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On 'Hannity,' Clint Eastwood proves once more that he's better with a script -- VIDEO

Whether you agree or disagree with what he’s saying, the way Clint Eastwood speaks in his Romney Super PAC ad is impressively straightforward and effective. But when the Oscar winner goes off book — as in his famous appearance at the Republican National Convention this summer — he doesn’t sound quite so concise.

Case in point: Eastwood’s rambling appearance on Hannity last night, in which the Republican celeb reiterated his support for Governor Romney and his disapproval of President Obama. While Sean Hannity had no trouble articulating his own views — “I tried to warn people about who I thought Barack Obama was” in 2007 and 2008, he said — Eastwood’s responses to the host’s questions were rather muddled. For example, here’s the multi-hyphenate’s response when asked why he thinks Obama’s supporters have an emotional attachment to the president: “Well, I just think it’s important — there is — the American people deserve — they deserve the best. And they —  ’cause they are the best. And I’ve been lucky in my career to have their support, and I know a lot of other people have too in other lines of work.”

Not all of Eastwood’s appearance was that bad; he sounded confident and intelligible when praising Romney and Paul Ryan’s bona fides. Still, the following clip is a little tough to watch for anyone who’d rather remember the star in his Dirty Harry glory days.


Is 'Laughing Joe Biden' the Democrats' 'Big Bird' moment?

Sorry, Big Bird. The Internet is leaving you for an older man.

After last night’s Vice Presidential debate, the Internet and the media have found new fodder in the blinding grin of the nation’s 69-year-old Vice President Joe Biden. The veep’s exaggerated guffaws and smirks at Paul Ryan’s assertions and figures arguably drew as much or more attention as the substance of the candidates’ conversation. (The Internet has already gifted us with Twitter accounts like @LaughingJoeBiden and @MalarkyJoe.)

While supporters were thrilled his aggressive demeanor, Biden’s critics found him rude and cranky, combining for an Internet buzz not dissimilar to what happened to Big Bird last week after Mitt Romney said during his Debate that he would cut funding for PBS. (Remember when @FiredBigBird was a thing for a hot second? PBS supporters came out in droves, while Michelle Malkin declared the next morning that Democrats were “hiding behind Big Bird.”) READ FULL STORY

David Letterman: Top 10 Questionable Claims by Paul Ryan

Last presidential election cycle, David Letterman locked horns repeatedly with Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin, and ultimately ended up apologizing for joking about her family. But that experience didn’t make him gun-shy when it comes to ribbing Republican vice-presidential candidates. Paul Ryan might not be able to see Russia from his house — as Tina Fey, not Palin once said — but he’s facing increased scrutiny due to his many claims — both important and trivial — that have proven flimsy when examined closely. Last night, Letterman dedicated his Top 10 list to Questionable Claims by Paul Ryan. My favorite? No. 6: Was inspiration for Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.”

Watch the entire list below: READ FULL STORY

The many faces of Paul Ryan at the RNC -- PHOTOS

Paul Ryan gave his big speech at the Republican National Convention last night in Florida. And while I won’t go into the politics, it’s safe to say that the VP-hopeful is expressive when he speaks. Here are our favorite DVR pause moments.


Do Facebook political rants make you want to UnFriend?

This Nov. 17 is National UnFriend Day, the third annual holiday that encourages Facebook users to prune their roster of “Friends” of people they haven’t spoken to in 11 years, but nevertheless grant access to their online vacation photos. But with the Republican National Convention in full swing and the presidential campaign kicking in to high gear, it wouldn’t surprise me if many Facebook users are jumping the gun on the cleansing holiday.

Surely you’ve checked your Facebook account in the past two days to discover posts, links, and status updates related to the convention in Tampa, where Ann Romney, Chris Christie, and Paul Ryan have set the table for Mitt Romney to accept his party’s nomination for president tonight. Facebook is a forum that inspires great personal proclamations, sentiments we might be more reluctant to express in a real, face-to-face conversation. Looking at some of my Friends comments, I can’t decide if Facebook acts as an X-ray machine or a warping funhouse mirror. Some of the comments are so belligerent and obnoxious (and in many cases, misinformed) that one can’t help but feel to urge to… Unfriend. READ FULL STORY

Republican National Convention, Day 2: The night's most memorable zingers

Was Wednesday’s big GOP event a convention or a roast? Judging purely from the night’s speeches, it was often hard to tell. Though Jack Donaghy ex Condoleezza Rice and New Mexico governor Susana Martinez played it straight with poignant, heartfelt addresses, fellow Republicans like Mike Huckabee and especially Tim Pawlenty could easily use their speeches as Last Comic Standing audition material. Don’t believe me? Here’s a sampling of Day 2’s most noteworthy zingers:

Senator John Thune of South Dakota, on the president’s basketball prowess: “President Obama would be easy to defend… because you know he’s always going to go to his left!” Admit it, your dad laughed at that one.

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, dabbling in self-deprecation: “They say I was on Governor Romney’s shortlist of vice presidential candidates. Apparently, it wasn’t short enough.”

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, taking a swipe at the Democratic National Committee’s Chair: “The only hitch in an otherwise perfect week was the awful noise coming from the hotel room next door to mine. Turns out it was just Debbie Wasserman Schultz practicing her speech for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week, bless her heart.” Extra points for that oh-so-Southern bonus dig.

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, making a good-natured jab at his running mate: “In some ways, [Mitt Romney and I] are different. There are the songs on his iPod, which I’ve heard on the campaign bus — and I’ve heard in many hotel elevators.”


Presidential PopWatch round-up on Paul Ryan: Ayn Rand disciple, Deadhead, catfish noodler

There’s a saying in politics that Washington is Hollywood for ugly people, but they might need to add a corollary: Except for Republican vice-presidential candidates. When Mitt Romney announced 42-year-old Paul Ryan as his running mate, the media swooned at the Wisconsin congressman’s clean-cut hunkiness. Jon Stewart was driven to distraction by his “Smurf-anus” blue eyes, and as pundits complimented his fitness prowess — obsessive P90X workouts reportedly leave him with only 6-8 percent body fat — you could practically hear the countdown until the first shirtless beach photo op presented itself. (The over/under here is 6.5 days.)

Ryan, a seven-term congressman and father of three, becomes the first unambiguously Generation X candidate on a major presidential ticket. (President Obama was born in 1961, which places him on the borderline between Baby Boomers and Gen X.) READ FULL STORY

Who should play Paul Ryan on 'Saturday Night Live'? Take our poll!

When John McCain announced that Sarah Palin would be his running mate in the 2008 election, the news struck a chord with arch conservatives — and fans of NBC’s comedy lineup. Even casual viewers immediately noticed that Palin bore a striking resemblance to 30 Rock star Tina Fey, kicking off speculation that Fey would return to her old SNL stomping grounds in order to play Palin onscreen. The rest, as they say, is history, “I can see Russia from my house!”-style.

But when Mitt Romney announced his own running mate this past Saturday, the news didn’t send comedy nerds into a similar frenzy. Much like Palin, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is a young, good looking politician with bright, twinkly eyes and an aggressive reputation — but unfortunately, he isn’t a dead ringer for anyone affiliated with SNL. Then again, looks aren’t everything: Chevy Chase didn’t even bother donning a bald cap when he skewered Gerald Ford in 1975, but his impression became the stuff of legend anyway.

So, keeping that in mind, who should get the chance to flank Jason Sudeikis’s robotic Romney when Saturday Night Live returns in September? (Provided Sudeikis does return to the show, of course.) READ FULL STORY

Hey Girl! Your favorite meme got mixed up with Paul Ryan and @PaulRyanGosling was born

Hey girl!

The Ryan Gosling meme that just won’t die got a neo-conservative twist over the weekend with the announcement that Mitt Romney had chosen Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) as his running mate. And as is the case with any big news these days (Angelina’s leg, NBC’s time-delayed coverage) it instantly had a parody twitter account. Having the same last name as Gosling’s first name has repercussions, girl.

Taking the same formula that launched many a Gosling Tumblrs, @PaulRyanGosling  plugged in some of Ryan’s more controversial policies and added an upbeat, flirty twist. It’s making politics fun! In a laughing to keep from crying sort of way.

Some of our favorites are below: READ FULL STORY

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