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Did Paris Hilton’s Response to McCain’s Ad Hurt McCain?

August 8, 2008

Alright, so as I posted about before, John McCain put out an ad called “Celeb” which shows Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, and compares Barack Obama to them, saying that he’s a celebrity.

Then Paris Hilton responded with the following ad (sorry, I can’t embed it – WordPress won’t let me, and I can’t upload it to YouTube:

I thought it was pretty funny, and it was pretty amazing that she memorized all of that (in that short of time, even I’d have a tough time getting almost 2 minutes of script down).

Her energy policy was actually pretty good (and was proposed by several Democrats and Republicans in news interviews after the House failed to pass anything).

So, my question is, did that hurt McCain?  I thought McCain’s ad backfired, but many people (especially liberals) have said that they thought it was a successful ad, and pointed to a jump in the polls for McCain.  I’d really love your input on this.

McCain has since come out with a new ad, “Family,” which is a lot of the “Celeb” ad, minus the Paris/Britney pictures:

So, again, tell me what you think about McCain and Paris’s ads.

Done Polling,

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Obama Is a Hypocrite When It Comes to Race

August 4, 2008

So, there have been stories in the news recently talking about how much race will be an issue in the 2008 election.

We had Barack Obama’s comments in response to McCain’s “Celeb” ad, comparing Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton: “Since they don’t have any new ideas the only strategy they’ve got in this election is to try to scare you about me.  They’re going to try to say that I’m a risky guy, they’re going to try to say, ‘Well, you know, he’s got a funny name and he doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills and the five dollar bills and,’ and they’re going to send out nasty emails.  And, you know, the latest one they’ve got me in an ad with Paris Hilton.  You know, never met the woman.  But, but, you know, what they’re gonna try to argue is that somehow I’m too risky.”

And back in June, Obama also said, “They’re going to try to make you afraid of me: ‘He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. … Oh, and did I mention he’s black?'”

But, if we go back and look at his speech in Berlin, what do we find?  We find this: “I know that I don’t look like the Americans who’ve previously spoken in this great city.”

So, Mr. Obama, who is it that’s consistently playing the race card?  We’ve heard from you now accusations that Republicans and the McCain campaign are racist and will play the race card, but by saying that over and over again (without any examples to back up those claims), you are the one who plays the race card and is a racist.

You can’t try to wave your race as a banner to get you elected, and turn around and call the other side racist for running a TV ad that has nothing to do with race.

Mr. Obama, you are the racist.

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Analysis of McCain’s “Celeb” Ad: Both McCain and Obama Have Been Treated Like Celebrities

August 2, 2008

Well, I’m sure many of you have heard about John McCain’s latest attack ad, titled “Celeb.”

Before I get into too many details, I’ll give you a chance to watch it:

Now, that ad has certainly raised eyebrows in political circles.  I personally enjoyed the Detroit Free Press’s recent headline: “Ad Wars: Obama, McCain … Britney?”

Now, let’s get down to my analysis.  Is McCain right in saying that Obama is the world’s biggest celebrity?  If not, the claim is pretty close to true.  I’d say he’s probably right, depending on how you’re going to defin celebrity.  The point is, Obama is about as popular as chocolate right now (speaking of chocolate, I’m gonna go grab another Snickers ice cream bar – those things are awesome!).  But, does McCain really have room to talk?  In my opinion, BOTH Obama and McCain won their party’s nominations, in large part, due to the media factor.  I’ve said NUMEROUS times that it was the media’s latching on to a couple New Hampshire polls that gave him momentum there, and then on to Michigan (where he performed well against Mitt Romney), and on to South Carolina.

Do I think that comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears was a little over the line?  Not really.  It was a little harsh maybe (it was harsh to Hilton, saying she’s basically equal to Britney Speares!), but I think it was just intended as a little bit of fun.  And compared to political ads in the past, this is nothing.  Take the Daisy Ad of 1964 (Lyndon Johnson’s ad against Barry Goldwater), which essentially said, if you vote for Goldwater, your little girl is gonna get melted by a nuke.  The only other attack ad that comes close to that was the Willie Horton Ad of 1988, but that was an issue ad.

The point is, this is a JOKE compared to some of the ads that we’ve had before.  And McCain even CONFIRMS this: “We were having some fun.  We were having some fun with our supporters that we sent it out to and we’re gonna display a sense of humor in this campaign.”  That comment was made in regards to a different ad, “The One,” but the premise remains the same.  McCain later said, “This is a very respectful campaign.  I’ve repeated my admiration and respect for Senator Obama. … I don’t think our campaign is negative in the slightest.  I’m, we think it’s got a lot of humor in it and we’re having fun and enjoying it.  And that is what campaigns are going to be like.”

Now, on to the substance of the ad: the ad talks briefly about Obama and oil/taxes.  Although the transition from celebrity to issues seemed very abrupt and awkward (one of the reasons I didn’t like the ad that much), it kinda says that McCain has a better stance on oil/energy and taxes (which he does, in my opinion), but doesn’t go into as many details as he sould’ve.  He leaves it open for Obama to do a counter-ad, which he does, and pulls off a much more effective ad than McCain did, although I still think Obama’s energy plan stinks.

McCain’s ad’s grades: Style: B+.  Substance: C-.  Overall grade: C+

Obama’s ad: Style: B.  Substance: A.  Overall: B+

So, ultimately, I think that McCain’s ad was funny, but failed as an ad because Obama had a better counter.

Done Rating,

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