Who Was That Talking to an Empty Chair?

One of the great things about never being told you’re wrong is that you don’t know when you are wrong, as Clint Eastwood proved last night, trying to pull off a stunt Robin Williams would have had a hard time doing, several years ago.  Talking to an empty chair, symbol of an empty idea, floating around a lot of empty heads.  Even his supporters wondered what was going on.  Nobody vetted his ‘talk.’ Nobody rehearsed him.  He is the great Clint Eastwood, after all!  Director of himself.

He may not realize the fool was not the made-up man in the chair, but the make-believing man at the lectern.


NYT: …the most bizarre, head-scratching 12 minutes in recent political convention history were set in motion by Mitt Romney himself and made possible by his aides, who had shrouded the actor’s appearance in secrecy.

In interviews, aides called the speech “strange” and “weird.” One described it as “theater of the absurd.”

Rachel Maddow: “That was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen at a political convention in my entire life, and it will be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen if I live to be 100,”

Geraldo, Fox News Anchor — one buffoon recognizes another.

Boston Globe: “Eastwood’s ridiculing tone undercut Mitt Romney’s effort to appear more sad than angry at Obama’s “failure. … The joke, it turned out, was on Eastwood”

Roger Ebert:  “Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic,” Ebert tweeted during Eastwood’s remarks. “He didn’t need to do this to himself. It’s unworthy of him.”

NewBusters – right wing– commentoids, loved it.