Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Coach Clint

It's half-time in America and Clint Eastwood wants to pull the quarterback. Or not. You decide.

UPDATE: Rich Lowry has his own take:
Eastwood says that Americans are hurting and that “the people of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together. Now, Motor City is fighting again.”
We all pulled together? As euphemism, this is clever; as history, it is false. Congress never approved the bailouts. Given the option to do so explicitly, it declined. The Bush and Obama administrations acted on their own, diverting TARP funds to Detroit regardless of the letter of the law. In Eastwood’s telling, a legally dubious act of executive highhandedness qualifies as patriotic collective action.
By this standard, any initiative of government must be a stirring exercise in people’s power. Remember when we all pulled together to back the solar-panel maker Solyndra to the tune of $500 million? Right now, we are all pulling together to try to force Catholic institutions to pay for contraceptives and morning-after abortifacients for their employees. See? There’s nothing we can’t do — together.

19 Comments:

Blogger Bob Bohne said...

If that's the case, then I can't understand why people like Rove are so bent out of shape. It was a show of support for the auto industry bailouts & I took no exception to it. This morning it was being discussed on 1210, and they reported that Perry had wanted to meet Eastwood. Eastwood stated that Perry would probably be disapointed. That alone tells me something. Does Eastwood want to pull the quarterback? Is Spencerblog becoming the spin zone?

February 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM 
Blogger CharlieSix said...

An auto industry bailout that wound up giving 58+ percent ownership of Chrysler to an Italian corporation? Why would the taxpayers be so bent out of shape? Seems pretty clear to me. And, sorry Bob, but I read a couple of times Mr. Lowry's article and I don't see any reference to "Perry". Nor is there one in the Spencerblog post. So your comments about Perry and Eastwood are lost on me. The so-called Chrysler "it's half time in America" commercial was clearly a political statement that the election is coming up and the current team deserves to stay on the field for the second half. No doubt about it despite how anyone wants to spin it.

February 7, 2012 at 10:06 PM 
Blogger jake said...

I agree with Charlie.
As much as I like Clint Eastwood, he was played by the Obama re-election campaign and Chrysler.
When the government forgives $1.3 billion of your debt so you can be purchased by a foreign company, a Super Bowl political ad is a small price to pay.
Taking care of the people who take care of you -- that's just politics Chicago-style.

February 8, 2012 at 6:20 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Charlie - You're right. There is no reference to Perry in the story. If you read my reply you will notice this line - "This morning it was being discussed on 1210, and they reported that Perry had wanted to meet Eastwood." Now it seems as though neither you nor Jake are willing to buy the Spencerblog spin on this that "Clint Eastwood want's to pull the quarterback". That's a good thing. Spencerblog came up with that spin, because it pains conservatives to think that their pistol packin Hollywood hero might be an Obama supporter. But fear not! Clint say's it wasn't political! And who am I gonna believe? Jake or Dirty Harry?

February 8, 2012 at 7:05 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

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February 8, 2012 at 7:06 AM 
Blogger jake said...

There you go again, Bob.
What part of "played" don't you understand?
This Obama campaign ad could have required a hundred takes, in no particular order, with numerous script revisions, and lots of editing.
Clint Eastwood might not have seen the final product until it was too late, and he likely didn't even have creative control. He's not going to admit that he was scammed, so he'll just say that the message is not what everybody thinks it is.

February 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Jake - That's fine. Keep telling yourself that, and you'll start to believe it. Meanwhile, Eastwood is doing a remake of two old classics. "Dirty Romney" & "Unforgiven. The Newt Gingrich Story" Are you feelin lucky Jake?

February 9, 2012 at 8:16 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

How about "Escape from Obamatraz"?

February 9, 2012 at 9:31 AM 
Blogger jake said...

I'm thinking
Any Which Way You Can (Get Re-elected)
And the classic -- Spend 'Em High

February 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

$787 Billion Dollar Baby

February 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM 
Blogger jake said...

Or maybe one for the First Lady...
Every Which Way To Mooch

February 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

See! You guy's aren't very original, but you catch on really fast.

February 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM 
Blogger jake said...

Now taking Super-Pac money...
Play Shifty For Me

February 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Huntsman, Newt and Perry - "The Good the Bad and the Stupid"

February 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

Being original would mean not following the path of the mainstream media & Hollywood, Bob. I guess I win.

February 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM 
Blogger jake said...

How about the Democrat ticket:
Blunderdolt and Lightweight

February 9, 2012 at 8:54 PM 
Blogger jake said...

Then there's the victims of the Attorney General's Operation Fast and Furious fiasco...
In The Line Of Fire

February 10, 2012 at 6:02 AM 
Blogger jake said...

Harry Reid living in the DC Four Seasons Hotel...
High Stakes Grifter

February 10, 2012 at 8:15 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

Obama and anyone with real qusalifications to be president - "Trading Places"

February 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM 

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