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202 comments

    1. Terry

      Didn't make mine. I ended up feeling really bad for Eastwood. He gave every appearance that he's getting a bit senile. I wish he hadn't given the speech. I also wish that his family wasn't doing that god awful reality show. In most cases, it's much better for an actor to let his/her work speak for them.

  1. slithytoves

    Of all the conventions I have ever watched – that speech was the biggest embarassing train wreck ever. I couldn't look away. Ouch.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      Personally, I thought he'd lost it after I saw "The Unforgiven." What a cold mess of nothin'. You betcha!

  2. Peckerwood_Pete

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vice grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."

    That sounds like Dirty Harry meets Chris Hansen to me…

    1. Peckerwood_Pete

      A lot of old people, due to aging, sensitive skin cannot use hand soaps, and oftentimes, do not wash their hands after they take a dump. This is true. They get fecal matter caked up under their fingernails, and it smells horrendous! Not saying this is the case with Mr. Eastwood. But it's possible.

  3. Barbara_

    He must have thought that you were the lovely nurse who was going to freshen up his Depends undergarment.

  4. Mumbletypeg

    In the last post Rich Abdill quoted The Blaze's remarking how "steady and grit-filled" and "taking steady aim" Eastwood's speech was and now seeing Becca propping the old man up I know the Blaze was not exaggerating perhaps so much.

  5. Texan_Bulldog

    He may have lost his ever-loving mind, but I still love Clint. When he and Willie Nelson die (if they ever do), my hard-bitten father will probably cry.

        1. Mumbletypeg

          Nine out of ten grizzled, braid-&-bandana wearin', dominoes-playin, relaxed-about-tax-filin', guitar strummin' Texas hippies would agree.

          (Kristofferson's bio is too long & convoluted for me to sum up in a single strand of hyphenated's but tonight's a blue moon and I love that songwriter more than most so I could get started without much prompting)

          1. actor212

            We could start with his Rhodes scholarship.

            I mean, really, of all the professions to see a Rhodes scholar excel in, C&W songwriting????

          2. Mumbletypeg

            He'd go on to fly helicopters in the military. When he turned down an English teaching offer at West Point in order to pursue songwriting, his family cut him off.
            One iconic moment that stands out for me was when he came onstage to defend Sinead O'Connor after the crowd* began booing her — it was just after that controversy when Sinead tore up a picture of the Pope maybe? Anyway — it reinforced my appreciation of the man's balanced perspective, not intimidated to stand up to a herd unloading their vitriol on a scapegoat, in addition to a lifetime balancing act of versatile talents.

            *ETA: it was a stage benefit-tribute to Bob Dylan, w/ many guest performers, methinks~

          3. actor212

            It was indeed, and she went on to a capella a really fine version of Bob Marley's War in defiance of the crowd.

            She did tear up a picture of the Pope on SNL as a dramatization of the child sexual abuse scandal just beginning to be uncovered. Rudy Giuliani, never one to miss a chance to rile a crowd for his own gain, went ballistic the next morning and it was the talk of the town that week.

            The Dylan 30th anniversary tribute was two weeks later at the Garden.

            The irony is, the audience reaction was mixed, almost as many booing as cheering, and it wasn't that she was upset about the booing but that the entire crowd wouldn't shut up long enough to let her sing and get off. She understood the night was not about her, it was about Dylan and that's what made her mad: the audience missed that whole point

          4. Weenus299

            The world would have been way, way cooler had Kris Kristofferson said to hell with a music career and won the presidency. He could do that shit. He's one hell of a smart guy. A songwriter who holds the keys to nukes. Fuckin' awesome.

          5. Terry

            Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin' for a train
            And I's feelin' near as faded as my jeans
            Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained
            It rode us all the way to New Orleans

            I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
            I was playin' soft while Bobby sang the blues, yeah
            Windshield wipers slappin' time, I was holdin' Bobby's hand in mine
            We sang every song that driver knew.

            That is damn fine writing.

          6. valgal2342

            Sunday Morning Coming Down, If You're Feeling Salty Then I'm Your Tequila, Loving Her Was Easier, Help Me Make It Through The Night. For The Good Times.
            All damn fine writing.
            Love the story of Kris flying a helicopter over Johnny Cash's house and dropping his demo tape down on the property in order to stand out from the crowd.

    1. PsycWench

      It's a long story, but an old boyfriend whom I was trying to break up with sought romantic advice about it from Willie Nelson, who he had interviewed for an article. Sorry to say it did not work, but there was a brief period when only three people knew of our issues: him, me and Willie Nelson.
      At least my dad got an autographed picture out of it.

    1. actor212

      May I have sex with your comment? I would normally just take it, but that would be legitimate rape and I want to spawn babby comments with this.

  6. ChernobylSoup

    Just because we're holding hands doesn't mean we'll be taking warm showers together until the wee hours of the morning.

  7. FakaktaSouth

    I can honestly say I never thought Clint would tell people about how empty chairs tell him to shut up and go fuck himself. I really think the chair (being smarter than anyone else there) was trying to help him out. Also, close your mouth, sir. This is a picture, not a video.

  8. EatsBabyDingos

    Great. This is the third sign of an apocalypse. If Hawaii gets hit by a tsunami, it will be the fourth sign. God hates beauty.

      1. ChernobylSoup

        I was just about to post that. Apparently Dingos is tapped into some wormhole that communicates with the Destroyer of Worlds.

        EatsBabyDingos: PLEASE CLOSE THE CONNECTION AND STOP TALKING NOW.

        1. EatsBabyDingos

          But now I'm thinking about Romney and an anthill and some maple syrup and a cowboy named Chester with a feathery boa named Rand.

  9. boobookitteh

    I was going to make a joke about how Clint seemed normal to me – but then again I spend my days working with people with Alzheimer's, but then it took me 5 tries to log in to Intense Debate and I felt a little more sympathetic to the ravages of an aging mind.

    1. actor212

      At my age I worry about Alzheimer's every time I pull the wrong key out and try to open my apartment with the car key.

      What were you saying?

    2. James Michael Curley

      If you use McAfee for protection from internet stuff, check your email inbox for a notice that it needs a fix. Worked for me.

      1. boobookitteh

        No. I'm one of those paranoid people who sets their work computer to clear their cache, browsing history and cookies every time I log out. That way you are assured that every comment is 100% boobookitteh certified.

  10. hollyrocks209

    What did the RNC think it was going to get? I don't think they thought it was going to be a stuttering old man who could barely get a sentence out without telling the empty chair to shut up. That was just sad. Watching Eastwood's face light up every time he thought he landed one was sad, too.

  11. BadKitty904

    First Reagan, now Eastwood. I suppose we're lucky Slim Pickins and Festus are both gone.

    "THE GOP – THE PARTY OF B-MOVIE COWBOYS"…

  12. YasserArraFeck

    Looking and Clint and then at Mittens, one is reminded how rapidly animatronics is advancing. Mittens acts almost lifelike. Clint looks ready for recycling.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      I just hope the second half goes better for we citizens than it did for the Patriots in that game.

  13. Lucidamente1

    It was all going fine until he mistook our Editrix for the nurse who gives him his sponge bath.

  14. Troubledog

    It's like when Breitbart groped Riley. Did he try to put his hoo-hoo-diddy in your cha-cha?

  15. CapeClod

    He left with a stern warning to all the conventioneers:
    "And if anything happens to the whores, I'll come back and kill all you sons-a-bitches!"

    1. UW8316154

      I will always love "Clint Eastwood", the actor and director. It's unfair for the GOP to manipulate a vulnerable Old like that.

  16. larrykat

    Could you at least have licked your hand and tried to press down that crazy hair on top of the old duffer's head?

  17. James Michael Curley

    I have been playing the political game for over 42 years when some folks asked me if I would consider running for council and I said no because they were republicans. Yet I have never encountered such a disrespectful, inane, abusive and unpatriotic string of babble at an authentic political event.

    Mitt should disclaim that performance or I am calling our the dogs of war in my district and they eat somebody who would try to tie them to the roof of a car.

  18. ttommyunger

    "I know what you're thinking. You're asking yourself is there someone sitting in this chair? Well, to tell you the truth, in all the excitement, I've kind of lost track myself…."

  19. Peckerwood_Pete

    I thought Clint Eastwood was the kid on Back to the Future 3. That's the only reason I stayed up last night to watch. And this some old, senile guy came out, pretending to be Ronald Reagan in late stages of dementia, arguing with the invisible man.

  20. C_R_Trogloraptor

    An elderly rich man, arguing with an empty chair representing an imaginary opponent in front of an endless sea of white faces is an apt a representation of the modern Republican Party as I've ever seen.

    In that sense, Eastwood's speech worked.

  21. Eve8Apples

    Clint Eastwood's speech was the perfect metaphor for the modern GOP — a rambling, angry, senile old white guy talking to an empty chair. Way to connect to those young, ethnic and female voters GOP! When the chair told him to go fuck himself, he should have said, "OK" and left the podium.

  22. iamrrm

    Careful, his tie is the same color as those little pills he has in his pocket. Also, in one pocket is his gun and in the other he IS happy to see you.

    1. bikerlaureate

      I want to think so.

      The tepid "Maybe it's time to let somebody else sit in the big chair" riff made me wonder who was trolling who.
      I like what another commenter here said – he could've been a doing an angry-old-guy character that was too convincing / not sufficiently satirical.

  23. BaldarTFlagass

    Maybe the Dems can get Eli Wallach for Charlotte.
    "Hey, Blondie! You know what you are? Just a dirty son-of-a-b-!"
    *Cue Ennio Morricone*
    ah-AH-ah-AH-ahh, wah WAH wah

  24. DahBoner

    That plastic sheeting and duct tape in the background certainly makes you look like you're in the Anthrax bunker…

  25. Hera Sent Me

    Until the recent spate of photos, I didn't realize what a babe our editrix is.

    If I find a way to be twenty years younger and unmarried, can I have a date?

  26. actor212

    You know, I really shouldn't make fun of Clint for arguing with an empty chair, because I remember one party I attended where someone laced the weed with PCP and I ended up in the basement, talking to a furnace.

  27. mavenmaven

    Do you think that later that evening he pretended you were in that chair? Or did he ask you if you'd like to learn more about "metal masochism"?

    1. Tundra Grifter

      Yes. Too small across the shoulders. Buttoning the top button instead of the middle one didn't help any, either. Also.

  28. Eve8Apples

    I kind of hope that Clint was fuckin' with the GOP. Maybe they prepared remarks for him. He read them. He was offended and decided he was not going to be their rent boy and recite their lines, so he got up there and mocked them. I can't believe last night's Clint Eastwood is the same guy who appeared in the Chrysler Super Bowl ad just a few months ago.

  29. Dildeaux

    Everything is going just fine. You are talking to an unoccupied chair and, of all things, Chris of Christie decides he needs to take a huge load off and BOOM! Convo over!

  30. Negropolis

    Why is every Wonkette picture blurred. lol It matters not the time of day or even lighting, if it's a picture for Wonkette, expect it to be shitty. lol

  31. DahBoner

    Sorry, but I'm not allowed to look at such esquisite beauty.

    I joined a monastery and took a vow of blindness…

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