Clint Eastwood is among the few Hollywood figures who also dares to be a Republican, and the American auto industry is one of the most troubled we have, and the recipient of an enormous bailout that pretty much everyone hates. And yet, when the two of them came together for a Super Bowl ad in which Clint Eastwood growled his way through a metaphor in which it was halftime in America, the politics seemed to pretty much fade away. The ad was well-received, the American spirit momentarily boosted, and everyone seemed to be thinking to themselves "Hey, yeah, maybe we can rally and pull this thing off in the second half. Go team!"
Well, everybody except Karl Rove, the baby-faced ghoul who ran both of George W. Bush's election campaigned and has made his name ever since by occasionally showing up on Fox News and saying ridiculous things that he may not even believe are true. This time, you guessed it, he's speaking out against Eastwood. Appearing on Fox News, Rove said he "was, frankly, offended" by the ad, which "was extremely well done" but… well, I'll let him explain the rest himself.
"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.”
After Rove said this stupid thing, Eastwood felt like he had to respond, and in typical, no-bullshit Eastwood fashion. His fantastic statement is reprinted in full below, via Fox News:
"I just want to say that the spin stops with you guys, and there is no spin in that ad. On this I am certain.
Will this be the end of the spin? Probably not-- it's easy to beat up on Obama and the car industry, especially when you put the two of them together as an extra-wide punching bag, and the presence of Eastwood only makes it more enticing. It's hard to believe anyone actually thinks the ad is propaganda for Chicago-style politics-- it is, after all, a goddamn car commercial, and propaganda for Chrysler if nothing else-- but Karl Rove has always been good at getting us to talk about issues that do not matter at all. Vote in the poll below and let us know if you think there's a political spin too, or if this is just a better-than-average car commercial that has politicians attacking it for no good reason.