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Fox News Suddenly Loves Hollywood Elitists After Clint Eastwood Yelled At A Chair

by Josh Fruhlinger

True story: This image was one of the top results on a Google Image search for 'eastwood orangutang'You guys, pity poor Hollie Mckay, entertainment/celebrity columnist and writer of the “Pop Tarts” column on the Fox News website! Most people in her line of work get to just wallow in America’s sleaze and degradation openly in an attempt to gin up pageviews from a bored and horny audience. But Fox News, despite their thing generally being more “we hate taxes” rather than “we hate sex,” feels a need to be at least kind of scoldy about our nation’s moral decline, which means stories like “Lindsay Lohan ‘very upset’ over fresh theft allegations, friend says she’s burning through cash” have to mix it up with “New study says full-frontal nudity on prime-time TV up 6,300 percent over last year.” Plus all those Hollywood types are so darn liberal, which it’s necessary to make fun of them over! But what if a major Hollywood icon, who, though a relative moderate, has been a public supporter of the Republican Party for his entire life, and even held elected office as a Republican, showed up at the Republican National Convention and had a weird, rambling dialogue with a piece of furniture before endorsing Mitt Romney? That would probably mean that Hollywood loves Republicans now and it’s OK to take celebrity political opinions seriously, right?

There are few headlines you wil see today that will be more amazing than “Clint Eastwood stumping for Mitt Romney suggests shift in Hollywood’s political paradigm, experts say.” Because first, of course, a Republican endorsing a Republican isn’t a “shift,” and, haha, “experts,” who might these celebrity experts be? Is celebrity political science a thing you go to school for? Isn’t it kind of sad that just being a gossip columnist does’t make you an expert, but you have to go quote other experts?

Anyway, the “experts” quoted are:

  • “Oscar-winning producer Gerald Molen, who’s [sic] latest project is the controversial documentary ’2016: Obama’s America’
  • “New York-based political and entertainment publicist, Adam Weiss”
  • “Jeff Roe, political consultant and founder of Axiom Strategies”
  • “publicist and political expert Angie Meyer”

Sounds expert-y to us! These people mostly claim that Hollyweirdos are starting to sour on Obama because they are rich and dumb and easily deceived and are beginnging to hear rumors that Obama simply does not care for rich people. The article sadly also notes that obviously the huge majority of famous people still love Obama and have raised millions and millions of dollars for him, which does undermine the title a little bit. [Fox News]

 
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actor212 August 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

Clearly, the chair was a Hollywood liberal.

ChernobylSoup August 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

He was going to talk to an empty closet, but all the ones in Tampa were full.

WhatTheHeck August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

Maybe it was a Chippendale chair?

Barbara_ August 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

Awesome Tweet of the day:
George Takei ‏@GeorgeTakei
Clint Eastwood's RNC speech was to imaginary Obama in an empty chair. I'm drafting a DNC speech to imaginary Romney in an empty factory.

Terry August 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

George Takei is awesome.

Barbara_ August 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

I agree Terry! Good morning to you.

Terry August 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

And to you! I have to say that I'm enjoying the front page of CNN.com. They're running an Eastwood story more prominently than the story of Romney's speech.

Barbara_ August 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

I'll go and check it out, thanks!

Jus_Wonderin August 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

I love Sulu!

UnholyMoses August 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

Set phasers to awesome!

viennawoods13 August 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Or, possibly, fabulous!

iTuna August 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

I sincerely hope the DNC committee reaches out to Takei. He's funny, witty, popular with old people because of Star Trek, popular with young people because of his Twitter/Facebook presence, a prominent LGBTQ rights activist, and could probably deliver a funny yet powerful speech.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Oh, MY!

ManchuCandidate August 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

Faux Newz: The Tiger Beat for Olds!

Fare la Volpe August 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

With such winning headlines as:

"Who's Got the Cutest Crow's Feet?"
"Randy Andy Griffith Opens Up about His Hair Plugs!"
"Are You Getting Enough Fiber? You Really Should Be Getting More Fiber"

viennawoods13 August 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

You forget, Andy is dead to them, as well as really dead.

tihond August 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

What furniture does Tom Selleck have to argue with to get a little conservative media love.

SorosBot August 31, 2012 at 11:26 am

And when will they offer a prime-time convention speaking slot to Victoria Jackson?

OneDollarJuana August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

Victoria Jackson is a speaking slot.

boobookitteh August 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

Maybe the dining room table Barney Frank refused to debate?

prommie August 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

Noone can hear him from so deep in the closet.

actor212 August 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

A chifferobe

actor212 August 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

“Clint Eastwood stumping for Mitt Romney suggests shift in Hollywood’s political paradigm, experts say.”

Andrew Breitbart was unavailable for comment, as he is currently dead.

Fare la Volpe August 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

And It couldn't happen to a nicer corpse.

Hera Sent Me August 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

Oh good, you guys saw Clint Eastwood spouting senile inanities at an empty chair, too.

I was afraid I needed my med levels checked.

MacRaith August 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

Clint was just trying to help Lindsay Graham find a few more old angry white men for the GOP.

Jus_Wonderin August 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

What? Did they wander off from the home again?

mrpuma2u August 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

Just gotta keep them alive until Nov. 6th, only democrats allow the dead to vote.

actor212 August 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

Lindsay is keeping the young ones for himself

ManchuCandidate August 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

That political panel was less impressive than the esteemed judges at a Miss Nude World Contest.

RadioBowels August 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

And by extension, they too will love our editrix.

FakaktaSouth August 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

Well of course they've changed, these "entertainers" were only voting for PresO to feel good about themselves on the day they voted, cause, black guy. (worst bigot line of the night last night from what I recall through the brain damage.)

They can have all the John Voights, Weird(er) Baldwins and old tv show ladies they would like, it only makes me feel better about the sweet sweet Clooney.

Biff August 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

George, or Rosemary?

FakaktaSouth August 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

UM DUH? Have you HEARD her sing Mumbo Italiano? Come on now.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

George is Rosemary's nephew.

prommie August 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

The bizzarrity of the crazy empty chair bit has distracted peope from the wierdness of the rest of Dirty Clint's speech, such as that suggestion you point out that everyone had tears in their eyes on account of, black dude. But even just the tepidness of the "endorsement," too, was wierd as hell, I don't have the words in front of me, but didn't Clint say "maybe, possibly, it could be, that maybe, it might possibly be time for maybe a different president, but I could be wrong?"

FakaktaSouth August 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

I gotta be honest, I was watching Mr Eastwood with my hands over my eyes – it was so cringe-y and bad. He was just crazy, but yeah, maybe kinda we oughta consider, you know, possibly, doing something different. Then they all yelled at him to just say Make my day and fuck off.
Mitt's the one that said the "feel good about yourself the day you voted" thing – I'm sure he probably voted for PresO, since he's a closet lib just trying to get a job now, and he got reamed so hard by all the other R candidates in the 08 primary. The guy has no fucking soul.

prommie August 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

Clint said that shit too, talked about all the dumb liberals in Hollywierd crying over electing teh blah, and said he cried too, wierd wierd wierd

FakaktaSouth August 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

No no no, I know, I just meant my specific quote — Clint def had some of the boogity racism going. It was sad and gross and he shoulda just gone off like Jack Palance and started doing push-ups instead. I like my old dudes feisty.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

"even just the tepidness of the "endorsement," too, was wierd as hell, I don't have the words in front of me, but didn't Clint say "maybe, possibly, it could be, that maybe, it might possibly be time for maybe a different president, but I could be wrong?""

And somewhere, Mel Gibson is pacing the floor talking angrily to himself:
"The hell kind of half-assed endorsement is that? My ass would be a better endorsement! I coulda been a contender! I woulda said, "Obama, we will defeat you! But you will blow me first!" Then I woulda beat the shit out of everybody there! Lousy, rotten, stinkin'… muttter… rant, rave…"

Mumbletypeg August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

worst bigot line of the night last night from what I recall through the brain damage

Indeed. I was so livid reflecting upon that later, I couldn't remember if it was Clint or Rmoney who uttered it.
Seemed like both had their share of moments when the insult-engine was miscalibrated with a weak attempt to mitigate toward less acrid and more backhand slurs — like the one: "I wanted to believe in Pres. Obama because I wanted to see the best for our beautiful nation" etc. — yet it came across as surely to alienate his immediate audience for toning it down too much, as flummox those of us wondering how long that insult engine had been idling vs. charging.

BerkeleyBear August 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Go back to McCain's concession speech. The GOP has always sought to damn Obama with faint praise about his "historic" nature. Like, "oh, isn't it sweet the nation let a blah have the job, but we all know he isn't ready for prime time" type patronizing. Which they then projected into the any person with melanin will do embrace of first Michael Steele, then Herman Cain and finally Condi Rice as their great blah hopes.

1stNewtontheMoon August 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

these fucking people. amazing how they hate hollywood SO MUCH, YOU GUYS, but totally wet their depends for the guy who starred opposite an orangutan in his biggest hit and whose patron saint is dime dropping b-movie actor and former pres'nit of SAG (a Union!).

OzoneTom August 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

…who also had a simian co-star.

hagajim August 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

"weird rambling dialogue with a piece of furniture"

Funny? I didn't see the part where Eastwood talked to R'Money. Was it good?

NorthStarSpanx August 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

The RNC nominated candidate for President upstaged by a chair, man, that's one awesome take-away from all this.

Peckerwood_Pete August 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

That's right about on par with Charlie Daniels writing in his book about how actors and musicians need to stay out of politics and just shut up…. oh, the irony…

SorosBot August 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

Despite their rantings against "liberal Hollywood", the Republicans clearly love their movie stars; I mean they twice made completely unqualified B-movie actors Governor of California, and one of them President despite his having less of a brain than your average gerbil.

Peckerwood_Pete August 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

Plenty of wonderful Hollywood actors support the GOP.. Shannen Doherty… Ron Silver…. um… Bo Derek… errr… maybe Chuck Norris?

actor212 August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

Silver's dead. And who's the fat chick from Everybody Loves Raymond? She's a Rep too

Peckerwood_Pete August 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I guess the fact that I didn't know he was dead speaks volumes ….

I also think that possibly everyone on The Expendables is a GOP supporter.

They also have 50 Cent, Adam Sandler, Stephen Baldwin, and Brittney Spears!

Mumbletypeg August 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

Shirley Temple… but she was just an ambassador or something? And can't remember if she's still living; but she stands out in my mind too.

BerkeleyBear August 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Shirley Temple Black definitely would not be welcome to set policy for the present GOP.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I was shocked that Kelsey Grammer voted for Bush BOTH times… I mean, unless they were buds because they used to score coke from the same dealer or something?

Really, how could someone dumb enough to vote for Dumbass BOTH times play a character like Frasier for 20 years? Did they write his lines FOH-NET-ICK-LEE or something?

prommie August 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

Neither of them had the brains of the average gerbil.

BerkeleyBear August 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Yeah, but only one got elected President, thank God. The other was just the guy who in all seriousness a bunch of Republicans wanted to repeal that whole native born shit so he could run for President, they loved jacking off to Commando and Predator so much.

ETA awesome TMBG reference in your description. I am a snake head eating the head on the opposite side.

Incitefully_Joe August 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

I was curious about this, so I checked the internet machine information for DNC's past, and by all appearances, the last time they had an actor with any sort of significant role at a convention was 2000, with Tommy Lee Jones, who used to be Al Gore's roommate.

The last time the RNC had an actor in a prominent role was 2008 (though Fred Thompson is perhaps a special case). Before that, it was 2004 (Angie Harmon, Ron Silver, a Miss America, and Dorothy Hamill and Lynn Swann, for the olympian quotient). Before that, it was 2000 (Bo Derek, Robert Conrad, Rick Schroeder, Connie Stevens, Ben Stein, Bruce Willis…)

I could keep going, but the main point is that while there are indeed plenty of actors and directors who happen to be liberal and liberal politicians seldom begrudge them their political expression, it really starts to look more and more like Republicans are the ones who have a bit of trouble distinguishing between celebrity, and qualification to speak authoritatively about political issues.

Which maybe explains why they were SUPER UPSET AND ANGRY when, say, the Dixie Chicks said a vaguely political thing they didn't agree with. It was totally as though Al Gore or Bill Clinton had been the one criticizing Bush while overseas, because celebrity== authority.

Mumbletypeg August 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

Intriguing to consider. Marginally related/ aside: when someone a few threads back speculated how awesome if for example, a well-educated & well-rounded persona like actor-songwriter Kris Kristofferson entered politics? We want to restore the dignity to our highest office with the help of someone whose heroism transcends the usual features one associates with successful politicians. I think the conflating of celebrity appeal and desireable officeholder traits is equally, dreamily considered by both sides or parties.
But the reason I vetoed (sorry!) that idea in my mind upon reading it, that of Kristofferson making a great Prez, was that I guessed such a position would be beyond such a Renaissance guy’s mien for undertaking. K.K. was eclectic enough of a rogue to adopt many skills then pursue the most romantic and least gainful-promising path of all his options, songwriting and without even much gift in vocals for singing them. Success at the political level demands more self-serving as *well* as catering to interests often separate from one's own yet one must compromise one's own ideals to adapt to them.
Or I wonder if Kal Penn had in mind aspiring to higher office when he went to work for this administration, just as suddenly dropping the gig or nearly. It's the only other instance of a Democrat trading acting for the political fray (and back again) I could think of as a recent example.

Incitefully_Joe August 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Well, yes. I ddin't mean to suggest that it wasn't a normal human impulse that plenty of people actually have, irrespective of ideology.

What I did mean to suggest is that, while it is a normal impulse, it's one that's born out of an impulse towards hierarchical authoritarianism- that being famous or well-known or Important is synonymous with being authoritative or competent. Dems seem to recognize this -or at least recognize that fawning over celebrities at the DNC is unseemly without necessarily being able to articulate why, whereas R's quite frankly embrace it, as they already believe in updating the concept of aristocracy to present-day terms.

BerkeleyBear August 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I think it has more to do with the fact the DNC has been reluctant to reinforce the GOP branding of them as the party of decadence and fluff over the last 20 plus years. Similarly, most entertainment people who do politics at least seem to want to do it so they can be seen as serious people and not dilettantes (I'm thinking of Clooney, Martin Sheen and others) and parading their celebrity onto what should be somewhat serious seems off kilter. Frankly, I think the Rob Lowe and Warren Beatty Dem party dudes image scared the party about letting A-listers play at the convention.

2008 was also all about optics. There was plenty of high profile celebrity involvement with the Obama campaign, and the GOP was already attacking him as a "rock star" without substance before the convention. That made it imperative not to come off as a star struck party at the convention, although they did still have much better music.

SorosBot August 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

And they also had Janine Turner out this time, and maybe some other stars I missed; and really, isn't someone who starred in a show that ended over 15 years ago and has done nothing significant since exactly who you want?

viennawoods13 August 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Ben Affleck spoke in 2004 at the DNC. I remember that because I have the Jon Stewart DVD from the '04 campaign.

BaldarTFlagass August 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

“New study says full-frontal nudity on prime-time TV up 6,300 percent over last year.”

Really? Maybe I should start watching television again.

SexySmurf August 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

Unfortunately, all of it's on Mike and Molly.

prommie August 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

A word to the wise: Weeds.

BaldarTFlagass August 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

If it's on a pay channel, then it doesn't count!

HistoriCat August 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

Is that on Netflix? Must investigate!

prommie August 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

It is. They find some excuse for boobage in almost every episode.

johnnymeatworth August 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

The DNC needs to get Bob Newhart on the horn and quick:

@BobNewhart: I heard that Clint Eastwood was channeling me at the RNC. My lawyers and I are drafting our lawsuit…

Peckerwood_Pete August 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

Maybe Newhart could just use Larry, Darryl and Darryl instead of an empty chair at the DNC.

viennawoods13 August 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Well, he'll need a phone instead of a chair, but yeah, it's clearly copyright infringement.

Terry August 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

Jaysus, Clint was bad. Ignoring everything else, the man is a professional actor and one held in rather high regard. Why the hell couldn't he deliver lines? It would be like a NASCAR driver driving a car for a TV demo and going 20 mph in the fast lane of the Interstate with the turn signal flashing all the way.

SorosBot August 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

It might have something to do with being 82 years old.

HistoriCat August 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

I haven't cringed that hard since Billy Crystal "interviewed" Fay Wray at the Oscars. The poor thing seemed to have no idea what was going on. Painful.

prommie August 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Fay seemed a bit lost, too.

HistoriCat August 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Big hand prommie, folks! He's here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress!

actor212 August 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

You'll notice he was the only one last night who didn't use a teleprompter.

montreal_bruin August 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

I'm starting to think that Clint was a last-minute replacement after the whole T-rump "fire Obama" thing was leaked and subsequently ridiculed. Clint thought he could wing it, considering the convention audience but failing to consider the national TV audience.

BerkeleyBear August 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Ever seen an actor on a roast where they clearly go off script because they think they are a lot funnier (and sober) than they really are? That's what this was. He just was going to riff it for a while, the crowd gave him positive feedback (and would have cheered him taking a crap on stage) so he went for it.

gullywompr August 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

George Clooney's appearance at the DNC convention will shift it back. But he won't have any furniture props.

comrad_darkness August 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

Oh, I hope he does. Think of the satire!

BaldarTFlagass August 31, 2012 at 11:26 am

Angie Meyer's Vox organ really defined the sound of both the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornados. I know he's had health problems, but I never expected he'd sell out to Fox News. And he lives in my town!!!

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

50 some odd (very odd) years later, "She's about a Mover" is still cheese-tastic!

Incitefully_Joe August 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

Wasn't it all of maybe six months ago that Karl Rove was calling Clint Eastwood a Soros-funded commie because GM made a commercial? So, someone's political paradigm shifted, at any rate.

Gleem McShineys August 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

That Etch-A-Sketch, man it really works!

HRH_Maddie August 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

RT @exJon "I'm so sick of Hollywood shoving their politics down our… OOOH! Jon Voight!" …except now it's Clint Eastwood

Jus_Wonderin August 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

I know it is too late, but I'd have loved to see Bea Authur do a monologue reprimanding a Romney coatrack. I miss Bea.

prommie August 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

i miss those "I wouldn't fuck (fill in the blank) with Bea Arthur's cock" jokes.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

So now, of course, I'm picturing her giving the coatrack her famous scowl and lecturing it (addressing it as "Mitt") in her famous growl.

Jus_Wonderin August 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Oh, thwacking it with a newspaper as she always did to Rose Nylan (Betty White).

BerkeleyBear August 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

OOOOOOOOO – Betty White doing her Golden Girls/St. Olaf schtick at the DNC. That would be a hoot (especially if she then dropped out of character, launched some of the nasty lines she's been getting away with her whole life).

mrpuma2u August 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

Don't forget the other Hollywood heavy hitter conservatives like Scott Baio, Janine Turner, Jenna Jameson (? still don't get that one) Dennis Miller, and Victoria Jackson. Look what being a conservative douchebag did for all their careers.

prommie August 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Special mention of the deceased conservative actress extraordinaire Bo Dereck.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

"Jenna Jameson (? still don't get that one)"

Jenna Jameson's net worth is 70 million dollars. Mystery solved.

miss_grundy September 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Obviously, porn pays……

UnholyMoses August 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

On the bright side, this does show that the GOP has locked up the Angry Old White Guy vote.

But they totes lost the furniture demo …

actor212 August 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

Yea, you dont want to embarass a chair on national TeeVee like that. You'll never be able to hang up your coat, ever again

SexySmurf August 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

I'll begin by saying that I still think Clint is a badass and I'm still a huge fan, but I think hologram Reagan would have been more coherent. Hell, real Reagan would have been more coherent.

Ducksworthy August 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

Clearly Reagan has passed the mantle of Alzheimer's political wisdom on the Clint.

montreal_bruin August 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

When I heard the hologram Reagan idea, I was hoping for something like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF0j69pAM7g

OkieDokieDog August 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

The best part was seeing Queen Ann of Rmoney and Princess What's-her-face Ryan squirming around in their chairs. Could have been itchy butts from pin worms tho.

Ducksworthy August 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

Pin worms. That explains Ryan's completion. (Or he may also be a vampire.)

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Ryan IS a pin worm (an annoying parasite that lives in poop).

Ducksworthy August 31, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Thank you. I stand corrected.

OzoneTom August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

They must've gotten chairs that the Palins had used previously.

miss_grundy September 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

So Queen Anne would suffer from Hoof and Mouth disease????? Or perhaps, Trenchmouth?????

orygoon August 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

In other news, MSNBC suddenly in love with chairs.

ChrisM2011 August 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

Does this mean Victoria Jackson finally gets on the A-list?

Mumbletypeg August 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

It would be a first. Shit rolling uphill, for a change.

Mittens Howell, III August 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

Clint's chair was less wooden than Mitt, just sayin'.

a_pink_poodle August 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

Whatever, I still like the Dirty Harry series

BaldarTFlagass August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

Heartbreak Ridge will remain in my DVD rotation despite this. And Kelly's Heroes.

SoBeach August 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

Unforgiven is still the best western ever made.

eaglewon September 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Yeah, Unforgiven was damn good. And I'll always love good, bad and ugly. Eli Wallach made that movie great, but Clint was still cool. I'll give him a pass on this RNC thing. He's done a lot of good work. He's just gettin' old. He might be around awhile, wasn't his mother like 100 when she died?

James Michael Curley August 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

How can any political advocacy theory seek to address people and win them over by saying, "You were young and stupid four years ago."?

This is another example that the decision makers in the Romney campaign are a bunch of clueless, self aggrandizing, naive, pathetic narrow minded twerps.

sbj1964 August 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

Tell us how you really feel James.Ditto

James Michael Curley August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

When even your start to put together a political organization for a campaign, and I have done a few, you invariably encounter a lot of well meaning, committed, enthusiastic know-it-alls. You then have to pilot them through with the feeling you are talking to your two year old, “No, honey, the bowl does not go on your head.” But with the Romney camp its two year olds who are exceedingly vicious in their response.

prommie August 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

Don't forget the "entitled." Its their massive sense of entitlement that allows them to make all these idiotic mistakes. Causes them to make these mistakes. They have absolutely no conception that the rest of the world doesn't feel the same way they do, which is to say, that everyone on earth doesn't just know with a certainty that they DESERVE to have power because they are SPECIAL and just simply BETTER than everyone else.
Its the Bushie mentality.

BerkeleyBear August 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Oh, I think it is worse, because Rove was a moderating influence on how transparent the entitlement was. It was total bs, but that whole buy a ranch to clear brush shit worked.

Ducksworthy August 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

"clueless, self aggrandizing, naive, pathetic narrow minded twerps"? Ever engage in conversation with a Mormon "Missionary"?

James Michael Curley August 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Yes, in fact a couple weeks ago I had the tri-fecta, Mormons, Jehova Witnesses and a guy who wants to demonstrate that his vinyl siding was better than mine.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

"How can any political advocacy theory seek to address people and win them over by saying, "You were young and stupid four years ago."?"

Marge Simpson: Make sure you're on time for your job interview… And try not to call your interviewer a punk, or a skank.
Biker [in tones of amazed discovery]: Ohhhhh!! DON'T call them skanks!

comrad_darkness August 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

Chairs clearly have a liberal bias.

mavenmaven August 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

Nothing like old commie "committed writing". Republican press states people want more Republicans in power, democrat hegemony will be Shattered by Great Republican Money oops Platform.

sbj1964 August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

The new RNC theme song(You've got a friend) Golden girls.That will energize they're base.

UnholyMoses August 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

Spock: Captain, the speech follows no logical pattern.
Kirk: Random sentences strung together.
McCoy: He looks drugged, Jim. Almost at a cataleptic state.

Star Trek, "Patterns of Force," Episode 52.

(Blatantly stolen from someone on TPM.)

Sharkey August 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

Just be thankful we didn't get Mel Gibson.

Ducksworthy August 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

Aw. You had to say that. Now I'm disappointed.

Biff August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I dunno, hearing him call Ann Sugartits would've rocked my night, for sure.

actor212 August 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

The Empty Chair has been invited to Charlotte to open the DNC.

Serfville August 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

Bwaaaaaaaaa!

actor212 August 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

You laugh but every meeting I've ever attended, it's always "The chair recognizes this," or "The chair recognizes that," but at least now, we'd all recognize the chair!

metamarcisf August 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

Getting Eastwood was a brilliant move by the RNC. Romney has really been struggling with the elderly angry white-guy demograhic.

Ducksworthy August 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

No No people. You don't get it. Clint is an perfect example of the new GOP theme of Hate the Olds cause they will still get Medicare and Social Security while the rest of you just pay into what will become truly a Ponzi scheme controlled by Goldman Sachs. So Hate the Olds cause, like union members and gheys, they have what you can't have, and they clearly don't deserve it.

Blueb4sinrise August 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

Does Clint cash S.S. checks?

Biff August 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Of course not.

They're direct-deposited.

fartknocker August 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

For reasons I can't describe I gotta believe that Ron Paul is smiling this morning.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Do those reasons include "a nice BM"?

fawkedifiknow August 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

Those Hollywood guys are so clever, and you are so slow. You all thought that was just an endorsement of Mitt Romney by Clint Eastwood. What it really was was a one-act soliloquy entitled "Advance Stage Alzheimer's Makes My Day Now." And, it was pitch perfect, I might add.

WhatTheHeck August 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

The republicans still have the corpse of Ronnie Raygun to bring on stage at a moment's notice. He's their ace in the hole film star.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

"Ronnie Raygun [...] He's their ace in the hole film star."

Who really IS in a hole! In the ground! It's funny because it's true!

Ducksworthy August 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

"Get off my lawn before I shoot." This is good news for John McCain. He looks somewhat sane by comparison.

Bibliofishy August 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

"Oscar-winning producer Gerald Molen"

The Academy Awards does not have a 'best producer' category. Another one of those republican truths…

rickmaci August 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

He would have better off if he had just walked up to the podium, said: "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone…", and then turned and walked away.

Peckerwood_Pete August 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

Well, it's like I said earlier, when referring to that same quote…. having those 3 items in the trunk of your car either make you Clint Eastwood from Gran Torino…. or a suspect on Dateline with Chris Hansen..

Mittens Howell, III August 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

If Clint had brought his Orangutan, instead of that chair, the delegates could have shown us how they feed animals.

Mittens Howell, III August 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

George Clooney has just been booked to interview an invisible Mitt Romney, seated on the roof of a station wagon, at the DNC convention.

Steverino247 August 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

"We're here at the Republican National Convention, where an empty chair has just eaten an aging Hollywood icon's reputation…"

T3rbo August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

it's obama's fault that Eastwood's speech wasn't better

prommie August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Biased journalism is one thing. I am not even so sure its that bad a thing, as long as its "out," as long as you know that this is the Labor newspaper and this is the Tory newspaper, it just is what it is. Everyone is biased, to a degree.

But fanboy journalism is just sad and pathetic, laughable, and dweeby stupid. And thats where Fox is lately, these people aren't even simply biased, they are flat out weepy fanboi dweebs, I half expect Fox news to start out with an anchor just crying and weeping and screaming "Leave Willard Alone" a la the Britney fanboy meme.

Its like the most pathetic homer sports journalism. Its really really genuinely pathetic, childish.

FakaktaSouth August 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Biased as in, this is how I come at things and this is how I feel, not just what I am reporting, fine. Most of these folks are being told what to say by their corporate overlords, so coming at something with your own opinions is actually preferable. Biased in the "I feel this way when 'my' side does it, and a COMPLETELY different way when 'they' do it," Fuck you.

prommie August 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Look at the sport analogy. The most ridiculous homer fanboy on earth is the Philadelphia Eagles radio announcer Merril (pronounced "murl") Reese. Here is how sad fanboy he is, several years back, the Iggles managed to win one game in a row, or something, maybe they started the season 3-0, and Murl of course starts talking about how its a lock they are gonna win the superbowl. Now thats just garden variety homer fanboy shit, so far ok. But then, he says this shit, I am not exxagerating: "You know, if the Iggles win the Superbowl, this could go on to inspire the 76ers and the Phillies and the Flyers to win their championships, too, ushering in an age of all-sport domination by the Philadelphia teams." I am not exagerating. This is about the level Fox News operates at, this statement that the paradigm of liberal Hollywood is shifting because of Clint and Victoria Jackson, its absolutely as ludicrous.

T3rbo August 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

True. They are like the two women in the audience that the cameras cut to (at least on PBS) during Romney's speech that looked like they were crying when Mitt said he loved his wife. I'm not sure why that moment was so tender and special to these two ladies, but it really got to them.
For me, Mitt's entire speech was really robotic and boring, but to a Willard fan, I guess it was really moving. I prefer the heads of my personality cults to have, well, personality.

tessiee August 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

"an anchor just crying and weeping and screaming "Leave Willard Alone" a la the Britney fanboy meme."

LEAVE MITTNEY ALONE!!

BerkeleyBear August 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Bias was the order of the day in the "golden era" of newspapers, but as you said everyone could pick among the many different biased offerings. You basically could have whatever flavor you wanted, and no one with average intelligence expected unbiased coverage for most issues. Fox in a way is a throwback to that era, but it is annoying when they claim that they are unbiased and people actually believe them.

I mean, I guess people believed what Hearst threw at them to some degree, but he never claimed to be a complete neutral.

arduinohacker August 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Gotta love those family values, Clint has 7 kids with 5 women, that he's admitted to. That's some Family values right there.

natoslug August 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

He's a jobs provider! Divorce lawyer jobs, therapist jobs, personal shopper jobs, moving company jobs, process server jobs, hand jobs . . .

DemmeFatale August 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I think Clint's "angry ol' white guy" routine was meant to be sarcastic, but was too convincing.

tihond August 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Rebecca Kleefisch warned us about this man-on-chair love.

Misty Malarky August 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I hereby nominate Victoria Jackson for official GOP Hollywood Royalty rep.

P.S.

YIKES!

T3rbo August 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I second that nomination. She is not only not hilarious, she's angry and mean spirited. She has a persecution complex: "This show is about freedom of speech!" She praises the lord a lot, she is crazy, and she loves the 'Nuge.
http://victoriajacksonshow.com/4046/i-met-ted-nug

Plus she knows that the muslim brotherhood has infiltrated our government and that Obama's czars are Communists

An_Outhouse August 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I'm suspicious of the study that concluded that full-frontal nudity on prime-time TV up 6,300 percent over last year. Apparently they counted Charles Krauthammer's face as a penis.

SorosBot August 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Here's more on it:
http://www.avclub.com/articles/television-is-full

And the article contains an image of a pixilated, apparently nude Kristen Ritter.

shelwood46 August 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

There's also a link to the PTC's supercut of blurry nude people of 2011 TV for your blurry pleasure.

DahBoner August 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

SURPRISE! An old man has an argument with an empty chair….

ttommyunger August 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Clint a baddass? Reminds me of an interview given by a certain singer/actor: "Movies have enabled me to be a helicopter pilot, an Army Ranger, a Cop, it's been great.". See, in the real world, you were never any of those things, and never will be. Clint, John Wayne, etc. also…Live in the real world, folks.

Nostrildamus August 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Clint's always been a Fox kinda guy:

Gonzales: There is one question, Inspector Callahan: Why do they call you "Dirty Harry"?
De Georgio: Ah that's one thing about our Harry, doesn't play any favorites! Harry hates everybody: Limeys, Micks, Hebes, Fat Dagos, Niggers, Honkies, Chinks, you name it.
Gonzales: How does he feel about Mexicans?
De Georgio: Ask him.
Harry Callahan: Especially Spics.

lulzmonger August 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Today we are all furniture that wins arguments with Dirty Harry.

Guppy August 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Psst…

There's only one G in "orangutan."

Just sayin'.

Soylent Green August 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

That was me on LSD Tuesdays.

NorthStarSpanx August 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

What would we rather watch more, Dick Clark hosting his last shaky, slow-speeched Rocking New Year's Eve party or Clint ever riffing about politics again?

ChickTract_Fil_A August 31, 2012 at 2:19 pm

worst wedding toast ever.

Toomush_Infer August 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Clint should be checked for a recent small stroke – something too weird for TV was going on last night….

AtwatersGhost August 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Crazy Harry.

Baba_NinjaCat12 August 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Clinty yelling at an empty chair is similar to Fox News talking heads ranting to a typical Fox News gullible viewer with an empty brain.

rickmaci August 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Bet'cha Axelrod has an eastwoody today from all the great traction they are getting off the "eastwooding" meme, and they literally didn't have to do anything for it. It's the unforced errors that kill your game, as my old coach used to say.

JustPixelz August 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Time for someone to speak to a stadium of empty chairs, one for each of Romney's positions.

Generation[redacted] August 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm
dopper0189 August 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I kind of thought the chair won the debate by not making an ass of itself. It was sort of like the chair thought "I'm used to dealing with asses all day and suffering in silence…."

TribecaMike August 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Whew, for a second there I thought you said Texas keyboard great Augie Meyers was a Romneyite.

Generation[redacted] August 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Agent Eastwood has successfully infiltrated the enemy camp. Proceed with Operation Empty Chair.

viennawoods13 August 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I am totally looking forward to Jon and Stephen tonight. I wonder what they'll talk about?

josephmax September 1, 2012 at 1:49 am

Quoth the sweaty Christopath from the Full! Frontal! Nudity! article:

““The networks have made it abundantly clear they have no intention of respecting either the broadcast licenses they’ve been granted or the public in whose interest they are licensed to serve,” he wrote. "Therefore the American people, whose values are being assaulted on a nightly basis, must insist that the Federal Communications Commission vigorously enforce broadcast decency laws, as mandated by the Congress and affirmed by the Supreme Court.”

So, when it comes to pixelated boobies and balls, we gotta get all Big Gubmit regulation-y! Swinging naughty bits trumps the Free! Market!

grex1949 August 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

rimshot!

BerkeleyBear August 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Other than the pushups, Palance's bizarre-o speech ("I crap larger than you" delivered to his co-star who got him the statue for a shitty comedy, as I recall) was the closest thing I could reference for old dude loses his shit publicly.

Scenes like this (and some bad family history) is why I really fear Alzheimer's and support the death with dignity movement.

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