Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

McCain pisses off Hilton family

Note to John McCain:  When you are going to mock a celebrity on national television, try to make sure that person is not the daughter of two of your big supporters.  As has been reported earlier, Rich and Kathy Hilton together donated $4,600 to Senator McCain’s campaign, the maximum allowed by law.

Now it appears that Senator McCain has angered the Hilton family, especially Paris’s mother, Kathy.  When asked her comment on McCains’ ad, she responded with this scathing comment:

I’ve been asked again and again for my response to the now infamous McCain celebrity ad. I actually have three responses. It is a complete waste of the money John McCain’s contributors have donated to his campaign. It is a complete waste of the country’s time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs. And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next President of the United States.

Her response is not surprising.  Jon Stewart put it best when he said that the John McCain essentially said to the Hilton’s: “I thank you kindly for your support, now if you’ll excuse me, I got to go take a nationally televised dump on your daughter.”

The last thing John McCain needs to do right now is piss off his top donors.  Besides having a very large fortune, the Hilton’s are also a well connected enough family that they could help dry off funds to McCain from big donors if they are angry enough.

John McCain may try to explain the advertisement as a joke, but count Kathy Hilton as at least one McCain supporter who is not amused

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August 3, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I don’t think they can make an impact in terms of fundraising for McCain, but it’s still a good story.

    Comment by dansac | August 3, 2008 | Reply


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