Analysis Of Twitter Traffic Finds Obama’s 'Let's Copy Sarah Palin' Bus Tour With An Unfavorable/Favorable Ratio Of 72%–6%…

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Obama’s Midwest tour last week prompted more criticism and ridicule than support on Twitter, according to this week’s Hill Hexagon.

Regardless of what President Obama and his political advisers had hoped for, the three-state Midwest bus tour last week prompted far more criticism and ridicule than support in Twitter comments, according to this week’s Hill Hexagon.

An analysis of Twitter traffic by Crimson Hexagon over the days of the tour showed that 72 percent of the opinions expressed were negative, while 22 percent were neutral and only 6 percent were favorable.

Among the negative comments, 21 percent were generally negative toward Obama, 17 percent called it a campaign stunt, 15 percent complained about taxpayers picking up the tab, 12 percent offered derisive names for the tour — similar to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s “Magical Misery Tour” — and 6 percent complained that he was not in Washington working.

(via talkstraight-deactivated2014060)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Social Media Politics

As I write this, my Android handset is flashing with Twitter updates. I have been engaging in a virtual “war” with a fellow user, who has accused me of being a conservative who wants to murder President Obama and his family ( his exact words). I have several tabs open in my internet browser: Facebook, Drudge Report, Google +. Each page is focused on something I care most about at this point in American political discourse: the economy, the GOP presidential debate, the constant barrage of ludicrous left-wing assumptions that the Tea Party is racist. Again, my phone alerts me that a new blog post has appeared on this very site, and I proceeded to read it. In fact, every little bit of my involvement in conservative politics was birthed from my deep connection to social media, and while I reside here in Dallas, it allows me to keep tabs on the Left, Washington politics, and the various conflicts worldwide.

But this article is not about me. It is about how social media seeks to engage those who have a desire to understand every shift in American politics, but don’t have the luxury of living in the political hotbed of Washington D.C. It does exactly that, but furthermore, it has altered our very perception of the political parties, world leaders, economic, foreign, and social policy, science, and history itself. Our means of communicating ideas has changed dramatically, allowing us to post 140 character statements of the things that matter to us, or create groups on Facebook to promote our beliefs and concerns, or even write lengthy essays on popular websites that push forth certain ideologies. Some would say that this doesn’t affect politics in any significant way, but when simple things, such as a video, have the ability to end corruption at the deepest levels, none can deny just how effective social media has become.

But as we accept just how invaluable social media is to our political discussion, we also must accept just how damaging it can be. While both the Left and the Right have turned to Twitter and Facebook to combat each other, the Left has used these tools more for accusing the Right of immense racism, homophobia, sexism, elitism, and terrorism, and less for espousing rationality and reason. Some even advocated lying for the purposes of winning political debate at one point or another. It isn’t hard to see just how erratic some liberals behave through social networking sites.

Even with the addition of Twitter and Facebook to the equation, blogging is the defined medium for expressing political views. Blogs are where the most impassioned debates on current events take place. Most blogs, such as the ones controlled by new media leaders like Michelle MalkinGlenn ReynoldsMatt Drudge ( and of course this very site ran by our own Andrew Breitbart), have succeeded in presenting a new type of conservative thought, with a fair perspective on our ever shifting political scene. They hold no punches, and at times, are critical of people within our own movement. If only such civility were commonplace throughout the entirety of the blogosphere. Big name liberal sites like Huffington PostDaily Kos, and Talking Points Memo have used soaring rhetoric and violent language when talking about the things that conservatives care most about, and when discussing conservatives themselves.

 

So does the social media movement hurt or help politics? I would say a little of both. It has made it easier for cowards to hide behind their keyboards and attack decent hardworking people for standing for traditional values, limited government, and personal responsibility. It has spawned numerous ‘hate pages’ targeting people perceived as the most ‘radical’ of the conservative movement ( case in point, this ridiculous array of slurred speech know as Stop Beck), and it allows the Left to use the internet to spread some of the most disgusting lies about the Right. At the hands of liberals, social media is a tool only to be used as a means to destroy the credibility of those who disagree with them.

But through our social connections, we gain the ability to organize and connect with like-minded conservatives who have a desire to take their political activism to the next level. It gave the Tea Party a way to engage hundreds of thousands of people in serious debate over the direction of our country. Even the Pentagon sees how significant it can actually be. It has become one of the most important aspects of our daily lives, and will only continue to influence us in ways we could never have imagined.

So for those who choose to live a life devoid of these exciting tools, it is to you I say this: while I might support your right to attempt to spread your message without social media, the most relevant voices are fast becoming the ones that open up their computers, and log on.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate Americans

If I had a nickel for every time someone on the far-left likened the Tea Party to terrorists, I might have enough to pull the United States out of its economic turmoil. The entire situation has grown to be far more than just something that foolish people say; it has climbed the political ladder to reach the highest echelons of American government:

From Politico (quoting Biden in reference to the Tea Party):

They have acted like terrorists.

It is one thing when Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania decided to embrace the crazy when he compared the debt ceiling dealings to a virtual hostage situation, with the Tea Party essentially running around the House strapped with C4, waving Ak-47’s at the Democratic Caucus. It is a different story entirely when the Vice President of the United States engages in this type of violent rhetoric. Apparently, Mr. Biden did not receive the memo that terrorism, and those who commit terrorist acts, has never, will never, and can never be a laughing matter.

Is it unreasonable then to ask for the resignation of the Vice President? Mr. Obama suggested that Anthony Weiner resign over allegations (which were later confirmed) that he used Twitter to provide one too many dirty photos to several different ladies over a three year period. Certainly this situation is much more foul, much more divisive, then the one involving a man who seemed incapable of keeping it in his pants. And while Biden will cater to his need to not be overly criticized for his remarks with a “sincere” apology delivered via secretary, it will be some time before those on the Right who associate themselves with the movement, including members of congress, forget what was said during that closed door meeting.

But such remarks can be taken much more personally.

 

Even now, in 2011, the events of September 11th still haunt many. When we are having a conversation about building mosques near Ground Zero, and fighting a war that was inspired by extremist violence, and when everyday we are in immediate danger of possible attack again on our own soil, for the right hand man of the leader of the free world to insinuate that a powerful, anti-establishment movement is driven by a desire to completely dismantle the U.S. economy through fiscal jihad, is unthinkable. Unthinkable, that is, until you realize that we live in the Age of Obama. These remarks, made by our Vice President, and democratic congressmen, and liberal media journalists, may do much in placating the needs of Media Matters and its constituents, but it does nothing to unite the American people.

So what can we then say about accusations of Tea Party terrorism by the Left? We can clearly assess that these statements are inspired by un-American principles. No reasonable person with a heart for this country like the Tea Party’s could allow such hateful rhetoric to slip from their mouths. And if roles had been reversed, and it was Speaker Boehner accusing the Left of wanting to commit a mass murder on American ideals, the Left would have been up in arms, and someone would have had the honor of making Keith Olbermann’s ‘Worst Person in the World’ hit list. To the Left, this really is a game, and as conservatives focus on fixing a broken economy, liberals have focused their attention on whether the Tea Party is transporting Yellowcake in their shoes to the Capitol Building.

Biden owes the Tea Party much more than an apology. In 2012, he, and President Obama, will pay them with their jobs.

Making a Situation of the West/Wasserman-Schultz Non-Situation

Normally, for a situation to be blown out of proportion, there must be a situation to actually blow out of proportion. And Allen West’s comments to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz are precisely not a situation, but liberals have failed to grasp this common knowledge.

As you read this, those on the Left are cowering in a corner, because due to the email that congressman West sent to congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz, Keith Olbermann thinks that West might actually shoot someone. Because clearly, using the words “vile”, “unprofessional”, and “despicable” are the worst things someone involved in politics has ever said.

Liberals seem to have made a sport of selectively criticizing comments made by elected officials or people in power, especially those who identify as conservatives. It seems that their buddies-in-arms have been given a free pass, so long as they vigorously defend the philosophies of a president who promotes socialist health care plans and flip-flops on more subjects than any president I have heard of.  To be fair, I might be made to believe that West was wrong in his comments….if making such comments were not the modus operandi of the Left.

 

Where was Keith Olbermann and the Congressional Black Caucus when New Black Panther Party thug Malik Zulu Shabazz was saddened by Obama not shooting at white people? And why didn’t the liberal media respond when Bill Maher summed up Newt Gingrich’s popularity:

Let me put your unpopularity in context for you – you’re a Republican and you’re polling behind a black guy ( Herman Cain).

And who can forget who Olbermann himself concluded to be the real culprit of the Oklahoma City bombing:

“What was the more likely cause of the Oklahoma City bombing: talk radio or Bill Clinton and Janet Reno’s hands-on management of Waco, the Branch Davidian compound?…Obviously, the answer is talk radio. Specifically Rush Limbaugh’s hate radio….Frankly, Rush, you have that blood on your hands now and you have had it for 15 years.”

While none of those listed above are government officials like West, this does not exempt them from the same standards everyone else is held to. Allen West had had enough, and responded in kind. It seems that, in his mind, the constant accusations of essentially not caring for the elderly, the sick, and the poor was offensive.  This isn’t a far-fetched idea;  this is how I envision the mind of a former military officer working.

Many have decried West’s comments as nothing more than personal attacks, but the Left seems to have changed the definition of those words to fit their own agendas. What can we call the remarks made by Sheila Jackson Lee that insinuated that those who disagree with Obama are racists? For liberals, her words are business as usual, and not worthy of criticism on MSNBC.

Any day now, I expect Obama to say that West inherited his ‘hatred’ from president Bush. Because, when all else fails, even when the situation doesn’t call for it, Bush is always the guy one can blame for every issue. Why should now be any different?

We should all applaud congressman West for standing up for his remarks. The only thing that seems unnecessary in the email is the reference to Wasserman-Schultz being “not a lady”. But that’s okay, because the Dems are poised to make a quick buck off the whole thing.

The only question I have is this: how long before Olbermann starts referring to this as “AllenGate”?