Who is Winning the Presidential Bird Race?
We keep hearing about the “Presidential Horse Race” in the news media, but I can’t recall any presidential candidate in 2016 riding any horse. If you can find a picture of one, let me know; I’d really like to see Chris Christie in the saddle. Sadly, he’s ridden off into the sunset. Maybe he can visit a dude ranch.
While journalists wax reportistic about fictional horses, there is an actual presidential bird race going on in this country. I’m referring to Twitter, the social media platform of the great American Two-Dimensional Blue Bird. Each major presidential candidate in the Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican parties has a Twitter account. How many followers does each of these accounts have?
The number of followers of a presidential candidate don’t count as votes, to be sure. But they do signify a certain amount of attention. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? What they say on Twitter is getting a lot of attention. When Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz say something on Twitter, what they say shows up on on a moderate number of Twitter timelines. At the lowest end, past even Jeb (!) Bush and John Kasich, are Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party.
If you’re sympathetic to Jill Stein’s vision and values, you might want to follow her Twitter feed and inch up her numbers.