August 7, 2008


Porn Star for Obama (Ben Stein, 8/6/2008, American Prospect)

So, as we all know, Senator McCain has finally found his campaign footing. With his commercial showing Paris Hilton and some other starlet then showing Obama with German crowds saying "O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!" and a voice saying, "He's the biggest celebrity in the world...but is he ready to lead?" McCain has limned the key weakness of Obama: or maybe the key weaknesses: He's young and he's more of a rock star than an experienced leader. Maybe he's also a bit exotic.

Anyway, it's a devastating commercial. If you pull on the threads in the commercial, lots of Barack Obama disappears.

How do the Friends of Barack Obama respond? They have Paris Hilton in a tiny bathing suit making fun of John McCain for being old. That's right. Too old. Too wrinkly. Too much gray hair.

Now, this is perfect.

Republicans just need to prepare themselves for the fact that Maverick is going to run yet another lousy campaign and he's going to win anyway. The inside baseball stuff is fun but it doesn't matter. The stuff you have no control over--the basic tectonics of American politics--moves the meter. The Unicorn Rider will play to type because it's his type and Maverick will just grind along in his Bob Dolesque way and the American people will take care of the rest.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2008 8:50 AM

Hate to tell it to you, Orrin, but when exactly did President Dole govern ? Or was he that guy who got pummeled by a certain Willian Jefferson Clinton ? If Dole's the model, America will soon experience "eight to ten years" of Obamaniac rule.

Posted by: Peter at August 7, 2008 10:45 AM

Obama n.e. Clinton

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at August 7, 2008 11:19 AM

Clinton was the incumbent and got less than 50% of the vote vs Dole. Also, McCain is a better candidate than was Dole due to his appeal to moderates and undecideds.

Posted by: Patrick H at August 7, 2008 11:23 AM

Ben Stein must be in on the conspiracy to make Dems think the Hilton Commercial helps Obama.

McCain could pick Paris Hilton as his running mate and win.

Posted by: Bruno at August 7, 2008 11:41 AM

McCain could pick Paris Hilton as his running mate and win.

I don't doubt that. Paris's energy policy is more coherent than Obama's.

Posted by: ic at August 7, 2008 12:53 PM

Bob Dole just got a bad draw--a cycle with Ross Perot running. He'd have won in '88, '92 or '00 and in '96 had the jug-eared loon followed through on his idea of withdrawing and endorsing Dole.

Posted by: oj at August 7, 2008 5:28 PM


I'm pretty sure that Ben Stein isn't writing for the American Prospect.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 7, 2008 7:21 PM
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