Clint Eastwood was against bailouts before he was for them

Clint Eastwood gave us the most striking political ad aired during the Super Bowl. But aside from Chrysler, who benefits from the TV spot? On Monday, Republicans seemed to think President Barack Obama:

From the Washington Post:

“I was, frankly, offended by it,” said Karl Rove on Fox News Monday. “I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising.”

Eastwood is 81. But it may still be dangerous to imply that Dirty Harry can be bought off by “Chicago-style” politics or is one of Obama’s minions. And yet, just last November, Eastwood said this to the Los Angeles Times:

“I’ve always been very liberal when it comes to people thinking for themselves,” said Eastwood, who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and environmental protection. “But I’m a big hawk on cutting the deficit. I was against the stimulus thing too. We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.”

When it comes to the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, if Eastwood is enthusiastic about anyone, it’s Herman Cain. “I love Cain’s story,” he says. “He’s a guy who came from nowhere and did well, obviously against heavy odds. He’s a doer and a straight-talker, which I don’t see enough of from either party.”

He’s not as bullish on Mitt Romney. As a film icon, Eastwood has been fiercely protective of his image, but he’s not especially enamored by that attitude in a politician. When Eastwood was in Massachusetts in 2002, filming “Mystic River,” Romney was running for governor there. “I saw a lot of him and you have to admit — he looks like a president,” Eastwood recalled with a tone that you’d have to describe as being slyly sarcastic. “I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you’d definitely pick him.”

The Michigan presidential primary, incidentally, is Feb. 28.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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104 comments Add your comment


February 6th, 2012
5:34 pm

bend over (I guess that really says it all)

When the Constitution was written, the idea that the Armed Forces of the United States (which didn’t exist when the Constitution was written) would be used to settle a family feud (”you will remember, he tried to kill my daddy) would have probably been considered grounds for Treason.

That so many in the wrong wing of the republican party have become so adroit at selectively rewriting history for the first 8 years of this century is astounding!

Independent Thinker

February 6th, 2012
5:48 pm


February 6th, 2012
4:27 pm

I do not agree with all the money spent on the wars. I think both parites need to tighten the belt and reduce the spending and the debt.

Clinton - I lied too so what?

February 6th, 2012
6:01 pm

It is nearly half time in America and if there are enough idiots to reelect Obama then America loses the second half and the game. I could see Obama getting a couple thousand votes from his cronies but more than that is unrealistic. He was elected by racists and ignorant whites and if he is reelected it will be by don’t care racists and stupid whites. If you are stupid enough to let jim fool you twice then there is no hope for this country. We are going downhill like a snowball headed for hell as the saying goes. Anyone defending Obama needs immediate brain surgery. If you disagree then go ahead and make the doctor’s appointment before the election. Only if you wake up can this country be saved from the Dumacrats in DC.


February 6th, 2012
6:27 pm

Mr. Clinton,

It may be med time.