The perfect image of the modern Republican party: an old white man smugly confronting an imaginary black man.

High Convention Rambler.

“That 82-year-old American cinema icon doesn’t deserve to be made fun of.” “Deserve’s got nothin to do with it.”

This whole thing happened because, ironically, no-one in the Romney campaign was brave enough to stand up to Clint Eastwood.  That’s like will.i.am bombing at the DNC convention because no-one in the Obama campaign was willing to blast horrible music at him that he couldn’t escape.

Every Which Way But Lucid.

The IMDB message boards are going to be pretty nuts after this, I expect.

Maybe this is Eastwood’s way of getting to be called “chair-man of the bored”.

Update: Oh thank Christ I finally found someone who did it I was getting worried

Kinda surprised Eastwood didn't have an onion on his belt

Eastwood went a little long. He had to cut out, “There are too many states nowadays. We need to eliminate three. I am not a crackpot.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update II: In Eastwood’s new movie Baseball Family Drama #32, American treasure Amy Adams says to Eastwood, very loudly and in a brash All-American Girl way that can’t possibly be doubted, “You’re crazy!!!”

Then Eastwood claims he’s not a pole-dancer.

It’s like he made a movie of a character he created for a one-man show that he performed, once, at the 2012 Republican convention.

What takes it from kinda-meh to sublime is that other trailers make it clear that the above trailer cuts together two different scenes.  Amy Adams doesn’t actually call Eastwood a senile old coot in the movie.  (She’s platonically flirting with Chaste Sex Symbol Justin Timberlake.) So it’s like the universe is conspiring, in the form of myopic consultants who mess up their convention order and harried trailer assemblers, to make Eastwood look crazy.

Whatever Unforgiven is fucking great Eastwood coulda murdered puppies up there and I’d probably half-heartedly defend him.

The best, of course, is Fox News’ reaction:

Twitter was instantly ablaze with reaction.

Minutes after Eastwood began his speech, someone created the @InvisibleObama account on Twitter. It already has 17,000 followers and counting.

“Clint Eastwood is now backstage arguing with a vending machine,” joked Canadian comedian Daryn Jones.

Film critic Roger Ebert didn’t give the speech two thumbs up.

“Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic,” tweeted Ebert. “He didn’t need to do this to himself. It’s unworthy of him.”

Comedian Roseanne Barr put it simply: “clint eastwood is CRAY” — a slang reference to being crazy.

Not everyone agreed.

“Clint Eastwood made my day,” tweeted Southern rocker Charlie Daniels. The Hollywood trades gave it positive marks, perhaps a reflection of the movie world’s appreciation for genuineness.

Eastwood, a fiscal conservative who leans left on social issues, has confounded the political world. He starred in Chrysler’s “It’s Halftime in America” Super Bowl ad earlier this year even though he opposes government bailouts. The commercial angered conservatives.

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