#4: Clint Eastwood
Is there anyone out there who is actually surprised to find Clint Eastwood on the list?
Sure, he might not be as quick to anger as Ted Nugent, as immature as Ben Stein or as melodramatic as Chuck Norris, but he is guilty of the ultimate sin when it comes to political commentary: Fantasizing.
By that I mean that, instead of addressing President Obama's accomplishments, policies, agendas, or anything else that actually exists, Clint Eastood chose instead to attack another President Obama who does not exist.
Eastwood is certainly not alone in this practice. For four years, the Republican Party, FOX News and their Tea Party allies have been ridiculed for attempting to wage what can only be described as a collective war against reality.
They declared him to be anti-business and a socialist even as corporate profits reached all-time highs on his watch. They blamed Obama for the stalemate in Washington even as they openly encouraged each other to never compromise with the Democrats to try to prevent their reelections. They accused him of dividing America even as they openly expressed disdain for every region outside of the Bible Belt.
And so on and so forth.
Basically, there are two Barack Obamas. There is the Obama the Republicans spent the last four years campaigning against, and the Obama who actually exists.
Clint Eastwood's much-hyped appearance at the G.O.P. National Convention ultimately only sufficed to reward the G.O.P.'s harshest critics with a comical representation of this practice.
Instead of actually saying anything at all about what President Obama had done in the last four years, Eastwood performed, opposite an empty chair, a rambling, completely improvised skit in which he reinvented Obama as a defiant potty-mouth.
”I'm not going to tell him to do that," Eastwood told the chair. "He can't do that to himself. You're absolutely crazy."
As absolutely off their rockers as many of the aforementioned know-nothings have been, give them credit for being angry at the real Barack Obama. The only way Clint Eastwood could justify his dislike of the President was to completely detach himself from reality.