Republicans — February 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

The Republican freakout over Chrysler’s Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad – UPDATED


Sometimes the truth hurts

Republicans around the country are freaking over Chrysler’s Super Bowl half-time ad that was narrated by Clint Eastwood.

Here is the ad, in case you missed it:

Karl Rove had this to say about it:

The President of the United States’ political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising and the best wishes of the management, which has benefited by getting a bunch of our money that they’ll never pay back.

Yeah. Okay, Karl. Except that is totally cuckoo for Coco Puffs.

He was still talking about it tonight on cable news as they watched the primary/caucus returns roll in.

Here is the reason Republicans like Rove are freaking out so much about that ad:

The Clint Eastwood/Chrysler ad forces Republicans to admit to themselves and others that they associate the recovery of the auto industry with Barack Obama.

If they weren’t making that association, there’d be nothing to freak out about, right?

Sometimes it’s hard to face the truth when you have been in comfortable denial for so long.

UPDATE: The accusations about the so-called “political nature” of this ad are comical at best. Eastwood, a political independent who endorsed John McCain in 2008, had this to say about the ad:

[I]n an email to the New York Times Tuesday, Eastwood wrote, “The ad doesn’t have a political message. It is about American spirit, pride and job growth.” (Chrysler paid NBC about $12.8 million to air the spot; Eastwood will reportedly donate his fees for narrating and briefly appearing in the ad to charity.)

There’s also this:

While the background of some of Wieden+Kennedy’s creative team probably will fuel further conservative suspicions, there’s also some online evidence suggesting that there was neither consultation nor collaboration between the agency and the Obama reelection campaign. Following the president’s Labor Day speech to a Detroit audience, creative director Joe Staples tweeted, “I think Obama just paraphrased our ad in his Labor Day speech [from Detroit] Holy crap.”

Sunday, Obama political adviser David Axelrod tweeted that the ad was a “powerful spot”, but then went on to wonder, “Did Clint shoot that, or just narrate it?”