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.