Obama’s campaign has responded to McCain’s celebrity attack ad with an ad of their own (above). Besides demonstrating that McCain has been far more of a Hollywood celebrity than Obama over the years, it also hits McCain with valid criticism on his policies. After describing the ad, Steve Benen writes:
The spot does a lot in 30 seconds, connecting McCain to Bush, characterizing him as a flip-flopper, hitting McCain’s disconcerting ties to lobbyists, and, of course, putting all of this in the context of “Washington’s biggest celebrity.”
One could probably make the case that the ad has a few too many messages, but overall, I thought it worked just fine, and the mocking tone sounded like the right pitch.
An example of McCain as a celebrity can be seen in this video of his appearance on Saturday Night Live playing the creepy husband:
With all the recent talk of John Edwards’ affair, McCain might not want to have this video shown as it might remind people of what a creepy, cheating husband he really was to his first wife.