In re the below, see also Steve Benen:
The McCain campaign actually seems to think this ad has merit. It doesn’t.
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.
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?
McCain seems to be arguing the following:
Obama < McCain < Paris
Benen praises her great felicity with the teleprompter. I am given to understand that Paris actually memorized her lines. Laughably enough, it's just a natural reminder of the great squandered potential of even faux-aristocrats in democratic times. If Paris put half the energy she's put into dry humping a Western Bacon Cheeseburger and starring in House of Wax into making her way slowly and patiently into representative government, she could succeed easily, and become the Henry Clay of the Hollywood Hills. She is pitch-perfect as the pragmatic liberaltarian the world is hoping for, and she is unafraid to kiss a black man on the lips -- something Barack Obama isn't tough enough to do.
UPDATE: contra Benen see Manzi, who is right, especially about Yoda and subtle digs.