From ABC's Christina Capatides:
Ever wonder how the proponents of "GTL" (gym, tan, laundry) would mix with the GOP? Well, this week, MTV personality Snooki and Sen. John McCain put that curiosity to rest on Twitter.
While President Obama's attention has been fixed on the vulnerable shores of the Gulf, McCain, R-Ariz., focused his attention – for a moment yesterday, at least – on the Jersey Shore.
Specifically, McCain took to the streets of Twitter nation to respond to a comment that Snooki made in the recently released “Jersey Shore Season 2 Sneak Peek.”
In the clip, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi stands in the middle of her pink bedroom with her eyes closed and her hands pressed to her hairline as her boyfriend mists her face with a third coating of spray-on tan. All of this seems like normal behavior for the Jersey Shore “guidette,” but the political commentary that ensues is not.
In the interview that follows this scene, Snooki takes aim at the Obama White House.
“I don’t go tanning-tanning anymore because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning, and I feel like he did that intentionally for us,” Snooki says. “McCain would never put a 10 percent tax on tanning because he’s pale and he would probably want to be tan.”
McCain granted legitimacy by taking to his computer yesterday and Tweeting:
"@Sn00ki u r right, I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama's tax/spend policy is quite The Situation. but I do rec wearing sunscreen! “
The Twitter exchange has already inspired hundreds of other tweets, both in support of the event:
KarlFrisch: Great moments in political celebrity: JFK meets Marilyn. Nixon meets Elvis. Reagans meet King of Pop. McCain meets Snooki.
And in criticism:
jillybobww: Good God. John McCain and Snooki are tweeting each other. If that's not a sign of the apocalypse, it's a sign we need one.
But both sides agree that this intersection of pop culture and politics is certainly worth a look.
- Christina Capatides