What Others Are Saying

June 25, 2007

Thanks to the advent of viral videos, this is becoming the most entertaining presidential campaign since Ross Perot blamed "Republican operatives" for attempting to sabotage his daughter's wedding.

Thank you, young techno people with lots of time on your hands, for sexing up this presidential campaign with the hoochie-coochie girl in "I Got a Crush ... on Obama," a low-budget, independent video spoof that quickly exceeded a million views in just four days after its release last week.

Thank you, whoever captured John Edwards proving he didn't get his money's worth with his $400 haircut. There's Mr. Edwards on camera, spending two full minutes fussing, coiffing, spraying and finger-combing his 'do into place, in a video set to the strains of "I Feel Pretty."

Candidates themselves are becoming entertainers. Hillary and Bill Clinton cleverly spoofed The Sopranos finale in a YouTube video to promote the campaign's newly chosen theme song.

Are the candidates' positions on Iraq, health care, poverty and taxes obscured behind this push to turn politics into a Fluffernutter sandwich? Sure. But maybe, once they've lured people into paying attention, they'll blind-side them with some substance.

- Chicago Tribune

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