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Clint Eastwood at RNC – Biden a “grin with a body behind it”

Clint Eastwood at RNC – Biden a “grin with a body behind it”

Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech was most memorable for the Empty Chair.

But Eastwood also had Joey “Grins” Biden pegged precisely (h/t theduchessofkitty in the Tip Line):

I didn’t pay much attention to that line in the speech, but man, was Clint on target.

Everybody says, oh, there Joe goes again.

But after his performance at the debate, I really dislike the guy. He was a smug, obnoxious embodiment of the type of demeaning attitude which we have seen with great intensity when directed at the Tea Party.

Biden’s performance was a motivator. For me.


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LOL. I’d forgotten that line. Right as usual, Clint.

I hope somebody from the Romney camp is planning to send the Eastwood family an invitation to the inauguration, because this guy definitely deserves a front row seat.

Biden’s job (and Martha’s too) was to shut Ryan up. No one knew better than obamba how persuasive Ryan could be and how he could eviserate obamacare. The dims could not afford to let Ryan talk and let the public know how knowledgable he is. Romney had already outclassed obama in the first debate and they couldn’t allow Ryan to shine in any way. Since Joey the buffoon had nothing real to talk about, he relied on lies and monkey tricks. The moderator was so biased she should have had an obama sticker glued to her forehead. The whole debate was a farce and likely made the US the laughing stock of the world.

    Biden’s job (and Martha’s too) was to shut Ryan up.

    What was Ryan’s job?

    I was disappointed when the polls did not indicate the overwhelming Ryan victory which some people had predicted, but in hindsight his performance makes sense.

    IMHO Ryan had to do one thing and avoid another. He had to show he is qualified to replace Biden as VPOTUS; he did that. He had to avoid creating a distraction, especially a negative one, from the Romney-vs-Obama main event; he did that too.

    In football terms, perhaps his instructions were: Show you’re a qualified backup quarterback. Get a first down or few, but don’t make a turnover whatever you do. Time will soon tell whether such an approach is prudent or overly cautious.

      janitor in reply to gs. | October 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Let’s see what happens.

      Substantively, Biden had his moments, but Ryan got shut up before he could respond. A contrived “draw”. The media have declared wins both ways, depending on their preset biases. A whole lot of Dems who were seething over the first debate would have been thrilled if Biden had taken a bat and beat Ryan bloody — substance irrelevant, they were looking for revenge.

      What is sweet is that Biden’s braying donkey performance assured that Ryan couldn’t be raked in the media and also it will be impossible for Romney to be “too aggressive” next round.

      Pablo in reply to gs. | October 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Ryan’s job? First do no harm. He did fine, and Biden made an ass of himself. And that’s before the fact checkers got to work. It’s even worse after, especially when he’s got the US Catholic Conference of Bishops doing the fact checking.

      Someone needs to get an ad up with this clip interspersed with Biden’s grinning like an idiot and laughing inappropriately. The title, obviously, is “One Heartbeat.”

        GrumpyOne in reply to Pablo. | October 14, 2012 at 7:31 am

        And yet the dems still are posting ads regarding the “Five Trillion Tax Reduction for the Rich” even though it’s been debunked by their own campaign.

        I anticipate breathing a sigh of relief on November 7, 2012 when all the noise will subside…

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | October 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Hannity interviewed Dick Cheney about it yesterday on his FNC show. Cheney has the best take of any that I’ve heard.

Biden was unstable. Bordering on unhinged at times. Cheney says his behavior was essentially disqualifying because you can’t have an unstable, unhinged kook (kook is my word) as commander in chief.

Me too…and I’m a woman who recognized that condescending attitude from the likes of him and I don’t think it’s going to go over well in the long run…

Nice to hear about Dick Cheney’s comments re-Joe Bite-Me. So true. A heartbeat away from the Oval and we have a demonstrably unstable, looney, feckless, shallow doofus. A true embarrassement. Only ONE ADULT in that debate Thursday evening. Not the rash inducing Diane Sawyer immitator and not Plugsy the Veep.

Yep. Watch the video of Biden berating someone with “I think I have a much higher IQ than you …” and you’ll soon be cured of any slipping into Joe-is-kinda-likable Land.

He’s an arrogant ass. Maybe he’s mellowed with age and become more likable … but that video … egad!

One of the hideously memorable take away quotes from Clueless Joe on Thursday night was something about “..I ALWAYS say what I mean.” You simply CANNOT make this crap up.

Typo: emodiment should be embodiment.

Biden has long been an obnoxious jackass. He shows teeth to fool people into thinking he’s a great slap the back shake the hand drink a beer with ya kinda guy. In reality, he’s a despicable sonofabitch who has made a career out of humiliating better men than he. He does it deliberately, willfully, consciously, knowing that he doesn’t know the answers to questions he poses them and knowing that the “facts” he throws out are lies.

Don’t be fooled by the grin. Biden and Leahy, at whom Cheney tossed the F-bomb, are one and the same types. Despicable nasty pieces of work, both.

listingstarboard | October 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Biden blamed the death of his first wife and daughter on the other driver AND claimed the driver was drunk. His wife pulled out in front of the man who nearly died trying to avoid her. The man was sober. Biden falsely accused him of being drunk–after the man had passed away. It has been devastating to the mans survivors. Rumor on the “shore” is that Biden was with another woman when the accident occured and was difficult to find him. He is an immoral, dishonest sociopath.

theduchessofkitty | October 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I tell ya, Professor, The Duke so wanted to punch Biden in the face badly during and after that debate! He said exactly the words you used, and more. When his Merchant Marine cuss mode comes out, it is with full force: Biden would have gotten the whole tsunami had he been standing before The Duke.

Of course, I pretty much got my cat claws out and so wanted to…

Not only that, but this Biden thinks he’s such a Lothario. Remember that picture of him with that biker “chick”, surrounded by about three other biker dudes who would have punched the living daylights outta him had he been not protected by the Secret Service? Did you see how those men looked at him? Yeah, he really thinks he can get away with anything because of “power”… like a schoolyard bully.

Too many Leftists think they’re such “game” with women simply because they’re Leftists and they believe in the “right to choose”… Sure… “Intellect of the Democratic Party”, indeed!

I am not sure that Biden is the stupidest ideologue ever to serve as Vice President but he has got to be in the top 10 and probably in the top 5.

Biden is a moron with a nasty streak. But they had to find someone less qualified and dumber than Obama to be VP so that certainly narrowed the field…

Sadly, most Dems loved Bide’s debate nonsense.. Mistaking rude, aggressive belligerence, for passion, and command over subject matter.

Dems also think Raddatz was “fair” ad a great moderator

This is brain of the lib. They are all narcissists They see what they want to see.

No as for the brain f TE still undecided voter: god help us, these folks are very dumb, very shallow. Right, now you see what Biden was doing!

Biden “won” in the sense he achieved his two prime objectives. One was to re-energize the base which was in hysterical depression over Obama’s whipping at Romney’s hands. Democrats don’t care about civility except when they can claim their opponents violated it. As noted above, they wanted blood, revenge. In their minds, he delivered that.

His second objective was to dominate the debate in such a way that Ryan could not make his case clearly and without interruption – because if allowed to do that, Ryan wins hands down. Again, Biden did that with the help of friendly “moderation.”

But the problem is that his behavior turns off undecided swing voters who want everyone to get along and work together. Also, many of the women Democrats need voting in large numbers, especially the single ones, recoil from such antics.

So Biden may have stopped the bleeding from his base and given the MSM enough ammo to avoid declaring Ryan the clear winner, but I think on balance he did not help the ticket’s chances in November.

    creeper in reply to Estragon. | October 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Biden’s behavior can’t have gained traction with younger voters struggling to find a job. Think about it. Here’s an earnest young fellow trying to explain how he can help them and some crazy old creep laughing at them. I don’t believe they found that funny.

Henry Hawkins | October 14, 2012 at 2:10 am

Biden solidified a trembling base, but took his smarmy, hammy schtick too far and alienated independents and moderates. VP debates don’t move the sticks, but Ryan looked like the adult, Biden a fool. I believe it got indies leaning a little further rightward.

Mr. Eastwood can’t be that perceptive. My take is that Biden, hearing Eastwood’s comments about him, put the two statements about him together; that he is the intellect of the Democrats, and that he is a grin with a body behind it.
Since the first seemed like a complement to him, he assumed that the second must be one also. So he decided to take the role of a grin with a body behind it seriously, and applied it with full force in the debate with Representative Ryan.
OK maybe Eastwood is that perceptive, though most people were previously unable to look at Biden long enough to notice the grin at all.

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