The thing that I find most intriguing about both Rick Santorum's and Mitt Romney's television ads is how they actually manage to film and edit all those TV spots without ever having anybody look at them.
Coverage continues after the jump with the rise of the glitter bomb.
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Tags: Advertising, Auto Industry, Economy, Glitter Bombing, Jon Stewart, LGBT, Michigan, Mitt Romney, Money, Primaries, Protesters, Republicans, Rick Santorum, The Daily Show, Video
Back in 2008, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." It's now 2012, and it seems like the one thing he hasn't flip-flopped on is how much he wants Detroit to go bankrupt. Here's a quote from Romney's new op-ed for The Detroit News…
I love cars, American cars. I was born in Detroit, the son of an auto chief executive. In 1954, my dad, George Romney, was tapped to run American Motors when its president suddenly died.
Oops, sorry, that's a quote from his New York Times op-ed piece. Here's The Detroit News quote…
I am a son of Detroit… Cars got in my bones early. And not just any cars, American cars.
When the president of American Motors died suddenly in 1954, my dad, George Romney, was asked to take his place.
This is The Hangover II of op-ed pieces: same thing, different setting. The rest of it just revamps the points made in 2008 to fit in a post-Obama-saved-the-auto-industry world. Mitt Romney still thinks Obama did more bad than good by bailing out Chrysler and General Motors, but he also wants people in Michigan to vote for him.
Fortunately for him, as the son of a Michigan governor, he should have no problem in that state. I mean, who are they going to vote for? Rick Santorum? Wait, he's gaining ground there?
Damn. Now I kind of want Detroit to go bankrupt, too.
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Tags: Auto Industry, Detroit, Mitt Romney, New York Times, Rick Santorum
* Jason Sudekis reprises his Romney on SNL. Keep watching to see the hilarious parodies of Clint Eastwood's Super Bowl commercial.
* Mitt Romney's Pintrest account.
* Valentine's Day cards from the romantic GOP contenders.
* Pro-Choice Senator tries to outlaw masturbation, from Buzzfeed.
* A member of the FBI laments the commercialization of his profession.
* President Obama's strategy includes asking voters not to upset his children's social life, from The Onion.
Tags: Auto Industry, Chrysler, Clint Eastwood, Daily Links, Malia Obama, Mitt Romney, Oklahoma, Sasha Obama, Saturday Night Live, Senate
Conservatives — who are apparently planning to unseat the Democratic president on a platform of staunch opposition to economic recovery — were understandably peeved when patron saint of libertarianism Clint Eastwood lent his familiar voice and weathered face to a Chrysler commercial that was inexplicably pro-auto bailout, and featured a non-dystopian outlook for the future of America.
I know! Communism! (Look, we can get into the abject insanity of a car company being grateful and positive about the U.S. government saving it from bankruptcy in another post. There's just so many unanswered questions!) Obviously, now, the die is cast. This commercial alone will win the general election for Obama, and abortions will become federally-mandated for all!
Anyway, some hawk-eyed investigative journalist at The Hollywood Reporter seems to have cracked the case how such an outrage could have befallen America. Turns out some of the people who worked on the ad also happen to be people who supported Obama in 2008. Scandal of the highest order!
In the days ahead, similar politically charged queries also are likely to be raised about the highly regarded Portland Oregon-based ad agency that produced the spot — Wieden+Kennedy, some of whose key creative professionals privately supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election…
Tags: Advertising, Auto Industry, Clint Eastwood, Scandalgate
While watching the Super Bowl last night, like I was not — because, really, a pox on both those teams — did you happen to see that incredibly-offensive overtly-political commercial that really just went too far? No, no! Not Pete Hoekstra's Chinese minstrel ad. That one was only matched in hilarity by its adroitness.
No, I'm talking about that disgusting Chrysler ad in which that Commie actor Clint Eastwood imagines a better tomorrow for America and for its auto-industry. And in a car commercial, no less…
"They almost lost everything," Eastwood says of Detroit. "But we all pulled together. Now Motor City is fighting again."
"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."
How do those auto companies get away with such hamfistedly-partisan pro-auto industry commercials on network television?!
And to do it with our tax dollars! That would certainly be going too far if it weren't a completely fabricated point. Still! I'm not going to let the make-believe-ness of Rove's factoid get in the way of all this righteous ire I'm experiencing.
What's next? Bally Total Fitness mindlessly mouthing Michelle Obama's pro-anti-fatness agenda?
Tags: Advertising, Auto Industry, Clint Eastwood, Football, Karl Rove, Sports