Update: Eastwood says in a statement, “I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it.”
Former Bush Administration advisor Karl Rove has blossomed a turd of a conspiracy theory: that Clint Eastwood's Super Bowl advertisement, which ostensibly sold consumers on Chrysler, actually sold voters on the Obama reelection campaign.
“I was, frankly, offended by it,” Rove told Fox News. "[T]he president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising and the best-wishes of the management which is benefited by getting a bunch of our money that they’ll never pay back."
The commercial, "Halftime in America," features the eighty-one-year-old screen legend extolling Detroit's comeback (you can hear the gravel he ate for breakfast) and encouraging Americans to move past our differences. It's
manipulative corporate marketing inspiring stuff, and even Rove — who says he is "a huge fan of Clint Eastwood" — admits that "it was an extremely well-done ad." But he believes that Motor City executives are rewarding Democrats for the auto bailout: "The auto companies feel they need to do something to repay their political patrons."
The White House denies that it had any involvement, although Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod and other aides praised the ad. Activist filmmaker Michael Moore agreed with Rove on Twitter, except with approval: "Clint, the consensus is u done a good thing standing up 4 Detroit–& your sermon seemed 2 b a call 2 give O his 'second half.' #sellcars"
So, is Dirty Harry a shill for the president, as conspiracy-mongers of the Left and Right believe? Is the Man with No Name subliminally brainwashing us? You'd have to ask him, but remember: Eastwood is a libertarian who supported Herman Cain, so he probably just wanted to make a bunch of money.