From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
With Paris Hilton and Britney Spears having been introduced into this campaign, check out the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly and Obama and McCain squaring off on (their versions of) pop culture. (Yes, we know... slow news day.)
And read into what you will the candidates' answers on what comic book hero they would be if they could choose:
MCCAIN: "Batman. He does justice sometimes against insurmountable odds. And he doesn't make his good works known to a lot of people, so a lot of people think he's just a rich playboy."
OBAMA: "I was always into the Spider-Man/Batman model. The guys who have too many powers, like Superman, that always made me think they weren't really earning their superhero status. It's a little too easy. Whereas Spider-Man and Batman, they have some inner turmoil. They get knocked around a little bit."
The last movie McCain saw was Indiana Jones. He said he liked it because "the old guy wins." For what it's worth, Obama said he thinks the last movie he saw was Shrek 3 -- with his kids.
The magazine writes in its introduction: "Spider-Man or Batman? Jeff Bridges or Dennis Haysbert? ABBA or Javanese flute music? Candidates Barack Obama and John McCain stated their positions on these and other world-shaking pop cultural issues in exclusive interviews with Entertainment Weekly. Whose finger do you want on the button? (Of the remote control, we mean.) See their picks, and then exercise your right to vote -- in our polls -- and determine which man's (pop-culture) platform you endorse!"