By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated June 15, 2010 at 04:03 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesPeople is reporting that White House party crasher Michaele Salahi is set to star in the upcoming The Real Housewives of D.C., which premieres on Aug. 5, thus proving that nothing works better in America than blatant and desperate grasps at fame. Salahi and her husband stirred up a well-orchestrated media flurry when they snuck their way into an event at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue without an invitation back in November. Talking heads harrumphed for days about how reality-show culture has led to a society in which those annoying kids who once needed constant attention and gratification in third grade can now just grow up to be annoying adults who receive constant attention and gratification on cable TV. But who’s to argue with success?

I wonder if Real Housewives will go the Real World route and feel the need to incorporate politics into its capital-set season. I can only imagine watching Salahi and her new silicone sorority getting into catfights over campaign finance reform and who’s the sexiest member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. What say you? Is Salahi on Real Housewives going to open a black hole of bad taste, or is this a punishment we brought on ourselves?

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