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Gossip Blogs Fact Check McCain

Updated 5:20 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Sen. John McCain appears to have opened a can of worms online with his campaign's latest ad, "Celeb," launching the always catty gossip blogs into an improbable frenzy of fact-checking.

Start with Gawker, which today reblogs ONTD's (that's "Oh No They Didn't" to the uninitiated) report that the parents of McCain ad target Paris Hilton, Rick and Kathy Hilton, are maxed out donors to McCain.

Further investigation by The Trail confirms the report and shows that Paris Hilton's grandfather, Hilton Hotels chairman William Barron Hilton, is also a Republican donor -- a major one. While he backed McCain to the tune of $1,000 in 1999, this year he supported McCain opponent former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani with a $2,300 donation in 2007. Once McCain clinched the nomination, the senior Hilton gave him the maximum, too. And he has donated $35,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee since 2006.

"Did you forget the idle rich are kind of a key Republican constituency or something?" asks Gawker writer Ryan Tate, under the headline "Hiltons Probably Regretting Their McCain Donations." (William Barron Hilton has also given generously to Democratic leaders.)

Credit Hollywood uberblog TMZ with the scooplet picked up by ONTD. "This has gotta hurt. We did some digging and found Rick and Kathy Hilton gave the John McCain campaign $4,600 this year, and Johnny boy has now taken a shot at their lil' girl," write the TMZ staffers. You can see PDFs of the Hiltons's donor forms here.

TMZ's verdict on McCain's choice of celebrity targets? Not only is he wrong about their political leanings -- he's out of touch. Writes TMZ:

Note to John McCain: Britney and Paris? Really? Dude, that's soooooo 2007.

This just in -- there's a whole new crop of worthless undeserving "famous for being famous" people to choose from now -- Kim Kardashian? Heidi Montag?

While TMZ is just as harsh on Obama's response to McCain ("He totally wussed out!!!"), its point on Spears is, as any casual reader of US Weekly could tell you, dead on. Spears was a figure of fun in the celeb gossip sphere as long as her antics seemed wild and "crazy," but her commitment to a UCLA psychiatric hospital in January and a subsequent Los Angeles Superior Court decision granting her father conservatorship over her medical care, assets, and day-to-day activities knocked her off the must-to-mock list, as even the most hardened editors decided the troubled woman's erratic behavior now held a lessened entertainment value and she herself began to live a less drama-filled life.

Indeed, the Los Angeles Times reported just yesterday that since Spears has been under her father's supervision, there has been "a recession in the Britney market," as her more sedate behavior now provides less material for the paparazzi or celeb blogs and magazines.

Little wonder then she fails to rank in the top 25 of this year's "The Celebrity 100" list.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 31, 2008; 3:05 PM ET
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Posted by: ламинат | August 12, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse


How old were you at the time? The McGuire Sisters, and most especially Phyllis McGuire, were the subjects of a 1995 HBO movie called Sugartime, which depicted her relationship with Giancana. Giancana was played by actor John Turturro, and Phyllis was played by Mary Louise Parker.

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Seems McCain talks about character and patriotism, I wonder why he hasn't disclosed his PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) diagnosis and won't mention the fact that he attempted suicide twice while in captivity in Vietnam. There some real questions about his ability to deal with stress. The inability to control anger is a common trait of PTSD and his attempted suicides indicate lapses in sound judgment. There is also the question about his cooperating with his Communist captors. The term "Manchurian Candidate" has come up on a few occasions. It is one thing to question another persons character, it is another to be one who is lacking it.

Posted by: Alonzo M | August 1, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain's reaction to Obama's near Presidential reception in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Western Europe seems all the more understandable after reading Robert Kaiser's "The curious mind of John McCain," in the Washington Post(8/1). Robert describes McCain as a complicated man who is more inclined to make decisions based on emotions than to a logical approach. Although, he studiously reads the tomes of the day, he still reacts to national and international problems by conjoining his experiences of Vietnam to latter day problems. Kaiser further says that McCain is highly self critical when it comes to problem results.
Now I understand some of his reactions to include his temper flashes. The emotion just consumes him and he momentarily loses control.
I used to work with a woman who was the same way. She was very studious and intellectual when it came to books but real life upset her and she often lashed out at those who disagreed with her sometimes over insignificant differences.

Posted by: Casper | August 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain is coming off looking like a dirty, nasty old man (hate saying "old" as I am the same age). I used to have respect for him, but no more. The more I read about him and see his actions, the less I respect him. Perhaps he needs to get rid of his Rove attack dogs and start concentrating on the problems we face in this country and what he would do to fix them.

Posted by: Utahreb | August 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is so ridiculous by not keeping with the issues at hand which are so very important. I have been watching Barack since before he even said he was running in the primaries. I watched Hillary when she was running and even McCain to give them all a chance. Barack is the person that is most qualified to be President.

Posted by: Cher | August 1, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain is the best person to be president...NOT! He voted with Bush more than 95% of the time. His wife, whom he married a month after dumping his disabled first wife, is worth 100M+ and wears a new 1K+ suit daily on the campaign trail. John wears $500+ loafers and surrounds himself with oil company lobbiests to guide him. Are we not lucky to have such a principled candidate?

Posted by: GLM | August 1, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, they're old news, but he had to use names anyone likely to vote for him would recognize. I love the contribution thing though. Maybe GWB, McCain, and Obama are gifts from God that will finally kill of conservatism in spite of Democratic ineptness. The whole Bush presidency is like an allegory gone wild. Hopefully future 'gifts from God' will be less painful to unwrap.

Posted by: Richard Waddell | August 1, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I love it. The ad shows how jealous McCain is now that 200K folk waving the American flag were in a daze over a person who has been on the American political scene like 0% of McCain time on same scene. It appears our noun, verb, I am a POW is desperate for the attention given Obama by the American and world media, in addition to just plain votes, that he is willing to risk his supposed fair play reputation and straight talk buses on a two bit ad with wannabe Marilyn Monroes.

You're doing a heck of a job Johnnie. Rove would be proud of you.

Posted by: The CP29 | August 1, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

What a maverick! Oh, McCain, you've done it again. You probably couldn't stop laughing when your people showed you THIS ad. Thanks for providing the entertainment this summer. Too bad you didn't think this was a serious election.

By the way, your tax policies help the Britneys and Parises of the country and hurt the little guys - the opposite of Obama. I guess that's why the Hilton family has been backing you to the hilt.

The American public has proven it can be distracted by absurd advertising from the Republicans, but this year they see America crumbling around them and they don't want the same old Republican song and dance.

Posted by: Chuck | August 1, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama himself has compared his popularity to Paris Hilton. The media has also mentioned his celebraty status, McCain is bringing up an issue that is apparently a legitimate part of the campaign.

Here is a clue, if you do not want an issue brought up, then do not bring it up yourself in a campaign. Otherwise, it is a valid issue to discuss.

Posted by: win | August 1, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

haven't forgotten the attacks from McCain on Obama's Foreign Policy strategy. McCain called Obama, naive, unpatriotic, dangerous and would not keep America safe. Isn't it amazing that McCain, President Bush,Iraqi Politicians (President, PM),Afghan president,Israeli PM,President, All the European Leaders he visited (Germany, France & England) has the thrown their wholehearted support behind Sen Obama foreign policy. I don''t hear anything more about the Surge. So much for Obama not being fit or ready to be POTUS. That leaves McShame only one route to the presidency. McShame is counting on the voters not being informed, Since McLame cannot win on the issues, he has chosen an unethical road paved with untruths, lies & distortions. McCain new strategy is "If you can''t get win thru brilliance, baffle them with B-ll S-it" Not this time, not this year and definitly this presidential election. America deserves an intelligent, honest, vibrant, caring leader.

Obama 08

Posted by: Elitist | August 1, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I just heard that another 51,000 Americans have lost there jobs, Millions of Americans do not have health care, an obsolete energy plan, and many other important issues not talked about by McCain. It is as if McCain has realized that he cannot compare with Obama on the issues, so his only hope of winning is to start trying to define Obama as an Elitist, Risky, Unpatiotic, frivolous and dangerous. McCain vowed he would run a clean & honorable campaign and make the distinction between himself and Obama on the issues. In the last couple of weeks the ads and statements out of McCain's camp has been distorted,twisted, dishonest, outright lies & unethical. The MSM has also some blame to share for reporting untruths without a disclaimer i.e., "We cannot vouch for the truthfullness of this Ad". I was really hoping that the debates would be interesting and that the battle would be about issues, I know that won't happen now. How could Obama have a battle of wits with McCain, when McCain is acting like a senile idiot!

Obama 08

Posted by: Elitist | August 1, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

the Dingo's ate my babies.....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 1, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

I did not know how to best characterize Senator B. Hussain Obama until I saw Senator McCain's Ad. I think the ad is right on the spot to describe Senator Obama. Obama is very phony. It is pity that Democrats used Affirmative Action Policy to overrule Hillary Clinton, just like Obama relied on Affirmative Action Policy to get into Harvard Law School and be offered a "tenured full professorship" at the University of Chicago Law School without publishing a "single" piece of scholarly work or legal opinion throughout his entire career. Let's elect Hillary rather than the Celebrity Obama.

Posted by: RedAmerican1 | July 31, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes Cindy is cute, a look-alike-Britney-and-Paris!!!

Posted by: imagination | July 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The Debate Rages On...
Gossip Blogs Fact Check McCain
Updated 5:20 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Thank you for wecloming me
And allow me to congratulate you for your present article


Racism, more particularly anti-Black racism, shows itself in many ways. But the general public is only aware of the visible tip of the iceberg: race riots, various kinds of segregation and obvious racist remarks. The other part of the iceberg, while less visible, is fundamentally more important and never ceases to affect human life. It constitutes, in short, a heavy handicap in inter-human relations and even blocks the road leading to scientific progress.

One scientist who has found this to be true is Professor Carl Sagan, the famous astrophysicist from NASA. Through the careful study of cutting-edge research in astrophysics, among other areas, he was able to detect a set of anti-Black prejudices which, in his opinion, hinder progress and represent brakes on the pursuit of new discoveries in the Space Age.

Professor Sagan's astute observation provoked a positive and yet critical reaction on the part of Mr. Lucien Bonnet, a member of the Black community in Canada and a specialist in optics, that "exclusive preserve of the scientific world, that beloved field whose seemingly complicated and dangerous approaches are actually transparently obvious".

The Western world, accepting Newton's theory, has declared that white is the synthesis of all the colors; actually, according to Mr. Bonnet, the reverse is true: white is the "visible" analysis or breaking-down of light or colors, where as black is the "invisible" synthesis or compounding of colors.

In other words, according to the author's thesis, darkness or blackness and thus, by extension, "Black Holes", are a source of energy and light.

This raw material of light energy culminates, at its highest degree of radiation, in the neutralization of all the colors of the spectrumin the form of "white light", to use the common term.

Consequently, "absolute blackness", the absorption of all colors, is a divisible compound of light. Without any doubt, Newton's theory, in excluding black, provides only a partial interpretation of the concept of light. Lucien Bonnet's thesis is intended to show that black is not only an integral part of the light process but the true synthesis of it. In this view, the concept of light is thus seen to be a "divisible" whole including a range of intensities (or colors), where black is the "invisible" (or absorbed) form of light energy.

It was in order to introduce this new scientific vision of optics that Mr. Bonnet addressed the above-mentioned, particularly relevant, letter to Professor Sagan.

This letter, published in booklet form, aroused considerable interest in Canadian and Haitian circles.

In Canada, two prestigious publications -- Le Devoir and Le Québec Industriel -- mentioned it. While the 17th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union was taking place in Montreal in August 1979, Quebec's Telemedia Network, including Montreal television station Télémétropole, interviewed the author, Lucien Bonnet.

In Haiti, the weekly magazine Le Patriote republished in its entirety the document sent to Dr. Sagan.

Aware that the ideas contained in that document might be of interest to the Christian world, the author also sent it to the highest authorities of the Catholic Church, as well as to the Supreme Pontiff, His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

A full understanding of the elements making up this subject will doubtless help the reader to consider color problems, like those of optics and racism, more serenely and objectively from now on.

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Posted by: Lucien BONNET | July 31, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy got elected before Watergate. Watergate changed everything- now the press doesn't keep secrets for anyone.

McCain married into the mob. He can't be POTUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

There's a name from the past. Sam Giancana was living next door to us when we lived in Coral Ridge Florida. He was living with Phyllis McGuire at the time. My dad used to play Gin with him almost every morning.

That's just historical fact -- Google JFK and "Sam Giancana" -- no one should take that as a threat by me against Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:33 PM

Posted by: xxxxxxxx | July 31, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain's camp really is the "gang who couldn't shoot straight." Not only is McCain's camp stooping to the lowest common denominator of attack and defame but they can't even do it right! They make fun of their own contributors? They use 3 year old celebrities? It only shows how out of touch the 71 year old McCain and his cronies are. Pathetic.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | July 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

That's just historical fact -- Google JFK and "Sam Giancana" -- no one should take that as a threat by me against Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't imagine the McCain campaign cares a whit about the Hiltons' contributions, or who they offend by their ad selection, unless they actually check to see if the people in the ad other than their candidate approve of their images being used this way. Oh, NOW they find out the Hiltons are huge GOP benefactors.
Interesting fix this is...
As former Rove associates, the folks running the McCain campaign will use everything possible to stain, distort and undermine Obama's image. That's what they did to Kerry in '04, to Gore in '00, the the dems in general in both '02 and '04. Race is only one of the poisons they will call upon, and as indirectly and as deniably as possible. Expect them to hammer these themes home endlessly, relentlessly, numbingly, in part to engage the dems and the press in a major sideshow, avoiding real issue discussion, AND to so turn off voters that they are less likely to actually vote, so turning them off to the process that they see all politicians as corrupt and self serving - "why bother?". Voter suppression this way is the actual purpose, it has worked very well for them in the past, and the 'race card' is the reddest of red herrings to get us all recruited into the biggest and most convoluted brawl they can start, and as early as possible, preferably in the run up to the conventions. Watch for news of automated phone calls and anonymous innuendo by email in all the swing states. It's not politics so much as abuse of power and privilege they seek. Oh yeah, and the end of legitimacy for democratic government and for democratic ideals. Scratch your average 'True Patriot' Republican and that's what you find these days, sadly...

Posted by: Jess | July 31, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy was "compromised" by the mob too -- he still got elected -- of course, several years later ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Looks like McCain married into the mob...

Compromise: (verb) To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute:

Can't have a compromised POTUS

End of story. End of McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Gimme Britteny or Paris...I think they are hot. I was going to vote for McCain, but now that these hotties hang with Barack, I'm switching parties and going to vote for Obama in November...maybe I can get a date with Britteny. She has a really nice pinkachoo...

Posted by: D-O-M | July 31, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't get why the ad would "offend" either young lady?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

He should have checked, Spears is one of his supporters.
Another McCain strike out. Offending the daughter of a 2X contributor (Hiltons) in a cheep-shot political ad and also Spears with her personal issues---McCain is really out of touch, again, yet!

Posted by: Lou R | July 31, 2008 4:30 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

If the economy gets to bad Hookers are the only thing we are going to have.No to price gouging. Oh, and maybe Nostrodomas was not right.

Posted by: Patrick | July 31, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

If I fill out an application for a job I am not required to put my race, and that is our protocol in this age. The real problem is why is Exxon, and other oil companies allowed to price gouge our country? Canada stoped the oil company's form getting away with it, when they started to do the same.Why are thy getting away with it.Any loan, price, or to take away money from (insurance) ,to extream , and cause financial hardships, should be outlawed, and is price gouging. Ask the Airline Industry!!

Posted by: Patricia | July 31, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I hear McCain only "dates" the hookers that look like Britney and Paris.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis the campaign manager for McCain now says, THE CANDIDATE DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE McCain CAMPAIGN.

What does that mean, really?

This reminds me of Lewis Black's joke about Bush needing handlers, and the bit he did like Bush was a trained bear:
To wit, dear citizens:
McCain has spoken of his own free will about social security and how it might be funded if there were a compromise, but.... Rick Davis says, we must disregard that comment, as it was not approved. Hmmm. I am wondering if we have entered the Ron Reagan second term already, where Nancy was the only one who knew that Ron had Alzheimer's. We now need to wait and see if Rick Davis approves McCain's comments. What if the 3 AM phone rings? Who is going to answer? Cindi? Karl Rove? Lewis Black?
The mind boggles.

Posted by: bruce becker | July 31, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"McCain can do substantive AND fluff at the same time ; )"

And Jake can do discipline and pleasure at the same time. Down before the McCain photo, you rat! You like old people, don't you, maggot? You wish McCain was here to massage your, uh, ego, but it's just me Jagged JakeD.

You can call me the Mistress of Pain, maggot.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

How many adulteries did McCain confess to in his bio?
More than Bill Clinton?
More than Paris Hilton?

And now, Rick Davis says, McCain didnt speak for the campaign when McCain said social security may need to increase the tax on persons making over $250K. Oh no. Do you think they can afford it? McCain said he may need to compromise on that issue.
Imagine that. Honesty for a moment, but wait, Rick Davis the campaign manager now says, THE CANDIDATE DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE McCain CAMPAIGN. What does that mean, really?

Posted by: Bruce | July 31, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain is famous too, only in a weird way. He was beat up when he was a prisoner, and now he approves torture by the CIA.

He speaks in public too, but he usually forgets the details or just plain messes up. The latest greatest, maybe of all time, is that his campaign said of him yesterday, MCCain DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE McCain Campaign. Who does?

Rick Davis, the lobbyist?
Since when is it said of a candidate, that they dont have the right to speak for themselves? Does Rick Davis know more about the memory issue than we do? Is there dementia now?
Incipient Alzheimer's. Why would anyone say of a candiate for president that they dont speak for their own campaign? Isnt that the opposite of presumptuous? What IS the opposite of presumptuous? Not ready for prime-time? Alzheimer's LITE?

Posted by: Bruce | July 31, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

So McCain is the celebritard president celebritard, trust funders have been paying for.

Posted by: Weezus | July 31, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

This just in: McCain claims Obama is using the race card, Pat Buchanan gains the political equivalent of a h##d on.

News at 11 on MSNBC.

In other news: McCain's oldness and ineptitude continues to infect members of his own campaign. Rick Davis is reportedly near complete brain death from the outbreak.

Posted by: James P. McCampbell | July 31, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows Obama's policies are better, so he can only attack Obama on silly made up issues, like this.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse


McCain can do substantive AND fluff at the same time ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line is that the ad is a very silly move and a poor substitute for talking about substantive issues. He can go after Obama on the real stuff; why do this fluff?

Posted by: matt | July 31, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, ManUnitdFan, but the WaPo Fact Checker is "on vacation" ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes. Certainly can't have blonde "celebs" supporting you if that is a bad thing, or something.

Posted by: Jonathan | July 31, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

In his latest ad campaign John McCain wants to convince you that Obama is a celebrity and not a leader. Oh the horror, not a celebrity! Does this knuckle dragging elitist pig even have a clue? News flash to john McCain "Ronald Reagan was a celebrity, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a celebrity, Jesse Ventura is a celebrity". Now class what do all these "celebrities" have in common? Yes that's right class "They all won election by a landslide." Time to take off the blinders John you don't want to have to sit in the dunce chair again now do you?

Posted by: | July 31, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't McCain's daughter hang out with celebutants from the Hills, and hasn't he blatantly pandered to the young idle rich Hills watching demographic?

Posted by: Jonathan | July 31, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a pet, not a man.

He's never earned a buck in the business world on his own. He wears $500 shoes, has a gambling allowance from his wife, lives in her 11 mansions, flies in her private jet.

And he throws his feces around like a reincarnation of our current chimp in chief.

John McCain isn't a man... he's a trained monkey. He's a pet.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 31, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Anybody remember the "Rope-a-dope"?

Posted by: Veritasamus | July 31, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain compares Obama to Paris Hilton.

Paris Hilton's reputation for sleeping around is infamous.....

Since McCain committed adultery when married to wife #1 with Cindy (who became wife #2 after McCain dumped the wife with a limp to marry an heiress.......

Ergo, who should be compared to Paris Hilton?

Answer below:

No peeking now...


Posted by: abby0802 | July 31, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Whatever amount of integrity the old McCain once had has dried up in the heat of the summer campaign.

He's tired, and desperate. So he's let Karl whisper in his ear. He will fail, but not before he riles up the Stupid Lobby into a frenzied froth.

Posted by: Adrian | July 31, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Another McCain strike out. Offending the daughter of a 2X contributor (Hiltons) in a cheep-shot political ad and also Spears with her personal issues---McCain is really out of touch, again, yet!

Posted by: Lou R | July 31, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain is still learning how to use the internets while Obama is always on his Blackberry and McCain has the gall to say Obama is out of touch.

Posted by: Bill | July 31, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I smellllll jealousssyyyy by the boring McCainites!

Posted by: Mr. McGoo | July 31, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, you meant "Washington Post Fact Checks McCain," right? Not gossip blogs. Because a prestigious publication like the Washington Post couldn't possibly let outright lies and falsehoods by McCain fly until gossip blogs decide to do the research... could it?

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | July 31, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Re: My name is Shawn and I am intellectually superior to anyone else

Thank you for your text messages.

Posted by: premier | July 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain, please let us know when your maturity catches up to a 5 year old.

What happened to being Wise & Old!? You picked the wrong one, Mr McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a fanboy who wears $500 loafers.

I wouldn't trust the guy in a rest stop bathroom on his own... his trophy wife is just a little too fake.

I'm starting to wonder if McCain's door swings the other way.

I mean... who cares about Spears and Hilton?

Guys like McCain I guess.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 31, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If you're a candidate and not a "celebrity", it just means you're boring.

This is McCain having another temper tantrum for not being a "celebrity" anymore. The very reporters who used to love McCain and made him a "celebrity" now no longer trust McCain after all this lies and flip flops.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I would argue Obama is the biggest celebrity in the world today. If we can't even agree on that, I doubt we are going to agree on the rest of that ad either ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain lost his honor long time ago when he left his crippled first wife in exchange for a golden truckload of Budweiser. Filthy gold digging opportunist.

Posted by: kazzo | July 31, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign managers have to take the gloves off and give back to McCain what his Karl Rove handlers dish out. Its time to remind people about McCain's less than straight talk about he Keating Five for example. Many of the younger voters don't know anything about those sleazy dealings. How about his blithering comments about Iraq when Lieberman had to practically wipe the drool off McCain's face as Joe whispered corrections about Iraq into his ear. When the Swift Boaters went after Kerry he stood there like a deer in the headlights. Obama needs to strike back and quickly. The Rove team is counting on his stumbling in in the face of their relentless smears.

Posted by: jefflz | July 31, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"A Celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention. The word stems from the Latin verb "celebrere" but they may not become a celebrity unless public and mass media interest is piqued."

I agree the media has made Obama a Celebrity.

Where as, McCain and Bush have made themselves "Infamous":

"having a bad reputation; of bad report; notoriously vile; detestable; as, an infamous traitor; an infamous perjurer."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

WP Editors:

Whitehouse Comments Page is not working.

I am also getting spooky text messages from one of my contacts again.

Posted by: premier | July 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse


Is there a world-wide Celebrity Index for that?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse


There is, of course, no obligation to answer my question. Have a nice life.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Jake, truthfully I would have to say that the Pope is the number 1 celeb and Bill Clinton is a close second.

Posted by: Ben | July 31, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

(giggle)... Hi, Jake. Obama's NOT the biggest celebrity in the world for me... YOU are. And I want to show you just how much I appreciate you. Come here....

Posted by: My name is Shawn and I wake up sweaty in the middle of the night thinking about JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Tragic how far McCain has fallen since 2000, when he used to be regarded as an honorable American. As he continues to regress into this Rovian hole of lies and deceit, most who pay attention are already ready for him to just go away.

Go away, John, your embarrassing those of us who once talked highly of you.

Posted by: TW | July 31, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Can you say silly season?

Next thing you know someone is going to tie Mac's money, Cindy Hensley's father, and his liquor fortune, in with the mafia...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

you'd think just once, Jake would come up with something original... but he can't he is a echo chamber for the facists. What they say, he repeats, or more like regurgitates. Nothing to add to the debate... just a restatement of talking points. He is, both a moron and a bag people insert hoses into.

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | July 31, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh that JakeD...trying to practice the 'politics of personal distraction'. Once more banks start failing and the poor job reports come out as well as the continuing announcement of record profits from the oil companies, all of this "celebrity" crap will be quick history.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 31, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Fact check this, Call the number.


Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

But, the Forbes 100 list does NOT include Obama at all. Seriously, are there ANY Obama supporters who are denying that he is "the biggest celebrity in the world"?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: My name is Shawn and I am intellectually superior to anyone else | July 31, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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