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Grassroots? Jeb Bush Right to Rise Hashtag goes Empty

January 7, 2015: Jeb Bush announces the launch of his Twitter hashtag #RightToRise

April 1-3, 2015: a grand total of 12 people Tweet using the #RightToRise hashtag on Twitter. Messages include:

@actdontreact: #righttorise is like #righttowork. It’s nothing of the sort! #JebBush2016

gift2usa: RT @TheNotoriousJEB: I’m running for president because everyone has the #RightToRise. #Viagra

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Questions for CPAC

On the morning of February 27 2015, Newt Gingrich issued a call for questions at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) via the Twitter hashtag #CPACQ:

Neither he nor any of the CPAC leadership had bothered to check the #CPAC hashtag they’d started up the day before: people everywhere, not just conservatives, were asking […]

1787 for America winds down toward Oblivion

The nascent political party 1787 for America introduced itself in 2013 by promising it would provide an arena for populist, bottom-up participation in the choosing of the next President of the United States. Choose whomever you like — let the people decide, declared 1787 for America. But as with the billionaire-funded group Americans Elect, these […]

Jeb Bush #RightToRise Twitter Campaign Goes Flaccid

On January 7, Jeb Bush issued a challenge to all of his “followers” on Twitter: Show your support for the Jeb Bush for President campaign by posting a message with the #RightToRise hashtag. “Is something holding you back from achieving your #AmericanDream? Tell us! #RightToRise”.

The tone of the responses has not been quite what […]

Another Fox News Fail on Twitter

Fox News takes to Twitter again in an attempt to show popular support:

Only 113 for a nationwide network? Ouch. You’d think Fox News would have learned its lesson from its recent #OverIt2014 disaster. Asking its followers to describe all the conservative and Christian-oriented reasons they were glad to see 2014 bite the dust, […]

A Final Light Bit of Activism For 2014

If you’re like most people, you’re winding down today, coasting to the end of 2014, so that you’ll have energy to begin the new year with more enthusiasm. If that’s the case, I suggest taking part in one final light and fluffy bit of activism before the ball descends in Times Square.

Fox News […]

Jim Webb Pursues Presidency With Anemic Communications

When Jim Webb announced that he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, he promised to wage a vigorous campaign. He said, in his announcement speech, “True leadership makes a difference. Results can be obtained, even in a paralyzed political environment, and in fact I believe we can un-paralyze the environment and re-establish […]

Donald Trump Wants To Run For President On The Basis Of Phony Social Media

Frequently bankrupt real estate tycoon Donald Trump is playing the same publicity game he’s played over the last two presidential election cycles. He’s saying that he’s “thinking” about running for President in 2016.

What does that that mean, that Trump is “thinking” about running for President? I can think of an elephant without being an […]

Ben Carson for President Tweets … A Deluge or a Trickle?

Earlier this week, J. Clifford used Google Trends, a tracking of search engine volume, to assess the success of Ben Carson’s self-paid infomerical over the weekend of November 8-9. To follow up on that assessment, I decided to look at the volume of Twitter posts with the text “Ben Carson for President” since that weekend. […]

With Zero Ebola in the United States, the #Obola Meme Spreads Virally

November 10: Craig Spencer, the last Ebola Patient in the United States, is declared virus free, bringing the number of people infected with Ebola in the United States to Zero.

Number of posts on Twitter on November 11 using the #Obola hashtag to criticize Barack Obama’s policy for containing Ebola in the United States: 245

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A Little F Makes All the Difference

The snow won't slow us down! Sign up for a GOTV shit in your neighborhood: http://t.co/v2Jk38FgOn #mepolitics #victory2014

— Maine Democrats (@MaineDems) November 2, 2014

I am not above a scatalogical giggle. Having tried GOTV, I can say it really does feel a bit like a shit in your neighborhood.

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