I may have underestimated the McCain campaign. Consider the challenges they face. An uninspiring candidate facing a genuine rock star in an election atmosphere of almost unprecedented republican dispiritedness. Top it off with Obama's World Tour and the sight of 200,000 crazed germans vying for a sight of the one. In an amazing feat of political jui jitsui, the McCain team turned Obama's popularity into a negative with the now infamous Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad. Rather than try to convince people that they were wrong to flock to Obama, they turned the candidate into just another airhead celebrity. Now his stadium acceptance speech in Denver will appear to many to be another example of morons intoxicated with celebrity worship rather than serious political theater. Team McCain bypassed the tedious business of arguing issues, which obviously have little relevance for most Obama supporters, and went straight to ridicule. Journalists were quick to dismiss the ad, but Mike Dukakis, Al Gore and John Kerry understand the danger all too well of becoming an object of ridicule. Now apparently they have another ad featuring some of Obama's most ridiculous assertions like lowering the seas cut with Charlton Heston as Moses parting the Red Sea. Everyone pretty much knew the election would be a referendum on Obama, but the challenge would be how to attack him without seeming mean or out of touch. The answer was absolutely brilliant. Make it ok for people to like him, just not take him seriously as a potential president. Mission accomplished.