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Cheap Shots No. 9: The Hypocrisy Behind the Clint Eastwood Chrysler Commercial (Alex Biles)

We know Clint Eastwood is quick to tell a stranger to “get off his lawn” — that is, unless the stranger happens to be carrying a bag with a dollar sign.

The interwebs are buzzing about Eastwood’s appearance in the second Super Bowl installment of Chrysler’s “Imported from Detroit” advertisements. The two-minute number, which features the roughly hewn voice of the movie star over a montage of economically-anxious Americans and uplifting chords, has drawn scorn from the political Right.

Karl Rove was allegedly “offended” by the commercial’s inclusion of footage from union protests in Wisconsin as well as the message supporting Barack Obama’s decision to bailout the American automobile makers known as the Big Three — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.

Personally, I’m pretty neutral on it. I didn’t think the advertisement was anything special, and I certainly didn’t think it was quite as sleek as Eminem’s cameo for Chrysler last year. Sure, some mild political undertones may exist, but they’re too subtle for me to really care.

Here’s the kicker though: Eastwood repeatedly denounced the automobile bailouts and has been a fierce critic of the President. Indeed, the disaffected Republican voted for John McCain in 2008 and now considers himself a libertarian of sorts. In Clint’s own words, from November 2011:

We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.

Money is one helluva drug.

Update: POLITICO reports that the ad firm responsible for creating the Chrysler commercial featuring Mr. Eastwood has ties to Obama, Democrats.

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