Hey, Clint, where’s the chair?

Just thought I’d share this new ad Clint Eastwood did for the American Crossroads Super PAC.

He says, among other things:

Obama’s second term would be a rerun of the first, and our country just couldn’t survive that.

Really, Clint? Couldn’t survive it?

I think he has a greater sense of perspective and proportion in his movies. (Particularly “Gran Torino,” which is awesome.)

Anyway, if you want to see the PRO-Obama the Hollywood legend did not so long ago, I include that below…

22 thoughts on “Hey, Clint, where’s the chair?

  1. Phillip

    Excuse me, Brad, don’t make the same mistake Karl Rove did. The Super Bowl ad was not a pro-Obama ad. It was an ad, and I mean a real commercial, for Chrysler.

    The pundits in the WSJ video clip do refer to Karl Rove’s being “offended” by that Chrysler ad, or by Eastwood’s willingness to do it. That’s of course tremendously revealing, as anything that’s good for people like autoworkers, or heaven-forbid, unionized workers, is anathema to Rove, to Romney, to Ryan, to Nikki Haley. Another way of expressing it in this atmosphere of irrational Obama-hatred is that saying anything good is happening in the country is forbidden.

    Eastwood’s new ad for Romney is effective insofar as it at least pretends that Romney cares about the same demographic as portrayed in the Chrysler ad. Of course that’s not the reality, as both Romney’s “47%” attitude-of-contempt and Ryan’s budgetary plans for the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern US history make abundantly clear.

    Romney may have Dirty Harry on his side, but that’s trumped by Obama, who has “God” on his.

  2. Brad

    I was being a tad facetious, there.

    Nevertheless, when I saw that ad originally, I thought it was a pretty strong endorsement, from Chrysler and Eastwood, of the direction of the country, at least with regard to the auto industry…

  3. Brad

    Personally, I think he should have used the chair. He’s established it as a character, so he needs to take advantage of that brand recognition…

  4. Ralph Hightower

    Hey, Mitt’s Daddy was CEO of American Motors. Where is American Motors now?

    Regarding the Eastwood Super Bowl commercial, Chrysler is once again, owned by a foreign company. First time, it was Mercedes Benz; this time, it is Fiat (“Fix It Again Tony”).

    Really, Eastwood with his “Made in Detroit” commercial? Clint is just a pimp pushing a product.

  5. Brad

    That’s entirely unfair, Phillip, and demonstrably untrue.

    In fact, in public life one seldom finds such an obvious example of the axiom. McCain was a rash youth, an embodiment of the naval aviator variety of the Fighter Jock.

    In middle age, he took strict control of his temper, and embraced wisely nuanced, moderate views that often distanced him from his party.

    There was a great deal more substance in the older man than in the younger…

  6. Phillip

    Obviously, Brad, we disagree, as your view of McCain is frozen (in my opinion) circa 2000. While much of his regrettable 2008 campaign undid a certain amount of his reputation, it’s the more recent bitter posturing and me-tooism of his more-frequent climbing on the partisan bandwagon that has been the saddest thing to witness. His absurd tailored-for-Fox remarks about Obama’s recent appearance on the Daily Show are a small, but typical illustration of why he should have gracefully exited the national stage a few years ago. While not gone completely, the supposedly “wisely nuanced, moderate views that often distanced him from his party” have largely disappeared.

    In no way does any of this minimize or negate the honor or incredible personal bravery that characterized McCain’s war experience, nor does it erase the best of what he had to offer the nation as a public servant up till 2000, and sporadically thereafter. But human nature is human nature, sometimes age brings with it not a mellowing but a greater bitterness, and sometimes not greater judgment, but lesser. He’s not the first, nor will he be the last. I just think it’s sad that younger observers of the political scene may be left with more of the memory of this version of John McCain than any other one.

  7. Juan Caruso

    Like Mr. Eastwood, a Navy vet, the moderately liberal Houston Chronicle has endorsing Mitt Romney for President.

    Also, The Des Moines register has endorses the GOP candidate (Romney) suggesting not only how bad things have become in the last four years…but how bad things are likely to “progress” during the next four without a change of leadership…

    The “transformational” vision (I know, Bud, you say visions aren’t that important?!@#) has become transparent deceit to hardworking Americans and they resent it not only for themselves but for their progeny whom it defiantly seeks to enslave. Just a thought or two.

  8. bud

    I wasn’t going to weigh in on the ongoing metamorphysis of John McCain; Phillip is doing a great job showing just how much the Senator has changed since 2000. But I stumbled across this on the Talking Points Memo and it clearly demonstrates this point very well. And I find it rather sad:

    John McCain had some more critical words for Colin Powell on Friday, saying the former Secretary of State’s involvement in the Iraq War should hurt his political appeal. Powell endorsed Obama this week for a second straight election. “Colin Powell, interestingly enough, said that Obama got us out of Iraq,” McCain told the National Review. “But it was Colin Powell, with his testimony before the U.N. Security Council, that got us into Iraq.”

    I would suggest that Senator McCain go back and read the record. Powell was just a pawn in that whole debacle. The real villian was Mr. Cheney.

  9. Steven Davis II

    The executive summary for those who don’t want to read the whole thing.

    Fox news just reported, when the fighting started, the consolate asked for immediate military help 3 times. It was denied each time.

    CIA ex-SEALS requested permission to to travel to the consulate with help and engage. They were told to stand down.

    Both of them disregarded orders and rescued some personnel from the consolate and then returned to the fighting.

    Personnel on the roof of the consolate asked for an airstrike on the enemy mortor team launching on the consolate. The personnel on the roof had a laser designator on the mortor position. The request was denied.

  10. Steven Davis II

    @Kathryn – What the rest of the main stream saying? Nothing… they want this to just go away.

    Or are you saying Fox is lying and none of this is true?

    Now back to your NPR unbiased reporting.

  11. Silence

    @ ‘Kathryn – they can’t say it’s fair and balanced if it’s not fair and balanced. It’s the law.

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