EDITOR’S NOTE: In our new Blindie feature, “Confessions of an ObamaVoter,” Thai–a Chicago native who has been a Barack Obama supporter since his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention–is our “ObamaVoter” and will provide commentary throughout this exciting political season. Enjoy!
With Barack Obama’s overseas tour behind him, John McCain twisted Obama’s massive success by creating the next political fear tactic: It’s not the Muslim thing…Or the Black thing…Or the Elitist thing…It’s the Celebrity thing.
Comparing our generation’s JFK to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, the McCain camp attempted to diminish Obama to a frivolous star. This baseless character accusation is a clear distraction from the litany of problems our nation needs to address. Recession? Health Care? War?
But maybe McCain will have the last laugh, as recent polls suggest that there is a disengaged voting collective that feels there is too much coverage of Obama. Nevertheless, the Obama campaign responded with their similarly-themed attack ad, accusing McCain of being Washington’s biggest celebrity.
McCain’s message concedes that Obama is more popular and charismatic. Which raises the question: When is it bad for a President to be liked and respected? Wouldn’t that give our leader more leverage to work with other nations rather than just prematurely invading countries and bombing?
McCain’s argument is flimsy, and I assume his camp hopes the ad takes attention away from McCain’s ties to the prolifically unpopular President Bush, the Bush economic policies, the Big Oil contributions to his campaign, his stance to continue the Iraq War, and all of the mistakes he has committed throughout this election.