Hollywood’s Candidate

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 8 2012 @ 12:32pm

Matthew Continetti decries Obama's use of celebrity endorsements:

The very idea of raffling off presidential dinners using celebrity videos is un-republican. The argument the video stars make is largely an argument from power: All the cool kids are supporting Obama, they imply, so you should, too. The contest, moreover, emphasizes luck over merit: Donate $3, and maybe, just maybe, you will be rewarded with a trip to the summit of Mount Olympus. Such a dubious prize exploits the inequalities of status and wealth that are at the heart of so much contemporary American anxiety.

All true if a little over-wrought. But nowhere does Continetti mention that Romney has employed the same tactic with Donald Trump. And he misses the more obvious question: "President Obama, how come a transvestite donkey witch is in your campaign Youtube and why is it wearing a dress?"