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Friday, August 08, 2008

Resume enhancements and energy policy

There's been talk here and there about Paris Hilton's "campaign ad" in response to the ad critical of Barack Obama that John McCain had aired, which included Paris Hilton. I think one can admire the sense of humor this "celebrity" and former heiress displayed with her video reply. Unfortunately, many people have missed an error on her part, and continued on with their own errors.

In her ad Paris characterized Barack Obama's energy plan as being about new technologies and McCain's plan was only offshore drilling. She then offered a compromise wherein we do both. This would be her error.

In fact, McCain's policy is not just about offshore drilling, but to also expand nuclear energy, create incentives for alternative energy vehicles and tax incentives for the consumer purchases of zero carbon emission vehicles. This plan has been called the Lexington Project and is far more than just drill more, despite an overexposed "celebrity" saying otherwise.

A point noted by the McCain campaign in a sharp reply to Hilton's video.

"Sounds like Paris is taking the 'All of the Above' energy approach that John McCain has advocated -- both alternatives and drilling. Perhaps the reality is that Paris has a more substantive energy plan than Barack Obama." (source)

That many are making the same error, as seen in comments on various blogs, is probably helped by the Drudge Report headlining the video as Hilton dissing McCain. Sure, she called him that "wrinkly, white haired guy", but she also referred to Barack as merely "that other guy". Still, that's no excuse for limiting ones sources of information to what Paris Hilton says or doesn't say.

Unfortunately, in other discussions online, this compromise position had been previously ridiculed by some, only to then be accepted as common sense when Paris offered it up, while she at the same time mischaracterized McCain's position.

It seems that part of the reason may be that John McCain hasn't cheated on his current wife Cindy and though his first divorce was due to that, it ended with this former wife still caring for him and supporting him in all his campaigns since then. Paris Hilton may not be married, but she obviously has a rather different  lifestyle including less than classy exposure of her body by way of various media. For some, that type of life is a resume enhancement, as Rush Limbaugh likes to say.

Another factor is the sheer bigotry against anything proposed by a conservative, and even worse, one that is a Christian and horror of horrors, is also from the South. It certainly is not rational thinking that has such people previously reject the same position they now applaud.

Perhaps such people will be too busy trying to emulate the cruder aspects of Paris Hilton's lifestyle, though in much lower income brackets, to remember that little civic responsibility called voting.

But just in case, maybe John McCain should offer the VP slot to John Edwards. He now has the necessary resume enhancement that would no doubt cause such people to accept what they rejected when proposed by others.


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