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Lighten Up: Pop Culture Takes Over Presidential Race


It might just be the new populism. Being hip with the pop culture tastes of the American voter is the new litmus test for readiness to lead.

In the past few months, all three candidates have body-slammed their way into the WWE, John McCain proved he not only knows The Hills exists but accepted an endorsement from Heidi, Hillary's been on Tyra's show, and George Bush threatened to send Jessica Simpson to the Democratic Convention to confuse the enemy.

Barack Obama was the latest entrant into the "Bill Clinton on Arsenio" Hall of Fame when he surprised Letterman's Top Ten list last night. He uttered those two famous names (see #10) that apparently every candidate must to be taken at all seriously in this race. To check out his appearance, read more.

Is couch surfing the lineup of talk shows, savvy strategy? Are the candidates being exceptionally wily by going to the voters in their preferred forms of entertainment, or is it a sign that this race has gone on way too long? Do you have a favorite politics-meets-pop incident? How long until Barack gets a cameo on A Shot at Love II with Tila Tequila? Do you wish they'd just stay serious?

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