

    able to stomach any of his movies when they come on tv.  All I know is that when Bush was invading Afghanistan, and later pondering (pushing for) Iraq, Eastwood said nothing. He was absolutely silent during the Bush years of epic debacles. Suddenly, he needs to get stuff off his chest. He's insensed about Afghanistan and recalls the toll it took on the Russians. Where were you all this time, Clint? Plus, political differences aside, he went out of his way to be disrespectful to a sitting president. Clint= Jerk as far as I'm concerned. I don't care how many pictures he makes with Morgan Freeman.

    And I don't believe for a moment that he meant to be funny/weird during the GOP convention. He knows he blew it, that people mocked him, so now he's saying "Oh, I meant to do that." Like Rmoney's spawn Trigg, Trapp, Snurr, or Tripp who said AFTER the loss "Daddy didn't really want to be president anyway."

    •  He hasn't ever said "I meant to do that" (0+ / 0-)

      Not directly, anyway. He has said they got what they deserved for asking him, that he'd be willing to give Romney more and similar help, if asked to do so, and that (paraphrased) he had no regrets, because at his age he could get away with saying anything.

      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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:17:25 AM PST

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  •  what's to disagree with? (0+ / 0-)

    clint is right.  it is what it is.  life goes on.

  •  Eastwood at Convention (0+ / 0-)

    Every Which Way But Lucid

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