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President Obama's speech sets new Twitter record

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The Twitterati have spoken!

The Internet has a lot of feelings about President Obama. So many, in fact, that its citizens set a new record last night: Twitter reports that about 52,756 Tweets per minute were written about Obama’s convention speech just after its conclusion. That’s a record for a political event, Twitter spokesperson Elaine Filadelfo told Politico. Mitt Romney’s convention speech, by contrast, drove 14,289 tweets per minute at its peak.

All in all, users sent over 9.5 million tweets about the DNC, crushing the 4 million tweets written about the RNC. Twitter users wrote 4 million messages about the Democratic convention on Day 3 alone. Thanks a lot, #sexyface!

But it’s not all sunshine and hashtags in Donkeyville.  Politico also writes that Twitter’s political sentiment index found that tweets about both Obama and his Republican challenger got more negative after their speeches. Responses to ex-prez Bill Clinton, White House car-washer Joe Biden, and “la renarde” Michelle Obama, however, got more positive. That’s likely because Obama and Romney were more likely to inspire cutting remarks from their detractors: ”As the more prominent speakers take center stage, it inspires more reactions from the opposition,” Filadelfo told Politico.

Still, the president is currently generating many more positive tweets than Romney — which makes sense, considering Obama’s convention just ended. (On Aug. 31, the day after his RNC speech, Romney outpaced Obama on the political sentiment index by seven points.) Today, Obama has a score of 52, while Romney has a score of 9. This means that tweets about the president are more positive than 52 percent of all other tweets. Adam Sharp, Twitter’s head of government, news, and social innovation, told Bloomberg that a sentiment index score of 50 or more is considered good.

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The Top Ten Best Republican Songs

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My pal Katie Halper, who has appeared in my BLUNT videos, is hilarious, and proves it in her work over at The Nation. She has allowed me to share her "Twitter curator" humor with you, but I'm only going to give you a few examples. You'll have to link over for the rest:

#RepublicanSongs was trending on Twitter, and here are some that Katie came up with:

  1. My Country ’Tis of Me (My Country ’Tis of Thee)

  2. The Times Should Not B-Changin(The Times They Are A-Changin’)

  3. Fetus, I Need Your Lovin’ (Baby, I Need Your Lovin’ )

  4. 99 Red Buffoons (99 Red Balloons)

  5. We Will, We Will Frack You (We Will, We Will Rock You)

For more, follow this link. She included some good ones from the Twitterverse, too.

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VIDEO, tuh-WEET! GOP oopsy upon oopsy after Supreme Court "Obamacare" ruling

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Earlier Paddy posted a screen grab of CNN’s Breaking Whoopsie On Scotus, and now here's the video:

 

Hey CNN, don'tcha hate when you get something wrong in front of millions of viewers who were anticipating a major news headline from a major news organization?

But you know what's just as bad? Being a Republican who was anticipating a major news headline from a major news organization that got it so wrong. Buzzfeed documented a few tweets sent out by jubilant GOPers... until they deleted them. Here's a sample, but follow the link for the rest. Good catch, BF!

Two of my faves (wink). One was actually surprisingly accurate ("This is a big win for liberty and the Constitution") and one blew it. How tuh-weet it is.

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About that Obama heckler...

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So you know that arrogant twit who was apparently raised by very inept parents and who disrespected not only the office of the presidency, but this particular African American president by having the damn gall to shamelessly and rudely interrupt him mid-statement? (Bet he never did that to any other president.)

Fun Fact time!

  • The Daily Caller's editor-in-chief is Tucker Carlson. Google him. 'Nuff said.

THE PRESIDENT: ... This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.  It is –

Q    (Inaudible.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  – the right thing to do. 

Q    – foreigners over American workers.

THE PRESIDENT:  Excuse me, sir.  It’s not time for questions, sir.

Q    No, you have to take questions.

THE PRESIDENT:  Not while I’m speaking. Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. [The president continues on for awhile, then...] And the answer to your question, sir – and the next time I’d prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask that question – is this is the right thing to do for the American people –

Q    (Inaudible.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  I didn’t ask for an argument.  I’m answering your question. 

Q    I’d like to –

THE PRESIDENT:  It is the right thing to do – 

Q    (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  – for the American people.  And here’s why –

Q    – unemployment –

[The president goes on for awhile longer, then...]

THE PRESIDENT: All right.  Thank you very much. [And he exits...]

Q    What about American workers who are unemployed while you import foreigners?

  • Munro later said, "I timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks, because naturally I have no intention of interrupting," but reporters near him saw it differently:
  • How'd Munro manage to "time a question" badly and "have no intention of interrupting" after cutting in more than once? Especially after President Obama said, "Excuse me, sir.  It’s not time for questions, sir." Especially after Munro responded, "No, you have to take questions."

Here's a fake Fun Fact I hope I get to add soon: Neil Munro got fired.

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AUDIO: The Daily Show presents Mitt Romney tweets... in robot voice

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Wait, if the tweets are in robot voice, isn't that just Willard voice?

Here is the Daily Show's RomneyBot page, and here is all the hilarious audio (You can scroll and play by hovering over the entries. Hover over the bottom right corner to get the scrolly thing to show up.):

I'm so glad they made these embeddable! They're Bot-tastic!

 H/t: Mediaite

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UPDATED: Obama administration blocks Texas voter ID law; WI judge grants permanent injunction against voter ID law

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I had a Twitter exchange with Ron Christie yesterday about Voter I.D. laws, and, as you can see here, a few others jumped in:

Wasn't that special? He's apparently paid to be just as unreasonable on Twitter as he is on the Tee Vee machine.

But here's the good news, via The Hill, and I hope Ronnie laps this up the way Rush laps up Oxycontin:

The Justice Department moved Monday to block Texas's new law that requires voters to display government-issued photo identification while voting, arguing the legislation disproportionately harms Hispanic voters... [T]he Obama administration argued in a letter to the Texas Secretary of State that there wasn't evidence of pervasive voter fraud under the state's existing laws. [...]

Instead, the Obama administration argued that the legislation was designed to make voting harder for minorities and the poor, who are least likely to hold a government-issued ID.

"Even using the data most favorable to the state, Hispanics disproportionately lack either a driver’s license or a personal identification card issued by DPS, and that disparity is statistically significant," Perez writes. [...]

Republicans plan to challenge the Justice Department's ruling in federal court, arguing that the legislation contains specific exemptions for the elderly, poor, and those who held religious objections to being photographed. Under the law, the state would provide free voter ID cards for those unable to afford driver's licenses or state ID cards.

Democrats counter the GOP argument, saying that in order to receive free voter identification cards, original copies of birth certificates would be required, or other documents that would cost money and take a lot of time and effort to get.

In other words, some voters would have to pay money they may not have, and jump through inconvenient and time-consuming hoops, in order to vote.

South Carolina's law was blocked, but eight states have passed voter ID laws just in the past year. Those hit hardest are usually low income voters, the elderly, the ill who can't leave home, young voters, minorities, and of course, anyone without transportation (or to put it another way, lean Democratic). And to those who say, "Well, there are always absentee ballots," some states are now requiring Voter I.D. to qualify for those, too.

But according to Ron Christie, race has nothing to do with it, because after all, HE had to show identification and had no problem at all, because he's, you know, your typical voter.

UPDATE: A Dane County, Wisconsin judge has granted permanent injunction against a voter ID law. This is the second judge to block the Voter ID law, on two separate legal issues. Judge Niess' ruling says that lawmakers did not have constitutional authority to add another qualification to vote.

Per John Nichols: WI Judge's remarkable decision declares extreme VOTER ID law "sows the seeds for (state government's) demise as a democratic institution."

Here is the .pdf of the decision.

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Why Newt Gingrich will lose the primary

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The title should read, "MORE reasons why Newt Gingrich will lose the primary."

The contents of these two tweets is more than enough to prove once and for all that neither Hermie nor Newton Leroy have the judgment, professionalism, intelligence, or common sense to ever hold office again ever in the history of ever.

Via @Rebecca_CBSNJ:

"Newt! He can solve stuff!" There's Gingrich's next bumper sticker. If that doesn't convince voters that he's presidential material, nothing will.

As for relying on Todd Palin's people skills to appeal to recipients of cold calls, well...

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