Our last remaining American icon has every right to be proud of how effective his now legendary appearance before the Republican convention has proven itself to be. First off, he made a complete fool of the elite media that spent the better part of four days running around like old, humorless, spinster hens clucking with phony well-I-never! indignation over Clint daring to mock The One.
Secondly, that mockery penetrated, drew blood, and is still drawing blood.
Thanks to Eastwood’s hilarious and unforgettable stagecraft with an empty chair standing in for President Obama, overnight, Obama went from being an empty suit to, yes, an empty chair. So perfect was this piece of theatre that earlier this week there was a successful Empty Chair Day organized by the grassroots in New Media and, throughout the remaining days of this election, the specter of the “empty chair” will be synonymous with America’s deflating enthusiasm for Obama and his inability to command the crowds he once did.
Today, Eastwood doubled down on how awesome he is by granting his first post-convention interview — not to Diane Sawyer, not to “The Today Show, not to “60 Minutes” — but to his hometown newspaper, “The Carmel Pine Cone.”
What a snub to the corrupt media. Just when you think you can’t love this man any more, right?
Here are some highlights:
Eastwood’s appearance at the convention came after a personal request from Romney in August, soon after Eastwood endorsed the former Massachusetts governor at a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho. But it was finalized only in the last week before the convention, along with an agreement to build suspense by keeping it secret until the last moment.
Meanwhile, Romney’s campaign aides asked for details about what Eastwood would say to the convention.
“They vett most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,'” Eastwood recalled.
And while the Hollywood superstar has plenty of experience being adored by crowds, he said he hasn’t given a lot of speeches and admitted that, “I really don’t know how to.” He also hates using a teleprompter, so it was settled in his mind that when he spoke to the 10,000 people in the convention hall, and the millions more watching on television, he would do it extemporaneously.
“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” Eastwood said. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”
Remember, it’s the very same media that constantly whines about how scripted these conventions are and always tries to paint Romney as the cautious, buttoned-down, boring white guy — that refuses to give Romney credit for making the decision to put Eastwood in primetime and to allow him to wing it.
Rather than credit Romney for this, Obama’s Media Palace Guards have attempted to use Eastwood as a club to distract from Romney’s convention speech (which was much better than Obama’s). Of course, this is an irony which will never penetrate the elite media bubble.
AFTER A week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention last Thursday night, followed by an avalanche of support on Twitter and in the blogosphere, is all the proof anybody needs that his 12-minute discourse achieved exactly what he intended it to.
“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.” …
“I had three points I wanted to make,” Eastwood said. “That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”
And make those points Clint Eastwood did.
The best part is that all the polls show people loved Clint’s appearance and you can bet that all the media interest in his appearance drove a lot of people online to see it for themselves (over a million YouTube hits alone). So a lot more people heard Eastwood’s message who otherwise might not have if the corrupt media hadn’t made such a stupid and phony fuss over it.
If anything illuminates how biased, dishonest, and bubbled our elite media is, it’s that the very same talking heads who labeled Clint’s performance an embarrassment are the very same talking heads who were falling all over themselves last night to praise Jennifer Granholm’s hysterical buffoonery.
The media’s manufactured Eastwood kerfflufle proves once again that the media is not only disconnected from reality, but are constantly trying to manufacture reality. But they forget it’s not 2008 anymore and that they can no longer say something like “Eastwood flopped” and make it so. And here’s why:
[Eastwood] had no idea that overnight, a rebellion had erupted online against the media’s condemnation of him, with thousands of bloggers, Twitterers and commentators calling him, “a genius,” “1,000 times more brilliant than the media,” and saying he’s “only gotten better with age.”
They also started posting their own versions of Eastwood’s empty chair in droves (“eastwooding”), and, on YouTube, replays of his remarks at the convention were being viewed millions of times.
That’s right, New Media had Eastwood’s back and the old, dying corrupt media wasn’t able to get away with its “manufactured reality” this time.
“Media’s got to know its limitations.”
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