Between Madonna’s creaky dancing, M.I.A. flipping off millions of viewers, the Giants sending Tom Brady and Bill Belicheat home for a loser’s lunch, there were quite a few commercials broadcast during the Super Bowl trying to get people to buy, eat, drink, watch or do something.
Only one has pissed off Bush’s Brain, Karl Rove. This one.
For a multitude of reasons, some Republicans are crying foul. One, because many of them (like Mitt Romney) were opposed to the auto industry bailouts that saved Chrysler and GM from collapsing.
Two, because they also fear the beneficiary of Eastwood’s commercial is President Obama.
You can almost hear Karl Rove panicking.
“This is a sign of what happens when you have government getting in bed with big business like the bailout of the auto companies,” Rove complained. “The leadership of the auto companies feel they need to do something to repay their political patrons.”
“I was, frankly, offended by it,” he added. “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.”
Although Obama did sign off on $85 billion in aid to the auto industry after taking office, Rove’s former boss, President George W. Bush, also provided over $17 billions in loans in 2008.
Rove’s objection to the commercial is a clear sign that Republicans are worried that the auto bailout will benefit the president’s re-election effort.
Eastwood says politics has nothing to do with it.
Clint Eastwood is setting the record straight about his improbably controversial Chrysler ad that aired on Sunday’s Super Bowl.
The “Gran Torino” director went on the defensive Monday, dismissing suggestions that the ad is a partisan love letter to President Obama.
Speaking to Ron Mitchell, a producer at Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Eastwood asserted, “I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message … just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it.”
Eastwood, who served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, in the 1980s, added that he is “not supporting any politician at this time” but noted that, if Obama or any other politician “want to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it.”
Eastwood’s manager, Leonard Hirshan, was also dismissive of Rove and company’s claim, telling New York magazine, “He rewrote it to make it suit his needs … People have to understand that what he was doing was saying to America, ‘Get yourselves together – all of you – and make this a second half.’ It’s not a political thing.”
The most offensive thing about Rove being offended is his own boss started the ball rolling with the bail-outs for the auto industry. For Rove, the master of down n’ dirty Texas-style politics, to sneer at “Chicago-style politics” is the ultimate example of the pot calling the kettle black.
Apparently, Rove would prefer Chrysler and GM fail so the blame could be placed on Obama and the Democrats than for the two automakers to stay afloat and any credit be given to the president.
You don’t need a degree in political science to figure out why Rove is pissed at Eastwood. Lending his iconic image and considerable credible to a recovering Chrysler was a masterstroke on the part of whomever reached out to Eastwood for his participation. For the Turd Blossom to think he can now talk smack about Eastwood reeks of a case of Obama Derangement Syndrome so advanced Rove is beside himself with frustration.
Peddling negativity, fear, gloom and doom can take you only so far. Americans are at heart relentlessly optimistic about their country and prefer to look forward with hope than back with dread.
Karl Rove is not in the optimism business. He’s in the electing Republicans and demonizing Democrats business.
Perhaps the question should be put to Rove: “Why do you hate America?”
Personally, I thought it was a terrific ad and everyone I’ve asked about it agreed it embodied the spirit of Americans coming together in a common purpose. It’s a novel experience for a prominent conservative to say something nice about Detroit and the auto industry.
Rove doesn’t want to pick a fight with Eastwood. He’s way out of his weight class. But if Rove wants to throw down with Eastwood, I’d recommend against it, but it would be a short fight with two hits; Clint hits Karl and Karl hits the ground.
America can’t be knocked out by one punch, but you can’t say the same for Rove. I’d put down my money for a chance to see Rove get cold-cocked and laid flat out on his ass.
- A follow-up to Clint Eastwood’s view of America (the can opener story) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)
- Unforgiven: Rove Denounces Eastwood Super Bowl Commercial (jonathanturley.org)
- Karl Rove’s hissy fit: “Offended” by Chrysler ad (kaystreet.wordpress.com)