We are in the early stages of the 2012 campaign season, with a lot of battlespace preparation going on. In the skirmishing so far, one perhaps surprising media advantage has become clear: the right is clobbering the left on Twitter.
Maybe it’s because Twitter puts a premium on brevity and cleverness. I don’t know. But for some reason, it seems to be a natural medium for conservatives. We saw it when the Hilary Rosen interview (“Ann Romney never worked a day in her life”) prompted a Twitterstorm. We saw it again when #ObamaEatsDogs exploded, and when #Julia blew up in the White House’s face like an exploding cigar. Currently, the White House is promoting #AskMichelle, where loyal Democrats can go to ask the First Lady a question. Only nearly all of the questions have come from conservatives. A sampling:
When you vacation in Hawaii, can you see the rise of the oceans beginning to slow?
What’s up this week for the @BarackObama campaign and “Operation Change the Subject” (to anything except the economy)?
Do you still exchange May Day cards with Bill and Bernadette?
Do you think your daughters should request affirmative actions preferences?
Do you still get Christmas cards from the Rezkos and Blagojeviches?
So who succeeded you at that critical, highly important $300k/year community outreach job at UC hospital?
I have several friends who specialize in relocation. Shall I give them your number so they can help you relocate in January?
I asked Mrs. Obama this question:
Any comment on the Oprah vs. Michelle excerpt from The Amateur in the New York Post this morning?
They go on and on. You almost feel sorry for the White House. They’re going to have to either do a better job of mobilizing their supporters on Twitter, or abandon the medium altogether. If you haven’t yet started using Twitter, you should give it a try. You can follow, among countless others, Michelle Malkin, Jim Treacher, David Burge (Iowahawk), Jonah Goldberg, Melissa Clouthier, Big Government, Byron York, Ed Morrissey, Steve Hayward, and, as I said, countless more, including me. Michelle Malkin’s site Twitchy is a good Twitter aggregator. Pretty much every politician has a Twitter feed, but for obvious reasons, they aren’t as pungent as what you will get from Jim Treacher and Iowahawk.
So if you haven’t already done so, it is a good time to join the party on Twitter.