"I note with interest today, John McCain's new tactic of associating Barack Obama with oversexed and/or promiscuous young white women," writes liberal blogger Josh Marshall. "Presumably, a la Harold Ford 2006, this will be one of those strategies that will be a matter of deep dispute during the campaign and later treated as transparent and obvious once the campaign is concluded."
Continues Marshall: "the McCain campaign is now pushing the caricature of Obama as a uppity young black man whose presumptuousness is displayed not only in taking on airs above his station but also in a taste for young white women."
Others pushing this meme note that the notorious Harold Ford ad -- which featured an attractive young white woman looking at the camera and asking Ford to call her -- was put together by a group once headed by Terry Nelson, who was McCain's campaign manager for a time, though he left in the Summer 2007 purge.
The McCain campaign says that Nelson had nothing to do with this Britney/Paris ad, that it was put together by their normal team of Mike Hudome, Fred Davis, and Chris Mottolla.
And they say this interpretation is "ridiculous."
What say you?