Within 48 hours of its Super Bowl debut, The Second City Network has already released a parody of Chrysler's "Halftime in America" Super Bowl ad.
In the spoof, a raspy-voiced actor recalls some of Clint Eastwood's memorable lines about the downturns and tough eras in his life, but comes to a less sports-clichéd conclusion: "Sometimes it's best to lie down and watch from the couch," he says as the camera focuses on a TV remote controller. "Can't win 'em all, right? 'A' for effort, everybody."
The video closes with a reference to Mitt Romney's November 18, 2008 op-ed piece in The New York Times titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," with the following attribution: "Brought to you by Mitt Romney's Alternate Reality."
And thus Eastwood, the former mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. who previously opposed the auto industry bailouts, has captured America's imagination as the object of political satire. The only way we can think to improve either ad would be to have Eastwood (or Eastwood's character from "The Rookie") drop the clutch in a Dodge Challenger while sneering: "If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster."