"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Clint Eastwood's Speech

Always watch who the left-wing media attacks to find out who they fear.   The media attacked Sarah Palin in 2008.    They attacked Paul Ryan after his speech this year, saying he had "lied" about the closing of a Janesville GM plant.   (P.S.   He didn't.)   Now the media is attacking Clint Eastwood for his ten-minute "empty chair" speech.   That's how you know that they know it was very very effective.   Think of the points that he has now made memorable:

1.  The empty chair is now a metaphor for the President.   Empty chair makes you think of empty suit.  Makes me think of the famous line that "there's no there there."   Brilliant.

2.  People supposedly didn't like the "blue" material, where he has the imaginary President Obama telling Romney, and then Eastwood, to go f*** themselves.   (Eastwood says it more obliquely, and with more humor, but that's what he was talking about.)   I think it too was brilliant:   it makes you think that, in addition to being an empty suit, Obama's not a very nice guy, but instead is kind of angry.   He made the point again later when he noted that "maybe he's not so nice when you see some of his ads that are running."  

3.  He contrasted Romney the businessman with Obama as an "attorney" who's always arguing and "bifurcating" things.   Brilliant again.   What is it that the Obama campaign is always trying to pin on Romney?   That he's a heartless businessman.   But however heartless businessmen might be in the collective unconscious, people really really don't like lawyers.   Believe me, I know.

4.  He gave moderates and independents and Reagan Democrats who voted for Obama a rationale and a kind of permission to vote against Obama this time, saying we own the country, government works for us, and when an employee doesn't do the job, we have to let him go.   Again, brilliant.

5.  And he did so quickly, with humor, and with a kind of shambling Grandpa charm that I think most Americans who aren't pundits would have enjoyed and responded to.

As I said:  brilliant.   And the left knows it.   That's why the long knives are out.

Here's the whole thing, for your re-viewing pleasure:

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