McCain Just Can't Help Himself
by Todd Beeton, Wed Aug 06, 2008 at 10:08:45 AM EDT
Just a day after taking a break from mentioning Barack Obama in his campaign ad, John McCain goes back to the "Obama is the biggest celebrity in the world" well in his latest. But really, using images of your opponent being cheered by hundreds of thousands of people, is that really an effective way to attack him? The other day I mentioned how Steve Schmidt was using a visual motif from an ad he ran on behalf of Schwarzenegger in his successful 2006 re-election campaign. But here, by going after Obama for celebrity, Schmidt is taking a page out of the failed playbook of Schwarzenegger's opponent, Phil Angelides. Very odd.
The great irony is that, as Josh Marshall points out over at TPM, John McCain has taken far more advantage of the trappings of celebrity than Barack Obama ever has.
Andrew Sullivan makes a good point. For the 'celebrity' in the campaign, how many sitcoms has Barack Obama done guest spots on? How many movies has he done cameos in? How many times has he hosted Saturday Night Live. As John McCain's IMDB bio shows, he's done a lot. 24, Wedding Crashers, The Tony Danza show, numerous appearances on Saturday Night Live. It's another example of the curve that John McCain gets graded on. Of these two, there's no question who the more preening candidate is or the bigger 'celebrity' is.
The Obama campaign's repsonse to John McCain's latest ridiculous ad continues to hit McCain for being a Bush clone on energy, aka, in the pocket of big oil:
"Is the biggest proponent of George Bush's tired, failed policies ready to bring about change? Another day brings another dishonest attack from John McCain. While Senator McCain knows that Senator Obama has proposed cutting taxes for 95% of American families, what he's not telling us is that he wants to give $4 billion in tax breaks to the oil companies, continue giving tax breaks to corporations that ship our job overseas, and provide no direct tax relief for more than 100 million middle-class families. It's time to retire these old policies and bring new energy to America."