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February 7, 2012

I like the message. Pick it apart if you wish. GM is worse in terms of ownership and bailout money. Ford is the last true American automaker, but are they in Detroit any longer?

Fellowship of the Minds

Clint Eastwood, reputedly, is one of that rare near-extinct Hollywood species — a political conservative. 81-year-old Clint Eastwood is also filthy rich, with an estimated net worth of $400 million.

Given his wealth and his professional productivity, success, and acclaim, it is a safe guess that Clint Eastwood doesn’t need to make a TV commercial for the bucks.

So it is curious that he gave his raspy voice and visage — and thus his imprimatur — to this Super Bowl halftime commercial that peddles Chrysler in the name of patriotism:

Chrysler was first organized as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925.

In 2009, Chrysler declared bankruptcy — its second. On June 10, Chrysler LLC emerged from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and substantially all of its operations were sold to a new company, Chrysler Group LLC, in which the Italian automaker Fiat had a 20% interest. The U.S. federal government “provided…

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