Does New McCain Celebrity Ad Play Subtle Race Card?

John McCain’s campaign yesterday released a new web ad again depicting Barack Obama as an overblown celebrity.

While it’s easy to get caught up in this new electoral trend, journo Jason Pickens wonders if McCain’s commercial, which features loads of white ladies fawning over the “dreamy” candidate, isn’t trying to play on racialized fears as Scott Howell did with his video attacking Harold Ford Jr., a former black Congressman. That video featured a buxom blonde telling the then-candidate to “call me,” which, some say, ties back to racist ideas of black men taking white women for themselves.

We’re not sure we agree.

See the Howell ad after the jump…