Chrysler Super Bowl commercial: Is Clint Eastwood a Democrat?
Clint Eastwood gave a rasping, powerful performance in a Chrysler Super Bowl commercial. But some saw a political message that favored Democrats.
If you didnât see the two-minute ad yet, it ran during halftime of last nightâs Super Bowl and featured a darkened Clint Eastwood rasping that itâs âhalftime in America. People are out of work and theyâre hurting. And are all wondering what theyâre going to do to make a comeback.â
âAll that matters now,â Eastwood says in one particularly memorable line, âis whatâs ahead. How do we come from behind? How do we come together? And how do we win? Detroitâs showing us it can be done.â
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@pfeiffer44 Did Clint just cut a re-elect spot for your boss?
Of course, Pfeiffer was referring to last yearâs totally awesome Chrysler ad featuring Eminem and iconic scenes from Detroit.
Obama strategist David Axelrod was likewise fired up, and tweeted:
Powerful spot. Did Clint shoot that, or just narrate it?
The Obama campaign has denied having anything to do with the ad and Chrysler has said âthe ad speaks for itselfâ in this Reuters piece.
While Eminem said he would vote for Obama, Eastwood - one of the most iconic tough guys of the silver screen - is a little more complex.
But what are Clint Eastwoodâs politics? Thatâs a bit more complex. Eastwood - unlike fellow Hollywood testosterone posterboy Charlton Heston, a staunch Republican - has a mixed history. Heâs supported gay marriage and voted for former Democratic California Gov. Gray Davis, for example, but supported Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) in the 2008 election.
When Eastwood ran for mayor of what might be called a â1% hamletâ of Carmel-by-the-sea, California, he was elected as a Republican. And that was good enough for President George H.W. Bush to consider him as a potential vice presidential pick - yes, you read that right - during his ultimately unsuccessful 1992 reelection campaign.
In other words, the simplest answer to the question of Clint Eastwoodâs current political persuasion is probably the best: he got paid by Chrysler, a deeply red-blooded American company, and did the spot.
But that hardly seems to matter, given the hard-hitting commercial and its deeply political subject. As National Journalâs George Condon writes, âAll that was missing was him turning to Mitt Romney and challenging him to âmake my day.â"
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