Shortly afterward, I wrote this diary for firedoglake:
He certainly didn’t endorse Obama, but, other than criticize the president for many things the real left dislike about him, Eastwood didn’t go there, let alone throw out the red (black) meat this convention might have expected for a highly touted “mystery” warmup.
That makes the entire Inside Baseball discourse a giant time sink, a cancer, an exercise in “Look! Over there!” After all, when everybody’s talking about how Eastwood hosed the Romney campaign because he misused a prime time slot, nobody’s talking about Gitmo, Afghanistan, or 23 million unemployed, are they? (There are entire lists of what we’re not talking about.)
And wasn’t that the real story? That, for one brief moment, a speaker turned human asked some questions that both candidates, and both parties, find very unpleasant?
Hey, when the Ds counter-strike and bring out Betty White for her star turn in Charlotte — kidding! — maybe she can bring up single payer? Or take a stand that not one penny should be cut from Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, or an other social insurance program?
As long as she gets the timing right?
As one commenter noted Sunday evening at another one of the many firedoglake diaries about Eastwood's talk:
There was NOTHING in Clint’s speech to justify this idea that the empty chair was an attack on Obama being black or that Clint played to racism and resentment.
Here are the points Clint made:
1. There are conservative actors.2. It was moving that Obama was elected3. 23 million are unemployed and Obama doesn’t seem to really care.4. Obama hasn’t kept his promises5. He didn’t close Gitmo6. It was a mistake to try and do a terrorist trial in NYC7. He is wrong extending the war in Afghanistan8. Romney is a business man9. Obama rides in a gas guzzler plane10. We own this country and we have the right to replace our leaders when they haven’t done the job.11. It doesn’t matter whether they are nice guys or not.—-Now a lot of those points are things we on the Left, who are frustrated with Obama, agree with.Maybe Eastwood will be able to clear this up. He will be in front of the media a lot, promoting his upcoming movie.