February 8th, 2012
06:10 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Hey Clint Eastwood, make my day

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"Clint Eastwood doing 'Spaghetti' car commercials ... priceless."

Readers buzzed about a Super Bowl ad featuring Clint Eastwood, wondering if "halftime in America" was a political statement or a misunderstood ad slogan.

Don't pick a fight with Clint Eastwood
Were politics buried inside Eastwood's 'Halftime' commercial?

We took a look at responses to a couple of the stories about this subject. Turns out some of our posters are big fans of Dirty Harry, and we saw a variety of descriptions of the actor.

Is he conservative? Some readers said Clint Eastwood ...

"... is a Republican. I don't think he would have done this to plug for President Obama. Maybe the ad is just the truth." –Rrigo

"... is a Hollywood liberal. And a joke." –jcg20

"... has stated that he is a libertarian. Therefore I honestly doubt the ad was politically motivated." –JohnnySeven

"... is an American folk hero, and a lifelong Republican." –bp4truth

"... still has a seemingly naive notion that government can work." –nzgrrj

"... is a staunch conservative (I don't hold that against him as he is a brilliant film maker) so it is not likely he would be endorsing Obama - something (Rove) could never figure out with his tiny brain." –statman29

There were some readers who got the feeling that there were politics behind the ad, whether Eastwood realized it or not.

Was he plugging President Barack Obama's policies? Eastwood ...

"... may have meant well, no argument, but that is not how it came across. As soon as he referenced Detroit, that was it." –azyankee

"... is a fake sellout. America is in halftime and we are screwed." –tonytee1968

"... just put the expiration date on the USA?" –captainkickstand

"... is making a fool of himself doing a pro-Obama campaign commercial during the Super Bowl in an election year." –TimboR

"... was wrong to be in an ad that seemingly supports the auto bailouts, and by extension Obama and big govt interventionism, but Eastwood is an outspoken libertarian and awesome, so I'll give him a pass." –Jray01

"... was paid to deliver a good line, and he hit the mark, as most always." –willsetufree

"... was used, manipulated, and deceived by the Democrats ... a typical Obama tactic ... win at any cost ..." –hlc123

Some of our readers said they believed the actor is probably a moderate, and said they respect him for it.

Is he moderate? Eastwood ...

"... has always been a very outspoken and decent person, and I think that this ad is just him doing what he does best." –LindaShinn

"... would shut Rove up very quickly (in a Clint Eastwood/Karl Rove cage match)." –johninthe808

"... is a Republican.... but not the kind coming out of the beltway these days." –Buttaface

"... may be a very moderate Republican but he's also a very smart man. There's no way he could have supported Obama." –kcy1910

"... should do what I did. See the light and leave the Republican party and become and Independent." –Jack Lantern

Are you a fan of the man? Eastwood ...

"... should be in 'The Expendables 2' instead of Chuck." –nightowl79

"... gets scammed by no one." –poozybear

"... has more brains in his toe nail clippings than Rove has in his whole body!" -notbags

"... is every bit as patriotic and iconic as John Wayne, and the personification of what this country used to be." –Mexifornian

"... can do whatever the hell he wants. He doesn't care if you think he is wrong or not." –SosYourMom

"... should run for President." –Buttaface

Does he seek attention? Eastwood ...

"... is not a typical Hollywood liberal, and he certainly isn't hurting for cash to the point where he'd have to take money to do a voiceover he disagreed with." –genek

"... is part of a pro-Obama policy ad ... and it's driving Republicans nuts." –NiceMarmot74

"... inadvertently sponsored Obama 2012." –Mexoplex

"... will probably be labeled a RINO now." –Stoshie

"... is awesome, but is this really worthy of headlining news?" –MrThor

"... must be a socialist supporting the Muslim agenda and practicing witchcraft!" –Rave0n

What do you think happened here? Eastwood ...

"... knows life isn't a game in the long run. His adage that a good man ALWAYS knows his limitations applies to the theme of this commercial." –toppgunnery

"... is no stranger to messaging. As an actor and most importantly as a director, he has honed messages for maximum impact." –LoraineA

"... is Nostradamus reborn." –simbha

"... can make an ad for any auto maker he wishes. Why 'should' he have done an ad for Ford?" –Timmer1107

"... is getting scared in his old age." –John Huston

"... is from Hollywood, and yes many total nutcases come from Hollywood. He is however not one of them." –JSAllen

After you've read all these thoughts, what do you think? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Rdsnpr

    Yes otr now i cant believe how many tweakers that live up in this area. Its terrible isnt it? No wonder unemployment is so high nobody wants to work up here

    February 9, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rdsnpr

    Its dominated by the asian and hispanic gangs but its reallitively quiet in such a large area nothing like LA! If you head west into mountains to hayfork its really scary at night a lot of growers there and some are law inforcement

    February 9, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Clydster

    Platina has a pretty good burger at the cafe

    February 9, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stevorino1

    Republicans sound like a bunch of spoiled brat rich kids wanting to have EVERYTHING they see in their pile or they will scream and make potty.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Greek American

    This is insanity! It was just a TV commercial! Clint Eastwood was talking mostly about Detroit. I live in the suburbs and we always see Chrysler and GM commercials here with similar themes.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. LouiseBelinda

    Did anyone see Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina on CNN with Soledad this morning? He was trying to describe what the Tea party was. He did not even know. Gosh, I had no idea we had this much ignorance running around loose. No wonder they cannot get it together. A bunch of idiotic southerners with racism written on the forehead, and they always want to be on TV. I have never seen as many stupid, dumb, dumb bunnies in my life. Are the southerners that backwards?

    February 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat O'Connor

    The Ad was stating the truth. What is wrong with the truth?

    February 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    Carl Rove wouldn't have the metal to look clint Eastwood in the eye and make those ridiculous claims.
    Clint has more life experience than any of the Country club political advisors. I am sure he knew what he
    was doing when he made the ad and to think that he was "duped" by the Chicago Political machine is stupid.
    He's 82 years old and got to the top of his game by doing things his way. Plus he is as much of an American hero
    as John Wayne is. MR. ROVE GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. icon library

    The theme is interesting, I will take part in discussion. Together we can come to a right answer. I am assured.

    November 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
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