BREAKING NEWS for Associated Press
DENVER – John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on Friday in a startling selection on the eve of the Republican National Convention.
QUESTION OF CELEBRACY
The biggest celebrity in the world is not Barack Obama, but Michael Jackson, who turned 50, today. Why would they say Barack Obama is a celebrity in the same class, when one is a politician and the other an entertainer?
Come on, folks!
AP correspondent Walter R. Means published his “ON DEADLINE: Obama's famous, but so's McCain”.
Republicans are trying to make fame a liability for the Democratic presidential nominee and they're having some success at it. But John McCain is a celebrity too, writes Means.
The anti-celebrity ploy is a useful one for the Republicans. It makes Obama's strengths into GOP targets. In the GOP version, the fact that he draws vast crowds shows that he is just a celebrity, not a man of substance, and his skill as an orator is cover for the lack of a real message.
What is this disdain McCain has for popular celebrities? Is “rock star” status a bad thing? Or, is there an assumption that rock stars cannot be good leaders”. (What Behind Obama’s Rock Star Status? by Eddie Griffin, published Thursday, August 28, 2008).
In the above article, I wrote:
What is this business about Sen. Barack Obama having “rock star” status? When Sen. John McCain makes this reference, it has to be a mental association based up a supremacist psychosis.
I describe, in detail, the psychosis as a supremacist jealousy and hatred for the rising in popularity and status of someone whom he feels ought to be inferior. It's a social disease of the older white generation.