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Climate Change Is Funny As Shit! Especially on the Gulf Coast!

[ 131 ] August 30, 2012 |

Still their hero!

The Republican Party of 2012, defined:

President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.  [Pause.  Laughter.]  MY promise…is to help you and your family.

The smarmy-even-for-Romney delivery and the audience reaction made it even worse than it looked on paper. In fairness, shelter is hardly the help that families need. What else can you say? Well, that hiring Jonah Goldberg as a script doctor was a terrible idea.

For those who missed it, the video from Clint Eastwood’s speech is below.

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  1. arguingwithsignposts says:

    The smarmy-even-for-Romney delivery and the audience reaction made it even worse than it looked on paper.

    Every time I think the Republicans couldn’t get any more tone deaf, they prove me wrong.

  2. Timurid says:

    When two trains love each other very, very much, they cuddle together and… kiss. We call that a “train wreck…”

  3. Anonymous says:

    Boy, that line was brilliant. I can’t wait to see how pissed Loommis is going to be over it especially.

  4. MAJeff says:

    Looks like Clint Eastwood is familiar with David Barton’s work.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The vast majority of Americans don’t buy into the “global warming” scam. That line was brilliant and will play very well with blue collar voters.

  6. bfr says:

    huh Abe Simpson speech. Based on what I’ve read, I was expecting East Germany’s favorite cat & mouse duo – Worker and Parasite. As Krusty said, “what the hell was that crap?”

  7. The Tragically Flip says:

    Climate Change is another Republican plan where people aged 55 and over are exempted from the negative consequences.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Romney more than exceeded expectations. The whole meme of Romney being wooden or being robotic were smashed tonight.

    Next week Romney vaults into a lead outside the margin of error. Obama should be panicked, this was a wonderful convention for Republicans.

  9. I think the Obama campaign boosted youth turnout at least 5% in the last few days, between the reddit appearance and this.

    They don’t pay the twitter guy enough.

    • Furious Jorge says:

      That was brilliant.

      Really, really looking forward to the debates.

      • Lee says:

        Obama is going to run so many circles around Romney that Romney’s going to faint from dizziness.

        Biden and Ryan are probably a more even match but Biden has warmer, better personality and comes across more humane. Although thats always easy when dealing with an Ayn Rand fan.

        • liberal says:

          Ryan and Biden? Huh?

          There’s no evidence whatsoever that Ryan is all that clever.

          Biden, OTOH, is actually a pretty good debater.

          • Njorl says:

            True. The reason Biden puts his foot in his mouth as often as he does is that he is one of the few politicians who actually talks rather than recites.

            If the debate questions are just cues to recite spiel, Ryan will do OK. If he actually has to talk, he could be in trouble.

          • Biden, OTOH, is actually a pretty good debater.

            And yet, as far as expectations go, people will be basing theirs on his 2008 performance, when he debated with one had tied behind his back, to avoid looking like he was beating up a girl.

        • MattT says:

          Although it’s hard to think of anything that will effect the election less than the VP debate. Almost universally completely forgotten within days. The only things it seems like people remember are Stockdale sounding crazy and Bentsen getting in a quip at Quayle. Who cares.

          • mark f says:

            Don’t forget the time Sarah Plain gave Rich Lowry a boner starbursts!

            • MattT says:

              I am doing my best to forget that, thank you very much.

              Although I guess this is kind of my point. This thing will obviously generate a lot of totally pointless discussion from people like Lowry, but among undecided voters? The presidential debates could have an impact at the margins, but what’s the biggest thing that could happen at the VP debate. Biden puts his foot in his mouth again, or he gets off a really cutting line like the one about Giuliani, and people laugh about it for a few days, and then they move on to something else.

      • Cheap Wino says:

        By the time the debates are over Rove is going to be begging his billionaires for another $300 mil, pronto.

    • Cody says:

      Say what you want about Obama, but damn can the man connect.

      The Reddit thing was very cool, even though not especially useful. It just makes him appear so in touch. That coupled with his warm personality really makes him easy for younger people to connect to.

  10. Ben Hosen says:

    Too cruel, Scott. (And me, a Harry Reid fan.)

    Bad actor, over-rated director. Also, I can’t lie, I tried to get drunk enough to watch this shitstorm. Eastwood’s was the first one I saw, and as dumb and mean as it was it seemed like he’d been shooting speedball martinis to prep for it.

    Totally substance-free jabber. Wingnut gold, etc, etc. Dana Milbank will love it and deem it effective.

    But damn, Jon Voight is so strung out they had to so this to the Man With No Name?

    No ill-will towards Clint, partisan fire has its limits. But that was just awful.

    • Cody says:

      I assumed everyone was playing the Romney drinking game. Take a shot every time he says “Obama”, you get a chaser each time he mentioned his actual policy plan.

  11. cpinva says:

    i must give the republican props where it’s due. they have become consistently awful. if there were an academy award for awful, they’d win, and it would then be retired.

    i’ve also considered the possibility that the whole convention was staged to intentionally be awful, on a grand scale. the thought process (assuming any actual thinking occurred) being that, like the dog that’s so ugly, it’s actually kind of cute, that the convention would be so horrible, it would actually be kind of cool. i don’t think that’s working very well, as it’s just coming off looking, well, pretty damn awful.

  12. Sherm says:

    At least old Clint agrees with that portion of the republican platform calling for the immediate closure of Gitmo and withdrawal from Afghanistan.

    • Cody says:

      I feel like the whole convention was about Republicans claiming they’re going to do things they’re against. We should make a list:
      Bipartisanship
      Stronger Middle Class
      Lower taxes for low income
      Medicare
      Telling the truth
      Clean politics

  13. Dr.Doom says:

    President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.

    Just one more promise broken. He’s done nothing in four years about this.

    • Malaclypse says:

      You really are an idiot, Jennie. Rick Veneema of CRACKER HEIGHTS, VIRGINIA could out-troll you with one hand tied behind his keyboard.

    • liberal says:

      Considering that doing something about it goes against entrenched interests and is an extremely difficult collective action problem, it’s not surprising that not much progress has been made.

    • Furious Jorge says:

      As if you gave a shit about climate change.

    • Just one more promise broken. He’s done nothing in four years about this.

      Since Obama came to office, the United States has reduced its CO2 emissions more than any other country in the world.

      This has mainly been the result of the widespread closure of coal-fired power plants. Meanwhile, he has boosted funding for public transit, increased CAFE standards dramatically, regulated carbon emissions from all power plants, and boosted investment in clean energy to record, world-leading levels.

    • Cody says:

      I assumed this was also not real. You really don’t think a party who doesn’t believe in climate change can run on the platform that they’re upset Obama didn’t stop climate change, right?

      Not to mention the obvious impossibility of getting it down with such an awful Congress

  14. Joshua says:

    NPR played a clip of Bush talking after Katrina. To this day, the fact that this two-bit huckster was our President amazes me. It’s something you kind of forget until you hear him speak.

    • calling all toasters says:

      Liberal media lies! There was never any President named Bush! The Crash of ’08? Obama was president. 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? None of that ever happened.

      At least, this is what I inferred from the convention….

  15. david mizner says:

    I actually thought that was a pretty good jab, hitting what was a ridiculously grandiose line from Obama. The target wasn’t so much global warming as Obama’s messiah schtick — one of those occasional moments when Obama lived down to the right-wing stereotype of him.

    • Furious Jorge says:

      How much paraphrasing did Rmoney do to the original “ridiculously grandiose line from Obama?”

      Serious question, since I don’t know which line you’re referring to. And given the GOP penchant for making shit up, well …

    • I actually thought that was a pretty good jab, hitting what was a ridiculously grandiose line from Obama.

      It would have been, if the New Orleans region wasn’t being flooded again.

      Half of life is timing.

  16. gmack says:

    At the risk of appearing to support a troll, I actually didn’t think the line was that bad or smarmy. The line is a reference to Obama’s line back in 2008. I can’t recall it exactly, but it was something about looking back on this historic moment and realizing that “this is the time when the Earth’s oceans stopped rising” or some such. Even at the time, I thought the line was pretentious and ridiculously messianic (I’m reminded of God’s speech in Job where he rhetorically asks Job where he was when he told the oceans: “Hitherto thou shalt come and no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed”). It’s quite worthy of some mockery.

    Anyway, part of Romney’s critique is that Obama has raised a series of false hopes and unfulfilled promises (hence Ryan’s image of the college student staring up at the Obama poster). So as I read the line, it’s less an effort to deny global warming (though I’m sure many listeners got that message too–it’s no doubt part of its goal) and more intended to skewer Obama’s pretentiousness. It’s intended, in other words, to turn one of Obama’s strengths (his ability to inspire hope and redemption) into a liability.

    Now, I don’t think any of this was terribly effective, nor do I think it will matter (the whole convention was pretty much a train wreck). Still, I was less disgusted by the message than most of the folks here were.

    • gmack says:

      Oops. mizner made the same point while I was writing, though I wouldn’t agree that it was a “good jab.” I just didn’t find it awful either (or no more awful than our politics usually is, which I must admit, is pretty terrible).

      • calling all toasters says:

        This must have been a Limbaugh hobbyhorse for it even to be mentioned. I don’t even remember Obama saying it.

        • david mizner says:

          I think gmack’s right, then; for it to have been effective, as opposed to a mere of fondle of the base, that line had to be common knowledge — which I thought it was. I guess not.

          And looking at the passage again, I see that he spoke of “we” and the work ahead, so it wasn’t really megalomaniacal, just hyperbolic.

          if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.

          Seeing it in context, it wasn’t as bad as I recall.

          • gmack says:

            Thanks for digging up the quote. You’re right; the line wasn’t as bad as I remember it being, though I’m still not terribly fond of it. But whatever. I’m guessing that calling all toasters is right that Obama’s comment has become part of right wing lore.

        • gmack says:

          That’s quite possible. I don’t keep up with right wing media. More broadly, your comment hints at the reason why I don’t think the jab is all that effective. It relies way too heavily on right wing tribal symbols and tropes in order to be understood (i.e., it’s of a piece with the teleprompter jokes). Maybe there are lots of non-movement conservatives out there receptive to the idea that the problem with Obama is his tendency toward pretentiousness and messianism, but I somehow doubt it. This strikes me instead as an appeal to the base.

    • Sherm says:

      It struck me as a particularly stupid comment to make while just a couple of states away there are people with homes inundated with flood water.

    • mark f says:

      I only heard about ten minutes of Romney’s speech while I was driving from the bowling alley to the bar. It happened to include this part. The rest of what I heard was nonsense, not in the Paul Ryan bullshit way, but in the random-sequence-of-unrelated-sentences way, like “We’re going to lower taxes on job creators. My wife is awesome! President Obama went on an Apology Tour.”

    • Cody says:

      In the proper context, Romney is good to make fun of it. How naive was the President to think Republicans would work with a Democrat, let alone a black one!?!?

      He used “we” like Republicans would be any part of anything he approves of. They sure showed him!

    • wengler says:

      Shorter Mitt Romney: ‘You have no idea, the power of the dark side!’

  17. mark f says:

    This is hilarious:

    Michelle Malkin:

    RT @ChadPergram: Clint Eastwood speaking to GOP convention and there is NO SCRIPT in the TelePrompTer at the rear of the room

    For once, I believe it.

    Jonah Goldberg:

    It’s going to cost a lot of money to update all of those dictionaries to insert a picture of Clint Eastwood next to the word “badass.”

    • Stag Party Palin says:

      Not really. They were already going to update “asshole” with Jonah’s picture. Synergy.

    • Cody says:

      I enjoyed the poor camera shots on Mitt Romney for some of the convention. I could tell what he was going to say before he said it, because it was scrolling on the teleprompter like right in the middle of the camera shot…

      Can SEK do some visual rhetoric on the director for the RNC to tell us the hidden message?

    • John says:

      What is amazing about that Goldberg tweet is that he somehow thinks that Clint Eastwood’s status as a “badass” was somehow cemented by this rambling joke of a speech at the Republican National Convention. The decades of playing “badass” characters like the man with no name, Harry Callahan, Josey Wales, Will Munny, etc., did not require those dictionaries to be updated. But now that Eastwood gave a horrendously received speech at the RNC, he’s clearly redefined the word.

  18. wengler says:

    I’m just watching large excerpts of the Romney speech.

    This guy is a bigger piece of shit than I gave him credit for.

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