It's been a bad week for the "Obama's-a-failed-anti-American-socialist" story. A stunningly good jobs report left the Rove-ites groping for a message. And as Mitt bumbles his way to becoming the nominee of the 1%ers, the Eastwood ad was the last straw.
"Somehow, in ways that I simply don't understand, some members of my beloved party are accusing me of throwing down The Gauntlet to make a Sudden Impact at the Heartbreak Ridge of our Absolute Power over the Unforgiven now and in the Hereafter," Eastwood growled.
Xenophobic marketing is worse than racist; it capitalizes on the American public's fear of being overtaken by other economies while blaming a nameless, borderless "Asia."
Why did the Chrysler Super Bowl ad so affect Karl Rove that he felt he must speak out against it? The answer to this question reveals more about Rove and the Republican party than it does about Chrysler or its two minutes of heart-warming, pro-industry salesmanship.
Did you catch the Toyota Camry Super Bowl commercial? Within 13 seconds, Toyota defies the expected heteronormative relationships that make up this coveted commercial landscape.
Clint Eastwood's appearance and words during the Super Bowl had little to do with Obama. For observers with a long political memory, it was hard not to think of another president when seeing that commercial.
This Super Bowl Sunday both on and off the field viewers watched the Giants and the Patriots. Between plays and at halftime, the off-the-field giants were Big Soda, with their ads for their elixir of obesity and diabetes.
We ought to be strengthening the rights of American workers, not weakening them with slickly produced, misleading ads.
We see a brief glimpse of Detroit's city flag and the Latin motto on it. In English, it means "We hope for better things; it shall rise from the ashes." It is as relevant today as when it was written more than two centuries ago.
All in all, last night's ads were a yawn-worthy disappointment -- especially when it came to spots that featured women.
Since 1992 I have watched every year for the ads and some of the game. The parties I have attended, just like this year, have a cross section of America: gay, straight, black, white, and everything in between.
Instead of announcing that they don't care about the poor or accusing President Obama of setting off class warfare -- Americans need to hear that someone in power, or who wants to be in power, feels their pain.
If "advertising is dead," like many say, then the two weeks before the Super Bowl are the kind of mortality that American manufacturing would like to experience.
In the final hours, is Ford a crybaby or a brand taking the high road? Is Chevy loving all the attention? How many YouTube hits will the commercial get?
Arguably, this Sunday is one day in the year that can not only make or break an NFL player's career but also that of a major marketer.