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Thursday, August 07, 2008

McCain Surpasses Obama for week's Youtube views

One of the oldest names in D.C. has capitalized from the popularity of one the youngest stars in Hollywood.

I hate to credit Paris Hilton for anything, but her reply to John McCain's attack ad comparing Barack Obama's celebrity status to Hilton and Brittney Spears has helped the republican presidential candiate overtake Obama's weekly lead in Youtube views.

From the Washington Times article:

The combination of wit and insult has pushed his YouTube channel to the sixth most watched on the site this week. Mr. McCain has beat Mr. Obama's channel for seven straight days and 11 of the past 14 days, in a signal he intends to compete for the YouTube vote.

That is a giant reversal. Mr. Obama had been quadrupling Mr. McCain's YouTube views and beat him every day since February, according to TubeMogul, which tracks online video viewing.

I want to know who he hired. They went from recycling their TV ads to like putting out these witty shorts, said David Burch, marketing manager for TubeMogul.

One of the most popular news sites, the Drudge Report, put Hilton's response video as its lead story.Hilton's response  video, which was originally posted on, is a mocking parody of McCains and criticizes his age, but if there's any truth to the saying, "any publicity is good publicity', McCain may benefit from it. Obama's major appeal to the vast majority of voters in the 18-30 category is unparalleled by past candidates- democrat or republican, but viewers are probably learning more about Mccain from the related videos posted next to his recent lineup.

Another ad was released sarcastically referred to Obama as "the one", due to his fanatical following. McCain's campaign team also unveiled tire pressure gauges labeled "Obama's energy plan"., in reference to Obama's infamous gaffe about checking your tire pressure to ease the demand for oil during the current energy crisis. Prior tro July, the McCain campaign restrained from direct attacks against their rival, but the new tactic may have helped his status in the polls.

It's actually surreal, Mr. Rogers said about the attention and the response from Miss Hilton. I know that Senator McCain watched Paris Hilton and thought it was hilarious.

Mr. Obama's YouTube channel beat Mr. McCain's every day from February through mid-July, when Mr. McCain's new style began to show. That was when the campaign launched Obama Love,” mocking press coverage of the Democrat, set to Frankie Valli's “Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

Obviously, this is only a temporary bump for McCain, which may not even garner any  votes than he would have recieved before the vidoes, and he'll have to return to discussing the crucial issues, but  he's proven that even old guys still know how to have a little fun every now and then.

By Matt O'Hern at 08:34 AM | Comments (0)

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