One of these things is not like the others: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Clint Eastwood and Mitt Romney all took the stage yesterday for the final night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. It was billed as Romney’s prime-time introduction to America. Unfortunately for the Republicans, the buzziest moment wasn’t Romney’s big speech (or the genuinely moving video of his relationship with wife Ann). It was “surprise guest” Clint Eastwood, whose rambling, seemingly improvised remarks was easily the most memorable moment of the night. Speaking to an empty chair where an “invisible Obama” was sitting, Eastwood riffed on attorneys, compromising, and Vice President Joe Biden. (Read Ken Tucker’s take). While the audience in the arena seemed to eat it up, it was more than a bit awkward for those of us at home.
Beyond Eastwood, there was a whole lot to keep track of. Below, check out the evening by the numbers:
100,000-120,000: Number of balloons that fell down on Romney after “God Bless America.”
1: Number of times American Idol winner Taylor Hicks played a harmonica.
7: Number of members of SEVEN, an a capella group that sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”
11: Types of milk Jeb Bush listed when talking about having choices in where to go to school.
17: Number of times “USA” was chanted after Team USA Olympic hockey player Mike Eruzione, who was captain of the USA team that defeated the team from Russia and was the basis for the film Miracle, appeared onstage.
5: Number of women speakers Romney name-checks in his remarks.
10+: References to Staples throughout the night. I think we can all agree they were the real winners of the RNC.
Bonus Round — Clint Eastwood Numbers:
1: Number of other Hollywood conservatives Eastwood name-checked (Jon Voight).
23 million: Number of unemployed people in this country, which he called “a disgrace.”
3: Times he directly addressed the empty chair next to him.
2: Number of major party candidates with law degrees that are currently running for President, despite Eastwood’s assertion that he “didn’t think it was a good idea for attorneys to be President.”
5: Number of words in Eastwood’s catchphrase, which he and the audience said together at the end of his remarks.
Make my day…tell me what stuck out to you, Eastwood and otherwise.