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has become an indispensable part of political dialogue in the U.S.,
opening the door for clever political humorists to gain --- and
potentially influence --- a large audience.
no shortage of sarcasm and wit on Twitter, but the social network is
particularly well-suited to parody, whose history of influence over
culture and politics stretches back well before the Internet age.
with their equal parts imitation and ridicule, can be very effective on
Twitter because of their proximity to what they're mocking. On
Twitter, users can assume names that have little or no relation to
their given names. In addition, Twitter has an established class of
politically-savvy and educated users who look to the site to provide
breaking news and analysis. They want real-time news, and they are happy
to have real-time humor too.
often get launched on a whim, sometimes within minutes of a ripe
statement or event. It only took a few minutes for an enterprising
convention-watcher to launch @InvisibleObama
in reaction to Clint Eastwood's speech/performance at the GOP meeting
in Tampa. Ditto for a flurry of "Big Bird" parody accounts that launched
during the first presidential debate, mere moments after Mitt Romney
mentioned the feathered fella.
accounts start slowly, then gain steam as events bring their subjects
into the limelight. The @GingrichIdeas account was "started in the midst
of the primary campaign, before Newt's first rise in the polls," said
the account's creator to OhMyGov. "There was a Washington Post article that described Newt Gingrich as an ‘ideas factory'... [The account] was as much a joke on DC media as on Newt himself." We asked one of Twitter's most famous parody voices, the sometimes crass but always honest @Wise_Kaplan, what he thought about the use of political parody on Twitter. His answer, naturally: "It's Newt."
Here are 11 political parody accounts that we enjoy following: Joe Biden (@VeepJoeBiden) The well-meaning vice-president whose irrationality and fun-loving ways get in the way of stately conduct
#IfIWereRomney I'd just sit in my Firebird and ride my car elevator up and down all day.— Joe Biden (@VeepJoeBiden) September 7, 2012
#IfIWereRomney I'd just sit in my Firebird and ride my car elevator up and down all day.
Angela Merkel (@Queen_Europe) A perpetually-exasperated and impatient female leader surrounded by unappreciative, weaker foreign countries
Relaxing with a horror movie. Oh hang on, this is the videoconference.— Angela Merkel (not) (@Queen_Europe) June 15, 2012
Relaxing with a horror movie. Oh hang on, this is the videoconference.
Dalai Parton (@DalaiParton) A no-nonsense, heartbroken singer with an appreciation for global peace and equality
Especially when working 9 to 5. RT @deepakchopra Be kind to yourself and others. Come from love every moment you can.— Dalai Parton (@DalaiParton) August 20, 2012
Especially when working 9 to 5. RT @deepakchopra Be kind to yourself and others. Come from love every moment you can.
Kim Jong Il (@KimJongNumberUn) A young dictator with double the amount of fervor than practicality
URGENT NEED TO FIND DUDE WHO DID OLYMPIC FIREWORKS HOW DID THEY MAKE ROCKETS GO SO FAR CONTACT ME ON MYSPACE KTHXBYE— KimJongNumberUn (@KimJongNumberUn) August 12, 2012
URGENT NEED TO FIND DUDE WHO DID OLYMPIC FIREWORKS HOW DID THEY MAKE ROCKETS GO SO FAR CONTACT ME ON MYSPACE KTHXBYE
InvisibleObama (@invisibleobama) The president as empty chair. Consistent and still clever two months after its primetime RNC launch.
Honored to have been featured in Facebook's first commercial. youtu.be/c7SjvLceXgU #invisiblebrag— Invisible Obama (@InvisibleObama) October 4, 2012
Honored to have been featured in Facebook's first commercial. youtu.be/c7SjvLceXgU #invisiblebrag
Clinton Arithmetic (@ClintonMath) The wise elder politician who enjoys at-length discussions of poll numbers and economic data
@cliffordthehutt @political_bill -- Taxes were higher, especially for the wealthy, during the Clinton years, and the economy did very well.— Clinton Arithmetic (@ClintonMath) September 24, 2012
@cliffordthehutt @political_bill -- Taxes were higher, especially for the wealthy, during the Clinton years, and the economy did very well.
El Bloombito (@ElBloombito) The Spanglish-language mayor who struggles to overcome language barriers in a diverse metropolis
Stay awayo para los next few days los parks y los trees. Que fall down. El BOOM!— Miguel Bloombito (@ElBloombito) August 28, 2011
Stay awayo para los next few days los parks y los trees. Que fall down. El BOOM!
Senior White House Official (@SrWHOfficial) An almost official voice of the White House.
When he speaks, the teleprompter quits. He is... The Most Interesting Ex-President In The World.— Sr. WH Official (@SrWHOfficial) September 6, 2012
When he speaks, the teleprompter quits. He is... The Most Interesting Ex-President In The World.
Paul Ryan Gosling (@PaulRyanGosling)The combination of Paul Ryan and Ryan Gosling, a romantic fiscal conservative with your best interests at heart / wallet
Hey girl, I know I'm only 42, but my ideas on women's rights are over 500 years old.— Paul Ryan Gosling (@PaulRyanGosling) August 12, 2012
Hey girl, I know I'm only 42, but my ideas on women's rights are over 500 years old.
Romney Hood (@MittR0mney) An affable, if offensive, former governor and 2012 presidential candidate
Romney: "I didn't want to be President of you losers anyway."— Romney Hood (@MittRmoney) September 17, 2012
Romney: "I didn't want to be President of you losers anyway."
Gingrich Ideas (@GingrichIdeas) Newt Gingrich's ideas, if they were wild animals caged in a zoo on the moon
Reduce length of the mile to improve fuel efficiency.— Newt Gingrich Ideas (@GingrichIdeas) December 27, 2011
Reduce length of the mile to improve fuel efficiency.
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10. "Chris Christie gave the keynote address. In his speech he said the
word 'I' 37 times, 'Romney' 7 times, and 'jobs' only once. And then there was
the 622 times he said the word 'ham.'" –Conan O'Brien
9. "John McCain was at the convention. He just wandered
out on stage in his bathrobe." –David Letterman
8. "According to a poll released last week, Mitt Romney has zero percent
of the black vote. In fact, if it weren't for John Boehner, Romney wouldn't
have any support from people of color at all." –Jay Leno
7. "Mitt Romney went birther today. He was in Michigan,
where he was born, and he said, 'No one has ever asked to see my birth
certificate.' Right, because you weren't born. You have a warranty card."
6. "Some of the Republicans, I think, are over-reacting
to Hurricane Isaac — like today Rick Santorum was seen gathering up two of
every animal." –Jay Leno
5. "You can think outside the box and pick someone
who'll excite people like Sarah Palin or you can play it safe with an honest down-home
family man like John Edwards." –Craig Ferguson
4. "I can't wait to see the debate between Ryan and Joe
Biden. Biden is said to be already trying out different strategies. So far the
one that Obama likes is where Biden pretends to have food poisoning and they
cancel the debate." –Craig Ferguson
3. "Herman Cain was in Tampa. When a reporter asked him
if Isaac reminded him of Katrina, he said, 'I never even met the woman.'"
2. "It seems the GOP has placed 13,000 umbrellas in
bins outside the hall for people to use. Delegates can't bring them inside for
security reasons, so after you use the umbrella, you drop it off for the next
person to use. That sounds like creeping socialism." –Jay Leno
1. "It looks like Hurricane Isaac has delayed the Republican convention
for one day. See, I think the Republicans should use these 60-mile an-hour
winds to their advantage. Mitt Romney should walk about there and go, here are
my tax returns for the last 10 years....Oh my gosh, what happened?'" –Jay
And we can't forget old man talking to an empty chair...
Akin announced that he is staying in the race. Is that a surprise?
10. "Today Todd Akin was named Democratic Party
Employee of the Month." –David Letterman
9. "In a new interview, first lady Michelle Obama said she doesn’t have
time to read 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' Then it got weird when she added,
'Again.'" –Jimmy Fallon
8. "Todd Akin, the Republican Senate candidate from
Missouri, is under fire for his controversial comments that women who are
'legitimately raped are less likely to get pregnant.' The good news? Candidates
who are legitimately that stupid are less likely to get elected." –Jay
7. "Akin announced that he is staying in the race. Is
that a surprise? A guy who that knows so little about a woman's body doesn't know
when it's time to pull out." –Jay Leno
6. "Mitt Romney has asked Todd Akin to step down. That's
too bad. Todd Akin was the guy to lead the Republican Party into the 16th
century." –David Letterman
5. "I just think it's refreshing to see a famous
redhead drunk and stripping that isn't Lindsay Lohan for a change." –Jimmy
4. "Today the Republicans are getting ready for the
convention. They're busy down there in Florida auditioning minorities."
3. "Six days after Paul Ryan
was picked to be Mitt Romney's running mate, a shirtless photo of him finally
turned up on TMZ. The photo of Ryan with his wife was taken six years ago while
they were on vacation in Oklahoma, which raises an interesting question: Who
goes on vacation in Oklahoma?" –Jimmy Kimmel
2. "President Obama said today he is sticking with Joe
Biden. Which means one of two things – either he thinks Biden is doing a good
job or Hillary said no." –Jay Leno
1. "Are you excited about Paul Ryan? He's a far,
far-right ideologue. The Republican base loves him. He's kind of an English-speaking
version of Sarah Palin." –Bill Maher
Top Ten Congressman Kevin Yoder Excuses
(for skinny-dipping naked in the Sea of Galilee)
10. "What's the big deal, I was naked the whole trip"
9. "It was spring break; chill out"
8. "People in the Middle East are pretty easygoing about nudity"
7. "In my defense, I had been drinking heavily"
6. "Trying to take the focus off Mitt Romney's taxes"
5. "It had been days since a congressman did something embarrassing"
4. "It's Obama's fault"
3. "Putting the 'junk' in 'congressional junket'"
2. "I can't swim naked, but Barney Frank can walk around like this?"
1. "That's how we party in Kansas"
for our Maher fans...
"This ticket is supposed to be so anti-government and pro-business. Paul
Ryan has been in government his whole life, practically from kindergarten. You
know what the only business experience Paul Ryan guy has? As a teenager he
drove the Oscar Mayer Wienermoble. A Republican inside a wiener. Usually it's
the other way around." –Bill Maher
"It's only been six days that they've been together as a ticket, and
already Paul Ryan is flip-flopping on everything. All week long, Romney has
been attacking Obama on his $700 billion in Medicare cuts. Apparently Ryan in
his plan had the exact same thought, until yesterday when Romney announced that
Ryan had changed his position. They say this happens to everybody who gets too
close to Mitt Romney. Suddenly your most firmly held beliefs just vanish. In
fact the only way to avoid it is by only looking at a reflection of Romney in
the mirror." –Bill Maher
"Why is everything so off limits with Mitt Romney? We can't ask him about
his taxes, we can't ask him about Bain Capital, his business for 25 years, we
can't ask him about his religion. How can a guy who is such a boring cypher
have so many secrets? It’s like waterboarding Ryan Seacrest." –Bill Maher
"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is doing the keynote speech at the
Republican Convention. He didn't want to, but they're going to lure him in by
having Paul Ryan drive the Wienermobile." –Bill Maher
"New Rule: Stop implying that this Romney/Ryan bromance is somehow gay.
You act like you’ve never seen an older millionaire take a bright young lad
under his wing, dress in matching outfits and exchange doting looks while
teaming up to save the country. It happens all the time and there’s nothing gay
about it." –Bill Maher
This VP is a cheesehead. Remember, last time it was an airhead?
10. "Mitt Romney said he wants to cut funding for
things like Amtrak and PBS, both of which are subsidized by the government. I
don't like the idea of cutting funds for PBS. Things are bad enough already.
One of the Muppets is living in a garbage can." –Jimmy Kimmel
9. "We're learning more and more about the Wisconsin
Congressman. Apparently, he's a huge Green Bay Packers fan. See, that shows you
how far the Republicans have progressed - this time, their VP is a cheesehead.
Remember, last time it was an airhead. That was totally different." –Jay
8. "Paul Ryan is full of excitement, he's drawing big
crowds. The only thing holding Paul Ryan back now according to political
experts is Mitt Romney." –David Letterman
7. "New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is going to be
the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, and wherever Chris
Christie goes you know what that means. That's right, unlimited bread
sticks." –David Letterman
6. "According to a new poll, atheism is becoming more
and more popular among Americans. God only knows why." –Jay Leno
5. "Porn star Jenna Jameson has come out for Mitt Romney. So this election
could have a happy ending after all." –Jay Leno
4. "Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. Experts say Ryan
can add something vital to this campaign that Mitt Romney lacks: a
personality." –Jay Leno
3. "Paul Ryan likes to hunt and we all know that a vice
president who hunts is always a good choice." –David Letterman
2. "North Korea could test a nuclear missile in two weeks. North Korea
says this launch will go much better than previous ones because they got twice
as much Diet Coke and Mentos." –Jimmy Fallon
1. "How many of you have the Paul Ryan fever? They say
that Paul Ryan will humanize Romney. And I thought, hell, an amoeba could
humanize Romney." – David Letterman
David Letterman's Top 10 Little-Known Facts About Paul Ryan
10. He's only the 32nd white guy to become Republican vice presidential
9. Was runner-up on Season 3 of "The Bachelorette."
8. Always shampoos once, conditions twice.
7. Got his start in Congress as John Boehner's tanning boy.
6. Claims to be "a lady in the streets, but a freak in the sheets."
5. Like the rest of America, wonders what Romney is hiding in his tax returns.
4. Has a good feeling about this Jennifer Aniston marriage working out.
3. Eats nothing but plants, berries and small turtles.
2. Even before working at Oscar Meyer, had reputation for "driving the
1. Born in Kenya.
Mayor Bloomberg's crusade...
10. "All in all a successful trip.
Best of all, Romney has checked three countries off the list of '1000 Places To
Offend People Before You Die.'" –Stephen Colbert
9. "Why don't they allow
professional wrestling at the Olympics? They allow pro basketball players and
hockey players. Olympic pro wrestling would be awesome. The team from Mexico
could wear those Mr. X masks. The French wrestler could hit his opponent with a
baguette. Or perhaps just surrender." –Craig Ferguson
8. "This crisis has pitted brother
against lower cholesterol brother. It's like the Civil War, if you replace
slavery with waffle fries." –Stephen Colbert on the Chick-Fil-A controversy
7. "Olympic officials have disqualified a champion race walker after
determining that he was doping. They disqualified him. The man said getting
caught doping is almost as embarrassing as getting caught being a champion race
walker." –Conan O'Brien
6. “I would like to congratulate the team at NASA’s jet propulsion lab. You
deserve every missed high five of your celebration.” –Stephen Colbert
5. "Mayor Bloomberg is saying now
that he has banned large sodas in New York City, his next target is going to be
alcohol. Once that's out of the way he'll start his crusade against the
laughter of children." –Conan O'Brien
4. "Mitt Romney is claiming he’s
going to create 12 million jobs in his first term. But he hasn’t said yet if
he’ll create them in China or India.” –Conan O'Brien
3. "It's now come out just before his record-breaking 100-meter dash, gold
medalist Usain Bolt ate at McDonald's. Apparently he timed his meal so when the
race started he would have exactly 9.63 seconds to get to a toilet."
2. "They're calling it the worst
drought in 56 years. That seems to me unnecessarily negative. Couldn't it be
the best drought in 56 years?" –Jimmy Kimmel
1. "Tough Olympic news for the Romneys. Ann Romney's horse Rafalka did not
advance to the Olympic finals. Apparently it was beat by a smooth-talking
socialist horse from Kenya." –Conan O'Brien
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