Bill Maher defends Clint Eastwood's performance: One of our many talented conservative video-geniuses really should put together a pro-Romney ad using the many terrific lines from Eastwood's RNC performance. The reason the Left is so angry at Eastwood is because America's last remaining icon brilliantly mocked Their Precious One and they can't stand that. Though he doesn't agree with the man's politics, Maher looks at what Eastwood did strictly from the standpoint of performance and has to admire what he saw: On his HBO show on Friday, Maher gave the actor props for pretending that President Obama was sitting in an empty chair next to him onstage. As a performer, as a stand-up comedian for 30 years who knows how hard it is to get laughs, excuse me, he went up there without a net, on a tightrope. There was no teleprompter. He did a bit with just an empty chair and killed, Maher said. He committed to it, it was consistent and it worked. People have been saying for years: these conventions are too scripted, theyre too slick, theyre too overproduced, he added. A guy who went up there who wasnt slick and killed with the crowd? I gotta give him props for that. More at the corrupt Politico. When Eastwood's appearance first began, I was dying inside. But after a couple of minutes, it all came together and like the people in the hall I was cheering. What Eastwood did is what I saw Andrew Breitbart do every once in a while. To keep you riveted, Andrew would make it seem as though the speech was just about to go completely off the rails -- before brilliantly bringing it all together at the last possible moment. One of Andrew's CPAC appearances about gave me a stroke. But by the time he was done, it was the most memorable speech of the event. Maher's "tightrope without a net" analogy is perfect. Every time Eastwood looked like he was about to fall, he'd nail his point and his joke. It was exhilarating and it most certainly drew blood. For those running around claiming Eastwood's appearance caused a distraction, that's just plain spin. Bill Maher Defends Eastwood: He 'Killed'