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.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Pete/Ark

    Rove and his cronys confuse politics and patriotism..."if it offends my political position it's unpatriotic". Rove is isolated in a padded cell of his own creation barking at imaginary enemies. Eastwoods message was as political as "Yankee Doodle Dandy"...a patriotic cheer , not a partisan plot. Rove and Fox need to come out in the real world of real people rather than cringing under the bed waiting for the boogieman.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    OH MAH GAWD, it's a conspiracy. Clint should know better than to be so apparent on his political choices. Couldn't you all see the political tone to that commercial. There is no way that could have been talking about the resilience of the american worker.

    The above comment was an unpaid sarcastic announcement.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      ....and this is why we get along so well.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EastwoodFanfromSoCal

    So sad to read some of the inane comments about the ad Mr. Eastwood did. Get a life, people! It was a commercial. Such pettiness to believe it was a political comment. Ah!

    February 8, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    As a Democrat you should ask your this question. "Do I feel lucky"? Well do you...punk?

    February 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    As a Democrat you should ask yourself this question. "Do I feel lucky"? Well do you...punk?

    February 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Complainer

    WOW. Don't Rove and his GOP shock troops understand ANYTHING about modern media. Trying to frame Clint Eastwood's Chrysler ad as liberal propaganda only accomplished four things: 1) It made the ad viral, providing Team Obama with roughly $150 million in free advertising; 2) It got brought Mitt Romney's "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" message back into the public eye, just as the primaries were about to hit the industrial Midwest; 3) It reminded voters in the Rust Belt that even though President Bush backed, and continues to support, the automobile industry bailout, Romney, Rove, and what seems like most of the GOP would have preferred to stand on conservative principles and let the region whither and die (even though, by all measures, the bailout worked); 4) Casts the GOP and Romney as negative curmudgeons, completely out of touch with working America.


    The Complainer

    February 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |


    February 9, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rdsnper

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    February 9, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Skydiver

    What was her name ? Dusty? Yes we have her located you got that RDSNPER?

    February 9, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Skydiver

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    February 9, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rdsnpr

    The man looking thing LOL , used to carry a gun . But stoped , and used to deal but im not sure what she does now but the man thing cannot be trusted ever, i guess you can call the thing a man hater 5 10 a mullet silver back dike and extremly un predictable so stay away.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Skydiver

    Her girlfriend (lover) is a bi woman and has some kids that cant stand either one of them .they are that bad !!!!! She has divorced 2 men so far and is working on her 3rd . The neighbors know how she is but tolerate. They live out in the sticks .

    February 9, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rdsnpr

    And im packing it in are we done ?

    February 9, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rdsnpr

    Id like to see her aghast

    February 9, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Trust me when I say you're going about this the wrong way.
      You're going to get yourself in deeper sh!t.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tcr C2

    For god sakes its just an damm commercial DODGES come people , im going to start calling you pick a part.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
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