"The McCain campaign’s original plans had called for Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the running mate who has turned Senator John McCain’s campaign events from issues seminars into rock concerts, to peel off from their joint appearances over the weekend and assume her own schedule." 9/9 NY Times

"Wearing a red blazer and rocking 3 inch red heels, she greeted supporters after the rally that were clearly ecstatic to be close to the Vice-Presidential candidate. One woman put her hand on her chest and looked faint after shaking Palin’s hand." - 9/9 FOX News

"This election is not about issues." McCain campaign manager Rick Davis

AdWatch: Celebrity? Celebrity!

Details of a new television ad from John McCain set to begin airing Sunday:

TITLE: "Celebrity? Celebrity!"

LENGTH: 30 seconds.

PRODUCER: Simon Lavitagus.

AIRING: Nationally on cable networks, and select media markets in 17 states.


[Sound: 'Ice Ice Baby'] [Open to black screen: 'Celebrity?' in large white caps]

Announcer: Celebrity. Is it a bad thing?  Madonna. [Image: Madonna on cross] Britney. [Image: pantiless Britney] Vanilla Ice [Image: Vanilla Ice looking tough] This type of celebrity does nothing at all to elevate the human spirit.

[Cut to film of crowd waving 'America Loves Sarah' signs]

Announcer: But there is a different type of celebrity, one that speaks to our hopes, our dreams, and our aspirations. [Image: Michael Phelps with medals] Celebrities that promote caring, dignity, and yes, beauty. [Image: Angelina Jolie with kids] And those who teach us the meaning of courage and perseverance. [Image: John McCain]

[Cut to excited crowd]

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, Ms Sarah Palin! If loving her isn't wrong, then you'll want to vote right. Americans should get the celebrities they deserve, not the ones the elite media think will be 'good' for them.

[Cut to Image: Obama smoking. Sound: 'Ice Ice Baby', mixed with violent coughing. Cue up John McCain video]

John McCain: I'm John McCain, and I approve this message.



©2008, Mark Hoback