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The Unpopularity of The Can Kicks Back, Part I: Twitter

“The Can Kicks Back” depicts itself as a movement of young people who “individually… had all reached the same decision” that taxing more poor people and cutting corporate tax rates while cutting social security, medicaid and medicare was a really good idea. That’s what “The Can Kicks Back” says about itself. The Can Kicks Back is really a funded subsidiary of the 501(c)(3) corporation “Concerned Youth of America” sharing an office with the pre-existing old-fogy corporations “Campaign to Fix the Debt” and “The New America Foundation”, which like “Concerned Youth of America” is funded by the billionaire soak-the-poor advocate Peter G. Peterson. All of these front groups are run by lobbyists and board members for America’s largest corporations. The two heads of “The Can Kicks Back” were also the two heads of the deeply unpopular Campaign to Draft David Walker for President in 2012. Guess who funds David Walker, a supporter of all of these groups? Yes, that’s right: billionare soak-the-poor advocate Peter G. Peterson.

Partly due to its inside-the-beltway connections, the shell-game effort called “The Can Kicks Back” has nabbed a large amount of big-media attention. Since November, “The Can Kicks Back” has been promoted in the following major media outlets:

11/5 WUSA
11/12 Washington Post
11/12 Sacramento Bee
11/12 Marketwatch
11/13 Washington Examiner
11/14 ABC News
11/15 Fox Business
11/16 NECN
11/19 Buffalo News
11/24 CSPAN Washington Journal
11/28 Politico
12/15 USA Today
12/21 US News & World Report
12/28 CNN
1/2 Dallas Morning News
1/3 The Washington Examiner, PBS NewsHour
1/15 Independent Voter News
1/31 The Hill
2/4 Huffington Post
2/14 US News & World Report
2/15 Politico, Hearst Newspapers
3/27 Marketwatch
4/4 Reuters

These big-market media mentions have given “The Can Kicks Back” every chance to catch on with the American public. How’s it catching on at Twitter?

Twitter followers of The Can Kicks Backs

All those promotions, all that big media attention and still fewer than a thousand followers.

5 thoughts on “The Unpopularity of The Can Kicks Back, Part I: Twitter”

  1. Dave says:

    However, if this trending continues for another five years they can expect close to 6 million followers. Not saying it’s likely, but the blue line speaks.

    1. Jim Cook says:


      Thanks for writing. Actually, going back to the data and checking, the best-fit trend is for approximately 4.8 new twitter fans a day, which wouldn’t be bad if they weren’t repeatedly being hawked in national newspapers and TV. At that rate, in five years they’d have less than 9000 twitter followers, not close to 6 million.

      1. Dave says:

        I went for multiplication and not addition for 60 months. There is a calculator on my computer but it doesn’t give nearly as interesting numbers as my own brain on the fly.

  2. Bill says:

    Now Jim, give credit where credit is due. At least TCKB (not to be confused with TCBY) didn’t go out and buy itself 100,000 ‘followers’, which is what conservative astroturf orgs usually do.

    1. Jim says:

      Bill, you’re right. There’s a handy online analytic tool called “Fake Follower Check” that indicates most of TCKB’s followers are legit, and the organization should receive some respect for not going down the fake-follower purchasing route.

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