Dispatch June 2009

The 30 Washington Insiders You Should Follow on Twitter


11 – 15 of 30


Howard Kurtz
Columnist, Washington Post

Obsessions: media trends, his hometown of Brooklyn

Typical Tweets:

It's getting to be torturous watching pundits yell at each other about torture. Maybe they should play some of these tapes for detainees

Newt may be succinct, but not sure Twitter is best forum to call a Supreme Court nominee racist. Attack her legal reasoning, but R word?

Work has interfered with tweeting all day. Thing about reporting is it takes time--phone calls, etc. Very old-fashioned.

Follow at: http://twitter.com/HowardKurtz


Rachel Maddow
Host, The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC

Obsessions: political dissent, cocktails, good web reporting

Typical Tweets:

Look at Obama's answer to question 10. This is the same guy now proposing "prolonged detention" without trial?

If the biggest jail in the US is a madness-inducing hellhole, maybe it should be shut down - and not just rebuilt bigger?

Prepping for tonight's presser, but thinking about Friday's expected announcement of Obama's plans for Afghanistan - - huge deal.

Follow at: http://m.twitter.com/maddow


John McCain
Senator from Arizona (Republican)

Obsessions: Earmarks, war movies, Arizona Diamondbacks

Typical Tweets:

Obama has more czars than the Romanovs - who ruled Russia for 3 centuries. Romanovs 18, cyberczar makes 20.

North Korean nuclear blast provocative and dangerous - sanctions and Chinese pressure absolutely necessary.

Admin claims 150,000 jobs "Saved or Created"-what about the 1.6 million American jobs lost & unemployment topping 9.4% since the "Stimulus"?

Follow at: http://twitter.com/SenJohnMccain


Meghan McCain
Daughter of Sen. John McCain

Obsessions: The GOP, shopping, gay marriage

Typical Tweets:

Why is Newt Gingrich on my news crawl this morning? Last time he was interesting I hadn't hit puberty yet...

I think its great Dick Cheney is speaking out about marriage equality however it would have been more effective when he was VICE PRESIDENT!

Worst pickup line ever: "I too love sex.....and the republican party"

Follow at: http://twitter.com/McCainblogette


Claire McCaskill
Senator from Missouri (Democrat)

Obsessions: Health care, St. Louis Cardinals, her local radio interviews

Typical Tweets:

Ok. I'm mad about these yahoos on Wall Street taking bonuses and trying to buy fancy jets on the taypayers dime

Limits of twitter are inability to get into complex policy decisions, can only skim the surface. But still great to start discussion

For new followers, meonlyme Imeanit onlyme types these tweets. No staffer allowed near my twitter. Fun cause no editing.

Follow at: http://twitter.com/clairecmc

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