Please, Take a chair

August 31, 2012

End of the work week, and end to the this cycle’s version of the RNC — time for the crazy to go whack-o.
Due to the storm created in my aging stomach lining, I didn’t actually see any of the RNC on TV — viewed clips of the shitty parts online — and from all indications Mitt Romney gave the speech intended to be the BIG one, but apparently outsourced the lunacy to Clint Eastwood.

The usually motor-lipped Rachel Maddow: “I don’t — I don’t — I don’t know what was going on there,” Maddow said, seemingly tongue-tied. “Clint Eastwood is 82 years old and I think that — I don’t know if that’s what was going on there.”

Duh! Talking to a chair is considered the initial stage of political bullshit syndrome.

(Illustration found here).

If you are like me and missed the whole thing, the the San Francisco Chronicle summarizes:

The improv from the San Francisco native, Oakland Tech grad, former Carmel Mayor and Oscar winner was that he was talking to President Obama, symbolized by an empty chair.
As former Romney and Meg Whitman adviser Mike Murphy tweeted: “Note to file: Actors need a script.”
For raw entertainment value, it was absolutely marvelous, unscripted moment after watching three days of a political infomercial.
Even without drinking a bottle of cough syrup.
Politically, what makes NO SENSE is why the Romney campaign — which clings to their scripted talking points tighter than just about any campaign ever — would allow the 82-year-old Eastwood to ADLIB for seven minutes with an empty chair in the last hour of the most important hour of the convention in a supertight presidential race.
One question: Mitt who?
Then again, the RNC did start a major Internet storm.
Twitter EXPLODED afterwards. @InvisibleObama had 30,000-plus followers within an hour. Buzzfeed is compiling the best, including this from @davidharsanyi: “eastwood representing libertarians around the country: pro freedom. anti war. and, more than likely, baked.”
Comedian and award-winning comedy writer David Feldman said: “What you democrats don’t realize is Clint Eastwood is one the world’s leading jazz benefactors and tonight’s speech was a tribute to Charlie Parker’s heroin addiction.”
The Romney camp, smelling an “Ishtar” on their hands, quickly — and diplomatically — backed away from Eastwood’s..uh…”performance” afterwards.
Said a campaign spokesperson: “Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn’t work. His ad libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it.”
And will for years….

A most-weird and peculiar, and most-approximant way to end a convention of bullshit lies.
An aging tough guy who seemingly doesn’t really know where he’s at except upon some stage.
Sad, and, terrifying.

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