What do Paris Hilton and Britney Spears have to do with Barack Obama? Nothing. Except for the fact that all three are famous, of course. But that’s enough for John McCain and his commercial attack machine!
The Republican presidential candidate released this advert referencing the ladies to take on Obama’s international celebrity, which, says the ominous narrator, shouldn’t be confused with leadership. Basically, a it’s a commercial for the brain dead.
Idiocy aside, the ad represents a nasty shift in McCain’s strategy. Earlier this week the Arizona senator suggested Obama would rather win the election than the war in Iraq. He also questioned Obama’s foreign policy ahead of the Democrat’s well-publicized international tour. While McCain may think the ads and jabs will help push him to the top, NY Times journalist Michael Cooper found otherwise:
…Mr. McCain is clearly trying to sow doubts about his younger opponent, and bring him down a peg or two. But some Republicans worry that by going negative so early, and initiating so many of the attacks himself rather than leaving them to others, Mr. McCain risks coming across as angry or partisan in a way that could turn off some independents who have been attracted by his calls for respectful campaigning.
The drumbeat of attacks could also undermine his argument that he will champion a new brand of politics.
It was actually McCain campaign manager Rick Davis who began the Obama/Hitlon analogy, boasting on MSNBC: “I’ll be the first one to admit that Barack Obama has become a global celebrity. Barack Obama has more fans across the world than Paris Hilton.” Do these people know that Hilton’s not really that popular anymore? She’s, like, almost totally over.
But, seriously, we know Hilton’s not famous for any particular reason, but we still think it’s a good thing that Obama’s so popular abroad. Don’t we want people to like America?
Obviously McCain’s still rocking those 20th century trends.
Update: Obama’s camp released the following rebuttal:
On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking Senator McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another. Or, as some might say, ‘Oops! He did it again.’ Our dependence on foreign oil is one of the greatest challenges we face. In this election the American people have a real choice — between Obama’s plan to provide tax rebates to American families while creating a renewable energy economy in America that frees us from our dependence on foreign oil, and Senator McCain’s plan to continue the same failed energy policies by handing out nearly $4 billion in tax breaks to oil companies while investing almost nothing in the new energy sources that represent our future.