Did anyone catch John McCain's two appearances on Saturday Night Live this weekend? He was sort of funny if a bit wobbly and a tad, you know, old. He's really trying to court the youngs, isn't he? What with the SNL and that horribly awkward Dwight Schrute reference on The Daily Show. Oh and the hip, young celebrity endorsements! He's got them from reality TV Hills girls, and now he's roping in soap star annoyance Leven Rambin. Read more about the influential brainless young starlets that he's got in his camp, after the jump.
The Starlet: Heidi Montag, "Out Loud 'n Proud"
The Endorsement: "I'm a Republican, and he has a lot of experience."
The Effect: Not much, except for clueless old man hilarity. When asked about the Hills star's endorsement, McCain claimed to be a big fan of Montag and her show, calling her "a very talented actress." Heidi later showed up at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, further embarrassing politics.
The Starlet: Lauren Conrad, "Secret Republican?"
The Endorsement: Not exactly clear cut. After costar Heidi's earthshaking declaration, Conrad was pressed to throw her support behind a candidate. She officially said "no comment," (though she did speak up about her support for gay marriage). But, at the White House Correspondents' Dinner (yes, she was there too) she reportedly clapped loudly when emcee Craig Ferguson asked if he should vote Republican, then did a little crinkle frown when he asked if he should go Democrat.
The Effect: McCain has not yet acknowledged this tacit endorsement, so her effect on his morale and vote corralling is yet unknown. She has managed, though, to further embarrass politics.
The Starlet: Leven Rambin, "The One Who Likes Funny Things"
The Endorsement: Having just recently become a legal voter (and approved sexual being) when she turned 18, the soap star/socialite's thoughts have naturally turned to politics. Which candidate, after much thorough research and contemplation, has she allied with? McCain of course, because the old timer mumbled and yukked his way into her heart with his recent SNL appearance. She called him "shockingly coherent and comical" in a little blog post.
The Effect: None yet! Though, we can only imagine that McCain will benefit from being called "shockingly coherent and comical," as that never describes people who are old. Also, we suspect, Rambin has further embarrassed politics.
So, there you have it. McCain (the last living Civil War widow) is skewing big in the famous-for-no-reason starlet demo. All he needs now are a few American Gladiators and a Canadian to endorse him and he's looking at a smooth ride to the White House.