Paris Hilton did a response — a really funny one, actually (“Thanks for the endorsement, white haired dude!”)– to McCain’s Celebrity ad,
Whatever you think of Paris Hilton, she deserves some style points for that vid.
As you’d imagine, this immediately made the Drudge Report where it produced this headline,
Indeed, Paris is reputed to be quite the fan of drilling and this isn’t the first video where she has made that clear =D.
But the McCain campaign deserves some credit, too. This is going to produce more views of their celebrity ad and they had a much better response to the whole thing than the Obama campaign,
UPDATE: Obama spokesman Bill Burton reacts: “Whatever.”
UPDATE: McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds emails: “It sounds like Paris Hilton supports John McCain’s ‘all of the above’ approach to America’s energy crisis – including both alternatives and drilling. Paris Hilton might not be as big a celebrity as Barack Obama, but she obviously has a better energy plan.”
Despite the fact that plenty of people, myself included, have panned McCain for running a listless campaign, over the last few weeks, he has done a far better job than Obama and this response typifies it.
Obama is portrayed as cute, but substanceless and his campaign issued a cute and substanceless response, which confirms the stereotype.
Meanwhile, the McCain campaign didn’t get huffy about Paris making jokes at his expense, like the egomaniacal one would have. Instead, they stayed on message and launched a controversial, to-the-point attack on Obama that will get lots of press (Obama is responsible for higher gas prices and is less competent than Paris Hilton).
If you’re trying to convince independents that you’re not old and out of it — or the typical Republican, which, like it or not is John McCain’s shtick — going to Sturgis, poking fun at Barack Obama, and jousting with Paris Hilton is a good way to go about it.