Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New McCain Ad Links Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton

So what do Senator Barack Obama and BritBrit have in common? Well, they both appear in John McCain’s latest campaign advertisement. In an attempt to label him as too much sizzle and not enough substance, the ad refers to Obama as “the biggest celebrity in the world” and shows images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

“He’s the biggest celebrity in the world. But, is he ready to lead? With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling. And, says he’ll raise taxes on electricity. Higher taxes, more foreign oil, that’s the real Obama.”

Has the McCain campaign gotten so desperate that they’ve resorted to comparing Obama to a troubled music artist? The ad is the latest in a stream of negative attacks from McCainland questioning Obama’s ability to lead and his megaceleb status. But will it backfire?

In response, Obama Campaign Manager David Axelrod retorted, "The thing that is sad about it is that Sen. McCain entered this campaign as someone who was going to elevate the debate and talk about the future, and that is the reputation he had. And instead, we get some very familiar tactics. And it makes you wonder who is running the campaign, who is making the decisions, who is behind all of this. This isn't the John McCain we expect."

Zing! And on that note, I’m out.

4 comments:

blue_beastie said...

Even though this ad is ridiculous, you have to respect the not-so-subtle tactics the Republicans are trying to employ here.

By equating Barack to Britney and Paris--privileged debutantes unable to control even their own lives--the Republicans are telling conservative base how they should be thinking about Obama.

Mekaelia said...

Great blog...

Keep up the good work. I am a young woman of color who can never find anyone to discuss politics with.

In regards to the McCain Ad, I think what is really significant to highlight is the unconditional adoration that stars receive from the American public for all the wrong reasons.

The fact that McCain can even make the comparison speaks volumes to values of American culture....

Liz said...

The thing I think is so hilarious about all of this is that the message of the add is fundamentally "everyone else likes Obama so you shouldn't." Come on!! Who doesn't want to be part of the crowd? If you're given the option of sitting with the popular kid in the lunchroom or the kid no one notices, you're going to sit with the popular kid. It's like everyone saying they voted for the winner after an election. I don't think people are going to fall for this.

blue_beastie said...

The LA Times has an interesting take on the ad, from Hollywood's point of view.