POSTED August 31 2012

Was the chair half empty or half full?

A piece I wrote for

For years Republican presidents and presidential candidates have strip-mined Clint Eastwood movies for rhetorical nuggets. Ronald Reagan warned Congress in 1985 that he had his veto pen at the ready if it voted a tax increase. “Go ahead, make my day,” he baited, quoting Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character in “Sudden Impact.” “Read my lips,” promised candidate George H.W. Bush in 1988, echoing Eastwood in the original “Dirty Harry,” adding “No new taxes.”

Last night Mitt Romney’s campaign recruited Eastwood himself. The beloved actor/director, 82, was the “mystery guest” at the Republican Convention, a warm-up act for Gov. Mario Rubio (R.-Fla.), who introduced candidate Romney. He strode out on the stage, hair uncombed and a little wild, with his familiar, stiff-legged authority, and proceeded to deliver an improvised piece of performance art that triggered unintentional amusement and confusion within the Tampa Convention Center and throughout the viewing audience.

But to many, the political nuggets Eastwood delivered this time were more like fool’s gold. “I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president anyhow” .…Read more

Your thoughts?




  1. Debbie says:

    Eastwood did more damage to his own image than to Romney’s.

  2. Talkcineman says:

    Standard film awards stunt out of place at a religious ceremony. This stuff always plays better in the hall than outside the wall. Good thing the Dems are following.

    • Walt Coogan says:

      LOL … exactly, especially when Eastwood was talking to a hard-core Christian crowd even though he has stated, “No, I don’t believe in God,” and noted that he appreciates Buddhism.

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