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Sunday, September 2, 2012

FRSDailyPost: C-Span: Clint Eastwood Speaks at The Republican National Convention: A How an Empty Chair Beat Out Mitt Romney



First of all before I get too far into Clint Eastwood, I just want to put all of my cards on the table about him. Or do the best I can of doing that from a non card player, perhaps one of the few left in the United States, I just want to say about Clint, that he's one of my top three actors of all time. He's one of my three favorite actors of all time, not saying he's one of the three best actors of all time but he's one of my three best favorites, he's also a great director and perhaps one of the best directors as well. I own several of Clint's movies, including all of the Dirty Harry movies, my favorite cop movies as well, he's also my favorite Action/Comedy Actor, if you look. At all of his Action Flicks, they all have a lot of humor in them as well, a lot of that humor and improv coming from Clint himself. The Gauntlet from 1977, Enforcer from 1976, Pink Cadillac from 1989, are all excellent examples of that, where he's delivering very funny lines but also improving. There's a scene in Pink Cadilac where he plays a Skip Tracer, another way of saying Bounty Hunter, where Clint plays a pimp in order to get closer to a women he's trying to bring back to justice so to speak. Heartbreak Ridge from 1986, where he plays a Drill Sargent, a great marine movie, is also a very funny movie.

As far as Clint's speech Thursday night, it was better then the guy who would end up being the GOP Nomination for President. It was more entertaining, I laughed through a lot of it, I thought he made a better case of why President Obama should be defeated then Mitt Romney did. That when things aren't going very well, its time to make a change and go in a different direction. Which is how people tend to get fired, if they aren't getting the job done, its time to let them go. His whole routine with the empty chair, was a perfect way to summarize the 2012 RNC, where most of the speeches we heard there were full of nothing. They spent most of the time talking about what they would do, even though they couldn't match what they were saying with any policies. Or their records up to that point, what Clint Easstwood did, unintentionally If I had to guess, was to summarize the 2012 RNC as the Empty Chair Convention.

When a political convention or at least the acceptance speech of the next Leader of the Party, is remembered for a speech. That was given off the cuff and is combined with an improv, rather then the Leader of the Party and the speech they gave, you know that the acceptance speech wasn't very good. Or didn't come off very well, because you want the convention to be remembered for the speech that the Leader gave, rather then some speech that was given by a Hollywood actor.