High-level Republican propagandists are still suffering from a severe case of cognitive dissonance resulting from the Chrysler ad, shown during the Super Bowl, in which Clint Eastwood — a hero of Ronald Reagan — praises the Detroit auto industry and Americans workers for fighting hard to recover from the collapse of the economy in 2008.
“They almost lost everything,” Eastwood says [in the ad]. “But we all pulled together. Now Motor City is fighting again.”
“How do we come from behind? How do we come together? And how do we win?” the actor asks. “Detroit’s showing us it can be done. And what’s true about them, is true about all of us. This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do, the world is going to hear the roar of our engines. Yeah, it’s halftime, America, and our second half is about to begin…”
Fox News host Jon Scott on Monday told Rove that Democrats were celebrating the ad as evidence of the effectiveness of President Barack Obama’s bold decision to bailout the auto companies instead of letting them go under.
“This is a sign of what happens when you have government getting in bed with big business like the bailout of the auto companies,” Rove complained. “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.”
This was another reminder that Fox News, and people such as Rove and Eric Cantor, would say or do almost anything not only to discredit Obama but also to wreck any initiatives that might result in even a slight economic upturn. To hell with suffering Americans — gotta think about winning those 2012 elections.