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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

This past Monday, Feb 15,  2010, Sen. Evan Bayh D-IN announced he would NOT run for re-election in this upcoming year. The reason behind his shocking decision? Bahy inferred that DC is too cliquey. Or in more PC terms, completely devoid of bipartisan efforts. How bad has it gotten? According to a New York Times article, Bayh regards the system as “dysfunctional”.

Reacting the news, Joe Wilson R-SC took to Twitter to say: “Great news of Senator Bayh’s retirement, good prospects of change in Indiana has now become much brighter! I am happy for Hoosiers.”

Hm… maybe Bayh does have a point.
 
In recent years it does seem that the tug-of-war between the donkeys and elephants has gotten a little unruly. The two have even spread their fighting to the Internet. How fun for the political bloggers like myself.
 
Consider the drama following the Scott Brown win. Republicans took to their blogs/twitters/facebooks to offer their congratulations and maybe give a few stubtle jabs at the dems. Just look at Tom Ganley a republican currently running for the senate from Ohio. He posted a note on his Facebook to extend his, “personal congratulations to Scott”.
 
On a sidebar, it is equally interesting to note, Brown had a ton more followers/fans/group members  than Coakley on Twitter and FB, so maybe give social media a little credit in the win, eh.  
Across the ailse (or playground to beat that analogy to death) the dems are fighting back. Look at recent backlash about Tea Partier Sarah Palin after she wrote notes on her hand. Popular DC Gossip Blog Wonkette had this to say about it.
Flipping through Digg I found more Palin-bashing time. One was  an article on CNN.com added by Daily Beast columnist John Avlon  author of the new book, “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.” When reading be sure to appreciate the zingers.
Also, like the Wonkette article, Avlon also uses “folksy” to describe Palin, which leaves me asking the age old question: is folksy the new maverick!? Only time will tell.
While I obviously don’t approve of the animosity, I will say I’m impressed at the way that everyone on the political spectrum is pulling together to use social media as it continues to change the face of politics.
But until everyone calms down a little, hopefully we can take a hint from the Flight of the Conchords and find a tea party we can all enjoy:

Inside the Snowpocalypse

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

When I came to DC, I was told it doesn’t snow… now I find myself in the middle of what is called a “historic” snowstorm. Being a veteran of hurricane preparations, I was not accustomed to the sheer hysteria expressed on this site: http://snowpocalypsedc.com/.

On Twitter there are three trending topics in the DC area about the storm, my favorite being #snowtoriousbig. Also Twitter has been my source for finding out where the best snowball fights are. The most happening spot right now is Dupont Circle where a snowball fight is occurring at 2 pm.

The federal government is also in full operation today, so another option could be to brave the snow and go to the Smithsonian.

I’m honestly surprised there is so much going on in the city today despite the grave names this blizzard is being called. I guess theres “snow” reason for me to be inside, haha.

The Capitol by Sarah Catherine Tunkle

State of the Internet

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2010 at 3:27 am

1/28/10

Yesterday, the Web was buzzing about President Obama’s  State of the Union Address. Starting as early as 9:30, both #SOTU and Union Address. Impressive, I know. World Wide only Union was trending.

As I continued looking around Twitter, I found some really hilarious posts. In the interest in keeping this brief, the winner of these was:”Anyone know where I can get a newborn onsie that says ‘You Lie!’?”

While the tweets about the Address continued throughout yesterday, last night and even today, unfortunately the tag #iTampon gained the top spot. C’mon America

Bopping around the blogosphere, I came across a message from GOP leader John Boehner. During the Address Boehner hosted a live blog. Why? Because according to the GOP Leader, “President Obama’s rhetoric is often detached from reality, so it’s important there be a place Americans can go to get the facts about his job-killing agenda.” Hm, try to yell that out during his speech.

Also in this press release is data showing repubs excessive use of social media, especially when compared to their liberal counter parts.

On Mashable.com, I discovered an article about how the White House will also be hosting a live blog during the SOTU. Maybe those staffers can collaborate with Boehner’s. They seem to have a lot in common.

But the social media frenzy continues, according to this post you can ask Obama a question and he’ll answer it on YouTube.

For those of you who were not as politically minded, Digg directed me to a great article by the Huffington Post. And yes, by article I mean hilarious drinking game. Though I did not participate, I have to say it is worth a read through.

The morning after the address (today), I searched Digg again to do a little follow up. Apparently a poll showed an 83% approval rating for the address. AND 615 Diggs for Obama to push for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal in SOTU (I was one of them.. I also tweeted about it).

Yet on Twitter, #iTampon is still in the lead…