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Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Lesson for John McCain - never give a self-promoting, talentless celebrity who's on her 14th minute reason to get back into the spotlight...

...and clown you.

Witness:

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Steve Benen at the Carpetbagger Report breaks it down the response:
The McCain campaign actually seems to think this ad has merit. It doesn’t.

But whenever a blond heiress opens her mouth to speak, doesn't McCain automatically perk up his ears?
Asked for a response to the video, the Obama campaign said, literally, “Whatever.”

McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds issued this response: “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.”

My, my, the McCain campaign does come up with the dumbest things to say.

Did they even see the beginning of the ad? You know, the part comparing him to Yoda, the Golden Girls and The Crypt Keeper?

Even dumber considering how, well, dumb it makes McCain look:
That said, watching the Hilton video, a few questions came to mind. First, why is that Paris Hilton’s fake ad includes more substantive talk about energy policy than John McCain’s real ad? Second, if writers helped Hilton with her script, and writers helped McCain with his script, why is it that Hilton seems to have a better grasp on policy details than McCain does? Shouldn’t that be, you know, the other way around?

And third, why is it that a 27-year-old heiress/reality-show star can read a teleprompter better than the presumptive Republican presidential nominee?

Heaven help us if that man wins.

Benen then actually fact-checks Paris' proposals:
Now, I’m loath to actually type the words, “Let’s scrutinize Paris Hilton’s energy policy,” but the McCain campaign seems to seriously believe that her “proposal” not only has merit, but mirrors McCain’s own approach to the issue. For that matter, literally millions of people are going to watch Hilton’s fake-ad today, and some of them might think she raises a legitimate point.

With that in mind, here’s specifically what she said:

"Barack wants to focus on new technologies to cut foreign oil dependency and McCain wants offshore drilling. Well, why don’t we do a hybrid of both candidate’s ideas? We can do limited offshore drilling with strict environmental oversight, while creating tax incentives to get Detroit making hybrid and electric cars. That way, the offshore drilling carries us until the new technologies kick in, which will then create new jobs and energy independence."

It’s a clever little web video, I suppose, but that doesn’t make it right. Indeed, the fact that McCain’s gang likes what she had to say is not at all encouraging.

Coastal drilling can’t “carry us until the new technologies kick in.” Even the Bush administration and McCain’s policy aides concede that we’re about a decade away from new coastal drilling having any kind of effect on the marketplace. And even then, we’re talking about pennies on the gallon. There’s nothing to actually “carry us” at all.

If we really want a “hybrid” plan, the Obama campaign is offering one.

It'd be nice if the MSM gave a damn. Here's a great breakdown.

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