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Friday, October 21, 2016

After I saw the new Chrysler ad — starring Clint Eastwood and titled “Halftime in America” — I walked from our kitchen to my home office and picked up the rusty wrench my father used during his 30 years at the power plant in Ashtabula, Ohio.

The wrench is nearly 2 feet long and weighs 12 pounds. Dad had been gone five years when one of his former bosses gave me a tour of the empty plant where he used to work. It was like visiting a tomb full of ghosts. As I was leaving, the supervisor handed me the wrench for a souvenir. “Yes, your father used this,” he said. “Probably every day.”

  • betty0ne

    If Karl Rowe is against it then I’m for it. Republicans are grasping for straws while their ship is sinking

  • Justinjakes

    People with Mr. Roves’ crazy hate everything mentality have all but guaranteed President Obama a second term. Conservatives have already hit the self destruct button on the 2012 election!

  • terango.lf

    I have not yet heard how this is so! I would like to hear the facts behind this assertion.

  • Clark_Kent

    Not speaking for Justinjakes, but, in my opinion, here is the self-destruct button. The Republicans came up with a stage full of not very likable people fighting for the nomination by pandering to the most extreme elements of their “base.” They have said things that, whether they believe them or not, are certain to outrage the disappointed democrats into renewed support for Obama and frighten the moderate independents who really decide elections these days. Their potential candidates that the Republican establishment wanted to run all decided to sit this one out, probably because they foresaw the mess that was developing and didn’t want to be forced into taking positions that might ruin their political futures.

  • rustacus21

    … so don’t underestimate the power of hate. Mr. Rove has turned it into an art form, being the architech of the “…w/us or against us…” tribe, that’s divided America from it’s own sanity! Clint Eastwood has more virtue in a clipped off baby finger-nail than Rove, Fox’ “comedy” cast team & all their viewer combined. The hysteria centers around the inadvertent, tho unintended support for the jobs bill that Conservatives promised (UNDELIVERED, to date), but are also blocking the Prez from implementing & how this “MAY” play out in the Prez’ favor in this campaign. But a word of caution: Ronald Reagan launched his campaign in Philadelphia, MS – the SAME Philadelphia where 3 human rights activists were murdered & the local White population viewed his candidacy as the salvation of the confederacy-frame of mind (they were still trapped in). As distasteful a thought of a mormon being president, he’s White. Opposing THIS curr Prez, that’s good enuff! In spite of the prospect of even greater national suffering, joblessness, a greater wealth gap & increased govt corruption. Conservatives, in other words, may not be human, but a legion of millions of zombie followers can’t be wrong!… Can they?…

  • Skyray

    Connie Schultz has hit the nail squarely on the head. Rove is attacking not Eastwood, but ME! My dad had a four foot long wrench that was designed for work on a Webb 80 cotton compress and I remember when he came in from work so tired he couldn’t take time to eat. We were life long democrats until Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and turned us into Republicans. Republicans we were, but we were and still are lower middle class and the party of the elite has abandoned us.