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GOP calls in the blondes

Posted Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at 8:42 AM

Here we go again.

The latest Republican advertising attack on Barack Obama includes images of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

It's allegedly an attempt to negatively tie in Obama with celebrities in voters' minds.

But I'm convinced there's something deeper involved.

Remember a few years ago when, shortly before the U.S. Senate election in Tennessee, an TV ad showed a blonde woman making flirty comments about Harold Ford Jr.?

It's rerun time. Broadcast an ad showing images of blonde women and a black man and stir up undecided voters who, maybe without realizing it, have problems with mixed-race relationships.

Too bad that some would consider subtle racism has to occur. It's the norm, though: Do whatever it takes to get elected.


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I am sure that there are many subtle efforts made to influence voters on BOTH sides. I often find that the subtle ones hit those who are sensitive to certain subjects and are therefore in the 'eye of the beholder'.

My reaction to the ad was that they were trying to say Obama is style versus substance, but that is just my opinon and the way MY eyes see it.

Just how much experience can a person have with the limited time Obama has served in the Senate. That may be good or bad, but I really do not see much substance nor consistency short term.

I understand someone changing their opinion over time. Having an open mind is good, but changing within days, depending on public opinion polls has me concerned.

Lest one jumps to the conclusion I am for McCain, I am still undecided. I truly wish there was someone running that I could support wholeheartedly, but......

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 11:09 AM

amen Steve

-- Posted by wayner58 on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 1:02 PM

"Broadcast an ad showing images of blonde women and a black man and stir up undecided voters who, maybe without realizing it, have problems with mixed-race relationships"

-- Posted by David Melson

The above previous posting may be the entire point of the photos and if it is, I hope all that might consider voting for a RAG-HEAD gets it. If Obama gets in, the Tyson's ordeal will only be a drop in the bucket of the problems this country will have.

I'm with Steve on one of his comments: I truly wish there was someone running that I could support wholeheartedly, but......

I'm not sure who I'll vote for, McCain's not any better. The only pro he has going for him is that he's a white American.

...and yes I am one who has a problem with mixed-race relationships. Call me a bigot or racist if that's what you wish to do.

-- Posted by time2relax on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 1:54 PM

I heard this on the radio today. To me, Paris Hilton is a non-productive entity. She needs to go make another sex tape and keep her mouth shut.

A political Genius? HA HA HA.

-- Posted by framestraight on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 4:08 PM

Yep, time2relax, you are racist. Anyone who judges another simply based on that person's race is a racist. Disagree with someone based on their statements or actions- that's a higher level of existence. However, judging someone based on race alone is racist. You have lots of company here in Bedford County.

-- Posted by transplant on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 5:01 PM

..and yes I am one who has a problem with mixed-race relationships. Call me a bigot or racist if that's what you wish to do.

-- Posted by time2relax on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 1:54 PM

You may have a problem with it, but the good thing is- nobody needs your approval.

The only "Pro" McCain has is that he is a "white American"... so, in other words those who aren't white or aren't Americans are not as worthy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? It's terribly sad that our founding fathers, whom were here 200 years ago were more open minded than someone living in the 21st century.

Btw, Obama isn't Muslim, I don't know ANY Muslim who attended a CHRISTIAN church for 20 years. And every single church I have been to complains about America, they just don't do it as ferociously as his pastor did on one or two occasions.

As to the ad itself, which was the topic I do believe. It was a pathetic attempt at humor and I am waiting on McCain to have something GOOD to say about HIMSELF, or describe his own plans, ideas, and goals... But I guess that isn't going to happen with sleezy third grade attacks on a candidate who has provided detailed plans about a majority of his ideas and goals.

From Yahoo:

"You can't be a maverick when politically it's working for you and not a maverick when it doesn't work for you, when you received your party's nomination," Obama said.

"If Senator McCain wants to talk about how Washington is broken, that's a debate I'm happy to have. Because Senator McCain's energy plan reads like an early Christmas list for oil and gas lobbyists. It's no wonder -- because many of his top advisers are former oil and gas lobbyists," Obama said.

Obama said it only took McCain 26 years serving in the U.S. Congress to figure out there are problems in the U.S. capital.

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 6:49 PM

There's more than one way that this ad could backfire.

Note that the persons they want you to perceive as vapid,unworldly,irresponsible publicity addicts look like the poster children for Aryan purity.

(Even Nichole Richie is blonde.)

This could make people think twice about putting power in the hands of anyone but a brunette.

Think about it.

The wise,down-to-earth folks are generally depicted as dark-haired while even positive portrayals of blondes might show them as vulnerable and naive.

A dark-haired menace is usually clever and determined even if he or she turns out to be shallow and ruthless.

Isn't Miley considered nicer than her pale-tressed alter-ego,Hanna Montana?

The anti-blonde bigots might ponder which candidate is more apt to have Goldilocks in his family tree.

The people who are tired of sterotypes might ask whether the McCain camp could have found a way to raise the question of Obama's fitness without invoking these celebutantes.

The problem with criticizing a foe for age,race,party,creed,etc. is that some of one's friends might fit those same categories.

Some of the sorriest people around might belong to the "correct" groups.

We need to look at the individual (good or bad).

There's a reason we have had to outgrow our prejudices and the public policies based on them.

Can you imagine having segregation now?

We'd have to have separate (but equal!) facilities for each "race" plus one for each variation of hybrids.

(If the groups are to be kept homogenous,one can't risk a romance between a Eurasian and a Mestizo.)

We can't afford to look at different ethnicities as if they were another species.

We belong to one race: the human race.

"Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination" isn't just for celebrating aboard Federation starships.

We all run the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous.

We can all betray our humanity or be a "credit to our race".

It's easier to make jokes or insults when one doesn't have to look from the general to the specific.

Looking at people as individuals brings up the concept of personal responsibility.

It doesn't appear that such a practice would be too popular where superficial innuendoes would serve our agenda better.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 6:55 PM

Personally I could care less who Paris Hilton or Britany Spears endorses..to me that is like making a big deal out of Obama Girl.

There are too many other valid reasons not to vote Obama, McCain should stick with those.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 8:07 PM

There are too many other valid reasons not to vote Obama, McCain should stick with those.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 8:07 PM

Apparently he couldn't find many "valid reasons"... Why doesn't McCain talk about what HE IS GOING TO DO, because by now we know all about what McCain is against, let's find out what he's for... besides illegal wars and oil executives...

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 9:24 PM

7/29/05 Vote 213: H R 6: Offered tax breaks and incentives in what supporters said was an effort to spur oil and gas companies to provide innovative wasy to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, conserve resources and reduce pollution.

Senator Obama's vote on this resolution: Aye...hmm...I thought McCain was the one that was all for the oil companies.

6/22/06 Vote 181: S 2766: This amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill would have set a firm deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

On this one that would have set a "firm deadline" for withdrawal from Iraq, for some reason Senator Obama voted nay. I thought he wanted a firm deadline for withdrawal.

No wonder he wants change...he's changed his mind twice already...just on these two topics.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 10:16 PM

Oh and David, are you serious? I would have expected something like this coming from either the "Reverend" Jackson or the "Reverend" Sharpton, but not from a professional journalist. I understand that the blogs are solely for opinions (although everyone else gets thrashed about the head and shoulders if they don't back up their opinions with facts), but this is really a bit of a stretch don't you think? You're the first one from which I've heard this particular slant. Maybe you've got some issues that you need to have addressed.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 10:23 PM

You forgot to mention the 29 Oil and Natural Gas Lobbyists working for McCain's campaign ;)

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 10:23 PM

McCain's not the one out there preaching against the oil companies. That would be YOUR candidate.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 10:57 PM

So, then how is he going to lower gas prices when he has millionaires who profit from oil, running his campaign. Right, Thom.

And McCain was opposed to offshore drilling until, umm this year... Just like Obama, yet you never mention both sides to the story.

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 11:02 PM

I noticed a remark from Senator Obama the other day stating, "We are what we have been looking for." Well if hasn't found himself by now, do you think there is a good chance he may never find himself. Maybe thats the reason he has only worked, according to what I read, 43 day at the job he was elected to do. Maybe he cant find the senate chambers either.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 11:05 AM

Does anybody really pay much attention to mudslinging campaign ads, from either party. I like them for their entertainment value and thats about it. I cant see how this ad could be construed as racist though. Thats kind of silly. I think everybody is just itching to push the race button 24/7.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 11:56 AM

cherokee2

John Mccain is the one who hasn't been to work this year.

McCain has missed 63.3% of votes in the 100th Congress, including such 15 separate environmental votes (as cited by the League of Conservation Voters).

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that as the GOP chastised Democrats for going on vacation House Minority Leader John Boehner managed to fit in a round of golf in Ohio and McCain was on the cusp of hitting the "four-month anniversary of the last time [he] actually cast a vote in the Senate."

For the record, Barack Obama has missed 282 votes (44.8%) during the current Congress, according to the Washington Post. Though he is not, like McCain, lambasting Congress for its inaction.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/04...

-- Posted by mayberry on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 8:42 PM

How about THAT for some In Yo Face TRUTH.

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 10:38 PM

My personal opinion is that no matter what office you are running for, you should resign your present job, campaign in your off hours or use vacation time. If I ever decided to run for any office at any level that would be what I would have to do. I think folks with credibility might be running for office instead of not doing their job while campaining.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 11:03 PM

The solution to this campaigning issue is simple.

We only allow candidates to campaign using pencils, cards, yards, signs, and nail files. And one air plane banner, everything else is punishable by death.

See.

It's a simple concept.

-- Posted by Monkey Killer on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 9:14 AM

What's the nail file for? I like your ideas, except for the death part.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 11:56 AM

Don't you remember when candidates used to pass out those cheap nail files with there voting slogan on them?

They are much more conventional than pencils.

-- Posted by Monkey Killer on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 12:02 PM

A little more useful than pencils these days also.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 12:54 PM

Very poor choice of political ads. Still waiting on him to quit talking about what Obama can't do and begin telling us what John McCain CAN do...

Besides continuing a war, what will he do for THIS country?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 9:53 PM

It is interesting to see how many people are pro republican. I don't understand it. What is it? Family values. Let's think about this since republicans have been in office, there is a higher rate of inflation, enormous job loss and layoffs, mortgage foreclosures that have hit record highs, torture (my all time favorite)that seems to be ok in America now,which by the way used to be personna non grata. Low pay scales, how many people do you know making more than $10 an hour. No benefits - you know hospitalization, etc, no real jobs just temp staffing. Wars, jobs overseas, Oh, gas prices up to the max, grocery prices up because of gas prices, and most of the country are making the lowest wages ever. That is, if they have a job. Fear is at an all time high, fear of the "enemy" fear of losing these lousy jobs, fear of getting sick and not having insurance. We won't even go with selling out debt to the Chinese. We are trillions in debt and the communists have the IOU. What the heck is that about? Fear of not being able to have a car cuz you can't afford the gas. Fear that someone will hear you say bad things about the president and he will come after you. Fear of reprisals at work if you complain about the hours, fear of reprisals, period. Fear is the main thing that has been touted by the republicans since they took office. I wouldn't vote for them if the only thing running against them was a turnip. The turnip would be my choice. However, Mr. Obama seems to have a good head on his shoulders, he's upbeat, he's a family man, he's not cheating on his wife. I think she'd kill him if he did! and he's black, well not really he's mocha. So what, let's get over the color thing. He's smart, clever, dresses nice and is energetic. Who needs that stumbling old man who can't get out a sentence without mumbling and uh uh uhing his way through. I could not tolerate five minutes of that. Oh, by the way, while MR. McCain was a POW, his first wife was at home, she was in a car accident and it was extremely serious. She didn't want him to know so she waited for him to return. She suffered in silence. He came back, saw she wasn't model pretty anymore and started cheating on her. Quite a guy, that ole boy. So, I think I'll be in the black guy's corner. Don't need any more of that. If Ms. McCain became deformed, we'll be back to square one, "THe Cheating Game." I'll take my chances with the democrats.

-- Posted by leChat on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 2:34 PM

I am not backing the republlicans, just defending them in this instance. All I hear is how bad McCain will be and how good Obama will be, without a reason why. I know McCain will bad but I dont know why everyone thinks Obama will be so good.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 5:09 PM

Because he isn't just like Bush... Which is what you'll get when you vote for McCain...

leChat,

GREAT comments... People want to discuss John Edwards cheating, yet fail to see what McCain did to his wife, whom he didn't divorce before obtaining a marriage license. Isn't that bigamy otherwise known as illegal?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 6:15 PM

"Because he isnt just like Bush", thats a good reason to vote. Thats the exact answer I was expecting.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Aug 15, 2008, at 11:09 AM

Of course it is... and it is the reason 50,000,000 people will not vote for McCain this year.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 6:00 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.