McCain Pouring Money Into Britney Ad

Ever since former President Nixon showed the Republicans how to exploit race and racial fears to win elections, the Republicans have been doing it. Reagan had the famous “welfare queen.” Now, Senator John McCain is showing footage of Senator Barack Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, two young and famous white women. Yes, the message of his commercial is about Obama being nothing but an empty suit, but there is a subtle undertone. (Where is Cleavon Little from Blazing Saddles?) It is clear that McCain is playing the race card. He is doubling down by pouring money into this ad. He thinks he has finally found a winner.

The down-side for McCain is if voters don’t buy his Fear-the-Black-Man strategy, then he is in trouble.