A 22-year-old Republican candidate for the New York state senate has learned all the right lessons from Kim Kardashian, who is one of her inspirations: it doesn't matter if you get famous by people making fun of you as long as you actually get famous. No one was interested in poor old Mindy Meyer -- not even Politico -- until Capital New York's Azi Paybarah tweeted her so-pink-it-looks-like-parody campaign website Monday afternoon. By Monday evening, Politico was calling her. So was the New York Daily News. And Fox. And Letterman. Paybarah writes today:
"Just last week when my campaign manager contacted Politico, they said, 'Oh, it's too early to focus on a Republican underdog in a Democratic district, whatever,'" Meyer told me. "And now the Politico called me from Santa Monica, California, I just got a call from them, the Daily News called me. Oh, I'm being on Fox Wednesday, what's the name of the show again, you know that show, Sean something. Sean Hannity. Sean Hannity! I'm being on his show Wednesday. Isn't that exciting?"
A celebrity endorsement now seems within reach:
"Also, my campaign manager just spoke to Kim Kardashian's publicist because she's a diva and everything, so they're getting back to me because we're trying to get her endorsement because, you know, she, whatever, my website is literally like her."
Meyer says she was inspired by Elle Woods, the character played by Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, to go to law school. In the movie, Woods's boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue a serious political career with a serious brown-haired girlfriend at Harvard. Woods tries to win him back by getting into Harvard Law, where she discovers she's more than a pretty sorority girl -- she's a legal genius. But Meyer appears to have drawn the wrong lesson from Legally Blonde. The thing you're supposed to learn from the movie is not "be hot" but "be smart."
She told Paybarah that it was way easier to get a Republican endorsement than a Conservative Party one, because the latter group asked more questions. "They started asking me a lot about the issues and I told them I was in the middle of law school finals and I'm like honestly, I can't tell you a lot about the issues right now, but what I can tell you is that if you put me up as your candidate I'm going to take the election till the end." And her thoughts on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo? "Honestly, I'm not really familiar with him."
This is a perversion of Elle Woods's legacy. Of Kim Kardashian's, not so much.