McCain Attack Against Obama Conjures, OMG…Britney and Paris
By Art Harris, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved
Talk about celebrity backlash: Britney Spears and Paris Hilton…used in a brilliantly devious attempt to smear Sen. Barack Obama? Without even a hint of a sexual pecadillo, or loco-weed.
But it’s the latest take-your-best shot strategy dreamed up by the spin-meisters of Sen. John McCain: edit in images of Hollywood stars symbolic of superficiality and fast lane meltdown to tar a political star.
It’s all in the new McCain TV ad, about a week after Obama as family man appeared on the cover of People…
…A People cover, cheering crowds in the anti-American capitals of Europe and darling-hood in Hollywood and beyond packaged in an attempt to thwart Obama in his vision quest for the White House?
But that’s the theme of Sen. John MCain’s latest barrage of ads against the so-called celebrity candidate who spawned the Obama girls, and has captured the imagination —- and mega-millions in contributions — of the masses, not to mention Rolling Stone celeb status in Europe.
What daring strategy–invoke celebrity status to undermine, well, a celebrity –in a country obsessed with it. Might McCain risk alienating tabloid fans, watchers of ET, Extra, and a host of magazines that serve up a buffet of boffo…
Doesn’t that theme preach to the choir of conservative supporters who already believe it, who cast eyes skyward at the mere mention of his name, reinforce the Rove-think of true believers and harken back to the legacy of his or Barack’s soon to be predecessor, President George Bush?
Seems pretty pointless…but you tell us how you think it will play, an ad that uses images of Britney, Paris and others to tar a frontrunner.
We’ve yet to see a photo-shopped shot of Dog, the Bounty Hunter, boozing with Barack, suggesting palling around with an ex-felon, trailer trash TV star who used the N word on tape?
But can that be far behind? Yet that one would be easy to spin back–just call Barack a broker of foregiveness … doing what Al Sharpton cannot… I mean, if Obama can pardon Jesse Jackson…why NOT Dog?