Karl Rove Said He Was “Offended” by Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad: So What?

Feb 6, 2012
7:27 pm

With more than 500,000 YouTube views in less than 24 hours and over 8,000 YouTube Likes, the Clint Eastwood "Halftime" Chrysler commercial during the Super Bowl broadcast has clearly resonated with the online world.

Looks like Karl Rove will respectfully disagree.

Today on Fox, Rove called the commercial "offensive," proving once again that Rove will always play the Partisan Card to gain attention, even though the commercial was generally praised for striking a chord with American viewers. Rove was responding to how Democratic politicians were praising the ad as a testament of President Obama's decision to bailout the US auto industry. Here is what Rove said:

“This is a sign of what happens when you have government getting in bed with big business like the bailout of the auto companies. The leadership of the auto companies feel they need to do something to repay their political patrons.”

“I was, frankly, offended by it,” he added. “I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood. I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but 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.”

Eastwood was quick to respond:
"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. 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. I thought the spirit was OK. 
I am not supporting any politician at this time.  Chrysler to their credit didn’t even have cars in the ad.  Anything they gave me for it went for charity.  If any Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it."

Chrysler's chief executive, Sergio Marchionne,  on Monday said the ad wasn’t intended to be political.

“It was not intended to be any type of a political overture on our part,” Marchionne said in an interview with WJR radio in Detroit. “Nobody inside Chrysler was attempting to influence decisions. The message is sufficiently universal and neutral that it should be appealing to everybody in this country, and I sincerely hope that it doesn’t get utilized as political fodder in a debate."


The reality is that in a social media world, Rove is just one of millions of opinions. He might be able to speak his case on FOX NEWS, but it is clear to us that Rove's opinion is just crying over spilt milk. The fact is that the video went viral and people reacted to it. If Rove thinks his typical, stale partisan opinions will move the needle, it won't. YouTube outrumps Fox News any day.