As one of the first to call the Chrysler Clint Eastwood commercial from last night's Super Bowl a "political ad" — for a moment I felt like the brouhaha over it was partly my fault. Well, until the political hacks weighed in and I realized they were living in a fantasy world.
Anyone on the right or the left who thinks the ad was pro-Obama or pro-Republican are demonstrating exactly the bullshit false divides Eastwood warns against in the ad. That's right — you idiots are actually the problem.
I mean, come on — Eastwood himself — who is no fan of bailouts or President Obama — says this wasn't an ad for or against any politician, telling Fox News earlier today:
"I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK."
You see, this wasn't a political ad in the sense of Democrats and Republicans — it was an ad about a country that just went through a crisis and needs to work hard to emerge stronger than when we entered it.
And anyone who doesn't believe that's the case or who turned it into a political football — political hacks like President Obama advisor David Axelrod (who breathlessly inserted his boss into the ad) or former Bush Chief of Staff Karl Rove (who claimed he was "offended" by the ad) — need to stop inserting themselves or their "big P" politics into places where they don't belong.
What those fools — and political pundit wanna-be's — didn't understand is this ad was political only in that it transcended party politics — or, as I said last night:
"The commercial talks about recovery, hope for the future and recognition of the hardships we currently face - in a way that no political candidate or sitting President has yet done."
It was a political ad supporting what America truly needs — common fucking sense and a positive outlook on the future.
And if you think it was anything other than that, or if you think that sentiment was wrong, then you truly are an idiotic political hack — no matter what party you belong to.