Demoralized as Hell: Clint Eastwood Edition

by Datechguy | September 4th, 2012

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Demoralized as Hell: Clint Eastwood Edition

When I saw the new Three Stooges Movie my first reac­tion was meh!

It was OK but wasn’t all that spe­cial. When peo­ple asked me about the movie how­ever I found my self talk­ing about funny scenes (Do-​nut Remover) and laugh­ing. When I went back with my other son I found myself laugh­ing and that’s when it hit me. When I went the first time I was think­ing Moe, Larry & Curly from the 30’s & 40’s. the orig­i­nal Stooges. When I saw it with­out the expec­ta­tions of the past I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. (Still didn’t like the baby duel scene).

That brings us to Clint East­wood at the RNC.

When I watched East­wood on the stage I thought it was one of the weird­est things I had seen. While he made some great points he looked his age, and while the chair busi­ness was some­thing right out of the six­ties, Morey Ams­ter­dam and Bob Newhart.

As Time magazine’s Mark Halperin explained on MSNBC’s “Morn­ing Joe” on Fri­day, “I think every­one has missed that Eastwood’s per­for­mance is very closely based on a Morey Ams­ter­dam per­for­mance from din­ner the­ater in Bay­onne. Kind of night at the improv.”

Ams­ter­dam was a stand-​up comic who had his own sit­com on TV from 1948 to 1950 and also appeared on “The Dick Van Dyke Show “as Buddy Sorrell.

But the argu­ment could be made that East­wood was also evok­ing a lit­tle Bob Newhart, whose clas­sic “Dri­ving Instruc­tor” rou­tine first appeared on his “The Button-​Down Mind of Bob Newhart” album in 1960.

This actu­ally makes sense peo­ple tend to remem­ber the com­edy of their youth (you see a lot of Python here) but the real ques­tion is: Did it work?

I noted at the time East­wood man­aged to accom­plish sev­eral things, hold­ing the audi­ence & absorb­ing the hits from the left, but my thought is that he basi­cally won a news cycle and that’s it.

Not Any­more.

Appar­ently Clint East­wood struck a never fever nation­ally and the White House and the left is wor­ried, VERY Worried.

The left has been hit­ting East­wood non-​stop for 5 days, b-​f list celebs con­tinue to pound on twit­ter.

It’s been 5 days, the media is STILL hit­ting Eastwood

With apolo­gies to Bob Newhart the empty chair rou­tine has now been dubed “Eastwooding”.

And lets look at the top of Meme­o­ran­dum this Tuesday

Politico: Right ral­lies for Empty Chair Day .

The right ral­lied on Labor Day to cel­e­brate “National Empty Chair Day,” a show of sol­i­dar­ity with Clint East­wood after his ram­bling address to an invis­i­ble Pres­i­dent Barack Obama at the Repub­li­can National Con­ven­tion last week.

The action picked up steam on Twit­ter, where the hash­tag #emp­ty­chair­day began trend­ing on Mon­day morn­ing as users tweeted pic­tures of empty chairs in var­i­ous poses.

Cleve­land Plain Dealer: AFSCME Pres­i­dent (and Cleve­land native) Lee Saun­ders goes East­wood­ing with Ohio Democrats

So Dirty Harry, make my day,” Saun­ders con­tin­ued, quot­ing the East­wood char­ac­ter. “We’re gonna kick some ass in November.”

Then he kicked the chair. Loudly.

And now we have the left try­ing to get Betty White to counter East­wood at the DNC: ABC News:

They’ve taken on big banks and work­ers’ rights abuses, now the pro­gres­sive activists at Change​.org have their sights set on bring­ing come­di­enne Betty White, 90, to the Demo­c­ra­tic National Convention.

Clint East­wood, the Republican’s ‘mys­tery guest’ at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Amer­i­cans every­where with his absurd and awkward-​to-​watch intro­duc­tion of Gov­er­nor Rom­ney,” Peter Slut­sky wrote in his peti­tion to draft White. “Gov­er­nor Rom­ney can have Clint East­wood and his impro­vi­sa­tional skills because Pres­i­dent Obama has the one and only Betty White!”

Remem­ber this is Meme­o­ran­dum TODAY 5 days later and this is still on top.

I thought the East­wood thing was a one day blip, but I was wrong, this has turned out to be dev­as­tat­ing to the left.

One day Sto­ries don’t gen­er­ate events that gen­er­ate Politico coverage.

Inef­fec­tive speeches don’t cause Union pres­i­dents to phys­i­cally beat up chairs dur­ing speeches

And if the East­wood thing was so bad, you don’t have peo­ple scram­bling to find an even older actress to take the stage to counter.

This speech:

Has gen­er­ated over 300,000 views on Youtube (303,883), it has gen­er­ated 2,348 likes, 1,926 dis­likes almost 4500 votes it is still pro­duc­ing reac­tion 5 days later.

This has absolutely ter­ri­fied the left, a left already scared to death and you know what that means…

“Ride right through them, they’re demor­al­ized as hell”!

These punks don’t feel lucky.

Update: Karl put it well

After all, who is Clint East­wood? He is one of the top actors, direc­tors and pro­duc­ers of motion pic­tures in the world. Most of the world — and almost cer­tainly every­one tun­ing in to the RNC Thurs­day night — knows this. Yet most of the analy­ses of his RNC appear­ance are based on the notion that we were not wit­ness­ing act­ing. That mass sus­pen­sion of dis­be­lief may be the high­est trib­ute East­wood will ever be paid as an actor. If you think the East­wood on stage was the only East­wood there is, watch him pro­mot­ing J. Edgar on The Daily Show last Novem­ber. I have lit­tle doubt he will be equally sharp pro­mot­ing Trou­ble With the Curve in the next few weeks.

Update 2: Insta­lanche, Thanks Glenn, per­haps the left is busy on East­wood because they’d rather not cover the Mass. Dem Chair­man say­ing Scott Brown is try­ing to be an “hon­orary girl” by fold­ing clothes, How Intrade can be moved for the price on a car­rot on a plate, the inter­est­ing split in the Athe­ist com­mu­nity (non pro­gres­sives need not apply) or how Demo­c­rat pols are doing their best imper­son­ation of char­ac­ters from Doc­tor Who.

When I saw the new Three Stooges Movie my first reaction was meh!

It was OK but wasn’t all that special. When people asked me about the movie however I found my self talking about funny scenes (Do-nut Remover) and laughing. When I went back with my other son I found myself laughing and that’s when it hit me. When I went the first time I was thinking Moe, Larry & Curly from the 30’s & 40’s. the original Stooges. When I saw it without the expectations of the past I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. (Still didn’t like the baby duel scene).

That brings us to Clint Eastwood at the RNC.

When I watched Eastwood on the stage I thought it was one of the weirdest things I had seen. While he made some great points he looked his age, and while the chair business was something right out of the sixties, Morey Amsterdam and Bob Newhart.

As Time magazine’s Mark Halperin explained on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, “I think everyone has missed that Eastwood’s performance is very closely based on a Morey Amsterdam performance from dinner theater in Bayonne. Kind of night at the improv.”

Amsterdam was a stand-up comic who had his own sitcom on TV from 1948 to 1950 and also appeared on “The Dick Van Dyke Show “as Buddy Sorrell.

But the argument could be made that Eastwood was also evoking a little Bob Newhart, whose classic “Driving Instructor” routine first appeared on his “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” album in 1960.

This actually makes sense people tend to remember the comedy of their youth (you see a lot of Python here) but the real question is: Did it work?

I noted at the time Eastwood managed to accomplish several things, holding the audience & absorbing the hits from the left, but my thought is that he basically won a news cycle and that’s it.

Not Anymore.

Apparently Clint Eastwood struck a never fever nationally and the White House and the left is worried, VERY Worried.

The left has been hitting Eastwood non-stop for 5 days, b-f list celebs continue to pound on twitter.

It’s been 5 days, the media is STILL hitting Eastwood

With apologies to Bob Newhart the empty chair routine has now been dubed “Eastwooding”.

And lets look at the top of Memeorandum this Tuesday

Politico: Right rallies for Empty Chair Day .

The right rallied on Labor Day to celebrate “National Empty Chair Day,” a show of solidarity with Clint Eastwood after his rambling address to an invisible President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention last week.

The action picked up steam on Twitter, where the hashtag #emptychairday began trending on Monday morning as users tweeted pictures of empty chairs in various poses.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: AFSCME President (and Cleveland native) Lee Saunders goes Eastwooding with Ohio Democrats

“So Dirty Harry, make my day,” Saunders continued, quoting the Eastwood character. “We’re gonna kick some ass in November.”

Then he kicked the chair. Loudly.

And now we have the left trying to get Betty White to counter Eastwood at the DNC: ABC News:

They’ve taken on big banks and workers’ rights abuses, now the progressive activists at Change.org have their sights set on bringing comedienne Betty White, 90, to the Democratic National Convention.

“Clint Eastwood, the Republican’s ‘mystery guest’ at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney,” Peter Slutsky wrote in his petition to draft White. “Governor Romney can have Clint Eastwood and his improvisational skills because President Obama has the one and only Betty White!”

Remember this is Memeorandum TODAY 5 days later and this is still on top.

I thought the Eastwood thing was a one day blip, but I was wrong, this has turned out to be devastating to the left.

One day Stories don’t generate events that generate Politico coverage.

Ineffective speeches don’t cause Union presidents to physically beat up chairs during speeches

And if the Eastwood thing was so bad, you don’t have people scrambling to find an even older actress to take the stage to counter.

This speech:

Has generated over 300,000 views on Youtube (303,883), it has generated 2,348 likes, 1,926 dislikes almost 4500 votes it is still producing reaction 5 days later.

This has absolutely terrified the left, a left already scared to death and you know what that means…

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

These punks don’t feel lucky.

Update: Karl put it well

After all, who is Clint Eastwood? He is one of the top actors, directors and producers of motion pictures in the world. Most of the world — and almost certainly everyone tuning in to the RNC Thursday night — knows this. Yet most of the analyses of his RNC appearance are based on the notion that we were not witnessing acting. That mass suspension of disbelief may be the highest tribute Eastwood will ever be paid as an actor. If you think the Eastwood on stage was the only Eastwood there is, watch him promoting J. Edgar on The Daily Show last November. I have little doubt he will be equally sharp promoting Trouble With the Curve in the next few weeks.

Update 2: Instalanche, Thanks Glenn, perhaps the left is busy on Eastwood because they’d rather not cover the Mass. Dem Chairman saying Scott Brown is trying to be an “honorary girl” by folding clothes, How Intrade can be moved for the price on a carrot on a plate, the interesting split in the Atheist community (non progressives need not apply) or how Democrat pols are doing their best impersonation of characters from Doctor Who.

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