Clint Eastwood gave an interview with the local newspaper in beautiful Carmel, CA (loved going there with Mrs. M.I.M. when we lived in CA), where the actor/director lives (h/t Anne Sorock at Legal Insurrection).
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.”
Breaking his silence
For five days after he thrilled or horrified the nation by talking to an empty chair representing Obama on the night Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination for president, Eastwood remained silent while pundits and critics debated whether his remarks, and the rambling way he made them, had helped or hurt Romney’s chances of winning in November.
But in a wide-ranging interview with The Pine Cone Tuesday, he said he had
conveyed the messages he wanted to convey, and that the spontaneous nature
of his presentation was intentional, too.
“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.”
I have a theory. Obama's speech last night has been mostly described as flat and falling short. We find out too that there was rain predicted for the 2008 Greek Columns speech, and the DNC still went ahead with that event. Obama, ever the narcissist, gave Eastwood rent free space in his head. The sight of empty chairs in Charlotte last night would have brought up the #Empty Chair comparison, and so they moved it to where they'd get a guarantee full house. But the downsize was a blow to Obama's ego that he gave a heartless speech full of empty rhetoric.
In that light, Eastwood's speech was pure genius. The effect wasn't known until days later, with the "Empty Chair Day" and then downsizing Obama's DNC address.