Clint Eastwood screwed up. That’s all there is to it. But, in the post-reality world of Republican politics, no mistake can be admitted, no error not turned into a brilliant moment misunderstood, no stunning defeat NOT turned into a glorious victory.
Just think of it, the most “brilliant” pens in the blogosmear, from the “Ground Zero Mosque” bigot Pamela Geller to hatey hatey William A. Jacobson — who is actually a law professor at a university with evidently low intellectual standards — running around taking pictures and publishing pictures of … empty chairs? Genius.
(No mention of the empty suits they purport to represent, however.)
This kind of juvenalia is to be expected, of course, but to Joseph N. Welch’s famous question to Sen. Joe McCarthy (0f “McCarthyism” fame) “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” their answer seems indubitably to be from Rain Man:
Raymond: Gotta get my boxer shorts at K-Mart.
Charlie: [Pulls over, gets out of the car and yells] WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE WHERE YOU BUY UNDERWEAR? WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? UNDERWEAR IS UNDERWEAR! IT IS UNDERWEAR WHEREVER YOU BUY IT! IN CINCINNATI OR WHEREVER!
Charlie: You know what I think, Ray? I think this autism is a bunch of shit! Because you can’t tell me that you’re not in there somewhere!
Raymond: Boxer shorts. K-Mart!
Or, as Politico puts it:
The right rallied on Labor Day to celebrate “National Empty Chair Day,” a show of solidarity with Clint Eastwood after his rambling address to an invisible President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention last week….
Isn’t that socialist?
Boxer shorts. K-Mart!
UPDATE: Equal time …
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