August 2, 2008


McCain: The original political celebrity (CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN, 8/2/08, Politico)

If Barack Obama gave new meaning to the term “political celebrity,” then John McCain helped define it.

He emerged as the most popular Republican in Hollywood following his 2000 presidential primary defeat, winning more screen time than the rest of Congress combined. McCain made cameos in “Wedding Crashers” and “24,” saw his memoir turned into a popular biopic on A&E, and appeared more than 30 times on late night comedy shows.

So this week, when McCain cast Obama’s celebrity as a disqualifier, it seemed like a curious turn. [...]

With his father serving as a top admiral, John McCain first became a household name when he was captured in Vietnam, and even more of one upon his release five years later. The New York Times featured him on its front page. He wrote an acclaimed 12,000-word, first person account for U.S. News and World Report. President Richard Nixon feted him.

So John McCain was famous by the late 1960's because of his war hero status, becoming a cause celebre for the Reagans when the Gipper was governor. He stayed in the Navy until 1981 before running for Congress in '82 and didn't first run for president until he'd served for almost twenty years. In what sense is any of this comparable to Mr. Obama who is a celebrity only as a function of entering politics and is running on nothing but that celebrity?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 2, 2008 5:29 PM

"He emerged as the most popular Republican in Hollywood..."

That's like being the least smelly hobo to the left.

Posted by: Patrick H at August 2, 2008 7:28 PM
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