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Posted on 02/07/2012 4:54:35 AM PST by Kaslin
If you are keeping score at home its Chrysler $12.5 billion, NBC $12 million, with a taxpayer loss of $133 billion. Oh, and the city of Detroit is just minutes away, literally, from being more broke than Greece.
Look, Im a sucker for marketing as much as the next guy, but I have a lot of friends who were rightly outraged by Chryslers political ad for the auto bailout that starred Clint Eastwood and aired at halftime on NBC during the Super Bowl. It was more than just the subverted boosterism for Obama that was outrageous. There were many levels of outrage for even discriminating tastes.
If you missed it, the commercial was a two-minute, Chamber of Commerce-type pitch for more government money to make America great, with, um, Detroit leading the way.
Sure; technically, it was well-produced with compelling visual images and the iconic narrative voice of Clint Eastwood. The TV time alone cost Chrysler $12 million.
Chrysler came up $1.3 billion short paying the US Treasury, but they have money for junk-food like Super Bowl commercials.
And it almost made me want to believe. But as Yahoo Autos points out: There's no better example of the difference between sentiment and sentimentality, and just how many of us no longer notice.
Because unfortunately, Ive looked under the hood of the Detroit/Chrysler story the filmmakers are selling and this ones a lemon.
Ive always been very liberal when it comes to people thinking for themselves, Eastwood told the Los Angeles Times back in November, But Im a big hawk on cutting the deficit. I was against the stimulus thing too. We shouldnt be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO cant figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldnt be the CEO.
Think for ourselves, except when you are pitching policies you disagreed with three months ago?
For those with a less acute political and financial antenna, lets make this simple:
It was bad enough that we bailed out private corporations. Its even worse that those bailouts tended to favor Obamas biggest donors in 2008- financial services and unions. The latest inspector general report says the bailout losses so far equal about $133 billion, with about 19 percent of that loss coming from the automotive industry. Over time, some of that money may be recouped, but total losses are expected to be from $50 billion to $75 billion, and they could be higher. The total bailout cost for automakers is expected to be about $25 billion.
Look at me. Ive had to make films for less money or go out and find my own money, Eastwood said in the Times article in response to the reporters pro-bailout pushback. On Mystic River, I had to cut my salary and everyone elses to get it made. I know the score. If I start to grind out two or three turkeys, Ill be unemployed, just like anyone else.
Well, not everyone.
Despite the Happy Days are Here Again theme song coming from automakers GM and Chrysler, both companies are deeply broke. If they werent, the US Treasury wouldn't be looking at losses of $25 billion for the bailouts.
But for the politically connected here in the USA there are always bailouts or some such federal program that will take care of unions, or banks, or green energy companies, or federal contractors like GE, Fannie Mae, GM and Chrysler.
Thats why the Eastwood ad resonated with Democrats from David Axelrod, to Obamas Michigan campaign.
From the CSMonitor:
Another great Chrysler ad the US auto industry is back, tweeted the Michigan branch of Mr. Obamas reelection campaign following its broadcast just prior to the second-half kickoff.
David Axelrod, once and (likely future) top political aide to Obama's national campaign, added this tweet: Powerful spot. Did Clint shoot that, or just narrate it?
So to add a little more salt to taxpayers' wounds, football fans, whose only partisan worries at halftime of the Super Bowl should be Giants vs. Patriots, bathroom vs. Madonna, have to watch our tax dollars fund one of the main themes coming out of Obamas reelection campaign: The US auto industry is back thanks to my generous donation to their campaign- if you dont believe me, youll believe Clint Eastwood.
And oh, by the way Detroit, the City Thats Back, according to Chrysler, is on the verge of bankruptcy because of: 1) shrinking population due to mismanagement in the auto industry and 2) public unions are out of control.
The fiscal crisis in the city that has lost a quarter of its population since 2000 is coming to a head, reports Bloomberg. The state is combing Detroits books for evidence of financial emergency. Meanwhile, Democratic Mayor Dave Bing is racing to wrest concessions from 48 bargaining units to erase a $200 million deficit in the home of General Motors Co. and the cradle of the U.S. auto industry. Otherwise, the city of 714,000 dominated by Democrats may face a Republican-appointed manager with authority to sell assets and nullify contracts. State Treasurer Andy Dillon has said Detroit will run out of cash by May, and called for concessions by early February.
Ohmygosh! A Republican? Balancing the books without a bailout?
Look, Detroits been in crisis for decades, not a few years, and the culprit is unions, unions, unions.
So lets sum up what the taxpayers got for the $12 million commercial produced by Chrysler: A great visual experience, filmed in two entirely different cities than the subject city, with a wonderful narration by Eastwood about policies that he doesnt agree with, pushing a message about a car company and the city of Detroit that isnt true in any factual or even literary sense.
See? Thats proof that it has to be an Obama campaign commercial.
But here's why we are really offended: Because if this commercial represents halftime in America, we need a new quarterback.
Hell, we just need some fans in the stands who actually understand the game, want to win and aren’t afraid to take their own side in a battle.
Clint Eastwood must have been broke or losing it upstairs.
This commercial was absurd on so many levels that I don’t know where to begin. But let’s start with the fact that Chrysler is a subsidiary of Fiat....an Italian auto manufacturer.
Is this Clint’s politics? If so, I’m boycotting his flicks from now on. This was a really dumb commercial. We are supposed to celebrate the fact that the taxpayers were raped to bail out GM and Chrysler? Come the **** on.
Like I said on the Super Bowl thread at the time, that commercial might have been appropriate for a city/nation that had been brought down by some unforeseeable natural disaster, not one suffering from the obvious and predictable results of stupid and evil government policies, ones which half the population had warned about.
He is getting kind of old.
This morning on CNBC, Bill Richardson former Gov. of NM and Clinton’s Energy Sec., stated that Obama would win re-election because of the “Hispanic states
of NM, CO, and AZ.” I guess we don’t have the “United States” any more. And the Democrats’ strategy of letting illegals into the country to vote Democrat is finally paying off.
Eastwood has lot's of money so...'he really is probably losing it upstairs!'
America is screwed no matter who we elect. Republicans and Democrats have basically the same economic policies. If Romney is elected, we will continue to destroy our manufacturing base, have high taxes, poor public education and complex regulations.
It could have been worse. They could have had Jessie Jackson stand on the hood of a Chrysler & chant “Keep Hope Alive” for 2 solid minutes. (Which is what you’d expect from those guys)
Instead, we got a “Now, get off your butts and get out there”- type speech from Josey Wales.
Sure, the ad made me kinda queasy in places. But, Chrysler COULD have taken another route and made me puke for sure.
Given the source, I’ll take what I can get.
That commercial was so so depressing. Clint’s politics have been middle of the road over the years. Would have been nice to see him touring Detroit (not New Oleans where the footage was actually shot) and convincing the Super Bowl audience that Detroit is NOT what we want America to look like and it should be bull-dozed, rebuilt, and managed properly - with a zero tolerance for the criminal element there.
I’m sure many on the left, this was their favorite commercial for the entire game . . . I’ve seen several on various boards post it was their FAVORITE.
Put me in coach I’m ready to play....
This piece of propaganda was nothing more than a “praise 0bama” piece and his (full of lies) version of the Gipper’s Morning in America. Unfortunately, most of the idiot population can’t see through it. I’ll walk before I buy a government motors or chrysler product.
It’s half-time in America.
The home team is backed up on their own one inch line.
It’s 4th down and an inept fool is the quarterback.
He puts his hands down between the center’s legs and instantly gets giddy, forgetting why he is there.
The fool lets the clock run down and the Chi-Coms take over with one inch to go to score a touchdown.
For the record Detroit is not very “diverse.” Second this ad was aimed at the white men of flyover country, which for the life of me I cannot fathom a lefty ever, ever doing so, and IMO most of the libs must think this ad was as a big a fail as Ransom.
“Yeah, its halftime in America all right, we’re down 16 Trillion to China and they get the ball at the start of the second half!”