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Romney campaign struggles to move past the Clint Eastwood debacle, while everyone else just laughs

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM
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Republican presidnetial nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann sit in their hotel room while watching the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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The smiles are a little more strained this morning.
It's a toss-up whether the funnier part of Clint Eastwood's speech last night was the part where he mumbled at an empty chair, or the part where the Romney campaign bumped its well-produced, reasonably effective bio video off network television to show Clint mumbling. But whichever it is, here we are the next morning, still laughing about it. Twitter was, of course, a steady stream of mockery, and still is. But just as entertaining was watching traditional media types who feel they need to be dignified and neutral trying to contain their shock and come up with ways to describe what they'd just seen.

Brian Williams and Andrea Mitchell were a delight, of course. Then there's New York Times' Michael Shear and Michael Barbaro:

The actor, in one of the more unusual moments in Republican convention history, offered a speech in which he pretended to have an off-color conversation with an imaginary President Obama sitting by his side in an empty chair.
That is actually a masterful sentence and, no joke, I can see why you might need two writers to get to it. Conveying how bizarre Eastwood's appearance was to people who didn't see it is a tall order.

Then you've got the responses from the political world, with Obama's campaign practically dancing in glee and Romney's campaign struggling to be upbeat about the whole thing—"His ad libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it" is the best they could do, really? Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt said he was "Referring all questions on this to Salvador Dali." David Axelrod looked at it as a strategist:

“I’m sure in retrospect they would have rather run the film [bio video on Romney] than the filmmaker, but that is their business and we will handle ours a different way,” said Axelrod, referring to the Democratic convention.
Ann Romney, too, admitted her husband's campaign might have been better off showing the video or really almost anything else:
I think it's important that people do see that side of Mitt. We appreciated Clint's support, of course, but it's so hard to really get a sense of who this person is in such a short amount of time, but yes, I do wish more people had seen those touching moments.
In short, Clint Eastwood put David Axelrod and Ann Romney on the same page, only the latter had to strain for gratitude with lines like "He’s a unique guy, and he did a unique thing last night" while the former could just laugh about it. Ann apparently had a little more trouble being poised and diplomatic in the moment, though:
Watching Ann Romney during the Eastwood address, according to NPR political correspondent Mara Liasson, was like watching “the mother of the bride listening to a drunken wedding toast.”

I don't know about you, but that thought doesn't make me stop laughing.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/31/1126289/-Romney-campaign-struggles-to-move-past-the-Clint-Eastwood-debacle-while-everyone-else-just-laughs

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duets
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Eh...Clint is Clint.  No biggie is ya ask me.  Will Clint be the deciding factor for my vote?  Nope 

shrugging

lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM
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Hum...everyone I have spoken to today, that watched it, loved it.  Go figure.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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Not to be outdone, the DNC has hired Betty White to get jiggy with a holographic Tupac.
 
rocketracer
by Gold Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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If a leftist liberal delivered a speech in the same manner, it may have probably been hailed as a wonderful piece of performance art. 

I thought Clint was funny.....Clint to "Obama", “You’re getting as bad as Biden. Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party… Just kind of a grin with a body behind it.”

I thought Clint was accurate...."When somebody doesn't do the job, we've go to let 'em go."

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 2:42 PM

 

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM
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I think it had some funny moments, but ultimately would have gone better if it had been rehearsed. The long pauses and mumbling really added to the awkwardness.
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mustbeGRACE
by Silver Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:40 PM
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I don't think it's worth keeping Mr. Obama over.

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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I thought it got a little embarrassing.  He definitely should've stopped at his allotted time.  I will admit that I chuckled at the part where he said you're getting as bad as Biden.  

erika9009
by Silver Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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Quoting mustbeGRACE:

I don't think it's worth keeping Mr. Obama over.

Agreed.

They could of had Micky Mouse up there cheering "Go Mitt, Go MItt."  How ridiculous as that would have been, it's better than letting Pres Obama continue his disastrous "fix" of this great country.

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tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM
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Now Ann knows how to dress.

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