Karl Rove: Clint Eastwood endorsed Obama in Super Bowl ad

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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.

Commentarium (4 Comments)

Feb 06 12 - 7:12pm
Stuckina Parkbench

Karl Rove having a problem with the use of slick media, tactical spin, and the deployment of Political Minions is the equivalent of Trump having a problem with gold chrome or hairpieces.

Feb 06 12 - 11:37pm
pot-er head

At no point in the commercial does Clint (hopefully I can can him Clint without him jumping through my window asking who spoke his name) even hint that it's a politically charged ad. It's inspiring as ever and it gave me chills when I saw it first. If sir Clint has faith in Detroit, so do I.

Feb 07 12 - 4:22am

what Eastwood suggested in the commercial may line up with Obama's platform, but that doesn't necessarily mean that one is shilling for the other.

Feb 07 12 - 10:35am

Great advertisement, all new footage shot in LA and New Orleans, any shots of Detroit came from stock footage.

So glad that the entertainment industry in Michigan got aced out of any work in this ad. Well done Weiden + Kennedy, that's right the advertising agency responsible is from Portland, Or, once again Detroit screwed out of jobs.