"Both men have locked up in modes that surely have little interest to voters," declare the WSJ editors this morning, in high dudgeon over that anti-Obama "Celeb" ad we awarded four stars yesterday (Click here to view ad):
Senator McCain's latest "inexperience" TV ad about his opponent opened with fleeting images of celeb babes Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, who likely don't know who he is. The celebrity link was a leap that fell flat.
If that was silly, Senator Obama's verbal crackback at his opponent's criticism was more troubling. Campaigning in Missouri, he said: "So what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, 'He's not patriotic enough, he's got a funny name,' you know, 'He doesn't look like all those other Presidents on the dollar bills.'"
Dog-and-pony shows? Tiny is not amused.
We beg to differ, of course:
1. For us, Barack Obama's race-card tricks are old hat. Why be "troubled" about his legerdemain now? As we blogged way back in December of 2006 when we picked up on something "troubling" the Illinois Senator said that seemed to elude our betters in the mainstream media — that people of our political persuasion are probably "not going to vote for me because I’m African-American" — Obama has been race-baiting Republicans like us from the starting gate.
She much prefers locking up in a mode of "rapt contemplation Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of her name: Her ineffable effable Effanineffable Deep and inscrutable singular Name."
2. As for the WSJ editors' dismissal of the McCain "Celeb" ad's conflation of fans' unquenchable thirst for all things Britney and Paris with Obamaniacs' similarly insatiable appetite for the object of their lust, our friends at the Journal would appear to be projecting their own high-falutin' preferences for low-key, measured, rational debate onto an unwilling populace.
Update: Dogs, ponies, snakes, snails and all things bright and beautiful, including Tiny and Baby, at Modulator's Friday Ark #202.