I have been attempting to grapple with McCain's insistence on harping on Obama's popularity, and trying to establish for myself what the point of these attacks are. McCain appears to be making headway in the minds of the general populace with the basic message that due to Obama's fame, he must not be able to lead. Why? I have no idea.
McCain has made several attack ads that seem to indicate that Obama can't lead because people like him. They like to meet him. They like to look at him. The like to shake his hand. They like to cheer for him. McCain's been furthering these efforts through tie ins with Obama and chanting crowds and pop culture icon references among others.
So, excusing the ludicry(just made it up) of the pop culture references in the first place, my new question is - why is fame bad? Why would it make one a bad leader? It wouldn't!!! There's no basis for this!
The problem as I see it is in this age of superficiality that's so pervasive in our culture: consumerism, television (see: The Hills, Rock of Love, this list could go for an eternity) (in)famy and notoriety are garnered by those who are empty-headed and attractive. What needs to be recognized here is that THIS IS THE BASIS of their fame! They are talked around the water cooler for their stupid comments, jail time, and their pretty faces. With the suffusion of American culture with these kinds of celebrities, it's easy to start to think that all celebrities must just be empty heads and pretty faces. And there is the insidious tie in...
But here is where the GOP's house of cards all fall down. The basis for Obama's fame is completely different. He has risen to the top by inspiring people from all races, standings, and countries! He's well liked because so many who are so frustrated by the status quo actually see someone they can identify with, and they're excited about it! But here come the stodgy GOP, once again turning the spin right up on its head and parlaying it into negativity... once again, politics as usual.
Obama should be lauded for his broad appeal, not ridiculed.