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Making the Rounds

McCain Girls Are Your New Jalopy

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Barack Obama had the Obama Girl, but now John McCain has a troop of "girls" of his own.

On March 14th, the self-proclaimed "McCain Girls" released a YouTube video "It's Raining McCain," which quietly sat in YouTube limbo for a week until being picked up by The Huffington Post late Friday. On Saturday, the video started to go viral and has now picked up so much steam -- and more than 218,000 views, which is a lot, considering the excruciating material -- that it has become a "most blogged" video, according to Google Video.

Still unanswered, however, is the question of whether the video's stars are any more authentic than Amber Lee Ettinger's Obama Girl. Ettinger was a hired model who lip-synced her way through "I've Got a Crush...On Obama," a video written and produced by a political comedy group. But when the New Jersey Democratic primary came around, Ettinger failed to vote for her chosen man, or even cast a ballot at all.

An e-mail query to the McCain Girls on YouTube was met with silence, as was a query to the McCain campaign itself. Dana "DHinMI" Houle from DailyKos wrote that the video had to be "an example of an apparent dirty tricks campaign by some Democrat somewhere." But perhaps Duncan Black of Eschaton put it best when he wrote, "I believe the YouTube era begins the age when it is impossible to tell parody/irony/performance art from completely sincere product."

One clue to the video's likely origin comes from Mario Ruiz, the vice president of media relations for both the Huffington Post and its partner site A joint collaboration between the Huffington Post and IAC -- Barry Diller's internet company -- 23/6 video is "a comedy news site," said Ruiz.

And it's where, he says, the HuffPo got the video in the first place.

Fair warning: This may make your ears bleed.

Posted at 3:41 PM ET on Mar 24, 2008  | Category:  Making the Rounds
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The one of the far right is smokin hot!!! The other two...ehh...

Posted by: Bobby | April 11, 2008 6:45 PM

Posted by: Frank Olson | April 8, 2008 4:00 PM

That was seriously painful... I didn't make it all the way to the end... I crumbled. I couldn't have wished for a more hideous "music" video for McCain!

Posted by: DogBitez | March 24, 2008 9:44 PM

simply awful, on every level.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 24, 2008 9:29 PM

But have you seen the "McCain Media"?

Here is the feature line-up of the media
supporting John McCain's bid for president.....

The Washington Post
The New York Times
The Los Angeles Times
The Washington Times
The New York Daily News
The Wall Street Journal
FOX News
Just to mention a few!

You might ask, "Why are all these corporate media outlets giving John McCain a big hurrah or a pass on all criticism??"

Because John McCain is in a position to advance Big Media's financial futures. He has hired lobbyists from Big Media and all of them (including the Washington Post) are banking on him winning. That translates into favorable coverage or ignoring his problems. Like the fact that his campaign is being run by lobbyists from Big Media with a direct line to the news desks.

Here is an article to support my claim in case you think this is anything other than serious business- Original from USA Today

Snip- " McCain is a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the telecom industry and the Federal Communications Commission. He has repeatedly pushed industry-backed legislation since 2000, particularly during a second stint as committee chairman from 2003 through 2005. His efforts to eliminate taxes and regulations on telecommunications services won him praise from industry executives."

Posted by: fishingriver | March 24, 2008 8:04 PM

Ouch. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that I live in a land where there's Free Speech. I can't wait till the walker-girls from The Producers join in.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 24, 2008 7:15 PM

Actually "The McCain Girls" came in fourth. Comimg in third was Jimmy Kimmels'girl, Sara with " I'm f**cking Matt Damon", In second was Jimmy Kimmel with "I'm f**cking Ben Affleck". And coming in first was George Bush and Dick Cheney starring in "We're f**cking America".

Posted by: oicic1 | March 24, 2008 6:56 PM

A good laugh! We all need that now. This campaign has gotten stalled on peripherals. The McCain Girls have nothing on Obama Girl.

Seriously. Let's laugh, then let the campaign get back to the issues votes depend on.

You know, around the world they think we're nuts, the way we run our campaigns to choose the U.S. President!


Posted by: cbcb1 | March 24, 2008 6:53 PM

Oh. My. God. LOLOLOL!

Posted by: nonagon | March 24, 2008 6:50 PM

I think the "end of any argument about our education system" era begins when it is possible for someone to take this video seriously.

Posted by: kemurph | March 24, 2008 6:41 PM

I thought the video was very appropriate for Senator McCain. It would have been better if the girls were a wee bit older, say, twenty years.

Posted by: johng1 | March 24, 2008 6:28 PM

I don't think this will HELP his campaign. LOL.

Posted by: slreese_md | March 24, 2008 6:23 PM

Ugh, American Idol rejects without the Simon Cowell humor.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 24, 2008 5:10 PM

LOL! Ladies,

DO NOT quit your other Day Jobs.

As far as one of the lines, be aware that that line is already reserved.

President to be John McCain announces:

Mitt Romney is my VP!

And the Tabernacle Choir in Millions part harmony with Conservatives everywhere Loudly Sing:


Posted by: rat-the | March 24, 2008 3:54 PM

I actually think that McCain's daughter's blog is much better:

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2008 3:50 PM

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