Confessions of an ObamaVoter: McCain Attacks Barack’s ‘Celebrity’ Flaw

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. (READ MORE)

ObamaNation: John McCain vs. Barack Obama in Pop Culture Showdown

After John McCain compared Barack Obama to Britney & Paris in a recent campaign ad, the presidential candidates sound-off on where they stand on some major pop culture issues in Entertainment Weekly‘s new feature, “The Great Presidential Pop-Culture Debate.”

Readers get a chance to see what entertains both the Democratic and Republican nominees (Did you know? McCain’s a huge ABBA fan? And the last videogame Obama played was “Pong”?). Here are a few choice battles between McCain and Obama:

First Movie Ever Seen

McCain: Bambi (Hmmm…New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd calls Obama “Bambi”!)

Obama: Born Free

American Idol Pick

McCain: Jordin Sparks

Obama: David Archuleta (Daughters Malia & Sasha are big Archie Fans)

Favorite Onscreen Presidents

McCain: Dennis Haysbert in 24

Obama: Jeff Bridges in The Contender ( “He was charming and essentially an honorable person, but there was a rogue in about him.”)

PHOTO: Entertainment Weekly

Black Reporter Forced To Leave John McCain Rally

A black reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat was booted from a John McCain rally on Friday by a Secret Service agent, according to the AP.

His newspaper is asking the McCain campaign why he was asked to leave the backstage area when there were other state reporters in the same area. The other reporters were white.

Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said, “Race played absolutely no role in any actions taken by our employees or anybody else in this case.”

PHOTO: AP

UPDATE: Obama Camp Calls Ludacris Song ‘Outrageously Offensive’

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign calls Ludacris’ song, “Politics (Obama is Here),” “outrageously offensive,” according to the AP.

In the song, the Atlanta rapper, who is an Obama supporter, calls Hillary Clinton a “b—-,” says President George W. Bush is “mentally handicapped,” and that John McCain doesn’t belong in “any chair unless he’s paralyzed.”

In an email, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said:

“As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Sen. Clinton, Rev. Jackson, Sen. McCain and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.

PHOTO: AP

ObamaNation: McCain Says Obama Playing ‘Race Card’

John McCain’s camp is accusing Barack Obama of playing “the race card,” according to the New York Times.

“Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck,’’ Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, said in a statement, citing remarks Obama made on Wednesday, where he said Republicans are scaring voters by pointing out he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

“It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong,” Davis adds.

A spokesman for the Obama campaign said: “This is a race about big challenges…Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they’re using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about.”

Senate (and Obama!) Approve Bush’s Spying

The Senate voted 69 to 28 to pass a bill granting liability protection to telecommunication companies that participated in secret domestic spying for the government after September 11th.

Amending the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the bill allows for the practice of a “no-warrant necessary” surveillance by the government.

Bush, who is expected to sign the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday afternoon, claims, “This bill will help our intelligence professionals learn who the terrorists are talking to, what they’re saying, and what they’re planning.”

Many see the bill as an infringement on civil liberties, and Bush’s detractors (practically the whole country–or at least those who don’t watch Fox News) see this as another overstep and abuse of power by Bush as he nears the end of his term.

More shockingly, though, is Barack Obama’s vote in favor of the bill (John McCain didn’t vote). “Given the choice between voting for an improved yet imperfect bill, and losing important surveillance tools, Senator Obama chose to support” the legislation, his office told the AP.