Teachable moment, Romney, politicos: Twitter activists are the new boots on the ground


Politicians always claim to care about issues that people talk about around their kitchen tables. Well, the new-fangled kitchen table is Twitter. And activists on Twitter are the new boots on the ground.

@michellemalkin I am thankful for the Twitterverse sticking it to the White House #ObamaDogRecipes

— Peter (@pdigaudio) April 19, 2012

It was done in grand style, to boot. Mitt Romney is starting to grasp the profound effect that Twitter can have not just on campaigns, but on defeating false narratives and Lefty memes.

Romney aide: “Twitter is as it happens, & Facebook is the next day, & you optimize everything else for Google…” http://t.co/Abwomx7g

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 19, 2012

Exactly. While some Smarter Than You (TM) “serious thinkers” poo-poo the “non-serious, know-nothing wankers” on Twitter, they do so at their own peril. Memes cannot be defeated by nonchalantly brushing them off. They can’t be killed (new tone!) by accepting the premises; once you accept the premise, you’ve lost. They can only be defeated by pushing back and Twitter has shown it is ready, willing and able to do so.

Young, conservative college professor @RichardGarvin37 running for state office in TN could use a Twitter push! @michellemalkin

— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) April 19, 2012

In 2008, I watched in horror as John McCain tried to appeal to "independents" by refusing to match the Obama campaign's attacks on him.

— RB (@RBPundit) April 19, 2012

If politicians won’t fight back, people on Twitter will. If the media won’t do its job, Twitter will. No stone under any issue will be left unturned.

The press did a mad dash to scour through @SarahPalinUSA's e-mails, and found nothing. None of them read @BarackObama's book. #ObamaEatsDogs

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) April 19, 2012

So the Obama WH pays women 81 cents on the dollar what they pay men, and they can't find enough blacks to work on their campaign. #Obama2012

— Kevin Eder (@keder) April 19, 2012

The Obama Administration must be held accountable over #FastandFurious. Join @tedcruz and sign your name in support! http://t.co/iRtqFnoW

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) April 19, 2012

We'll stop making #ObamaEatsDog jokes when Leno, Letterman & Stewart start.

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 19, 2012

Go into the light, politicians! China is doing it. Time for American politicians to embrace it fully instead of cravenly trying to distance yourself lest you look silly. Winning isn’t silly. One would think the “experts” would know that. Evidently not.

@michellemalkin @BuzzFeed On second thought that sounds a lot like @murphymike but I doubt he would "trash" conservative twitter activists

— Wayne Austin (@WaynesterAtl) April 19, 2012

@michellemalkin He's likely as real as was "deepthroat", that is, real but his "knowledge" is "enhanced" to fit the storyline.

— Bill Moody (@WRogersM) April 19, 2012

@michellemalkin @BuzzFeed My best guess would b the 185k tweet guy who was recently tweeting about how @TwitchyTeam, etc is a waste of time

— Wayne Austin (@WaynesterAtl) April 19, 2012

Heh. Happy Warriors unite. You’re welcome, GOP.

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