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Suddenly Someone: Nobodies get their 15 minutes of fame in the presidential campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Wanna be famous? The presidential campaign could be just the ticket from nowhere to notoriety.
It can be done with a heartfelt story. An off-hand remark. Or simply by having a distant connection to someone who's Somebody.
Consider Sandra Fluke. She was just another outspoken college student before her defense of insurance coverage for birth control drew biting ridicule from commentator Rush Limbaugh and then a sympathetic call from the president. Now she's got more than 35,000 Twitter followers.
It doesn't take much to claim at least a fleeting moment of political fame ' for good or ill.
But a University of Southern California professor who has studied fame warns that some people can shrug off that moment in the spotlight while others can be destroyed by it.