“He was quite a remarkable fellow. Nasty, but remarkable.”–Claude Rains, “Rope of Sand” (1949)

Halloween may be Oct. 31, but Joe Biden and Clint Eastwood–the vice president and the iconic movie star–played trick-or-treat in advance at big-time political events. Their over-the-top antics annoyed millions of TV viewers and were fodder for comedians.

I refer to Biden’s outrageous behavior–burnishing his buffoon image–at the vice presidential debate with Paul Ryan, and doddering Eastwood’s diss of Barack Hussein Obama at the Republican convention. They turned serious events into Halloween.

First, some other random thoughts. Last week, Obama went on TV’s soft “Daily Show” and minimized the Sept. 11 terrorist murders in Libya with the ultimate bad-taste gaffe: “When four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.”

Pat Smith, mother of one of the four, responded: “It’s insensitive to say my son is not very optimal. He’s also very dead.”

Obama’s disastrous Middle East policy is epitomized by his botched management of the tragedy, now known as “Benghazi-Gate.” And continuing to say al Qaeda is on the run and blaming the terrorist attacks in Libya on an anti-Islamic YouTube video–which he did repeatedly at the United Nations–demonstrates his naivete regarding foreign affairs.

As for the first two presidential debates, Ed Rollins, a GOP consultant mocked for incessant use of the tiresome phrase “at the end of the day,” nailed it: “In the first debate, the president could have put ‘Everlast’ on his forehead because he was like a punching bag.”

In the second debate, liberal moderator Candy Crowley of CNN–clearly a shill for Obama–interrupted Mitt Romney 28 times and the president only nine. She also gave four-plus minutes more to Obama and backed up his blatant lie about calling the Sept. 11 embassy attack in Libya terrorism when he spoke in the Rose Garden on Sept. 12.

In full cover-up mode, Obama said “no acts of terror” in general–not specifying the terrorists killing Americans in Benghazi.

Democrat Pat Cadell, a former Jimmy Carter pollster, said, “Candy Crowley was the worst moderator in the history of presidential debates.” Democrat Doug Schoen, a former Bill Clinton pollster, said, “The moderator should moderate and not fact-check.”

Most critical was acerbic radio talker Rush Limbaugh. Said Limbaugh: “Candy Crowley had to go back and eat crow on CNN. She committed an act of journalistic terrorism.”

Back to Halloween, it’s scary how dumb the boorish Biden really is. Last week, in a speech to union members in Las Vegas, he came out with another gaffe. Said Biden: “How many of you know someone who has served in Iraq or Iran?” Huh? He actually said Iran.

In the VP debate, the 69-year-old Biden’s bad manners included interrupting Ryan 82 times, rolling his eyes, smiling, smirking, snorting and laughing like a hyena as his calm, 42-year-old foe spoke. And he kept condescendingly referring to Ryan as “my friend.”

Syndicated columnist and TV pundit Charles Krauthammer colorfully described the vice president’s demeanor thusly: “Biden’s debate preparation was watching ‘The Shining,’ and he did an excellent imitation of Jack Nicholson.”

Said former Bill Clinton pollster Dick Morris: “Biden acted like a longshoreman at a union hall meeting. They needed him to be aggressive, but they didn’t need him to be a clown. It makes you wonder–when he is a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Pundit Ann Coulter likened Biden to “the biggest jackass boyfriend you’ve ever had.”

Said syndicated columnist Cal Thomas: “If he [Biden] had handled Sarah Palin this way four years ago, he would have been called a misogamist or a stalker.” Opined Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal: “Biden came across as a barroom bore.”

In addition, liberal debate moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News often interrupted Ryan, failing to let him finish his answers. On the other hand, she rarely interrupted the obnoxious Biden as he went bonkers and did not admonish him for his histrionics. She also didn’t challenge him on his comment about the Benghazi massacre:

“We weren’t told they [Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff] wanted more security” at the U.S. Consulate in Libya, where Stevens and three other Americans were killed–throwing the intelligence community under the bus. The moderator’s lapse prompted pundit Jim Pinkerton to comment: “Raddatz was playing on Biden’s team.”

Biden’s gaffe came despite sworn testimony by State Department officials they’d rejected Stevens’ request for more security prior to the terrorist attack on the Sept. 11 anniversary and knew within 24 hours it was not spontaneous, but pre-planned using heavy weapons. Yet, Obama and his minions–including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton–bungled the cover-up by blaming the silly YouTube video. The worst offender was UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who made the claim on five Sunday TV news shows.

Now to 82-year-old Eastwood, the macho Hollywood actor having a bad hair night. He lambasted Obama–represented by an empty chair–for 12 unscripted minutes at the GOP convention. Admitting he didn’t know what to say, he copped to a general idea.

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” he said, explaining that he had three points he wanted to make: “That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of promises he made when he took office and that people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job.”

Eastwood arrived only 15 minutes before he was to go on and explained that his talk was extemporaneous. While awaiting his cue, inspiration struck. “There was a stool there, and this gave me the idea: I’ll just put the stool out there, and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”

Acknowledging that his speech was “very unorthodox,” Eastwood said, “The crowd really seemed to be enjoying themselves.” He said he was asked to speak for five minutes, “but when people are applauding so much, it takes 10 minutes to say five minutes’ worth.”

Among his most obnoxious comments to the empty chair sitting in for Obama was the following: “What do you mean, ‘Shut up?’ What do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that to himself. You’re getting as bad as Biden.”

A former mayor of Carmel, Calif., Eastwood wound down by reminding the crowd that politicians are public employees, and “when somebody does not do the job, we gotta let ’em go.” He ended with his famous “Dirty Harry” line, “Go ahead, make my day.”

Eastwood later learned that many in the TV audience felt he disrespected the president. This resulted in many critical tweets, editorials, cartoons and headlines such as “Magnum Force or farce? Clint’s RNC Obama bash”–and late-night comics poking fun.

But in the immediate aftermath, the actor was unaware the roasting his jaw-dropping speech was getting from pundits. Why? He was backstage being thanked by Romney and Ryan. “They were very enthusiastic,” he said, “and we were all laughing.” Whoa!

Finally, were Biden and Eastwood–especialy Biden–“on” something? Hmm. Anyway, happy early Halloween to both these clowns. And that’s the name of that tune.