2012 battles fought in 140 characters or less

By Shannon Travis, CNN.com Might future presidential debates feature candidates that voters can’t see, can’t hear and who answer questions in 140 characters or less? While televised presidential debates are far from political extinction, what’s certain is that more and more presidential-type forums are making significant use of social media or wholly being broadcast online. Cases in point: on Wednesday, … Read More

Poll: GOP should listen to tea party

By JENNIFER EPSTEIN, Politico Seven in 10 Americans would like to see Republican leaders in Congress consider the tea party movement’s ideas as they confront the country’s challenges, a new poll has found. In a Gallup/USA Today polling released Monday, 71 percent of those surveyed said they want to see GOP leaders look to tea party positions when developing policy. … Read More

22% of online Americans used social networking or Twitter for politics in 2010 campaign

By Pew Internet After first gaining prominence as tools for political engagement during the 2008 presidential election, social media became a regular part of the political environment for voters in the 2010 midyear elections. Some 22% of online adults used Twitter or social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace in the months leading up to the November, 2010 elections … Read More

Dose of hot Tea catches Republicans up to Democrats in social media use

By Jacqui Cheng, ars technica Social media is becoming an increasingly important part of US elections, but the group that has made the most progress in recent years has been… the Tea Party? According to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Republicans managed to catch up to Democrats when it came to using social media … Read More

Should Pence seize the moment and make a run for president?

By Maureen Groppe, IndyStar.com WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Pence has to be flattered. While he has said he will decide his political future — which could be running for governor or president — by the end of this month, there is a campaign to push the Columbus Republican toward the White House. A group of South Carolina lawmakers stood … Read More

Tea Party Maligned

by Rebecca Hagelin, Townhall.com There are only a few things that make me truly angry. Lies about the innocent are chief among them. The decent, hard-working, freedom-loving Americans who dare to raise their voices in protest against injustice are my heroes. And it makes me nauseas when they are maligned by those who seek to control them – the very … Read More

Tea Party Brings Energy, Change and Tumult to GOP

Micahel Barone, Townhall.com The political commentariat doesn’t know what to make of those thousands of Americans who have spontaneously thronged to tea parties and town hall meetings to oppose the big government programs of the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders. Some on the left attack them as fascists or racists, though evidence of that is sorely lacking. David Brooks … Read More