I suppose these types of stories can be written just as well from outside the Beltway (way, way out), writing themselves as they do. The Associated Press’s Nedra Pickler phones it in from Hawaii (where she and other campaign reporters have followed the R&R-seeking Barack Obama):

“Flip-flopper” is so 2004…

But the harshest cut-down in politics these days apparently is “celebrity” and in a television ad out Monday, Democrat Barack Obama is trying to pin the label on GOP presidential rival John McCain.

Celebrities are widely known and often loved by their fans, defined as being a “celebrated person.”


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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.