It’s taken me a while to get around to complaining about this, but the 2008 presidential candidates now have MySpace pages. This is the most pathetic attempt at connecting to the common man to which we’ve been subjected in the history of American politics. Hyperbole or not, it’s bizarre to go to Hillary’s page to find her “Top 16” and read the thousands of comments little MySpace-addicted teens have left wishing her luck.
GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!We need a real woman like you to lead our country. – Susan
thank you for the add. i am so proud to have you as a friend! you are a great role model for all women. seriously, you’re incredible. – Aglorophobia
i’m not old enough it vote but you tottaly have all my support! =) – Haileh.
I’m sure she checks her page hourly to see the adorable comments left by her underage supporters. Ooohhh, maybe if I send her a private message she’ll reply to me personally! We can discuss her various podcasts…oops, I mean “HillCasts,” each one of which is more fascinating than the last. The giant “I am not only voting for Hillary, she’s my friend!” button just screams good taste and compels me to add her as my buddy.
I don’t want to give the impression that it’s just Hillary to blame here, even if I do think she’s the spawn of Satan. The other main candidates have them as well, and they’re equally unnecessary. Some, like Rudy Giuliani, have their settings such that you must add them as your friends before you can see their profiles. John McCain even has his little biography filled out, so now I know he’s just like me since he’s a Virgo whose favorite movie is
I’m not sure who came up with this idea of candidates as friends. If it was MySpace itself, then its attempt to exploit its popularity to gain political influence just makes my list of reasons for despising the “social networking” behemoth one item longer. If it was the idea of an individual candidate’s groupie and all of the other candidates followed in turn, then it reinforces my belief that a presidential candidate will stoop as low as possible to gain one additional vote. The whole idea is worse than the concept of MTV News, because the people who frequent MySpace are just naive enough to actually accept the rosy profiles as truth.