While I was off at cowboy camp falling off horses and such, John McCain raised eyebrows with a 30-second anti-Obama spot called “Celeb.” The ad, as follows, brings up energy policy and taxation issues, and suggests that Obama is merely a celebrity who’s as ready to lead the country as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.
This spot underwent great criticism and seems to have been pulled. One thing worth noting is that millions of people seem entirely ready to embrace Obama as a celebrity – and that many don’t think it’s a bad thing. One look through the Obama designs, created by millions of fans, would indicate that Obama is viewed by many as a political rock star.
Another indication of the Senator’s pop culture magnetism is the crowds he assembles, even when abroad. Whether his celebrity is masking a lack of experience or whether it’s simply a juggernaut indicative that America has found the right candidate is up for the voters – and history – to decide.
Hilton, for her part, wasted no time in crafting her own campaign ad as a response to McCain’s original spot. Her spot discusses her own energy policy and, on the subject of offshore energy, also guides America to the travel spot most likely to afford you the best tan:
Indeed, the debates should be interesting…