With everyday bringing election time closer and closer, the spot light now has a permanent spot on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Barack Obama‘s victory for his second term as U.S. President sparked substantial social media reaction Tuesday night.
Among conservative users of Twitter, the news of Mitt Romney‘s defeat launched a great deal of chatter as well — some sympathetic, others angry.
Outspoken conservative commentator Ann Coulter expressed her sympathy for the Romney/Ryan campaign: “I feel so sorry for Mitt Romney, but sorrier for the country that will never have him as president.”
Former actress Victoria Jackson was a little more direct, tweeting that “America had died” and that she “couldn’t stop crying.” She took a stab at the Christian population, too, for not being present enough during the election:
Thanks a lot Christians, for not showing up.You disgust me.
— Victoria Jackson (@vicjackshow) November 7, 2012
The hashtag #tcot (top conservatives on Twitter) was also hot with disbelief:
I’m not “upset” Obama won. I just want knock half the country upside the head. #tcot
— Savannah (@thesavvy) November 7, 2012
— Michael A Nöthem (@mikandynothem) November 7, 2012
My entire life has been a trial by fire. If you think Barack Obama’s presidency will make me sit down, you have another thing coming. #tcot
— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) November 7, 2012
I’m sad for future generations who will dine on the crumbs of despair never knowing the feast of freedom they could have had. #tcot
— gtrburn (@gtrburn) November 7, 2012
Among the #tcot posts, one Twitter user referred to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s collaboration work with — and later praise of — Barack Obama in superstorm Sandy’s cleanup as “treasonous” and unforgettable.
— NYCguy2012 (@NYCGuy2012) November 7, 2012
Others focused less on attacking, and instead on congratulating Mitt Romney for a hard-fought campaign.
— Sistervative (@Sistervative) November 7, 2012
Former General Electric CEO, and noted Republican, Jack Welch congratulated President Obama.
Congratulations to Pres Obama and his team on their terrific victory..
— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) November 7, 2012
Meghan McCain, blogger for the Daily Beast and daughter of Senator John McCain, said she was “heartbroken,” but added that the Republican party “has to evolve or it’s going to die.” She extended a congratulations to the Obama campaign as well.
Tough night for republicans, thanks to Mitt Romney for running hard and I give credit to President Obama for running a successful campaign.
— Meghan McCain (@McCainBlogette) November 7, 2012
Did you keep track of the election results through Twitter? What were some of the highlights you saw? Let us know.
Wikipedia might be the key to predicting Mitt Romney’s pick for a running mate as the political world scrambles to figure out his nominee before the campaign’s official announcement, according to a new report.
Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, 2008’s VP nominees, both saw a considerable spike in the number of edits made to their Wikipedia pages in the hours before they were announced as the candidates. Micah Sifry, co-founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, wrote for TechPresident Monday reminding the political world of the hereunto mostly overlooked fact.
“Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia page was updated at least 68 times the day before John McCain announced her selection, with another 54 changes made in the five previous days previous,” wrote Sifry. “The same burst of last-minute editing appeared on Joe Biden’s Wikipedia page, Terry Gudaitis of Cyveillance, told the Washington Post.”
Essentially, Sifry is suggesting that political candidates’ staff are making these changes to Wikipedia pages in order to clean up the pages prior to the public unveiling of the VP pick.
That hasn’t been proven, but Wikipedia is a publicly-editable knowledge database that’s become a go-to source for information about almost any subject, political candidates included. Therefore, it makes sense that politicians’ staff would edit a possible VP’s page before the candidate is thrust into the public eye and millions visit the site for information about their history and political stances.
Mashable covered the “Wikipedia Effect” in politics earlier this year, finding that Mitt Romney’s page saw a considerable spike in edits just before, during and immediately after primary elections — a sign that Wikipedia users may have been trying to influence voters by changing details about Romney’s history on the site.
Does Wikipedia’s publicly-editable nature make it a less reliable source for information about current events, such as politics? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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