The Best Ad Of The Presidential Campaign So Far: “Celebrity”

This is the now infamous “Celebrity” ad…

…and this is Lindsey Graham’s explanation of the ad. Incidentally, this may be the only semi-brilliant thing I’ve ever heard Lindsey Graham say,

“The whole (Celebrity) ad is about the idea of fame without portfolio. Paris Hilton is famous for being famous. She draws a crowd for no apparent reason. Well, I think he has, you know — in Senator Obama’s case, is the effort to be commander in chief and the leader of the free world about portfolio?

He is a celebrity, no question about it. Somebody asked me about Germany. I said, “There goes Germany. We’re going to have to get to 270 without Germany.” (LAUGHTER)

But this is a hysteria around a personality that’s attractive, but when you look under the hood, there’s not a whole lot there. So fame without portfolio is, sort of, fashionable. But leadership without experience is dangerous.” — Lindsey Graham

Incidentally, despite the criticism that has been leveled at McCain over this ad, it is the best ad of the 2008 presidential campaign so far. Why? Because it is…

* Drawing a lot of attention and getting millions of dollars worth of free air time.
* Nails Obama for being against offshore drilling and for higher taxes.
* Points out that Obama is famous for being famous like Paris Hilton, not someone who has shown he is competent to be President.

Some people are saying that McCain needs to be careful about going negative and that it looks unpresidential. There is some truth to that. But, the greater danger with Obama is not being aggressive enough. Not only does Obama have a slew of horrific weaknesses as a candidate, he’s completely unqualified to be President in the first place — but, the mainstream media is acting like an 8 year old kid with a crush, so they’re going to seldom talk about those things. Sure, those of us in the conservative media can point them out, but the reality is that McCain, as the nominee, has a much bigger microphone than we do. He can make the same criticisms we’re making and get them out to the general public. That’s what he did with the “Celebrity” ad and it was a smart decision.

PS: Over at YouTube, this video, which was added July 30, has already received 1,227,604 views and has collected the following honors,

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* Keep in mind that the video has undoubtedly been viewed by millions of people on video sites other than YouTube and by people watching the video on TV.

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