Posted by: David Kiley on August 1, 2008
The argument goes that the McCain ad makers are trying to link Obama with white women the way ads against fomer Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. showed a white woman talking about Ford as a sexy single guy.
The point of the ad was clearly to paint Obama as catnip for the cover of People Magazine, but hardly worthy of the cover of U.S. News and World Report, or BusinessWeek for that matter.
I watched the ad several times, and can;t even find a subliminal suggestion of a racist message. It’s a silly and childish ad, sure. But racist? That’s crazy.
By the way, Paris Hilton’s grandfather was not amused.
According to reports, the McCain campaign office received a furious phone call from Hilton’s grandfather, William Barron Hilton (co-chairman of the Hilton Hotel empire), who took issue with the comparison of Senator Obama to his granddaughter.
Donor records show William Hilton has given $18,400 to the McCain campaign, and $35,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the past two years. Paris’ father, Rick Hilton, has also given $6900 to the McCain campaign.