The Clint Eastwood speech at the Republican National Convention has left America (and its Hollywood stars) buzzing, trying to make sense of what the former Dirty Harry star was going for with his bizarre rhetorical antics. The actor's somewhat disheveled-looking appearance and unscripted (often slurred) speech speaking to an empty chair from the podium, have left many to wonder what the RNC was thinking in casting Clint as their guest of honor for their party's grand finale. While Hollywood is noted for being rife with "liberal" individuals wealthy enough to at least publicly promote Obama's vacuous, movie-like taglines and policies, and while Mitt Romney was probably hard pressed to find an entertainer brave enough to break ties with his/her comrades' stance, Clint Eastwood? Really?
If nothing else can be said, (and perhaps that's for the best), Eastwood's speech certainly made for good entertainment. Stars from across the Twitter-verse attested as much, chiming in with colorful tweets about the speech:
"This seat's taken." - (visible) President Barack Obama
"I can't believe I just watched (hash)ClintEastwood turn into somebody's DRUNK UNCLE HARRY on the stage of the (hash)GOP (hash)RNC. He humiliated himself." - Star Jones, Today contributor
"I heard that Clint Eastwood was channeling me at the RNC. My lawyers and I are drafting our lawsuit." - comic actor Bob Newhart, referring to his signature one-way-conversation routines
"`If Clint Eastwood ever talks to a chair on national TV, people will need a way to reassure each other' - inventor of Twitter, March 2006." - Patton Oswalt, comedian and actor on The King of Queens
Of course, to garner such anti-partisan responses from "hip" Hollywood, the original curmudgeon must have let rip some zingers of his own. Some of Clint's more head-scratching (dare one say, senile) sound bytes left one to question just how much thought he actually put into making this nationally televised appearance.
And so the Clint Eastwood speech at the 2012 RNC takes its place among the pantheon of conservative gaffes to be poked fun at ad infinitum by the Jon Stewarts and David Lettermans of the liberal media.