Tracking Washington's Twitterati

Rove, McCaskill, others make microblogging look useful
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2009 11:48 AM CST
Tracking Washington's Twitterati
President Obama checks his BlackBerry as he walks along the West Wing Colonnade toward the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

To the unconverted, Twitter seems about as useful as a Snuggie, writes Patrick Gavin in Politico, but some DC movers and shakers are making the microblogging site work for them. Here’s his top 10:

  1. Karl Rove: More than 11,000 have signed up for quick glimpses into Bush’s Brain.
  2. Claire McCaskill: Personal, off the cuff, and open, she’s Congress’s best tweeter.
  3. David Gregory: Questions pols and interacts with fans.

  1. Barack Obama: Hasn’t tweeted since the election but still has the most subscribers (280,000)
  2. Newt Gingrich: Sometimes rants, sometimes posts things like “Great lunch at mcdonalds-quarter pounder with cheese.”
  3. Ana Marie Cox: Tweets constantly and boasts 54,000 fans.
  4. Chuck Grassley: In one fan’s words, the Senator “sounds just like the elderly pig farmer he is.”
  5. Joe Trippi: Democratic operative fosters dialogue by responding to comments.
  6. Patrick Ruffini: Bush’s web guru dispatches sharp, blunt tweets.
  7. Al Gore: Rarely tweets, but has 118,000 followers.
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