Karl Rove ‘offended’ by Clint Eastwood’s Chrysler Ad

I just KNEW that some right-wingnuts would start crying about that ad. What? Don’t like your nose rubbed in it? In an ad touting the resurgence of the American auto industry, Clint Eastwood declared that it’s “halftime in America and our second half’s about to begin,” which could be interpreted as a reference to Obama’s second term.

I have to admit. I did not catch that connection. It was sneaky. It was cunning. It was surreptitious. It was clandestine. And it was GREAT!

“I was, frankly, offended by it,” said Karl Rove on Fox News Monday. “I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising.”

Last time I checked, Chrysler was a corporation or company just like Budweiser… Doritos… GoDaddy… and all the other ads during the Superbowl. Where, Karl, do the tax dollars come into play for this commercial? I rather prefer to think of it as a “thank you” from Chrysler in helping them return from the bowels of hell created by the Bush Administration.

“Agh. WTH?” tweeted conservative commentator Michelle Malkin. “Did I just see Clint Eastwood fronting an auto bailout ad???”

The best quote, though, was from Clint Eastwood himself he made last year:

“We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies,” he told the L.A. Times last year. “If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.”

Exactly.

Chrysler Commercial – It’s Halftime in America


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Source: Washington Post

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21 replies »

  1. I thought the commercial was terrific! But political? I never made that connection. I got the impression Chrysler was saying the company was coming back, as was America, in the spirit of providing hope.

    Perceptions are a funny thing, though.

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