Did Clint Eastwood make or ruin Mitt Romney's day with 'Invisible Obama' speech?

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TAMPA, Florida -- Just about every speaker at the Republican National Convention was known well in advance... except for one mystery speaker that the party didn't reveal until Thursday night.

There were rumors it could be Nancy Reagan, Colin Powell, even Tim Tebow. But the Republicans chose someone dirtier, as in Dirty Harry himself, Clint Eastwood.

"When somebody doesn't do the job, we've got to let him go," Eastwood said of President Obama.

The legendary actor and director is no stranger to politics. He was the mayor of a California town in the 1980's.

"There's a lot of conservative people (in Hollywood)," Eastwood said, "it's just the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play it a little more close to the vest."

Before he spoke, Republicans seemed ready to rally behind the 82-year-old.

"Clint Eastwood appeals to a lot of people," said Texas delegate Tony Fisk.

"Score one for us.  Most of Hollywood is out there throwing money at Mr. Obama," said Florida delegate DeLena May.

Read: Clint Eastwood's RNC speech transcript

But his speech rambled at times. Eastwood clearly didn't follow a script or teleprompter.

After speaking for about 10 minutes, some Democrats on Twitter suggested Eastwood "made their day," with his address on stage.

Much of his speech focused on Eastwood addressing an "invisible Obama" sitting in a chair beside him. Within minutes of his speech, @InvisibleObama was created on Twitter and it immediately gained thousands of followers.

Within the hour, #eastwooding became a Twitter trend, with people taking pictures of themselves arguing with empty chairs.

But in the Forum, Eastwood's "back and forth" with Invisible Obama got some of the loudest cheers, and the actor left the stage just as entered it: with a standing ovation.

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