Political conservatives who should’ve been paying attention to the game instead of the ads got themselves all fired up over an imagined conspiracy theory about the Chrysler/Clint Eastwood ad that ran during the Super Bowl.
Karl Rove said he was “offended” by the ad, with others on his side of the political spectrum backing up his claims that the clip is an endorsement of President Obama and the auto bailouts.
In a statement to Fox News, Eastwood said, “I just want to say that the spin stops with you guys, and there is no spin in that ad.”
“l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it,” Eastwood added. He also said that the money he received for the ad went to charity. Eastwood has said that he’s voted Republican since the 1950s.
MGP & Associates president Mike Paultold Eastwood supporter Bill O’Reilly and that he thinks it’s a “thank you ad.” While turning his comments into an appeal to voters, GOP candidate Newt Gingrich said during a campaign stop that he liked the ad. And while White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama wouldn’t let “the American automobile industry to collapse and disappear,” the White House did confirm that they had nothing to do with making the ad.
Our two cents: You really need to be on a major excavation for controversy to find any with this advertisement. Everything about it speaks to the “America is great and we can conquer anything” message that politicians of all stripes love to spout.
Edmunds.com actually tells The Christian Science Monitor that, despite the popularity of the ad and the similar messaging to last year’s Chrysler spot, it actually failed to drive traffic to the company’s website in the same way that the Honda and Fiat ads did. So sex, nostalgia, and slacking off would’ve been the better hook.