As Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, cavorts in the Hawaiian sun this week while mulling his running mate, his campaign has prepared an attack ad painting his opponent, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.., as "Washington’s biggest celebrity."
"For decades, he’s been Washington’s biggest celebrity," intones the narrator. "And as Washington embraced him, John McCain hugged right back."
The ad shows McCain on Saturday Night Live and various talk shows, then quickly takes a turn to assailing him as a Bushie and a tool of lobbyists and the oil and pharmaceutical industries.
"Lurching to the right, then the left, the old Washington dance, whatever it takes," the narrator says. "John McCain. A Washington celebrity playing the same old Washington games."
On This Week yesterday, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson sounded as if he’d seen the ad’s script.
"Senator McCain is the Washington celebrity here," said the Democrat.