In response, Paris struck back, posting her own spoof on the comedy site FunnyorDie.
In her commercial, she refers to McCain as the "the oldest celebrity in the world," intercutting shots of McCain with The Golden Girls, and the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt. The celebutante, lounging in a one-piece leopard swimsuit, declares: "Hey America, I'm Paris Hilton, and I'm a celebrity, too. Only I'm not from the olden days and I'm not promising change like that other guy. I'm just hot." She skewers McCain, adding, "...but then that wrinkly white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which I guess means I'm running for president. So thanks for the endorsement white-haired dude." Not exactly the message the oldest candidate for President was hoping to get across.
The McCain campaign seems to have forgotten the rules of politics, not to mention physics. Newton's Third Law of motion states, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." If Sir Isaac were around to witness the Internet or celebrity sex tapes, he certainly would have multiplied that force by a factor of two.
As of this posting, Paris' spoof has reached over five million hits online, significantly more that the original McCain spot. Nationwide, pundits have overwhelmingly condemned it as "gutter" politics. Paris' mom, a Republican, scolded the ad buy as, "a complete waste of the country's time and attention." Even McCain's own white-haired mother, the 96-year-old Roberta McCain, suggested that the Paris/Britney spot was "kinda stupid."
The last thing Senator McCain needs is a celebrity death match with a cute girl in a bikini. As much as we delight in the distractions of the likes of Ms. Hilton, the country seems to want its presidential nominees to focus on the issues--five-dollar gas, two wars, and a looming recession. If Paris making fun of a juvenile ad succeeds in restoring that debate, then we all own her a debt of thanks.