Ned Rice has taken it upon himself to fact-check Clint Eastwood’s RNC presentation. This may well be the best and most honest fact-check every done. Here’s just a sample, but you will be denying yourself one of life’s great pleasures if you don’t read the whole thing:
“You’re getting as bad as Biden. Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party.”
Joe Biden is not the intellect of the Democratic party, he is the Vice President of the United States.
“Kind of a grin with a body behind it.”
Joe Biden is clearly more than just a grin with a body behind it. He also has hair plugs.
“You are an — an ecological man.”
President Obama’s credentials as an “ecological man” are a matter of opinion. Critics note that since 2008 ocean levels have continued to rise and the Earth has yet to begin healing itself.
“We own this country.”
Even a cursory audit of the federal government’s books would suggest that China owns this country.
If you haven’t yet seen Eastwood’s shtick, you should. Here:
My first take on it was “wow, this is kind of embarrassing.” My second take was, “wow, this is kind of brilliant.”
Eastwood represents an elderly demographic (he’s 82). That demographic theoretically consists of people the Obama Camp is claiming should hate Romney/Ryan. But these same people like Eastwood . . . and he likes Romney/Ryan. Also, when the talking heads attack Eastwood’s stuttering delivery, they’re generally attacking old folks who have slowed down, but definitely haven’t gotten stupid.
Eastwood is also one of the rare people who has the stature to poke fun at Obama. I especially liked the “don’t tell me to shut up,” although I don’t know how well that will play ultimately. As I point out periodically, Obama is not a nice man. The media tells us he is, but he isn’t. Now Eastwood also said he’s not nice. The question is whether people believe Eastwood or the media.
The whole thing was pleasantly unscripted. That was a little bizarre, but it was a refreshing change from the plasticity that characterizes conventions — especially, per the media, Republican conventions, which the media claims are made up entirely of racist Stepford men and women.
This will also get tons of play as people tune in to see Eastwood either be brilliant or make a fool of himself. As to the latter, those people might come away having learned something that exists outside of their sterile little bubble.