Republicans are angry about the "It's Halftime in America" ad because it flies in the face of their negative themes: Obama has failed; America has gone in the toilet; and the only way to dig ourselves out of this hole is to place our faith in corporate America.
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.
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.