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Halftime in America: An Open Letter to Clint Eastwood

John on February 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

Okay, Clint, you win. This is simply the best ad that aired during the Superbowl. America’s greatest on-screen tough guy promising that America is going to come back and kick ass? I love it:

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The ad doesn’t actually say which “team” you’re rooting for, Clint, but people on the left and the right seem to believe it’s all about Obama. Politico notes that places like Democratic Underground said so immediately after it aired. From the other side of the aisle, Karl Rove (also a fan) believed this was an in-kind donation in repayment of a debt to the Obama administration:

What the language and imagery of this ad boils down to is the “let’s pull together.” Not coincidentally, that the sort of language Obama has been using for months in his campaign stops. It’s an emotional argument but, again, one that this ad really encapsulates perfectly. I feel it. I get it. You win, Clint.

But at some point the feel good movie ends and you walk out of the theater and deal with the real world, right? I can’t act like Dirty Harry or the Man-With-No-Name in the real world. I’d get arrested by real cops if I tried. And that’s my point…

Your ad, good as it is, just doesn’t reckon with the reality we’re facing and, more importantly, neither does President Obama. We’re $15 trillion dollars in debt. That’s money being loaded on future generations, including your kids and mine. Is it fair to ask people not yet born to pull together to shoulder our burdens? Because that’s the core of the disagreement on the field, Clint. It really does matter which team wins this one.

We desperately need a President who can get us to pull together for the good of the country (read: suck it up and pay our own way). But that’s not who we have in office. Not even close, Clint. According to the actual polling, Obama is the most divisive President in recent history. But that’s only part of it.

The truth is, Obama has made himself the standard bearer for big government irresponsibility. He didn’t cause all the debt, (technically the President doesn’t cause any) but he’s piling it on and refusing to get serious about dealing with it. He’s the guy saying we should stick it to the future, not the guy saying let’s deal with this mess.

And, oh, by the way, he’s not a big fan of roaring engines, Clint. He forced through new CAFE standards that could mean the end of 8 cylinder production engines on all but a few cars. Obama wants America to roar? Only with 4 cylinder diesel-hybrids. Maybe that’s your idea of a kick-ass America but it’s not mine.

So that’s my problem Clint. You made a great ad but it’s only true so long as you stay in the locker room and suspend disbelief. What we really need right now is someone who will get on the field and make winning the #1 priority. Two more quarters of responsibility-shifting to people not yet born and we could be well and truly screwed. I don’t think you want that for your children or your country, do you Clint?

Well, do ya?

Update: Clint says his ad was not intended to promote Obama:

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’m not sure why everyone, right and left saw it differently, but they did. Clint says that’s not the point. I guess we’ll have to take his word for that.

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