The Endless Eastwood Intrigue

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Sept. 4 2012 10:54 AM

The Endless Eastwood Intrigue

CHARLOTTE -- Five long days have passed since Clint Eastwood talked to that chair. My quick post on the speech is one of the most popular items I've ever written, anywhere on the vast Internets. That's not because it was so good. It's because, for 100 hours, the Eastwood video has been the go-to, WTFU icebreaker, all across America, into the Democratic convention.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

Charlie Homans was one of the first people to hit on the reason. So, Eastwood rambled a bit and had problems with Barack Obama that couldn't be easily explained? Guess what? A lot of voters are just like Eastwood. My inbox has provided every-few-hours proof of this.

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Gail writes:

A DECENT PERSON DON’T STAND THE CHANCE OF A SNOWBALL IN HELL IN THE PUTRID NEWS MEDIA’S NEWS!
BIASED & PREJUDICED AS HELL..... SELL NEWS GOOD OR BAD! = USUALLY BAD.
$$$$$$$$$ OVER RULES BRAINS!
PS, CARRY ON WITH YOUR SMART MOUTHED REMARKS!
      YOUR REALLY HELPING..... RUN THE HUMAN RACE INTO THE SEPTIC TANK.

Barbara writes:

I  read your article about Clint Eastwood's speech  at the Republican convention, and I thoroughly disagree with your every word, concerning Eastwood's speech!! I am a "former" democrat, I DID NOT vote for Oboma the first time , and I will NOT vote for him THIS time!! I have changed my party to Republican because of Oboma, and I will be voting for Romney!!  I like and admire Clint Eastwood, and so does Romney!! It seems to me, and a lot of other people, that you and some uncaring and misinformed "others" have a very serious problem with that!! You should "rewrite" your article, and tell the truth!!

Catherine writes:

I can't say I have been a big fan of Clint Eastwood, but I just became one!
At his age, he took the time to make what difference he could, which proves he isn't a coward like most of the stars of today! They preach giving to the poor as they live like royalty. 
Also, whether you liked the delivery or not, his message got through!
I think most of the people voicing anger and hate toward his speech are just disappointed in themselves!

A bit more confusingly, Katherine writes:

I couldn’t find the comments Clint Easwood made?  You don’t have the guts to defend yourself after making it sound like he is drunk????  COWARD!!!

Darlene writes:

I disagree with you assessment...it was refreshing to hear a man of few words attempt to communicate what was in his heart, without a script of someone else's heart and the aid of teleprompters.
What I received from Clint that will forever impact my heart is that we can disagree on how to solve problems, but what unites us is that we have a thread of like mindedness wanting the United States of America to continue to be a nation under GOD...it's the one thing that is different from ALL other Nations.
I think you need to give Clint Eastwood some grace...he stated his profession and for the love of our Nation stepped out of his comfort zone to try to make a difference.  There are so many people out there who have their heads in a cloud and will be the first ones whining when it's too late to turn things around.

There's some article to be written about the continuing and growing role that macho stars play as validators of conservative paranoia.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.