Thanks to John McCain’s attack ad comparing Barack Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, the 2008 Presidential Campaign has already reached Mt. McKinley-like heights of ridiculousness. McCain’s ad is meant to demean Obama by calling him the “the biggest celebrity in the world” while clips of Hilton and Spears flash in the background. This ad is a gaffe on several levels, not the least being the advent of Hilton’s own response spot, in which she unveils an energy policy that makes more sense than the one espoused by the senior moment-prone Senator from Arizona.
The first question that comes to mind is why Obama’s popularity would be considered a problem. He’s young, charismatic, a great speaker, and a vast number of people view him as an image of hope for a better America and world. There’s no love child scandal, sex tape, night club binge drinking, or “not wearing underwear snapshots” to fuel his fame. It’s the man’s message and delivery that bring the crowds.
Hilton’s response to McCain’s ad, on the other hand, is brilliant, not to mention titillating and erudite. It can be seen in this report from Countdown:
The clear winner in this escapade is Hilton. In a stunning leopard print one-piece, she puts forth an energy policy that makes sense. She speaks well. Thanks to “The Simple Life,” she has developed an understanding of the common folk. Paris deals with the press effectively, and negative publicity doesn’t bother her. In fact, she counters it with ease, as her response spot shows. Hilton also has some charisma of her own. If you don’t think she’d have North Korean leader Kim Jong II eating out of her hand and dismantling his nuclear program in five minutes, you’re crazy.
It’s too bad that Miss Hilton isn’t 35 and eligible to run for Vice-President. An Obama-Hilton ticket would surely author a landslide over McCain and his VP-to-be (Bee Arthur? Mitt Romney?). Not even The Hangover’s endorsement could derail that winner.