Clint Eastwood did it just right and the RNC did just the right thing by giving him the floor to do what he did exactly as he did it. His speech had substance embedded in humor, but neither in any way obscuring the other. I had seen little similar humor at the RNC before and more of it will be needed as the campaign unfolds. The “empty chair” metaphor will, and should, persist throughout the campaign; it can be very effective.
J. Christian Adams, writing at PJ Media, said

I detected a change from past GOP conventions that bears mention. The Republicans seem to at last be reading Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. The messages and tactics of Alinsky, long the monopoly of the Left, have been discovered by the Right.

A couple of examples. First, Clint Eastwood’s speech was pure Alinsky.

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

The mockery of the empty chair was straight out of Rule 5, and predictably, the Left is seething and irrational over it.

At one of the sites I visit, someone commented substantially as follows, paraphrasing Sir Winston Churchill,

“An empty limousine drove up to the White House door and President Obama got out.”

This one from Jim Treacher wasn’t bad either: “President heads to storm-ravaged Louisiana (followed closely by Obama).”

Similar and even better snark with unmistakable substance should be created, repeated and enlarged upon. It’s accurate, if only metaphorically, and will likely be well received except by those who – perhaps lacking any sense of humor at all – would stick with President Obama no matter what might be said or done.


About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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  1. Cry and Howl says:

    Thanks for reblogging the Eastwood post Dan. It makes me sick the way the media portrays Mr. Eastwood. You’re so right about “ridicule” being a very effective weapon for the left, especially when they have nothing else.
    Putting a link to your blog site if that’s okay with you. I hope you and your family have a great weekend!

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