So this is what 232 years of nationhood has come to:
John McCain’s campaign team has often used Barack Obama’s popularity and the world’s interest in him as a tool to belittle his candidacy during the 2008 presidential campaign. The McCain camp has used videos such as “Celeb” and “Obama Love” to mock the Democrats’ leading man.
But for now it turns out that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has more in common with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in internet-searchers’ minds than Obama.
That’s according to the audience measurement firm Hitwise, and search pattern statistics from Google…
Other popular searches among the “American public,” he writes, are “hot photos,” “Sarah Palin Bikini Photos,” “Sarah Palin Nude,” and “Sarah Palin Naked.”
You might normally associate those terms with those other two women who are famous for being famous. Of course, in the short time that McCain announced his pick, Palin’s already become supermarket tabloid fodder too.
The spike in interest in Palin was also noticed by Chicago writer Nate Silver. Silver noted in a blog post yesterday that searches for Palin blew way past the search terms “Britney Spears,” “Paris Hilton,” “Michael Phelps,” and “Barack Obama,” combined.