Clint Eastwood, notorious tough guy and longtime Republican, may have inadvertently starred in the most controversial Super Bowl ad of the year: “Halftime in America,” which paints a portrait of Detroit residents saved by auto bailouts, now waiting for America’s second act (or President Obama’s second term)…in Chrysler cars, of course.
Cenk says, “If Goldman Sachs had done a $14 million ad in favor of Mitt Romney after they got bailed out, I would be livid.” But the other Power Panelists — Karl Frisch, Tricia Rose and Michael Shure — don’t fully agree.
“I think [Republicans are] upset when a story can be told about something the government did that works,” Frisch says.
Rose says, “We have to see what’s invisible in this ad. Not only is it a pro-Chrysler ad, as if Chrysler is itself Detroit, but it does it by showing this world where even when there are racially ambiguous minorities, they’re mostly predominantly white…in a city that is 80 percent African American. It’s very important to see what’s missing in this ad — it pulls on our heartstrings and all of our fears to galvanize our support of a corporate agenda as if it’s the equivalent of a citizenry.”