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Friday, September 30, 2016

Not long before he ascended the stage in Tampa last night to celebrate his triumph, Mitt Romney’s very difficult task became almost impossible. While delivering one of the least memorable acceptance speeches of any presidential nominee in memory, he  suddenly had to extricate his party’s convention from the strange shadow cast over the proceedings by Clint Eastwood.

The great director’s right-wing political opinions are hardly surprising after all these years, but his performance preceding Romney’s big moment was so tasteless, so juvenile, so incoherent as to inspire a sort of awe. While pretending an empty chair was the president, quipped writer Jamelle Bouie, Eastwood epitomized cranky conservatism: “An old white man arguing with an imaginary Obama.”

The imaginary Obama showed up in Romney’s address too, although in a far less entertaining guise. He’s the nonexistent president who threw Israel under the bus, demeaned American success, and apologized for America in a tour around the globe. Romney himself showed up in the speech; although he barely mentioned his experience in government as chief executive of Massachusetts; so did his entire family, including those venerable ancestors who survived on the government dole after fleeing Mexico; then the late Neil Armstrong; Apple genius Steve Jobs, who actually offered to help Obama’s re-election campaign before his untimely death; the unemployed, to whom he pledged 12 million jobs during his first White House term; various female Republican officeholders or former officeholders; Jimmy Carter; Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, and Osama bin Laden; and the retired Episcopal priests who benefited from Bain Capital’s investments. More relevant figures, like George W. Bush, were understandably omitted.

As that old Republican favorite Winston Churchill might have said, “This pudding lacks a theme.”

With so much extraneous, disconnected material crammed into his speech, there wasn’t much time left for the nominee to explain how he planned to produce those 12 million jobs, which would exceed the four-year record of Bill Clinton, job-creating champion of all postwar presidents. Undecided voters listening to Romney as he stung Obama and slung promises probably heard little that eased their skepticism toward him.

The most revealing aspect of the speech was Romney’s defensive response to the president’s attacks on his Bain Capital career – which he tried to redefine as an attack on “success.” Clearly he and his handlers believe those attacks have cut deeply and could not be left unanswered as he sought to reintroduce himself. But by renewing the discussion of Bain – and staking his political profile on the private equity firm – he reopened all the topics that have damaged him so badly, from hidden tax returns and offshore investments to the ruthless business practices that made him rich.

Lacking a theme and a plan, this acceptance speech seemed unlikely to liberate Romney from the disabling image that prevents him from overtaking an incumbent still weakened by economic stress.

Photo Credit: AP/J Scott Applewhite

  • dsand1445

    I’m glad I missed it

    • Alwaysweaving

      Actually the best RNC closing I’ve seen, amazingly inspirational and Clint Eastwood was the weakest speaker, while he and Rubio were off teleprompter anyway :P. No, The Romney speech was the best speech Romney has given, and polls will show the success of upgrading Romney’s weakest characteristic; personality. This marks the introduction to the next president, and it was an amazing event. There was a video that was so inspirational all about Romney, and while I blogged with others on the Live blog, someone made a comment that the video was a four minute clip that revealed more of Romney than the past four years had of President Obama. It’s such a strong and memorable night and I am now certain that Romney is winning this election-
      “the least memorable” coming from an article just hours after the speech is hilarious indeed.
      Clint was the comedy though, and he was hesitant sometimes. Really struggled with finding words at points, but it was an amazing speech if you read the dialogue of it.
      Then again, that’s just my opinion. Romney’s weakness changed from personality to his tax records, a good step for him.

      • ottokristen

        I am glad.that there are still some innocent and naive people in this crazy world.
        And to the comical interruption I have to say that I always liked Mr Eastwood and admired his contribution to the Art.I admired him as a director,I felt for him when the paraplegic person sued him for no facilities for wheelchairs in his hotel and I just liked the guy.
        But by supporting these two men for presidency and the way he delivered it,was not worthy of his stature and while doing so he tumbled down from the pedestal I placed him so many years ago.

        • hilandar1000

          What a sad, sad spectacle. Why didn’t the planners give Mr. Eastwood just a couple of simple sentences of support for the candidates and a noble wave to the audience. They took away the dignity that he has earned in his illustrious career by allowing that senseless rant to take place, diminishing him in the eyes of a national audience that was awaiting some words of wisdom from an elderly man who has had the respect and admiration of his fellow countrymen in past decades. It was a prime example of the type of exploitation which defines the GOP — a formerly respected old man thrown under the bus for whatever value it could serve for their party — embarrassing and shameful!

      • adler56

        let us know your opinion when you sober up.

      • CPANY

        Nice try Awaysweaving, but you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

        Eastwood’s tasteless monologue epitomized the Republican platform and characterizes Mittens as an empty suit.

      • WhutHeSaid

        I’m glad that you liked it so much, and I wonder if you were one of the slack-jawed rednecks that lined the arena with their glassy, vacant Fox-News stares or threw peanuts at a black CNN camerawoman while hurling racial insults. Whoppers don’t inspire most people, but hey — whatever turns your crank, I guess.

      • rippper

        Kirk Douglas once said that the only time that politicians acknowlege actors is at election time. Mr.Douglas, to my knowledge, has never endorsed any candadate publicly. Mr. Eastwood should have stayed home and waited for election day and cast his vote.

        • fastfootedd

          Cast his vote for Obama hopefully

      • jarheadgene

        So let’s see those tax records now….all the hoopla is over…time to get down to business, Mr. Business man. You wouldn’t give a loan to staples 2 times at first, as he thought they were too much a risk. So you want to be president well time to PUT YOUR MONEY where YOUR MOUTH IS!

      • ExPAVIC

        Always?

        Whatever floats your boat dearie. Just remember to avoid dark places and if the inevitable occurs just remember to keep your knees together.

        • Alwaysweaving

          Strange how supporting one guy can get you raped. . . There must be millions of haters out there! :). Anyway- Truth is I have been able to predict things pretty accurately, I actually “knew” president Obama was going to win back in Febuary of 2008, I didn’t really have a “know” feeling until around June this time though, but it was strangely unpolitical. Oh! Defense on tax return accusation; Look up John Kerry in the 2004 election- He released less in that election than Romney has in this one. Subject: [thenationalmemo] Re: Bizarre Meets Bland: Eastwood’ s Monologue Disrupts Romney’ s Big Moment

          • ExPAVIC

            CLARIFICATION

            But Kerry had only a small fraction of RoMoney’s money and was not engaged in shady financial dealings and vulture capitalism.

            Mittens avoids his fair share of taxes by calling his investment income instead of earned income for services resulting in a big difference tax wise.

          • Alwaysweaving

            Lol John Kerry is the richest man in congress, makes well over 150 million a year. Subject: [thenationalmemo] Re: Bizarre Meets Bland: Eastwood’ s Monologue Disrupts Romney’ s Big Moment

          • ExPAVIC

            WHAT?

            Makes $150 million a year? Doing what? This must come directly from Karl Rove’s pile of male bovine fecal matter?

          • Alwaysweaving

            Ahh he’s a lawyer, most of the money he makes comes from that. However I did write this while I was really tired and I forgot to put “and the senate”, thank you for understanding on that front. There are four senators who make over 100 million a year, and three of those four are democrats. John Kerry is the top income guy in the government :). Also as to being a tax avoider there are thousands of rich people who move money around to save money, it’s too easy to avoid taxes and I support simple flat rate tax to close the loopholes. Oprah has employees who do nothing but watch where she lives so she can claim residence in a lower tax state (so she doesn’t live too long in California.) Offshore bank accounts are notorious for laundering though, so I don’t mind the “we need the tax returns.” Although alot of presidential canidates do not release tax returns until after taking office. Two recent are John McCain (Who only released two years worth.) and John Kerry (Who only released a partial year’s worth.) However, they both lost- and it may have alot to do with the tax return issue. It would be stupid for Romney to release them on the whims of his oppenents. I plan on being patient and voting for the right guy- and by November I will know if it is either Mr. Romney or President Obama. The tax return issue is way over the top for me, it actually is a huge negative for President Obama because he’s currently president and I do not support a campaign built on smearing the other canidate- It only proves how weak his presidency is to the public eye. However, I do respect President Obama for comoing out and saying that no one is accusing Romney of tax felonies. It really made the whole tax record issue seem like a joke. If the campaign’s man doesn’t believe Romney is a tax cheat, then why is it a big fuss? Subject: [thenationalmemo] Re: Bizarre Meets Bland: Eastwood’ s Monologue Disrupts Romney’ s Big Moment

          • ExPAVIC

            COME AGAIN?

            Who is smearing whom? Don’t recall anyone making comments about Ann RoMoney, his draft dodging offspring, or father George.

            Unlike the barbs sent to Obama regarding Michelle, his father, and his country of origin.

            I see the American Taliban Republicans sweating the fact that they are comprised of 72% whites which leaves but 28% tan and black, and that does not lead to a high degree of elective success in a population comprised of 48% minorities.

          • Alwaysweaving

            LOL you should look at the smearing of his family quite closely, it’s everywhere. Most recent one was to Ann Romney as “just another corporate wife.” which might not sound like a smear, but it was very sexist. Also, to play the race percentage is a stupid mistake. The black community has been oppressed in the political world and believe in the Democrats for what the Republican MLK fought for, the Civil Rights was passed with a greater percentage support of Republicans than of Democrats- Also, the first Republican President was Abraham Lincoln, and the first platform was the opposite of the Democrat platform. The Democrat platform was for slavery, while the Republican platform was for abolishing slavery. The freedom that the Republicans like Lincoln and MLK fought for is who the rightwing is, and this is indisputable because it already happened. The majority of hispanics in public offices are republican. It’s sad that the race card came into play. It’s not funny to divide this country into racial differences at all- Yet that is what the Democrats do, and on that front it’s a disgrace to my belief in freedom. the minorities are shifting to being independent, the liberal ideals have done nothing to help minorities.President Obama’s race has nothing to do with why I should or should not vote for him, and guess what? If you pay attention, the only people saying that are the uninformed Lefties and Righters.President Obama vs John McCain should have proven this country is not racist at all, the race issue died a long time ago- Sure, there’s some wackies out there that will try to feel better than others over ANY differences, but the big issue has grown into a party hatred. It is not white and black, it is now democrat and republican. That is the issue. However, I think this convention was successful in being inspirational without being overly negative towards the liberal. This said, I am going to see how the DNC goes, President Obama has promised to lay out a plan to save this country, and I am hoping to have a clear plan laid out on Thursday. If it’s the same plan as three and a half years ago I am going to say he has very little chance of winning.The true racists are those who pretend not to be racist so that a race would like them, this can be seen as either Republican or Democrat attitude. However, according to my research (and opinion from that research.) I have discovered my personal belief that the democrat party is the true racist party. They will keep the minorities as the minorities. Back when the Reoublican Party was formed there were fifteen parties, and the Civil War was caused by having too many disagreements, the Republican party abolished slavery, and the Democrat Party was the only survivor of the war. The Democratic Party was one of the original parties that formed the government, so it’s the older sibling.After the civil war 58 out of 70 of the years were Republican presidents, leading up to FDR, this Republican control has been a regular thing- I am so proud of both Parties, and where they stand. The law of the land was formed by both, don’t be fooled into thinking either side is better than the other. Statistically speaking Republicans have been in the Oval Office more years, and have been in control while there was a booming economy. The U.S.A wars WW1 and WW2 were both fought by democrat leaders. There’s too much bias flying around out there today. But my point is that Republicans are ust as racist as Democrats, and vice versa. And I blame the democrat party for keeping the racial tensions so high, it does keep the minority base angry at the Republicans, but it’s not healthy in the long run. Subject: [thenationalmemo] Re: Bizarre Meets Bland: Eastwood’ s Monologue Disrupts Romney’ s Big Moment

    • CPANY

      Actually, you missed the sad spectacle of a doddering old man trying to be funny. It was pathetic.

      His poor taste monologue spoiled his image and didn’t do the Republicans any good. I didn’t watch Romney’s speech, but I think that it’s ironic that he promised twelve million jobs. Twelve million jobs from an elitist prick who fires people and ships jobs overseas.

      • Revcarrie

        Mittens has never once said where those 12 millions jobs will bemade! He never once said it would be in America. I had a critical thinking instructor in my freshman year of college who is likely ready to pull his hair out by the roots with any and all of these Republicans. NOW, we will see what the general public thinks about this “show”. Notice how few “debates” are scheduled where we could actually see these characters try and hold their own with President Obama?

        • CPANY

          I think that this election will turn on the forthcoming debates. I saw one of the debates held when the Republican primaries were being conducted. Mittens didn’t do well in sticking to the questions posed by the moderator.

          In one debate, he was admonished by the moderator for making a political statement instead of answering the question. Romney responded in a haughty style, telling the moderator that he would answer in his own terms. The moderator let him get away with it, which was a mistake on the moderator’s part, but it did illustrate Romney’s attitude: “How dare you criticize me?”

        • I Have He Said Drill Baby Drill Fracking And What Ever Earth Destroying Jobs That’s Out Here So They Can Hoard More Money!!! Also The Keystone Pipe Line!!!

  • Alwaysweaving

    Joe Conason, I would have left out the “least memorable speech” part as it doesn’t belong until the speech is forgotten, which would hardly be hours after the speech.
    As to the defense of Bain Capitol LOL that’s hilarious, Bain capitol currently is a business with 80% success rate at doing what the government calls “stimulus” but in a privatised fashion, yes. Staples is a huge company and only survived due to Bain Capitol. All of those jobs would’ve been “non-existent.” and guess what? The investors somehow got money for the success of the company.
    All in all I kind of know this is probably a liberal website but still what’s with the obvious amataur work? It’s SO obvious bias that it’s like going up to someone who eats candy and asking “what do you think of healthy food?”.
    However, I am sure if this were debated later then it might be easier to understand.
    Lacking a theme and a plan. . . LOL.
    Yes, it is possibly the best speech from any convention since Reagan. Also fact check on Clinton, might surprise yourself that the job creation isn’t what you thought.

    • Some people are easier to impress than others. But really, “the best speech from any convention since Reagan”? Thanks for that knee-slapper.

    • CPANY

      You criticize this website for being biased toward the liberal ethic, but you’re silent about Fox News.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    The GOP Convention was typically Romney boring. You could turn it off for a half hour and turn it back on and nothing moved…gee…just like Republican butts haven’t moved in 4 years. Mouths move only with this party. When it comes to dirty work, they much prefer to hand that off to those they consider their slugs of labor.

    Rich bois are like that.

    When you summarize the entire GOP convention, you had Governor Soprano of NJ going on and on about himself, Annie Fannie attempting a spousal coup de etat to save her husband’s butt and her own buttered palms from drying out and now…Eastwood. An actor long, long past his prime and too senile to be coherent. Good work GOP…at yet another failed attempt to address the people of this country.

    My oh my…but aren’t our neoconartist Republicans these days the capo de capos for the rich 1% and those ever lovin’ corporations whose butt ends they continually pour our tax dollars into.

    Since Mittsy is so hot on offshoring…Americans will be loaded into boats if they want jobs and shipped off to all those offshore businesses Bain Capital owns…works for Mitt. Just not Americans.

    • Clint Eastwood Was Just Embarrassing Himself It On All The Web Sites And TMZ Did A Poll This Evening Stating That 65% Of Their Voters Say It Was Sad And Embarrassing!!

      • What if Clint knew exactly what he was doing? After all he is one of the all time best actors we know. “A blessing in disguise” for sure. We should thank him.

        • I Believe So Too Cause It Didn’t Help Romney At All!!LOL

        • bigspender7

          More likely he’s just gotten senile. Glad he put some spontaneity into an otherwise boring convention.

      • onedonewong

        Yea TMZ that’s a great site to look at for informed opinion hahahahaha

        • Damn Got To Get More Poison You Tea Bagging Roaches Are Hard To Rid Of!!

    • There’s A New Story In Rolling Stone By Matt Taibbi Telling Just How Romney Made He’s Money And It’s Not Pretty!! Romney Is Don’t Create Jobs He Create Debt!!!

    • onedonewong

      Really then you didn’t listen to the speakers talking about Mitt and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Character is doing the right thing when no one is watching. Something Clinton, Bark and Joe Item wouldn’t know about

    • They Just Said On The News Romney Is Practicing For The Debates LOL If He Told The Truth He Wouldn’t Have To Practice!! Now He Can’t Lie When He Face To Face With The POTUS, He Need To Practice How To Tell The Truth !!!LOL

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Any business that chews up small businesses by the tens of thousands every year and puts 10,000 midwesterners out of work can be successful. Bain Capital earns its status by vulture venture capitalism. And we already know how many Americans lost jobs because of these vultures. If buying and selling businesses is the business of the business, it’s not sustainable…Smart people know that.

    • TexGEOas

      Examples, please?

      • Check out the article at forbes…how mitt romney invested in outsourcing.

      • Mit as Bain CEO bought Co -stripped them down , fired people, took away hard won pensions, in many cases cheapened the product of those CO’s – then charged millions in fees which drove many Co ‘s into bankruptcy Kay Bee toys was one. Guess who insured those pensions ? Taxpayers did Under the Pension Benefit Guarnatee Corp Mitt Ryan Lie with impunity Corp run media seems not to care as long as they make millions on ads. Fox Hannity _ Rush Palen Trump & pals reinforces the lies and walla Mis inforamtion / Lies becomes fact .

        • Romney Made 20.000 On Each Person He Fired And 15.000 For Each Job He Shipped Over Seas!!!

        • But That Only Works On Dumb And Stupid People!!

    • You Got That Right!!

  • ChristoD

    When all is said and done, IF these two win the it will because people LIKE them ? Nevermind that their positions suck on most issues. WTF, when will people learn, it is the ISSUES and theiR POSITIONS on the issues. What are they going to DO IF elected. Thiers is very scariy stuff. Damn, WAKE UP PEOPLE !

    BTW, the projections by EXPERTS is that the next four years, based on existing trends, will creat, GUESS WHAT, 12 mm jobs ! Convieniently THAT is the number the Ole Mittster PROMISED. So elect Mitt and let him get credit for Obama’s policies ? Again I say, WTF.

    • stasiastjames

      Because our system of government requires cooperation between both parties, rather than the parliamentary system of “the winner runs the show”, Americans feel free to ignore issues and vote for “personalities”

      I’ve read that prediction as well….which makes me wonder whether businesses are purposely holding back on job creation. However, I can’t help but wonder how all these jobs will be created if there is so little demand in the economy. Can you honestly see the GOP raising the minimum wage to $12 or $15 an hour?

      • James you raise a valid point about business’s not all but some are purposely holding back…Here in NC Raleigh to be exact a few months back someone that works for the Unemployment Division blew the whistle on how all the available jobs were not being submitted but being offered to “friends and family or just not being posted at all,thus giving the impression that there were no new jobs ..The Attorney General is supposed to be looking into this,so far i have not heard anything…So you maybe on to something,and if that is indeed the case SHAME on them all….. And it will be a cold day in HELL before any GOP agrees to raise Minimum wage,look at the fit they gave Clinton,SMH greedy bastards..

        • Dave_dido

          The GOP wants workers to be indentured servants, just a step above slavery.That’s why they always oppose increases in the minimum wage. That’s why they are anti-union,anti-OCEA, anti-regulation, anti-healthcare reform, anti Social Security, anti-Medicare, anti-anything that benefits the working class .The GOP ‘s agenda is to see to it that the people at the top of the food chain make more profit. In fact, that’s what capitalism is all about- it’s a system designed for those with capital to make money off their capital rather than by the sweat of their brow.The GOP is unabashedly for the 1%ers. That’s OK- 1%ers need representation,too. But if you are a worker or a member of the middle class and you plan to vote Republican, you are really stupid. Let the GOP and the Tea-Partiers ramble on about class warfare, the Framers of the Constitution and what they believed,transfer of wealth,family values,who built what, etc.- these are all meant to distract the working class from the fact that the GOP has nothing to offer them. Absolutely nothing.

          • onedonewong

            Joe Biteeme has said that slavery was good for blacks

          • Dave_dido

            If that’s how you interpreted V.P.Biden’s remarks, it’s no wonder you are confused. Or maybe you’re just working on that dance step I saw the Republican conventioneers doing: it’s called the Right Wing Spin. You just keep spinning and spinning and then you puke all over everything

      • Hell No But I Know For A Fact They Will Lie Cheat And Steal In Order To Win!!

        • stasiastjames

          Exactly. Last night Bill Maher showed a clip produced by Alexandra Pelosi who was at the convention. One 60-something woman really stood out. A self-identified Teavangelical who boasted of her party being the party of NO and predicted civil war if Obama wins re-election. Do these people have no understanding of our constitution?

          • JackieAllen

            A letter writer in our local paper exclaimed that if there
            was going to be another Civil War, do the men still have
            to wear the same old uniforms? Sam Houston, who was Texas’
            wisest Texan, told the people of Texas that there was no
            way the south could win the war. He resigned as governor
            rather than sign the secession papers. Our gov. now believes
            that Texas could secede from the Union, again. Perry has
            obviously not read the state constitution.

          • stasiastjames

            620,000 American soldiers lost their lives during the Civil War and an estimated 50,000 civilians (mostly Southerners) were killed as well. One has to wonder about both the intelligence and sanity of people who so glibly discuss civil war or secession.

          • onedonewong

            Had Lincoln lived he would have been brought to trial for war crimes

          • onedonewong

            Far better than the so called constitution expert in the WH

          • stasiastjames

            Really???? Well if you’re such an expert, show me where in the constitution it says we are a theocracy?

    • onedonewong

      Yea and Brak said on 3 occasions that there would be a summer recovery in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. How’s those recoveries working for you??

  • adler56

    I’ve seen my last Eastwood film- as have most people since the old fart out reaganed reagan.
    Old men like that should be in a home where they’ll be safe and no one will have to listen to their rantings.

    • 1concernedsenior

      Right on adler56, I agree 100% . Hard to believe the right wing would put someone at the podium –>>who should probably be in a senior care center.

      • maddiemom

        Wait, surely he’s got a young wife to take care of him these days. I lost track.

    • ottokristen

      I always liked Mr Eastwood and admired his contribution to the Art.I admired him as a director,I felt for him when the paraplegic person sued him for no facilities for wheelchairs in his hotel and I just liked the guy.
      But by supporting these two men for presidency and the way he delivered it,was not worthy of his stature and while doing so he tumbled down from the pedestal I placed him so many years ago.

      • 185Kittie

        I agree. I couldn’t believe this was Dirty Harry. Maybe he was be Harry by sabatoging Romney? I hope so, I hate to see him go out in this manner.
        Ms Kittie

      • Joseph Hemphill

        I think we have been punked, Clint is actually an Obama supporter, notice today everybody talking about Clint, nobody talking about Robme and the biggest speech of his life, he’s been upstaged by grandpa shaking his fist and yelling ” get off my lawn” !!

    • He Can Thank God There’s A Preexisting Condition In The ACA Maybe He Will Get Some Help And Stop Talking To Empty Chairs!!!

    • And That Little Act Blow Up In Their Faces Now Clint Eastwood Is The Laughing Stock On Many Web Sites And Got A Vote Of 65% Of The Viewers Stating It Was Sad And Embarrassing!!

    • They Are Just Low Down Users Paul Ryan Used His Elderly Mother To Tell That Lie About Medicare!!

    • onedonewong

      What then would you do with barak put him a hut in Kenya??

  • votes are worthless as money from lobbyists influence Governmental policy and it suits the organizations bribing politicians at the expense of the masses. Unless there is serious reform of the political system the New World Order will be imposed as planned and there is very little “we the people” can do about it. If people want to make a difference they shouldn’t vote for ‘establishment’ parties in elections. Romney & Obama represent the same people, the 1%. The Rothchilds had a plan in place before the ink had even dried on the constitution to control our money. And look where we are today as the existing power players are once again reminding us, as they have over and over again throughout history, they will do everything in their power to see we the people never win permanently. Setting the whole world system up on fiat/debt money allows the constantly repeating cycle that gets worse with each generation until the cycle re-starts post every major war. WWI added incredible sums to the coffers of the international banksters, who began setting up privately controlled central banks using the system of the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve. Just go back as far as the Treaty of Versailles, signed at the end of WWI, at that point the goal was to rob Germany, to further consolidate the control of international banksters over the United States & Europe, leading the people into the next world war, which created the next step on the road to world government. The League of Nations was set up after WWI and the UN was set up after WWII. The end game here is for national governments to become powerless and impotent against their New World Order. And there is nothing new about the intent of that order; the goal is slavery for the people.

    We are living during the end phase of a 100 year old plan. Their main goal since 1945 has been to set up the United States to submit its sovereignty to an ultimate power greater than our own. Today under Obama we see how far they have come against this challenge since the creation of the United Nations. Taking over the central banks of nations has been one of the most crucial elements in the strategy of international bankers over the past 200 years to get us to this nightmare today, ready for a New World Order.

  • bhagwatig

    Paul Ryan said in his speech and in the interviews later that the downgrade of the Moody’s ratings were Obama’ fault–he kept on insisting that the report from Moody, that had said that this was fault of the republican congress, was wrong. Such a lie and these guys keep on telling lies. Like welfare reform . How can we correct these lies? Can somebody do something about it?BPG

    • ottokristen

      You can correct it,when the time comes. vote. and make you friends to VOTE also!!!!!

    • I Guess They Really Think We Are Dumb And Stupid When It Was Congress With The Help Of Paul Ryan Was The One Who Did This!!

  • Should we assume that when the GOP demonizes Hollywood they are not including Clint and the handful of other dynosaurs that act like him?

  • Is everyone on here ignorant? Yes!

    • jarheadgene

      Wonder how PAUL RYAN mr. “proud of my pro-life history in government” felt about Clint Eastwood’s pandering to those who like or have liked his movies ? Let’s see Clint Eastwood started having an affair with Sondra Locke while he was still married…ok big whoop…but during the 14 year relationship she (Ms. Locke) had 3 abortions, 2 of which were at the request of Eastwood. The other was necessary for Ms. Locke’s health. Under the Todd Akin / Paul Ryan laws, all 3 abortions would have been illegal. Had to clarify that antecedent for you GOP types, i.e., “she(Ms. Locke).

    • BDD1951

      No just you!!

  • howa4x

    He was playing to a red meat crowd, and gave them pablum. Afraid to talk about the right wing stuff from the primary, he tried to water down his sereve conservatism. He can’t talk about budget cuts on national TV or voucherizing medicare, downsizing medicaid, and privatizing social security, or rolling back regulations on Wall st or the EPA.
    He can’t talk about his stint as governor because he touted himself as a progressive who was Gay friendly, concerned about access to health care and global warming, all on tape, and surly this is the wrong crowd for that speech. I’m suprised he mentioned Bain since Gawker just downloaded thousands if documents about it for attackers to peruse, and now the door is open again. Clint Eastwood did his Dirty Harry impersonation, but looks pitiful now. If this speech was supposed to wow America it wasn’t it.

  • Romany put your money where your mouth is then come back and address us the people of the UNITED STATES, then we will all be on the same playing field. We the middle and working class
    don’t understsnd you puting your money in foren Banks to get away from taxes here in our country
    and put more tax burden on the middle and working class.And you wont to be our President of our
    United States that would be like puting a fox in charge of the hen house. or a chicken voting for Ky Fried chicken Don you know?

  • bf

    There are 2 types of people America does not need, extreme right wing Republicans and extreme left wing Democrats. I saw both speeches last night, well up until 11:00 when Romney’s speach was cut off through my DVR taping and I must admit I am eager to hear the Democratic convention. The truth is, looking at America and the situation with off-shoring, America is worse off today then when Obama took office. Don’t get me wrong, I like Obama but I also know that if off-shoring is not stopped, I will be joining the unemployed in the next 6 months and that isn’t by my choice. Companies are still laying off Americans in favor of foreigners. And looking at our economy, it isn’t any better than it was 4 years ago. My big fear, 4 years from now we will no longer be America. Barack has made it loud and clear he is for foreigners coming to America even those coming here illegally at a time when terrorists want to do our country in. Now I am not convinced that Romney is going to accomplish fixing our economy because he won’t talk about off-shoring of jobs but it all comes down to this fact. Do I want 4 more years with a President whom I like but isn’t fixing our country or do I want to take a chance on another candidate whom I also like who has yet to have that chance. I haven’t decided to vote for Romney yet, but the speeches coming out of the Republican convention are very compelling. Now it is time to hear from the Democratic convention. If those speeches go as well as the Republican speeches, then it will come down to the debates. But by dissing the Republican convention, it is obvious who are the extreme left wing Democrats and I expect to read similar comments soon from the extreme right wing Republicans on the Democratic convention. Personally I do not give a crap about either party. I am only concerned about the future of America! I believe the best approach is some where in between the two parties. But for those who are extremists and I mean from both parties, you are the reason why America is failing! You refuse to see the good coming from the opposite party! Because there is good coming from the Democrats and good coming from the Republicans. But life is not strictly black or white, there are many shades of gray! Start thinking America and stop thinking party lines!

    • Bill DeBruyn

      bf
      Well said. The extremism in this country is what has stifled our progress for the past 8 years. Too many senators and congresspersons, on both sides of the aisle, are more concerned with the OTHER party failing than with America succeeding. Until we get people in office who care about this country’s success and about the American people, we are on a long ride off a short jetty.
      When you have senators making statements THE DAY AFTER a president is elected like, “It’s our goal for the next 4 years to make sure Mr. Obama is a one-term president” then you know the GOP’s goal is not for America to succeed but for the Dems to fail.
      G.O.P. = Grand Obstructionist Politics. ALL political parties need to wake up and stop talking out of the sides of their mouths and speak the truth.

  • Who’s day was made by Clint’s speech?

  • The only thing more bizarre than Clint’s speech is when Black people stand up to the podium and make a speech trying to tell everyone why they are Republicans and can’t wait to support and vote for the likes of Mittens and Pauli boy.

    • onedonewong

      There are few educated blacks you know, take off your white hood

  • Jerpell

    Hmm….If this were Clint’s speech for the Dems, you would all be doing back flips for joy!
    We all know regardless of what political party that Obama must fail so that America may succeed!…..He fooled us once, he will not fool us again!
    By the way…Obama just completed an entire presidential term with absolutely no theme and no plan…To create an entitlement society and be away vacationing most of your term is not a viable plan!

    • awakenaustin

      The Democrats didn’t invite him, now did they?
      Are you on a first name basis with “Clint”?
      Does he know you call him Clint?
      Does he call you Jerpell?
      Didn’t your mother teach you any manners?

      “We all know”..? Well pretty clearly we don’t all know.
      The Government, the nation, the society – everything started January 2009. Prior to that there was nothing. Only the great emptiness of space.
      Apparently, for Republicans, God didn’t create the world in seven days, President Barack Obama did it some time in the last four years.
      You didn’t vote for him and he won’t miss your non-vote this time either.

      Were you awake any time prior to 2009?

      “Vacationing most of the term?” Are you sure you aren’t having a flashback?

      • Jerpell

        I know the brutal truth hurts…Just deal with it!

        • awakenaustin

          Left you speechless, huh?

          Good sense was the last thing I expected and I wasn’t disappointed by your response.

          • Jerpell

            Obama has divided this country like never before in my lifetime….
            He must go!

  • Fred_Furrer

    Lighten up!!! Sure, Eastwood was a bit crude, but he really was funny. After all, he is an actor — and a damn good one. Regarding Bain Capital’s rather ruthless disregard for workers in search of profits, that is not all bad either. Sometimes you have to shake up the establishment, clear out the dead wood, and start over from a solid foundation. You can’t keep building on the same old shaky foundation that can’t support the weight of change.

  • sheilab2

    I never was a big fan of Dirty Harry, but last night cemented the fact that he is a jerk. He is an old white guy who needs to be put out to pasture. His insulting remarks about President Obama and his lame joke about him effing himself were so tasteless and stupid that I am amazed that the clean cut Mittens wouldn’t stifle him. Go back to making stupid movies, Clint and leave politics alone – you just make a fool of yourself.

  • Fred_Furrer

    Lighten up!!! Sure, Eastwood was a bit crude, but he really was funny. After all, he is an actor — and a damn good one. Regarding Bain Capital’s rather ruthless disregard for workers in search of profits, that is not all bad either. Sometimes you have to shake up the establishment, clear out the dead wood, and start over from a solid foundation. You can’t keep building on the same old shaky foundation that can’t support the weight of change.

  • lkreu

    Just have to say – the convention lacked color and young people. Seemed like most were seniors who watch Faux News. I love the ladies in the hard hat things, with the stickers ALL over dancing away. LOL

  • Fred_Furrer

    Lighten up!!! Sure, Eastwood was a bit crude, but he really was funny. After all, he is an actor — and a damn good one. Regarding Bain Capital’s rather ruthless disregard for workers in search of profits, that is not all bad either. Sometimes you have to shake up the establishment, clear out the dead wood, and start over from a solid foundation. You can’t keep building on the same old shaky foundation that can’t support the weight of change.

    • awakenaustin

      Funny, if you still think fart jokes or Junior High locker room humor is funny.

      You are offering the wisdom and thoughts of a man who has had it go right for him.
      How old are you? 21 or 22?
      Or, are you nearing 30 and pretty succesful. No flys on you. Good luck in the future.

      Got to break a few eggs to make an omelet. Great for you if you are getting the omelet and aren’t one of the eggs.
      Dead wood – that is what we call others when we don’t want to feel bad for destroying their lives. What me worry. It is God’s plan or Ayn Rand’s. Who knows? Devil take the hindmost. If God had wanted you to be successful he would have gotten you a different job – ain’t that right?
      “We had to destroy the village to save it.”

      There is something deeply disturbing about thinking which is so shallow and casual.

      • Fred_Furrer

        Hey, AwakenAustin, I wish what you said about me were true. It is not. I have had the worst financial times of my life under Obama’s watch. I think I have gotten to the point where I believe we need CHANGE, AGAIN. To an old guy like me, Eastwood is a hero — even if just in the movies. I find his approach to solving problems appealing.

        • awakenaustin

          Yeah, shooting people you don’t like or disagree with works really well. Want someone to do something? Threaten to kill them or just beat the crap out of them. Works every time.
          You realize it was the movies. It wasn’t real. Someone wrote the dialogue, the good guys were always good(if subject to a little modern angst – misunderstood and unappreciated), and the bad guys were always clearly bad. The problem is that it never made good reality. It still doesn’t.
          In real life, the lines of good and evil are blurred. Right and wrong isn’t so clear. Is selling tobacco to young people good or bad? How much pollution is good or bad? Can you justify killing strangers to save some other strangers? Is it okay if I bomb you and kill your children because I don’t like your leader and I think it might be in my national interest?

          If President Obama says something and there is no Republican there to hear it, would he still be wrong?

          So you figure the President was personally responsible for your bad financial times. You can’t think of anyone else involved in that chain of events with a little more proximate cause? I thought this was all about personal responsibility. Take responsibility for your life go make some money.
          How come I’m responsible for my financial difficulties but you aren’t for yours? You know if it is all those big business types and small business men out there who made this country strong, without the help of government, then stop fooling around. Get out there and make it happen.

          I can’t wait for those 12, 000,000 jobs so you can get back to work.

    • Justin Napolitano

      Fred, based on that logic I guess the entire middle class is deadwood. If you set out in life to just make money regardless of who and what you hurt you are immoral.
      People like Romney remind me that only caring about money and using that as the exclusive measurement of a person’s worth overlooks all of the teaching of Christianity. It is one thing to say your are a christian and another to ignore everything the christian faith holds dear.
      In the least it makes you a hypocrite and at most a morally bankrupt selfish, profiteer.
      You see the whole deal with Clint Eastwood is that he is rich and therefore is entitled to tell the rest of us how we should think. Also because of his superior intellect has made him rich. That is commonly called circular logic but the message is “I am rich and that makes my opinions worth more than yours”.

      • Fred_Furrer

        Hey, Justin. You are not wrong, but maybe too biased. Profits and money motivated Romney. That is called “capitalism”. Do you know why China is booming and overshadowing the US economy in every way? China is the MOST capitalistic county in the world. Yes, that is true. It has been for quite a few years now. The government might be Communist, but the Chinese economy is based entirely on capitalism. Everyone should get a chance to visit China to see what a bustling economy looks like. It is awesome! It is truly exciting to see people everywhere in China working hard to make profits and money. Once you see it, you will wish we could have that economy here.

  • I guess we get to see how the left really feels about the elderly.

    The real odious stench left over from last night is the media shill blitz in demeaning an 83 year-old man with terms like “senile”, “stuttering”, “doddering” and jokes like “go back to the rest home.” It’s ageism and bigotry. Whatever you think of Clint or his politics, leave the bigotry about his age, speech patterns and less-than-sharp delivery (without a teleprompter!) out of the conversation. It’s disgusting.

    I don’t care if they have an issue with the content of his speech or felt his jokes were too off-color, it’s the mean-spirited, flip, hostile, mocking remarks I found to be putrid, vile and uncalled for. It’s absolutely the lowest of the low from the national media, as if they have any credibility to begin with at this point. Now the blogs and rags are at it. Absolutely gross and disgraceful.

    • cheeriogirl

      Enough with the teleprompter nonsense Justin; that complaint is so 2008, and only serves to remind us ALL how the GOP pushed Sarah Palin on us, insisting that she was more than capable to serve as our PRESIDENT, if the need should arise. How’d THAT turn out for you? Besides, unless you’re blind, you saw firsthand that Clint was about the ONLY speaker at that convention who didn’t use a teleprompter!

      • DukeDacat

        cheeriogirl, and just a reminder, where was our Sarah Girl this week?
        Even Faux Noise cancelled her convention coverage..

      • Justin Napolitano

        It was pretty obvious based on the delivery.

    • awakenaustin

      Really? You are here to complain about ageism. It is a problem for you for people to say these things about Mr. Eastwood, but quite alright for him and you to offer such invective in the direction of the President and other Democrats. I missed your apology for all the scurrilous lies told about the President.

  • What worries me is that this election is being bought by the Super Rich who make their Billions off the sweat of the rest of us.

    It makes me sick to think that the American Public is so taken in by loud mouth Bigots like Ruch Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and their Ilk who sound more and more like Hitler himself.

    All they know know how to do is make outrageous accusations with no substance, and keep repeating them even when proven wrong. But it seems to be working because the people of the United States of Amnesia would rather have their itching ears scratched by LIES than face the TRUTH!

    • Because Jeff Immelt, GE’s “we don’t pay any taxes” CEO and the world’s #1 jobs outsourcer sitting on Obama’s “jobs council” isn’t a contradiction for you, in any way? Hmm? Obama’s lined his administration with Wall St. insiders and hasn’t prosecuted or sent to jail a single Wall St. executive through his justice department or the SEC since taking office (Clinton and Bush sent over a thousand each to jail). So I don’t understand your argument.

      • cheeriogirl

        Then I suppose you too are troubled by Mr. Romney’s refusal to release the names of his bundlers AND his tax returns? I’m also quite concerned with the conflicts of interest that we might see in regards to Mitt’s financial relationships and personal involvement with overseas banks, businesses, and/or foreign governments.

        • onedonewong

          He said he would do that just as soon as barak released his college rcords like he did

    • onedonewong

      The only biggot that I see sits in the WH

  • karinursula

    You would think that Romney is getting tired to listening to his own BS, especially the obvious lies.

  • wow, could have witnessed an eastwood 2nd childhood moment on national tv, wow!

  • Elsa

    I would like to see someone ask Romney to prove that he created the 100,000 jobs he is claiming from his time with Bain. I would also like them to ask him “Considering how much money he made while sitting in the driver’s seat of Bain, why was it he was not able to create more jobs. After all he was there, 15 years, from 1984 start until early 1999, and turned a 1.1 billion dollars investment into about $2.5 billion in gains for investors from the 77 deals he lead. Experts argue over whether the 100,000 job creation claim is valid, but let’s say it is. It seems a rather small number of jobs for the amount of money that was gained by investors. Why wasn’t he able to create more? Or, is that just another example of “trickle down” economics?

    • Dave_dido

      Whether or not he created 100,000 jobs doesn’t really matter. What matters is what were the net jobs created compared to the jobs that were eliminated. If he eliminated 200,000 jobs, then he had a net -100,000 jobs. Mr. Romney made a lot of statements that were absolutely meaningless last night. Like saying that he and Ryan have a plan to create 12 million jobs. Well, over 4 years you could put the Geico gecko in the White House and you’d probably get 12 million new jobs because that’s the average. Now if he had said 12million net new jobs that would be something worth looking into. Then we’d have to ask him exactly how he intends to do this, but I doubt we’d get much more than a vague generality. See, Romney doesn’t have much respect for the electorate. That’s why he makes meaningless, insulting statements like the one about creating 12 million new jobs.

  • cemab4y

    These speeches are mostly meaningless. Who cares? Robert La Follette was a great orator, but he lost. So was George McGovern. Come November, Obama is toast.

    • Justin Napolitano

      Cemab4y, you are toast now if you believe the Tepublicans are going to do one single thing for you.

  • desertdustoff

    I have always been a clint eastwood fan, first as an actor, and later as a director…no more. In his old age he has turned into a john wayne type…only john wayne saw communists behind every tree and with eastwood it is black men in politics, especially in the presidency. I will never spend another penny on any eastwood endeavor.

  • desertdustoff

    Wow!! alwaysweaving…now we know that idiots will believe anything other idiots say, even if they have been proven false over and over and over. You are scarey…were you and your bros smoking some of that wacky weed while you were watching the clown convention? That or an IQ of under 60 is the only explanation.

  • AirmanFirstClass

    If not for Pres. Bush “INVADING” Iraq in violation of our US CONSTITUTION, plus not being penalized, our Nation would NOT be in the economic, jobless circumstance we are now enduring.
    The BUSH DYNASTY has done more damage to our nation then the king who wiped out the Knights Templar.
    Every Republican speaker at this convention had omitted that reality and will not confirm or deny whether any truth lay at the BUSH DYNASTY feet.

    I trust my fellow Americans of every persuassion. United we stand, Divided we fall.
    One good Texan promoted that thought.
    To bad the Republican machine didn’t look to him for advice.
    G-d Bless America

  • AirmanFirstClass

    By the way= Did anyone hear either Romney or Ryan say= G-d Bless America

  • When you have to spend 75% of your convention to “humanize” your choice in candidates you should realize there is something terribley wrong with him

  • I wonder if the GOP can pass a lie Detechtor test and the GOP Convention was very boring

    • BDD1951

      GOP conventions are always boring. I’ve watched them for years. Always just plain boring. I didn’t watch this year because I was traveling. From all the comments I guess I didn’t miss anything. I can think of only one thing in a GOP convention that really interested me. That was when Elizabeth Dole spoke about Bob Dole, The Man She Loved. That speech was worth watching. I didn’t agree with her, but at least she was sincere.

  • daniel bostdorf

    Joe Conason’s article on the bizarre rant by Clint Eastwood was dead on target.

    Conason nails it on the head when he states:

    “The great director’s right-wing political opinions are hardly surprising after all these years, but his performance preceding Romney’s big moment was so tasteless, so juvenile, so incoherent as to inspire a sort of awe. While pretending an empty chair was the president, quipped writer Jamelle Bouie, Eastwood epitomized cranky conservatism: “An old white man arguing with an imaginary Obama.”

    Esatwood’s “performance” exemplifies EXACTLY what is wrong with the Teaparty’s attitude towards the President. You may not like the Obama, but what Eastwood and the Teaparty has done to create division in this country is UNAMERICAN!

  • ExPAVIC

    WHAT?

    Now how can that MBA-toting economics genius Mittens be upstaged by a senior, semi-retired movie actor duplicating a performance practice used in 100-level college acting classes?

    This writer has seen the same chair representing from Jesus Christ to Alex Putin with just about the same open ended-effect. Of course we could even do Clint Eastwood as a potty chair complete with the smell.

  • 1concernedsenior

    Clint Eastwoods antics were pathetic!! I have not seen him on the tv lately, my God –>> He appeared to be a person who is ready for the ole folks home and probably has been for quite some time!! Over half of his sentences were’nt coherent, it was very distasteful. I believe the people standing and laughing –>> were laughing at him NOT WITH HIM!! How bizarre, he is a has been who seems to at least be delusional – if not senile !!

  • I’m a big fan of Eastwood’s work.

    However, he should stay the hell out of politics.

    The ‘publicans are a rabid band of psychotics who eschew the principles upon which the country was founded and subsequently constructed.

    Indeed, the “goofy ole party” should be summarily rebuked in Nov for their disservice to America and We the People during the past three and a half years. Instead of ‘coming together’ they declared from the outset that their sole objective was to make Barack Obama a one term President. How patriotic.

    Their administration tumbled the country into a DEPRESSION….no recession. They refuse to even acknowledge the existence of ‘w-the-dumb’ and the malfeasance of his 8 yrs in office.

    These people worship only one God….Mammon!

    They are anti-American, indeed, treasonous in their philosophy and their actions.

    Send them to HELL in November!

  • 1concernedsenior

    Yeh Rick, Rush Limbaugh & that knuckle head Glenn Beck should be sent to the worst maxium security prison in America. Once there, the inmates should have their way with them!!

  • 1concernedsenior

    tribble/dribble –>> get yer head out of yer fanny & smell the roses!!

  • 1concernedsenior

    I wonder if Clint does that stint at the ole folks home!! He may have been a leading man at one time BUT –>> that was then * and now is now –>>HE SHOWED THE WORLD WHAT A PATHETIC OLE’ FOOL HE IS. Real stable show of force mutt romney.

  • 1concernedsenior

    sheilab2, what you said about Clint E was so eloquent!! How pathetic he was, the right wing must have been awfully hard up to use him at the podium!! I guess the gop & mutt romney fig’d they had to get someone from hollywood to side with them. He is a HAS BEEN, and is definitely washed up and definitely ready for the ole folks home !!!

  • 1concernedsenior

    CPANY, I like what you had to say about the HAS BEEN (C. Eastwood) making a fool of himself !!!!

  • 1concernedsenior

    Alwaysweaving, GET YER SELF TO REHAB, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU ON? Get off the dope and you may stop weaving and meandering through life!!

  • 1concernedsenior

    CPANY, well said in your response to alwaysweavings’ bandini !!

  • I saw Romney’s speech and it sounded good — but again — absolutely no details on anything — except that he wants to go to war in Iran, threaten Russia and stay in Afganistan indefinately.

  • 1concernedsenior

    hilandar1000, how true … Clint Eastwood appeared to be a bumbling idiot who couldnd’t even put a complete sentence together!! Mutt Romny should of not let Eastwood at the podium – but in a way, I’m glad he did. It shows how desperate the right wing is !!

  • I’ve always enjoyed Eastwood’s movies, but he really embarrassed himself at the Republican convention. Couldn’t the Republicans come up with someone famous who was at least coherent?

  • 1concernedsenior

    Alright desertdustoff, well said

  • 1concernedsenior

    Fred Flintstone >(aka Fred_Furrer), put the plug in the jug and get yer head out of yer fanny !!!

  • 1concernedsenior

    Patricia, I really like what you had to say about the pathetic display of the HAS BEEN actor who really made a fool of himself and the gop!!!

  • 1concernedsenior

    More dribble from tribble !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fred_Furrer

    Thanks for noticing. Any publicity is good publicity.

  • 1concernedsenior

    Hey Jerbal, PUT THE PLUG IN THE JUG –>>and come back to reality you knuckle head !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fred_Furrer

    At one time or another, Mitt Romney has stood for everything the Democrats and Republicans now believe in. That is the kind of flexibility in thinking that we need in the White House. Mitt Romney will be “everyman’s President”, and a good one too. Things change, and you have to be able to change with the times.

  • Randy Patton

    From the content of this article, it is clear that Joe Conason doesn’t really like anybody that much…

  • thixotropic

    ‘he reopened all the topics that have damaged him so badly, from hidden tax returns and offshore investments to the ruthless business practices that made him rich.’

    The guy showed up to accept his party’s nomination to be president of the US with a yacht flying the flag of the Caymans — is that the act of a man who feels ‘badly damaged’ by those accounts? This arrogant ‘Fuck You, America!’ flying from his mast is a clear statement that he neither needs nor wants anyone who’d be offended by such things. And for most people that will vote Republican, he’s right on the Rmoney.

    Truth doesn’t matter, ‘winning’ matters. They don’t care that he lies, they think it’s funny. And why shouldn’t they? In their view, Mitt’s a ‘winner’. Americans want more than anything to be ‘winners’. They believe in a form of sympathetic magic — that voting for a ‘winner’ will make them winners too, someday.

  • bhagwatig

    US elections are corrupt because of the very rich people pour millions of dollars in the election process especially for the republicans and tell all sorts of lies–harming the 99%. The tragedy is that the lowermiddle class people who are not vey well educated buy these lies and vote for the republicans extremists. I am frustated. Only thing I can do is vote the honest people.

  • Bob Williams

    When the Democratic Convention starts next week, Romney may be in trouble. Obama will start out with “Who ya’ gunna believe – me or my stinkin’ record!” Then he will list all of his accomplishments, like 5 percent unemployment and reducing the national debt.

    What? None of that happened? Well, he can claim a major increase in welfare filings and food stamp applications. If that is something you wanted, Obama is your guy. And don’t worry about that 16 trillion in National Debt. A few yard sales and car washes, and it’s all taken care of.

  • I liked Eastwood…very witty. I particularly like that he got some major jabs in against Emperor Obama.

    • daniel bostdorf

      Eastwood’s “wit’ was defined by Plato a few thousand years ago ie “false wit.”

      Speaking realistically, “true wit” is NOT closer to truth than “false wit.”

      False wit is not false because what affirms nothing does not lie.

      Eastwood affirmed nothing.

      Eastwood was a rambling discraceful excuse for a person to be considered “witty” or “funny.”

      It was simply pathetic. Yet Romney thought it was funny?

      Donald Trump should “fire” Romney’s campaign.

  • Mr. Romney could only win this election if the plutocrats support him fully. That being the case,
    we might as well succumb to 4 years of sullen ferment. That ferment would dissolve this Citizens United decision through mass protest, just give it time. Medical clinics would crop up in parking
    lots to provide health care that will be unavailable to even more millions after the Affordable Care
    Act is repealed. Soup kitchens would be prevalent again (the next cottage industry), for more homeless out-of-work people to catch a meal while enroute to a possible job in Mexico or Canada.
    Imagine Romneyville camps at the outskirts of every large city.

  • Melvin Chatman

    The Texans Football Game was invaded by this CRAP!!

  • ralphkr

    I was rather disappointed in Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican Convention since he left out the two best punch lines. After the invisible Obama obviously said that Romney should fornicate himself Clint answered “I’m afraid that it is not possible for Romney to do that.” But he forgot the best part “because Romney and Ryan shall be far too busy doing that to the citizens of the US who are not multimillionaires.” I do believe Clint’s best line “When a man does not do his job he must be replaced” (drew a standing ovation) but Clint never delivered the rest of the line “That means good-bye to most of the Republicans in Congress”.

  • alumahead

    I’ve been an Eastwood fan since his Rawhide days, though I don’t agree with his politics. Part of me was embarrassed for him as he stumbled through his shtick, but I must admit he made me laugh with some of it.

    What struck most people as weird was the dialogue with the “imaginary Obama”, but then I realized that the right has been railing against an “imaginary Obama” since the real Obama took office. The imaginary Obama is a construct of the Republican mind like so many of their other enemies. Conservatives want to take us back to a 50’s TV version of America that never existed with Romney (Ward Clever?) playing town mayor.

    Romney didn’t help himself with Independent voters with his war-mongering at the end of his speech. His diatribe was littered with lies and his campaign readily admits they don’t give a crap about the lies they are using in the attempt to get Mitt elected. Exactly how does the party of “Family Values” justify that to their children? “Of course, son. It’s okay to lie if you do it to get what you want.”

  • gpo1913

    “Obama can be linked to Democratic Socialists of America”
    Writing in the radical (and Democratic Socialists of America connected) Chicago magazine In These Times, in March 2008, Joel Bleifuss asserted;
    In particular, Obama can be linked to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the Democratic Party-oriented organization that is a member of the Socialist International
    While not overtly so, Democratic Socialists of America is essentially a Marxist organization.
    In an article in DSA’s Democratic Left, Spring 2007, DSA National political Committee member David Green of Detroit wrote in support of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)-or “card check”.[1]
    What distinguishes socialists from other progressives is the theory of surplus value. According to Marx, the secret of surplus value is that workers are a source of more value than they receive in wages. The capitalist is able to capture surplus value through his ownership of the means of production, his right to purchase labor as a commodity, his control over the production process, and his ownership of the final product. Surplus value is the measure of capital’s exploitation of labor
    Green went on to write;
    Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production. Our immediate task is to limit the capitalist class’s prerogatives in the workplace…
    . Obama’s Father Wrote About Socialism – His father wrote a paper called “Problems With Our Socialism” that advocates 100% taxation of the rich, communal ownership of land and the forced confiscation of privately controlled land. Source: Greg Ransom, PrestoPundit
    Obama’s Mother Was a “Communist Sympathizer” – ” Friends describe her as a “fellow traveler”, that is, a communist sympathizer, from her youth, according to a March 27, 2007, Chicago Tribune report” Source: Spengler, Asia Times “The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics – Barack Obama” Source: Tim Jones, Chicago Tribune
    Obama’s Teen Mentor was Frank Marshall Davis (a known CPUSA member) – “…through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his poetry and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just Frank.” Source: Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in the Media “Kathryn Takara of the University of Hawaii, who wrote a dissertation on the life of Frank Marshall Davis, confirming Davis was a “Obama can be linked to Democratic Socialists of America”
    Writing in the radical (and Democratic Socialists of America connected) Chicago magazine In These Times, in March 2008, Joel Bleifuss asserted;
    In particular, Obama can be linked to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the Democratic Party-oriented organization that is a member of the Socialist International
    While not overtly so, Democratic Socialists of America is essentially a Marxist organization.
    In an article in DSA’s Democratic Left, Spring 2007, DSA National political Committee member David Green of Detroit wrote in support of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)-or “card check”.[1]
    What distinguishes socialists from other progressives is the theory of surplus value. According to Marx, the secret of surplus value is that workers are a source of more value than they receive in wages. The capitalist is able to capture surplus value through his ownership of the means of production, his right to purchase labor as a commodity, his control over the production process, and his ownership of the final product. Surplus value is the measure of capital’s exploitation of labor
    Green went on to write;
    Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production. Our immediate task is to limit the capitalist class’s prerogatives in the workplace…
    . Obama’s Father Wrote About Socialism – His father wrote a paper called “Problems With Our Socialism” that advocates 100% taxation of the rich, communal ownership of land and the forced confiscation of privately controlled land. Source: Greg Ransom, PrestoPundit
    At age 18, Barack Obama admittedly arrived at Occidental College a committed revolutionary Marxist. Based on Obama’s own accounts, there can be no doubt that Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA Propagandist, and former Soviet Agent, indoctrinated Obama with a Marxist world view during his formative years. This is a known phenomenon amongst the radical left, referred to as “Red Diaper Babies” or “hand-me-down Marxism.” Much of the leadership of the SDS and Weather Underground were children of Communist Party USA members, including Katherine Boudin, Jeff Jones, and many more. David Axelrod is also a “Red Diaper Baby”, his mother was a Red journalist.

    • daniel bostdorf

      You obviously have no original thoughts of your own…

      This article was about Clint Eastwood, not President Obama.
      “Bizarre Meets Bland: Eastwood’s Monologue Disrupts Romney’s Big Moment”

      “Not long before he ascended the stage in Tampa last night to celebrate his triumph, Mitt Romney’s very difficult task became almost impossible. While delivering one of the least memorable acceptance speeches of any presidential nominee in memory, he suddenly had to extricate his party’s convention from the strange shadow cast over the proceedings by Clint Eastwood.

      The great director’s right-wing political opinions are hardly surprising after all these years, but his performance preceding Romney’s big moment was so tasteless, so juvenile, so incoherent as to inspire a sort of awe. While pretending an empty chair was the president, quipped writer Jamelle Bouie, Eastwood epitomized cranky conservatism: “An old white man arguing with an imaginary Obama.”

      The imaginary Obama showed up in Romney’s address too, although in a far less entertaining guise. He’s the nonexistent president who threw Israel under the bus, demeaned American success, and apologized for America in a tour around the globe. Romney himself showed up in the speech; although he barely mentioned his experience in government as chief executive of Massachusetts; so did his entire family, including those venerable ancestors who survived on the government dole after fleeing Mexico; then the late Neil Armstrong; Apple genius Steve Jobs, who actually offered to help Obama’s re-election campaign before his untimely death; the unemployed, to whom he pledged 12 million jobs during his first White House term; various female Republican officeholders or former officeholders; Jimmy Carter; Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, and Osama bin Laden; and the retired Episcopal priests who benefited from Bain Capital’s investments. More relevant figures, like George W. Bush, were understandably omitted.

      As that old Republican favorite Winston Churchill might have said, “This pudding lacks a theme.”

      With so much extraneous, disconnected material crammed into his speech, there wasn’t much time left for the nominee to explain how he planned to produce those 12 million jobs, which would exceed the four-year record of Bill Clinton, job-creating champion of all postwar presidents. Undecided voters listening to Romney as he stung Obama and slung promises probably heard little that eased their skepticism toward him.

      The most revealing aspect of the speech was Romney’s defensive response to the president’s attacks on his Bain Capital career – which he tried to redefine as an attack on “success.” Clearly he and his handlers believe those attacks have cut deeply and could not be left unanswered as he sought to reintroduce himself. But by renewing the discussion of Bain – and staking his political profile on the private equity firm – he reopened all the topics that have damaged him so badly, from hidden tax returns and offshore investments to the ruthless business practices that made him rich.

      Lacking a theme and a plan, this acceptance speech seemed unlikely to liberate Romney from the disabling image that prevents him from overtaking an incumbent still weakened by economic stress.”

      • gpo1913

        You know ,your right it had nothing to do with Clint. However, I thought and from your writings, I know you disagree that he was funny. Now admit it, if any comedian would have done that to a Republican you would have thought it was hilarious. These people who critize the older generation should remember they will be there someday too. Or is it just the politics you don’t agree with? But that means it doesn’t matter about Obama’s background and the direction he’s leading this country. You talk about Clinton, at least he knew how to compromise,with Obama,it’s all his way or the highway. And yes, I do have my own thoughts and I can see we are losing our great nation through more debt and unemployment. And after 4 years, that’s no ones fault but our sitting president. You wanted change in 2008, nothing happened except more debt, over 6 Trillion, more unemployment 23 milliom. More welfare and no signs of him trying to get people off. In fact the government is encouraging people to get on. Why not try someone else. Romney did do some good thru Bain,not every job could be saved but they at least made an attempt. Saving the majority and he did save the Olympics. Obama had a chance, give someone else a chance.

  • Not one of the speakers at the GOP Convention said anything applicable about what they would do to take America out of its slump. If pressed to explain their platform, they will hedge and beat around the bush, then go into a tirade about President Obama. What we saw was a cavalcade of people taking their fifteen minutes of fame to express who they are, taking themselves out of the anonymity of the shadows where they lurk while dismantling America, attacking the elderly, and trampling the poor. We saw them slapping each other on the back like Osama bin-Laden and his AlQuida commanders when they watched footage of the WTC come down. They are congratulating themselves for the destruction of America, and if elected, they will continue that destruction that was started by the Bush/Cheney administration.

  • fordneri

    Conservatives talk to God, chairs, walls, books. They talk to and debate any audience can’t respond. It’s just easier that way.

  • onedonewong

    The only folks that didn’t get Clint’s speech was the libs and State Run Media. it was well received by the vast majority of Americans and that’s all that matters.
    When barak and biden do their normal foot in mouth transgressions we have the State Run Media telling us what they meant to say. Sorry I understand exactly what Clint had to say and exactly what barak and joe biteme had to say

    • daniel bostdorf

      The “vast majority” of Americans who understand EXACTLY what Eastwood stated, do not agree with your point of view. This evidenced by the overwhelming outcry by Republicans of embarrassment at Eastwood’s bizarre behavior.

      Contrary to your belief, the only folks that didn’t get Eastwood’s speech are the far right wing apologists, like you and the rabid Teaparty movement, that simply can’t see the truth when it slaps you in the face.

      Repeating Conason’s dead-ontruthful view of Esatwood:

      “The great director’s right-wing political opinions are hardly surprising after all these years, but his performance preceding Romney’s big moment was so tasteless, so juvenile, so incoherent as to inspire a sort of awe. While pretending an empty chair was the president, quipped writer Jamelle Bouie, Eastwood epitomized cranky conservatism: “An old white man arguing with an imaginary Obama.””

      • middleclasstaxpayer

        You’re criticizing him talking to an empty chair?? If Obama WERE there, Clint would be taklking to AN EMPTY SUIT! What’s the difference???

        • daniel bostdorf

          Obama would be talking to a senile, right wing Republican.

          • middleclasstaxpayer

            Call Mr Eastwood anything you like, but he’s still thousands of times more successful than either you or I, and a Hollywood icon.

          • daniel bostdorf

            Youa nd I are not the point.

            Eastwood’s behaviour is. No matter how successful he was….

            Repeating Conason’s dead-ont ruthful view of Eastwood OF TODAY…..not the past… :

            “The great director’s right-wing political opinions are hardly surprising after all these years, but his performance preceding Romney’s big moment was so tasteless, so juvenile, so incoherent as to inspire a sort of awe. While pretending an empty chair was the president, quipped writer Jamelle Bouie, Eastwood epitomized cranky conservatism: “An old white man arguing with an imaginary Obama.””

  • ridemybroom

    This poor man…what was he thinking…thought i heard him saying something about chris christie having sex with a tellie tubbie…was i wrong ?

    • daniel bostdorf

      You are more than wrong, your comment chris christie having sex with a tellie tubbie is highly inappropriate and meant only to distract readers here.

      It is drivel which means:

      “childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle. “

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    His “opinion” only counts with liberals! Suggest you go see “2016 Obama’s America”…there was STANDING ROOM ONLY so we had to return for another showing….Liberals are in trouble, and happily they are the ONLY ONES who don’t know it. Good lucl!!!

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    The only “comments” that count are from Mr Obama….when discussing nuclear arms with the Russian representative recently, what do you suppose Obama meant when he was caught on an open microphone stating in a whisper ” I can be much more flexible AFTER the election??” And what other “secret” agreements & promises has Obama made to Iran, N. Korea & Syria????? Can Obama be trusted by America? By Israel? By anyone?????

  • ridemybroom

    hey @ Daniel…too bad daniel…he is what he is…a big fat tellie tubbie….he should be thankful i dont reconize him as the pillsbury dough boy….but that would be an insult…if you cant handle it dont comment here…i would reccommend it highly that you dont…

    • daniel bostdorf

      Drivel ridemubroom….drivel….keep your drivel to yourself ok?

      drivel which means:

      “childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle. “

  • onedonewong

    check out the articles in the Wall Street Journal about the billions of taxpayers $$ that was spent to outsource jobs to foreign countries by barak

    • daniel bostdorf

      Conason’s article is about Eastwood:

      Not long before he ascended the stage in Tampa last night to celebrate his triumph, Mitt Romney’s very difficult task became almost impossible. While delivering one of the least memorable acceptance speeches of any presidential nominee in memory, he suddenly had to extricate his party’s convention from the strange shadow cast over the proceedings by Clint Eastwood.

      The great director’s right-wing political opinions are hardly surprising after all these years, but his performance preceding Romney’s big moment was so tasteless, so juvenile, so incoherent as to inspire a sort of awe. While pretending an empty chair was the president, quipped writer Jamelle Bouie, Eastwood epitomized cranky conservatism: “An old white man arguing with an imaginary Obama.”

      The imaginary Obama showed up in Romney’s address too, although in a far less entertaining guise. He’s the nonexistent president who threw Israel under the bus, demeaned American success, and apologized for America in a tour around the globe. Romney himself showed up in the speech; although he barely mentioned his experience in government as chief executive of Massachusetts; so did his entire family, including those venerable ancestors who survived on the government dole after fleeing Mexico; then the late Neil Armstrong; Apple genius Steve Jobs, who actually offered to help Obama’s re-election campaign before his untimely death; the unemployed, to whom he pledged 12 million jobs during his first White House term; various female Republican officeholders or former officeholders; Jimmy Carter; Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, and Osama bin Laden; and the retired Episcopal priests who benefited from Bain Capital’s investments. More relevant figures, like George W. Bush, were understandably omitted.

      As that old Republican favorite Winston Churchill might have said, “This pudding lacks a theme.”

      With so much extraneous, disconnected material crammed into his speech, there wasn’t much time left for the nominee to explain how he planned to produce those 12 million jobs, which would exceed the four-year record of Bill Clinton, job-creating champion of all postwar presidents. Undecided voters listening to Romney as he stung Obama and slung promises probably heard little that eased their skepticism toward him.

      The most revealing aspect of the speech was Romney’s defensive response to the president’s attacks on his Bain Capital career – which he tried to redefine as an attack on “success.” Clearly he and his handlers believe those attacks have cut deeply and could not be left unanswered as he sought to reintroduce himself. But by renewing the discussion of Bain – and staking his political profile on the private equity firm – he reopened all the topics that have damaged him so badly, from hidden tax returns and offshore investments to the ruthless business practices that made him rich.

      Lacking a theme and a plan, this acceptance speech seemed unlikely to liberate Romney from the disabling image that prevents him from overtaking an incumbent still weakened by economic stress.

  • onedonewong

    and barak cost the taxpayers $300,000 for every green job he created

    • daniel bostdorf

      Conason’s article is about Eastwood, not Obama:

      Not long before he ascended the stage in Tampa last night to celebrate his triumph, Mitt Romney’s very difficult task became almost impossible. While delivering one of the least memorable acceptance speeches of any presidential nominee in memory, he suddenly had to extricate his party’s convention from the strange shadow cast over the proceedings by Clint Eastwood.

      The great director’s right-wing political opinions are hardly surprising after all these years, but his performance preceding Romney’s big moment was so tasteless, so juvenile, so incoherent as to inspire a sort of awe. While pretending an empty chair was the president, quipped writer Jamelle Bouie, Eastwood epitomized cranky conservatism: “An old white man arguing with an imaginary Obama.”

      The imaginary Obama showed up in Romney’s address too, although in a far less entertaining guise. He’s the nonexistent president who threw Israel under the bus, demeaned American success, and apologized for America in a tour around the globe. Romney himself showed up in the speech; although he barely mentioned his experience in government as chief executive of Massachusetts; so did his entire family, including those venerable ancestors who survived on the government dole after fleeing Mexico; then the late Neil Armstrong; Apple genius Steve Jobs, who actually offered to help Obama’s re-election campaign before his untimely death; the unemployed, to whom he pledged 12 million jobs during his first White House term; various female Republican officeholders or former officeholders; Jimmy Carter; Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, and Osama bin Laden; and the retired Episcopal priests who benefited from Bain Capital’s investments. More relevant figures, like George W. Bush, were understandably omitted.

      As that old Republican favorite Winston Churchill might have said, “This pudding lacks a theme.”

      With so much extraneous, disconnected material crammed into his speech, there wasn’t much time left for the nominee to explain how he planned to produce those 12 million jobs, which would exceed the four-year record of Bill Clinton, job-creating champion of all postwar presidents. Undecided voters listening to Romney as he stung Obama and slung promises probably heard little that eased their skepticism toward him.

      The most revealing aspect of the speech was Romney’s defensive response to the president’s attacks on his Bain Capital career – which he tried to redefine as an attack on “success.” Clearly he and his handlers believe those attacks have cut deeply and could not be left unanswered as he sought to reintroduce himself. But by renewing the discussion of Bain – and staking his political profile on the private equity firm – he reopened all the topics that have damaged him so badly, from hidden tax returns and offshore investments to the ruthless business practices that made him rich.

      Lacking a theme and a plan, this acceptance speech seemed unlikely to liberate Romney from the disabling image that prevents him from overtaking an incumbent still weakened by economic stress.

  • An old white man in the verge of Alzheimer’s, as another old white man former president.

  • LOL Clint is getting so old, I’m not even sure he remember anything he said up there

  • I think he is getting early demnetia. Poor thing

  • daniel bostdorf

    Conason’s article is about Clint Eastwood, not Obama:

    Not long before he ascended the stage in Tampa last night to celebrate his triumph, Mitt Romney’s very difficult task became almost impossible. While delivering one of the least memorable acceptance speeches of any presidential nominee in memory, he suddenly had to extricate his party’s convention from the strange shadow cast over the proceedings by Clint Eastwood.

    The great director’s right-wing political opinions are hardly surprising after all these years, but his performance preceding Romney’s big moment was so tasteless, so juvenile, so incoherent as to inspire a sort of awe. While pretending an empty chair was the president, quipped writer Jamelle Bouie, Eastwood epitomized cranky conservatism: “An old white man arguing with an imaginary Obama.”

    The imaginary Obama showed up in Romney’s address too, although in a far less entertaining guise. He’s the nonexistent president who threw Israel under the bus, demeaned American success, and apologized for America in a tour around the globe. Romney himself showed up in the speech; although he barely mentioned his experience in government as chief executive of Massachusetts; so did his entire family, including those venerable ancestors who survived on the government dole after fleeing Mexico; then the late Neil Armstrong; Apple genius Steve Jobs, who actually offered to help Obama’s re-election campaign before his untimely death; the unemployed, to whom he pledged 12 million jobs during his first White House term; various female Republican officeholders or former officeholders; Jimmy Carter; Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, and Osama bin Laden; and the retired Episcopal priests who benefited from Bain Capital’s investments. More relevant figures, like George W. Bush, were understandably omitted.

    As that old Republican favorite Winston Churchill might have said, “This pudding lacks a theme.”

    With so much extraneous, disconnected material crammed into his speech, there wasn’t much time left for the nominee to explain how he planned to produce those 12 million jobs, which would exceed the four-year record of Bill Clinton, job-creating champion of all postwar presidents. Undecided voters listening to Romney as he stung Obama and slung promises probably heard little that eased their skepticism toward him.

    The most revealing aspect of the speech was Romney’s defensive response to the president’s attacks on his Bain Capital career – which he tried to redefine as an attack on “success.” Clearly he and his handlers believe those attacks have cut deeply and could not be left unanswered as he sought to reintroduce himself. But by renewing the discussion of Bain – and staking his political profile on the private equity firm – he reopened all the topics that have damaged him so badly, from hidden tax returns and offshore investments to the ruthless business practices that made him rich.

    Lacking a theme and a plan, this acceptance speech seemed unlikely to liberate Romney from the disabling image that prevents him from overtaking an incumbent still weakened by economic stress.

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    Can someone explain WHY the Democrat convention is being held in a NON-UNION state??
    As a former union member, we were always “ENCOURAGED” to donate to liberal causes & politicians, yet now we are being shortchanged by losing all this revenue by having the party use a NON-UNION state for its massive convention? HOW IS THIS JUSTIFIED?????

  • sisterH

    Eastwood was great. O has failed. He has failed all of us. Maybe he isn’t one of us. Maybe he has some saudi money behind him. MAybe he is misguided or maybe he is evil. When you exploit disadvantaged people for the sake of your own gain…..I think it’s safe to say you are evil.

  • Why doesn’t anybody remember the number of times the Republicans voted down President Obama when he sent his bills to congress? The way opposition refers to our President is disrespectful. I hope the American people who behave this way don’t do so because Obama is not white. People in Hawaii can be equally bigoted, but our rednecks became quiet when we remind them this is what our grandparents dealt with in the early part of the 20th century. Whatever resentment existed boiled over when certain supervisors from Europe thought they had the right to beat field workers with sticks. Wise managers fired these people. Many supervisors knew they had no right to beat a free field worker and reason grew as everyone’s children attended the same baseball games, carnivals and movies. The RNC, with the exception of Mrs. Romney, was a circus of ridicule, insensitivity and bravado. The RNC has forgotten history. When you weaken middle class you will have rebellion.

    • middleclasstaxpayer

      Please explain Obama’s FIRST TWO YEARS, when democrats CONTROLLED BOTH HOUSES….even then, Obama couldn’t get the votes of HIS OWN PARTY on many subjects. What a “leader” he is (was).