Whether or not you agree with John McCain’s “Celebrity” ad lumping Barack Obama in with personalities like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, you have to appreciate the surprising thoughtfulness of Hilton’s response. I mean, she actually seems to have a good political idea here! I’m not referring to her energy policy suggestion – too wonky for me to grasp! – but her vice presidential pick. Who doesn’t love Rihanna?
My colleague Adrienne Day, meanwhile, wonders (tongue firmly in cheek) if Paris as the presumptive celebrity presidential candidate would be such a bad deal. “We already have (or have had) several celebrities in office,” Adrienne notes, “even some who’ve actually starred in real movies, such as Clint Eastwood, Sonny Bono, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (though all in California, go figure). It looks like Paris would have no problems reading the teleprompter. And she’s obviously motivated by the love of her country – why else would she go on record calling McCain a “wrinkly white-haired guy,” while her own mother donated $4,600 to McCain’s campaign earlier in the year? The craziest thing? McCain’s own spokesperson, Tucker Bounds, agrees with Paris!”
Two other bonuses about Paris’ new gig: She’s actually kinda funny (for a change), and perhaps her newfound political awakening means she’ll be spending more time in D.C., and less time playing to the paparazzi. That’s a ticket we can all get behind, no?