Well, first it was “racist” as well asÂ reminiscent of “rape yo daughter” and “scare elderly Jews” overtones.Â Now?Â McCain’s “Celeb” ad isÂ supposedly …Â subtly pornographic.Â Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters reports:
The NYT columnist, a guest on today’s Morning Joe, expanded on the theory set forth in his column of this past Saturday, Running While Black, that the McCain campaign ad mocking Obama as a Paris Hilton/Britney Spears-type celebrity was actually “designed to exploit” racist anxiety about black men and white women. Herbert lumped the McCain ad with the “call me” ad the RNC ran against Harold Ford, Jr. in his Tennessee senate race.
It was in describing the McCain ad that Herbert’s symptoms surfaced.
BOB HERBERT: You guys have seen the ad a number of times, I am sure, and you have it here in-house.Â First thing you see are a couple of images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, right?Â And we see an image of Barack Obama right after that, comes quickly right at the beginning of the, you remember that, right?Â Do you remember any other startling images right there at the beginning?Â
–Silence on the set.–
HERBERT: Alright. There is an image right there in that very beginning of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and there is an image of the Washington Monument. Look at the beginning of that ad again.Â And you tell me why those two phallic symbols are placed there [snaps fingers]—pow!—right at the very beginning of that ad.
Here’s video of the segment:
Poor Bob Herbert.Â He sees perverted, racist Republicans around every corner, it would seem.
And oh yeah – that wasnt’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa either, genius.