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Clint Eastwood’s Empty Chair Made It to Washington

US actor Clint Eastwood, 82, talks to an imaginary US President Barack Obama seated in an empty chair onstage at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, USA, 30 August 2012. Eastwood endorsed Presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his remarks.
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In case you were wondering, Clint Eastwood’s infamous empty chair went on to have a surprisingly active role in Republican politics, joining party chairman Reince Priebus’s memorabilia collection, where it apparently serves as a reminder not to screw things up. “The chairman of the Republican National Committee gets the joke,” CNN’s Mark Preston writes. We’re not totally sure we do, but since the accompanying interview is about how the Republican Party can get its act together, presumably the joke is that the chair symbolizes a time when it had distinctly not done so. Thinking back to the other main stakeholders in that Republican National Convention speech — Eastwood and Mitt Romney, the candidate he was hoping to propel to the White House — the chair turns out to be the only one involved to wind up with an office in Washington.

Eastwood’s Empty Chair Made It to Washington