John McCain tried to label Barack Obama a “celebrity” this summer, with ads comparing him to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. McCain’s label didn’t seem to stick, but there certainly have been several new junior-grade American celebrities spawned by this long and strange trip of an election – the kind of people you wouldn’t be surprised to see popping up on The Surreal Life five or ten years down the line.
Here are ten of the most (sort of) notable. Will we remember the following faces and names by the time the next primary season rolls around? Only time will tell.
10. Ashley Todd
The newest celebrity on the list was minted just yesterday, when reports emerged that a McCain volunteer had been attacked and sexually assaulted in Pennsylvania. Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old college student from Texas, told police that a man had attacked her after seeing a McCain bumper sticker on her car; he then carved a “B” in her face with a knife. Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA reported that Todd described her purported attacker as “a dark-skinned African-American man.” The story was quickly picked up by the McCain campaign; John McCain and Sarah Palin even telephoned personally Todd to offer her support. The Obama campaign released a statement denouncing acts of violence like the one reported by Todd.