The Eastwood speech is a perfect representation of the current republican party. A confused old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama.And in all honesty, it made me laugh. I know it's not true, but I also know that many people think it is, and in that regard it's a well-delivered quip. Quite clever. The left-leaning World of Punditry is all over Eastwood like white on rice, as well. Witness the byline to the ramblings of noted propagandist Michael Moore at the Daily Beast:
The Hollywood legend growling at an empty chair will live on in infamy as the moment when a crazy old man hijacked a national party’s most important gathering to tell off the president. Michael Moore on the creepiness of crazy Clint."Crazy old man." Got that? About an iconic Hollywood figure on a major media source, the Newsweek-backed Daily Beast. Here's a piece from Talking Points Memo by Benjy Sarlin (who used to work for the Daily Beast, oddly enough). Note carefully the terminology being employed:
Clint Eastwood opened up the primetime portion of the Republican convention with a rambling, mumbling and often incoherent address next to an empty chair that was meant to represent President Obama.
A creaky Eastwood began by defending Hollywood’s notorious liberal reputation to the crowd, claiming that there were in fact many independents and Republicans in show business.