I have never been a fan of attack ads, though every now and again I can appreciate one that is particularly cutting. The recent series of ads that the McCain campaign has launched against Obama’s “celebrity” isn’t one of them. Frankly, I’m not a fan of either candidate, so I shouldn’t care, but this is so far out there that I find it galling not so much for what it says, but for how it might tilt the many sheep of the American electorate. (As you can tell, I’m not a big fan of how the “wretched refuse” goes about choosing their representatives.) It’s a rather cynical ad that doesn’t actually contribute anything useful to the dialog we are supposed to have when choosing a president.
Frankly, at this point I’d rather vote for Paris Hilton. Her “campaign” ad was not only hilarious, but more honest and on-point than almost all of the ads I’ve seen from the presumptive candidates (that energy policy blurb is just killer). Pity that, at 27, she’s still eight years too young to qualify.
Honestly, I’m beginning to think our founders were right: the election of high officials is much too important to leave to the whims of the hoi polloi.
Oh…in case you’re wondering…I’m not going to vote for either likely presidential candidate. They both carry deal-breakers with them into the election. I’m willing to do the ballot thing for all my local stuff, but I simply can’t support one of the prospective POTUSes over the other at this point. If I were, I’d say that McCain’s ads wouldn’t be influencing me in the way his campaign would hope…at least, not directly. Paris in 2016!