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Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Guest Contributor, Mental Health, Politics, USA Presidential Election 2012 | 18 comments

Remembering Alzheimers – Starring Clint Eastwood

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Clint Eastwood has just done his first TV interview with CNN since his disastrous speech at the Republican Convention, explaining, at least indirectly, why he’s a Romney supporter. They both share the same trait, evidently: when you do something stupid, disastrous or both, DOUBLE DOWN. (Being wrong is a sign of weakness, rather than the sign of a mature and equitable mind, I guess.)

In CNN interview, Eastwood stands by RNC speech

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CNN Political Unit
September 15th, 2012
2 hours ago

(CNN) – Actor Clint Eastwood says he does not care about the reaction to his stand up routine at the Republican convention, which drew more attention on the night Mitt Romney accepted the presidential nomination.

Eastwood spoke to CNN in his first television interview since the convention.

“One advantage of being my age is that you know what can they do to ya?” said Eastwood, 82. “You just have fun and do what you think and then you can say what you think, you don’t have to edit yourself.” […]

Really, Clint?

Then why have you been in media hiding for the past two weeks, only pausing to give a self-justifying interview to that Grand Repository of Pulitzeresque Journalism and Truthiness, The Carmel Pine Cone? (I am not making this up.)

“I caught this fish in the bay tonight …”

If you’re not ACTUALLY a wussy and hiding in embarrassment, why the long silence between August 30 and today?

(Complete transcript of the speech).

Sixteen days of virtual seclusion except for a completely controlled interview in a small town newspaper is NOT generally the heroic action of a macho action film star who’s sure that he hit it out of the ballpark. By their fruitiness ye shall know them.

There’s a difference between sleaziness and senescence. Your honesty and credibility do NOT depend on Depends®.

And I think you know that, Mr. In Full Command of Your Faculties.

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“[A] man’s got to know his limitations*,” Clint, and I think you forgot yours.


[*Clint’s failed Dirty Harry “tag” line from Magnum Force (1973)]


A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, an honorary Texan, Clown (ditto) and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog

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  • zephyr

    A pity Clint didn’t have the good sense to stay away from the convention. I’m guessing most of his fans wish he’d left them with their illusions intact.

  • He should have remembered the First Law of Holes: When you realize you’re in a hole, STOP digging.

    Mitt has this problem, as well.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    Clint Eastwood has had a magical, in many ways, run in Hollywood film, both as actor and as director. I like what Bill Mahrer (sp) said about his empty chair routine; that for an unpracticed commedian, he hit many of the laugh lines just right and elicited laughter from his audience. Bill was seeing that from point of view of an accomplished comedian. Several of us here at TMV who are ‘older’ and who grew up with Clint on tv and in film, just hoped we would still be standing when we come to his age. As a daughter tho, I wondered, if this were my father, would I want him to expose himself to ridicule come what may… and there are many sites on the internet where the cruelty about his age is far greater than remarks about the content of his speech. Not that elder fathers who are used to living full out would listen to their adult offspring, but I guess, I would rather have heard Clint speak about lots of things in his own life, what he thought before and after. That would have been legacy. That would have been about Clint’s legacy, not about a political one-night skit. Yet, ’empty chair’ and all, even though I dont want to think this… nonetheless reminded me of dragging Moses into the NRA spotlight when it was clear Charlton Heston was already, like Ronald Reagan, having something wrong with tracking, for they were in early stages of dementia. Not saying that about Clint Eastwood, just saying the far veering from what I have considered his sensible persona, made me just note how unusual.

  • dduck

    I loved the skit, bit, whatever, and I’m also old enough to say along with Clint that I don’t give a rat’s patootie what anyone says or thinks.

  • ShannonLeee

    I think everyone that is aware of the CE Rep conv performance wishes they had a very specific case of Alzheimers. I dont think the bit, as good as it may have been from a comedic performance standpoint, helped anyone.

    well, it probably helped Obama.

  • dduck

    What EE said.

  • ProWife

    Invisible Obama was actually invisible Cheney. Turns out Clint’s major bout with confusion has not been reported. Invisible Dick Cheney was in the empty chair at the RNC all along. Play the skit back. If you listen close enough you can hear Cheney sneer. Think about it. Clint heard the invisible man’s voice telling Romney to go “ ” himself. Cheney was snubbed by Romney/ not invited to speak at the RNC. Furthermore, Cheney has a past history/ modus operandi of telling people to go “ ” themselves.

  • dduck

    No, but he is whiny enough.

  • dduck

    Delete that, wrong thread. Aim before you shoot, good advice.

  • EEllis

    My previous comments seem to have been deleted. I will edit my statement and keep it short as to hopeful not run afoul of the commenting policy. It is truly unfortunate that partisanship would end up going this far. Ageism seems totally fine as long as it is directed at political opponents and to denigrate someone for partisan purposes is wrong.

  • dduck

    I don’t understand, if the Rep. party is portrayed as the party of “old angry white men”, by the media, then what is wrong with CE giving them what they wanted, an example, albeit a funny one to some with a sense of humor.

    Perhaps, as EE points out there are some elements of ageism in the criticism of CE.

  • EEllis

    I’m not sure if it’s true ageism or it’s just that it’s ok to pull out all the stops against a political opponent but either way it sucks.

  • roro80

    I don’t really understand the title of this piece, unless it is in really bad taste. There’s no evidence as far as I know that CE suffers from Alzheimers or any other disease that affects his ability to understand what he’s saying, and it seems in quite poor taste to conflate a disasterous and stupid speech with a debilitating progressive disease.

  • dduck

    Roro, disastrous to whom? I won’t argue stupid, as that is in the eye of the beholder.
    If Bill Maher and I like it can’t be all bad.

  • roro80

    If Bill Maher and I like it can’t be all bad.

    You’re growing on me lately, dduck, but Bill Maher is still not too high in my esteem…:)

  • dduck

    I watch him for informational purposes an grins (I don’t actually laugh) on his liberal take and some guests are good. He tries to be a little fair by having a Rep on his panel. Besides I agree with many liberal points.

  • roro80

    Oh, I agree he’s funny, and I share a great number of opinions with him, being the progressive atheist I am. He’s just such a pompous *ss and unabashed jerk that I have a hard time watching him.

  • dduck

    Watching BM builds your patience supply, and he is also smarmy, like Stewart. I do like Colbert though.

    Even though I am an atheist, I think BM bashes religion too much and in a crude way.

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