Clint Eastwood gave us the most striking political ad aired during the Super Bowl. But aside from Chrysler, who benefits from the TV spot? On Monday, Republicans seemed to think President Barack Obama.

Eastwood is 81. But it may still be dangerous to imply that Dirty Harry can be bought off by “Chicago-style” politics or is one of Obama’s minions. And yet, just last November, Eastwood said this to the Los Angeles Times:

“I’ve always been very liberal when it comes to people thinking for themselves,” said Eastwood, who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and environmental protection. “But I’m a big hawk on cutting the deficit. I was against the stimulus thing too. We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.”

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