McCain’s campaign ads: James Bond, Lies, Paris and Britney

I am confounded by the attention given to the new John McCain ad that calls Barack Obama a ‘celebrity’ and through imagery ‘compares him’ to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.  McCain has made these types of amateurish accusations of Obama in an ad campaign that is approved by John McCain.   This is the same John McCain who indicated that he would run a clean campaign.

Instead, he’s called Obama ‘Dr. No’ in a parody of the 1962 James Bond movie of the same name.  In the ad, McCain accuses Obama of shooting down every McCain energy proposal.

In ‘Troops’, McCain claims that Obama snubbed the troops because the Pentagon refused him of a photo-op.  Instead, he went to the gym and played basketball – with the troops.  McCain’s campaign later apologized for the false information released in that ad.

The ad ‘Pump’ blames Obama for the skyrocketing price of gas.

McCain misstates Obama’s support for the troops in ‘Troop Funding.’

In ‘Seal’, Obama is accused of using Photoshop in order to create his own campaign seal.  Then it demonstrates the use of Photoshop on some of our great American landmarks – The Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

The ad’s that aren’t used to assail Obama usually concentrate on McCain’s service in the military and as a POW (‘Love’, ‘Service’).

You can see all of John McCain’s campaign ads on his campaign website:

The current ad, ‘Celeb’ equates Obama’s celebrity status to that of Britney and Paris?  Really?

The text makes even less sense.  This is just another ad that is a waste of time to debunk. 

Announcer:             He’s the biggest celebrity in the world.

But, is he ready to lead?

With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling.

And says he’ll raise taxes on electricity.

Higher taxes, more foreign oil, that’s the real Obama.

McCain:                   I’m John McCain and I approved this message.


The previous ads released by McCain received minimal media attention yet this is the ad the media decided to cover?  I know it isn’t the text since it is unoriginal.  It is almost a greatest hits of sorts. 

And then it struck me.  What do the media love?  They love the sex symbol stories.  This ad didn’t catch on with the media because it uncovered something new about Obama nor does it address a concern that the American voters have to face. 

This ad quenches the media’s thirst for the salacious story.  It doesn’t just have Britney or Paris.  It has both!   The media can now bring out all of their old footage about Britney and Paris and their BFF’s.  They must have goose bumps. 

While speaking at a town hall in Racine, Wisconsin, McCain demonstrated his regret for his campaign’s releasing of such a childish video. Not really.  Here is what McCain really said about ‘Celeb’ today.

We are proud of that commercial.  We think Americans need to know that I believe that we should base this campaign on what we can do for Americans here at home and how we can make America safe and prosperous and that’s the theme of our campaign.”

How does this ad accomplish this, John.


Update:  The Obama campaign has released the following statement.

“On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking Senator McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another,” Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said. “Or, as some might say, ‘Oops! He did it again.’  Our dependence on foreign oil is one of the greatest challenges we face. In this election the American people have a real choice — between Obama’s plan to provide tax rebates to American families while creating a renewable energy economy in America that frees us from our dependence on foreign oil, and Senator McCain’s plan to continue the same failed energy policies by handing out nearly $4 billion in tax breaks to oil companies while investing almost nothing in the new energy sources that represent our future.”



2 responses to “McCain’s campaign ads: James Bond, Lies, Paris and Britney

  1. McCain is running a strict issue-driven campaign.
    The issue is Barack Obama. If he can scare enough voters away from Obama with these specious ads, he’ll win by default.
    This is what is known as Rovian politics, which I was under the impression McCain opposed…

  2. When all you have are issues, like McCain has, you must stick with them.
    I believe McCain was the first national recipient of a Rovian attack.