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Paris Hilton jumped into the political news on Wednesday when her image was used by the McCain campaign in an ad mocking the celebrity of presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

But this was not the first time Hilton was injected into political discourse.

Obama himself mentioned her during his routine before the winter Gridiron dinner in 2004, just after he was elected to the Senate. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) used her name to make a point about Scooter Libby getting clemency from President Bush in July, 2007.

"Even Paris Hilton had to go to jail. No one in this Administration should be above the law," Durbin said.

In 2004 Obama riffed about his celebrity at the Gridiron, saying everything changed for him after he keynoted the Democratic convention earlier that year.

"It's like I was shot out of a cannon. I am so overexposed, I make Paris Hilton look like a recluse. "After all the attention -- People magazine, GQ, Vanity Fair, Letterman -- I figure there's nowhere to go from here but down. So tonight, I announce my retirement from the United States Senate. I had a good run."

Of course, all the hype, said Obama, generates wacky tabloid coverage." And with that he hoisted a poster, a mock cover of the National Enquirer with the headline: Obama's shocking secret. He's Strom Thurmond's love child."

Obama said he was not letting all the attention go to his head. He joked that he was hanging out with Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson at a Los Angeles restaurant when Barbra Steisand called him on his cell phone. And he counseled her, you can't just get caught up in the hype."

Paris Hilton jumped into the political news on Wednesday when her image was used by the McCain campaign in an ad mocking the celebrity of presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

But this was not the first time Hilton was injected into political discourse.

Obama himself mentioned her during his routine before the winter Gridiron dinner in 2004, just after he was elected to the Senate. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) used her name to make a point about Scooter Libby getting clemency from President Bush in July, 2007.

"Even Paris Hilton had to go to jail. No one in this Administration should be above the law," Durbin said.

In 2004 Obama riffed about his celebrity at the Gridiron, saying everything changed for him after he keynoted the Democratic convention earlier that year.

"It's like I was shot out of a cannon. I am so overexposed, I make Paris Hilton look like a recluse. "After all the attention -- People magazine, GQ, Vanity Fair, Letterman -- I figure there's nowhere to go from here but down. So tonight, I announce my retirement from the United States Senate. I had a good run."

Of course, all the hype, said Obama, generates wacky tabloid coverage." And with that he hoisted a poster, a mock cover of the National Enquirer with the headline: Obama's shocking secret. He's Strom Thurmond's love child."

Obama said he was not letting all the attention go to his head. He joked that he was hanging out with Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson at a Los Angeles restaurant when Barbra Steisand called him on his cell phone. And he counseled her, you can't just get caught up in the hype."

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IT�S NOT BECAUSE CAMPAIGN ADS ARE NEGATIVE THAT THEY ARE A PROBLEM ---

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/07/more-evidence-that-republicans-dont.html

McCain�s campaign may be getting torpedoed by Republicans.

There�s a reason they put two blonde sluts in an ad about a black candidate.

And it's not a coincidence that it happened right after Rove's guys took over the campaign.


Obama is an ungrateful, arrogant fool.

It's not an illusion the blogsphere and media have been calling him the Messiah for months now.

Who do we blame Letterman's top 10 about his presumptuousness?

Stop blaming the Republicans and put it where it belongs....perhaps having his seat on his plane embroidered with "President" is quite premature and immature. Yes, this is the same plane that he bought and had painted for $500,000. (I wonder how many hungry people that would have fed?) and replaced the American Flag with his O symbol.

Not smart for a man who also thinks his patrioitism is being questioned. Maybe finally putting that flag pin on will distract them so they won't notice.

I heard the GOP got Seamus Ahern, Dan Frawley, Ayham Alsammarae and Rezko in the next commercial, they're waiting for Baracks coronation to air it.

Thanks for your columns. I wish the tv talking heads would pay attention like you do to the details of this campaign.

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