This is quite entertaining. The McCain campaign today released an attack ad calling Obama 'The World's Biggest Celebrity.' And what celebrities flash before our eyes in the ad? Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton. Here it is.
Dudes! Those are the celebrities you are using in an attack ad? I guess it is meant to get the geezers all angry, since we all know that those two girls drive drunk, party too much, and don't respect their elders.
But if your purpose is to paint Obama as an elitist, snobby celebrity, Britney and Paris don't come to mind. What you want to do is throw-in members of the Whole Foods, Starbucks, limousine liberal, big Hollywood set. And who is that? Have any of these kids in the McCain camp seen any of Soderbergh's Oceans 12 movies? Do they know that 2 of the 3 male leads in those movies are vocal Obama supporters? Do they know that the most powerful woman celebrity in America, Oprah Winfrey, has endorsed Obama? Do they know that Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Ed Norton, the Affleck brothers, and Morgan Freeman are on the Obamawagon? Want to attack liberal thinkers? How about Warren Buffet and Freakonomics author Steven D. Levitt?
Wouldn't an educated viewer remember that Paris Hilton is apolitical, and that Britney Spears once said that she completely trusted George W. Bush? In fact, a closer examination reveals that Paris' grandfather, William B. Hilton, contributed thousands to the McCain campaign, and called the campaign to complain about the ad! Poor choices, indeed.
And then it occurs to me. This ad is not for the college educated. It is for the rednecks in Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. They have no clue who is on the cover of Esquire or Vanity Fair this month, and neither do McCain's people.