Paris Hilton may not be running for president, but she proved she has plenty of media savvy and advertising dollars at her disposal when she released her own political ad.
She skewered John "wrinkly white-haired guy" McCain, who days before had attacked Barack "that other guy promising change" Obama for his rock-star celebrity by comparing him to the millionaire starlet heiress.
Her ad dominated cable news and next-day newspaper political coverage.
And Paris seems to have some worthy policy coaches. Her suggestion that more offshore oil drilling could provide near-term energy supply while the country gears up its alternative and renewable energy infrastructure may be vague ... but it probably reflects political reality. We'll most likely see increased oil exploration domestically, and a continued reliance on fossil fuels, for years until the economy is changed to run on new renewable fuels.
In terms of political punditry, her ad successfully made her "opponent" look ridiculous, while simultaneously projecting a hip, human warmth and a commonsense command of complex issues. Plus, she looks better in a swimsuit than McCain ever could.
Our only complaint: Paris used her signature superlative several times, but not once to describe the warming climate, which is, after all "hot."
Of course, you could say McCain comes out a winner, too, since here we go including his original attack ad, free of charge to his campaign, for any readers who needs it to understand the context of Paris's response:
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