Celebrity Politicians

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The democratic government in place in the United States of America allows all Americans to have their say in what occurs in this country. Through the power of the vote, Americans can decide who they want to represent them in every level of the government. Getting elected, however, is not as easy as it sounds. It would reasonable to assume that a candidate would be elected to their position if they are more qualified than their opponents. This however is becoming less and less true. Nowadays, instead of always voting for the person who is the best at handling their prospective job, people are voting for candidates who handle themselves the best during the campaign. The candidate who is the most charismatic, funny, and outgoing is usually the person who is going to get elected. This is becoming particularly true in the case of many celebrities who have entered the field of politics. Although these people, who have gained fame in another field, are not as qualified for the job as others in the election, they find themselves capturing the majority of the vote anyway. To truly understand how people with hardly any political experience can step right into the spotlight and win an election, one must first understand what goes into a political campaign. The first step for a want-to-be politician is to declare their entrance into the election. Many people want this to take place at a large press conference. This is a step in the election process where celebrities have a major advantage. Even if a celebrity announces their entrance into an election in their basement, they will still get massive amounts of press coverage. It is a big deal for celebrities to do something like this, especially when they have no political background. For example, when Arnold Schwarzenegger declared his entrance into the race for the governorship of California, he was the lead story on news shows all over the country for the next week. If this was just ordinary politician letting the world know that they were running for this position, they would only receive a quick mention on the news and only in the state of California. By having their name all over the news, the celebrity is getting the voting public to at least know they are running for a certain position. After the person has entered their name into the election, they must start to campaign. There are m... ... middle of paper ... ...l” relationship with their fans. Celebrities who are involved in an election use their loyal fans to propel them into victory by staying in character throughout the campaign. Many times voters are voting for a movie character in the case of a celebrity running for office rather than the actual person. The fans have gotten to know the character and this is who they adore. Not only do many celebrities want to be politicians but many politicians want to be celebrities. While in office, many politicians work hard to gain a fan base that many celebrities bring with them into office. Often times, when famous people run for political office, they are not nearly the most qualified for the job. They usually do not have experience in the field of politics and they are not the right choice. However, they often get elected. This occurs because celebrities can do many things throughout the course of an election that most ordinary politicians can not do. Celebrities have a very special way of interacting with their constituents and this helps them to get elected and succeed once they are in office. There is a reason many politicians work hard to achieve celebrity status once they are in office.
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