It was a fun day to be on the radio. The democrat convention is close to laughable and the race seems to be heading in the right direction. Even Bob Woodward is piling on.
Much has been written about the amazingly successful #EmptyChairDay that took place on Monday. All over the country, people put chairs on their front lawn symbolizing the empty chair that Clint Eastwood mocked Obama with at the republican convention. It was incredible. What is more amazing is how it started and how quickly it spread. So here’s the story:
A bunch of people including myself, spend far too much time on Tom Maguire’s blog “Just One Minute”. People who regularly comment on any blog will understand how, after a while people you have never met become like family, and over time you meet them, and cheer for them like you would a sister or best friend.
So on Saturday afternoon while we were rehashing the events of the past week, #EmptyChairDay started in the “President of Sand and Fog” thread:
As someone on Facebook just noted, now any time someone sees a picture of an empty chair, they think of Obama.
Clint is a genius.
Posted by: Charlie (Colorado) | September 01, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Next, at 4:50 Threadkiller posts a picture of floating chair.
Sandy Daze took it to the next level at 6:46 by posting a pix of an empty chair outside his house (a pix which was later published by Legal Insurrection and shown on Fox News Special Report on Monday night). The sign next to the chair reads: “We own this country . . . Politicians are employees of ours . . . And when somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go.” –Clint Eastwood.
The movement was born 10 minutes later:
Maybe we should hold an “Empty Chair Day”. Everyone puts an empty chair outside the front door.
Posted by: matt | September 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I chimed in 2 minutes after that:
Matt – that has to go viral. Pick a date.
Posted by: Jane – we are not above it, we are it. | September 01, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Janet jumped on board:
I sent Sandy & matt’s idea to Instapundit.
Posted by: Janet | September 01, 2012 at 07:28 PM
One big day & then others keep their chairs out. It’s ALL good!!!!
Posted by: Janet | September 01, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Jane, I put “empty chair day” in the subject line & sent Sandy’s picture & matt’s idea.
How bout Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3rd. The sooner the better! We built it!!
“We own this country . . . Politicians are employees of ours . . . And when somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go.” –Clint Eastwood
Posted by: Janet | September 01, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Armed with a date I took to Twitter: A few samples which I tweeted to my 200 (that’s right only 200) followers:
#emptychairday: Monday, put a chair on your front lawn to bring Clint’s message home!
Please join us Monday for #Emptychairday, when we will officially bid a fond farewell to the Empty Suit Metaphor
1 Sep JTW JTW @YouTooCongress
#emptychairday Mon: “We own this country . . . Politicians are employees of ours . . . Put out your empty chair in solidarity
1 Sep JTW JTW @YouTooCongress
#emptychairday: (also empty suit day) an empty chair, a little sign, tell the world this president has to go.
Sara kept the message going that night, and various JOMers announced #EmptyChairDay on facebook.
Somewhere along the line Michelle Malkin took up the mantle at Twitchy, Professor Jacobson asked for
By Monday morning Fox and Friends chimed in, and soon #EmptyChairDay was trending on twitter. Soon Instapundit picked up the movement and Drudge headlined us. Even AMC chipped in with 24 hours of Clint Eastwood movies.
It took about 48 hours to take over the narrative of the republican party and do to the democrats what they are so good at doing to us. And it was the easiest protest I’ve ever been involved in.
In the words of Paul Ryan, “We can do this”!
On the heels of Clint Eastwood’s convention speech – where he spent 12 minutes talking to an empty chair, AKA President Obama, today has been declared Empty Chair Day.
Sandy daze started it off over at JOM, when on Friday he declared we should all put empty chairs on our lawns channeling Clint who declared that politicians work for us, and if they don’t do the job they must be fired. Matt and Janet declared it empty chair day and once we decided on the date I took to twitter for a marathon of tweets until it got some traction. Sara took the night shift and by last night we were off and running. Legal Insurrection picked it up, followed by Instapundit, Gateway Pundit, Breitbart and we even made twitchy.
This morning even Fox and friends announced it as they closed the show.
I was pretty much in 7th heaven this morning when I arrived at the radio station after last night’s convention speeches. Try as he might, neither Dick or anyone else is going to wipe out the glow I have after listening to Condi Rice, Susana Martinez and Paul Ryan talk so eloquently about the country I love.
Early on Dick played a sound cut from the Mark Levin Show involving a neurosurgeon and what he has recently found out about Obamacare. The essence of the cut is that under Obamacare, anyone over 70 years old will only be allowed “comfort” if they suffer from a brain injury – i.e. a stroke. No medical intervention without government approval.
Then I got us back to the convention speeches, which Dick has not watched – since he gets up before 5:00 AM to go to the station. He (of course) told me that all conventions were the same and it was only about funny hats and balloons. I came about this [--] close to strangling him.I persevered however with some great quotes from the last 2 nights and a thumbs up going forward.