If you didn’t see it aired on TV during halftime of the Super bowl Sunday, you’ve likely heard about it by now: The Clint Eastwood Chrysler commercial.
Beyond the expected swooning over Mr. Eastwood’s gravelly narration of gritty Detroit scenes, the ad has been making waves for its perceived political stance. Since it touts the auto-industry’s comeback, GOP strategists like Karl Rove have registered their disgust with what they see as a tacit endorsement of Obama’s auto-industry bailout. And folks in the pro-Obama camp have been happy to claim the thank you. Eastwood himself told Fox TV Monday: "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."
After our own Peter Grier blogged on the debate, we took this question to our Facebook fans: After watching this video, do you think Chrysler came out with a pro-Obama commercial, or a patriotic commercial?
Monitor readers responded with characteristic passion, insight, and wit. We’ve culled more than 125 comments and grouped the best into 9 categories.