(Inspired by Insty, of course.)
In case anyone didn’t see the original:
The “chair” photo before skillful retouching by White House staffers…
Oh! I see, it’s a teleprompter!
shoot, I thought it was an empty chair.
1) Obama – aside from being a stuttering clusterf**k of a miserable failure – is also a petty, narcissistic tool.
2) This is how you KNOW that Eastwood scored yesterday.
Did Rosa Parks except being told that “This seat is taken ?”
Eh, no comparison. Parks was after nothing but simple equality, and made history in a positive way, for the right reasons.
like I said, no comparison.
Pres. Empty Chair’s way of marking the end of combat in Iraq with a heroic image.
A cult of personality is often the result of a narcissist + power.
Eastwood skewered that…right through the middle.
Metrics on the Clint speech/performance…
Here’s another data point, too: the split among Florida voters to Eastwood’s speech was 49% positive to only 24% negative by the next day — presumably even after the avalanche of criticism for it. The overall split is positive in almost all demos except Democrats (30/45) and liberals (26/58). Majorities of independents (51/26), seniors (54/20), men (54/24) approved of it, but the biggest positive response came from Hispanics, 62/21 — even better than Republicans (58/12). Even women (44/25) and black voters (43/37) liked Eastwood’s extemporaneous riff on President Obama.
No, no, no, it’s been declared a debacle by top men.
Honestly, though, I cringed a bit. But then, I do public speaking for a living and so I’m looking at a pro and expecting more polish. I think your numbers speak to a different desire – the need among everyday folks for someone being as straightforward and candid as they know how to be.
Our politicians all seem to be some combination of oily and plastic. People have been tired of that a long time. A sizable chunk of voters embraced an obvious whackjob in 1992 for no other reason that at least he was a *genuine* whackjob who spoke his mind.
It may be that the GOP’s biggest asset right now is a stable of people who don’t fit the oily/plastic continuum. Ryan is one. So is Allen West. I’m not really a Jindal fan, but he seems to be fairly genuine. Mia Love might fit the category if she ends up winning.
The danger is that the political consultants get their hands on these people and coat them with the same oil and plastic the other politicans wear as their daily suit. Six years ago I would have put Marsha Blackburn in the “genuine” category. But not now. Back in the 1990s, I watched the Beltway Collective completely assimilate Bill Frist in only four years. I’m afraid Tom Coburn has gone down that road too far to come back. Etc. ad nauseum.
“Nothing succeeds like success”.
The oily-plastic model was what people were buying for much of my life, Billy. Like cars with fins, or leisure-suits with bell-bottoms.
We may…I devoutly hope…be seeing a new model, especially as older consultants leave the field. The TEA Party types will help drive that, since we kinda have a natural repulsion for TOO slick. Right now, there are quite a few successful office-holders with a little bark still on them, and I think that is a growing trend.
Top Men! bwaaahahahahahahah – God I can see that scene so clearly.
Joe Biden in a set of overalls, heading off into the warehouse.
I watched the speech after the talking heads said it was a flop. That means you go in expecting disaster. It was not that bad at all.
His pauses made him seem like a normal person who doesn’t really want to discuss politics but has to bring the subject up.
His pauses also were punctuated with very, very solid points. He did not claim he was Napoleon or something crazy.
Yeah, well, I’m sure Eva Longoria’s speech at the DNC will put her up there with Lady Godiva, Flo Nightingale and Sandra Fluke. At least that’s what the media will want me to believe.
All I can say is: Well done, Rowdy Yates, well done!
Oh, and Joan of Arc…to whom Longoria is 70% related (European as opposed to her delusion of being mostly Pre-Columbian).
Science can be SUCH a bummer…!!!
“Patriot anti-missile systems will arrive in Israel as planned, but the crews to operate them will not.”
Obama is giving us a Kerry-esque (think French) foreign policy.
Point of order, when the French sent the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf for the Gulf War, as soon as the ship was out of sight of the departing port, they flew all the aircraft off it’s decks to have them land back in France.
“have them land back in France” everyone was much safer that way.
Seriously, is it just me, or shouldn’t they restore Princess Leia in her golden bikini to the bottom of that Mt. Rushmore sand sculpture thing they did for him in Charlotte?
I think the Hutts would do well in Chicago too.
I read that the Obama’s are planning to move to Hawaii next year.
Why not Chicago? Could be they don’t want the girls in that kind of element.
I doubt there’s room in Chicago for the egos of Tiny Dancer AND ‘the one’.
And, really, who would move to Chicago voluntarily…???
But of course the Dems have finally zeroed in on my biggest concern for the country – did Paul Ryan accurately recollect his time in a marathon run he made in 1990.
Nicely done, Billy. Very nicely done.