I listened to the Mark Levin clip that Aaron mentions below. It seems to me that he does pick up that the ad was intended as propaganda for the bailouts, though he points out that Karl Rove’s boss George W. Bush was actually the first to pay the auto manufacturers out of TARP funds. He just gives Clint Eastwood the benefit of the doubt on being drawn in by the ad’s effective pulling of patriotic heartstrings. Yes, the commercial is a tribute to American resiliency — which it invokes to defend policies that will undermine that resiliency.
Levin is right.