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Karl Rove, Twitter Creep
The Daily Beast ^ | 04/20/2009 | Meghan McCain

Posted on 04/23/2009 2:34:23 PM PDT by GoldStandard

Meghan McCain says we need to take back Twitter from the creepy people—like Karl Rove, "America’s Toughest Sheriff," and the other undesirables who now follow her every Tweet.

Karl Rove follows me on Twitter. That’s creepy. I joined Twitter a few months ago; so far, it has been a liberating way to transition from political to personal blogging. It’s allowed me to share the less-serious aspects and humorously uncensored moments of my life. But there’s also been a downside: I am now being followed by Karl Rove, and my local sheriff, and God knows how many other political pundits. We need to take Twitter back from the creepy people.

On the surface, Karl Rove’s Twitter feed intrigues me. Here’s a guy who for years has been perceived as some kind of inaccessible man-behind-the-curtain figure. And now he Tweets numerous times a day. I’ve never met him in person, which only makes our Twitter relationship even weirder. And to be honest, I find Rove’s Tweets boring. Sometimes he takes questions; other times he talks about his appearances on cable news and other shows. But he doesn’t say anything substantive. If I had to guess, I’d say Rove has a “ghost Twitterer” (as in a ghost writer) or an assistant updating his feed for him.

Oddly enough, Rove’s Tweets seem to reveal a softer side to him. Call it savvy marketing, but I find it disingenuous. And it’s a bit weird to think his people—not even Rove himself—are following me. I’d like to think it’s because they find what I’m saying entertaining, but I can’t help thinking they’re just trying to seem connected to young people.

The Twitter creeps gets stranger. My local Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (who, as the author of America’s Toughest Sheriff, is notorious in his own right) recently sent me a Tweet about an answer I gave a fellow Twitter follower. He tried to tell me to go easy on them. It’s really scary when the guy who houses his inmates in tents in the summer and whose most visible public-relations success involves pink underwear, boxers, and handcuffs tells you to tone it down. The sheriff also inexplicably Tweeted me to say my mother owes him $10. Say what?

But media-hungry politicians aren’t the only ones creeping me out on Twitter. Certain media outlets seem to want to ruin it for the rest of us, too. I was shocked when Think Progress and The Huffington Post reported on one of my Tweets—and even more shocked when HuffPo made it their front-page story. I replied “Hey HuffPo, I am Twittering in bed in my pajamas, wanna report that too?” It went unanswered, of course.

I refuse to “script” who I am, what I say, and what I do. The only person Tweeting on my account is me. I don’t have an assistant, friend, or spokesperson updating my feed to “represent” me. (Seriously, would an assistant swear so much?) But this made me consider censoring myself. Who knows the next time The Huffington Post will have a slow news day and feel compelled to stick a headline next to a particularly unflattering photo of me? My Tweets are not sound bytes. Of course, I recognize I’m choosing to Tweet, but seriously, can’t journalists find something more important and useful to report?

By contrast, my Dad—another new Twitter user—is making a real effort to use it effectively and not just pander. For one thing, it’s really him Tweeting. How could it not be given his sense of humor and constant shout-outs to Arizona sports teams? (In fairness to him, I’d initially assumed he had an assistant writing for him. But when I flat-out asked him, he was almost offended I’d suggested he wasn’t being as real as I am.) Second, my dad prides himself on making his updates more than just, “Watch me on Fox News tonight at 7.” And he’s always amused by the attitude I show in my updates—like father, like daughter.

In the end, Twitter is still maturing as a means to reach out and communicate with people en masse. But I can’t shake the fact that Karl Rove is following me—it can be creepy. So watch out.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 15minutesareup; 5150; airhead; attentionwhore; enoughalready; fatchick; idiotalert; lookatme; mccain; meghanmccain; mememe; nomoremeghan; npd; rino; rinoette; stuckonstupid; twit
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1 posted on 04/23/2009 2:34:23 PM PDT by GoldStandard
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To: GoldStandard

Seriously, Im done with her. Lets cease starting threads on her. She is insane and not worthy of our time.


2 posted on 04/23/2009 2:35:53 PM PDT by GoCards
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To: GoldStandard

Hey, Meghan... you’re nobody. Go away now.


3 posted on 04/23/2009 2:35:55 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now.)
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To: GoldStandard

What’s her handle, “tool Jr.”


4 posted on 04/23/2009 2:37:23 PM PDT by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: GoldStandard

Megan needs to pick a suitable diet plan and then get back to us with the results. Otherwise, let her Dad be the turkey speaking to the press.


5 posted on 04/23/2009 2:37:33 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: GoCards

Agreed. She is having her 16th minute of fame. Yaaaaaaawn.


6 posted on 04/23/2009 2:38:31 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "We do not want to becomes slaves of Washington.")
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To: GoldStandard

She needs to be placed on 72-hour hold at the nearest psychiatric facility.


7 posted on 04/23/2009 2:38:46 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Don't worry, be hope-y.)
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To: GoldStandard

All FReepers should hit the “abuse” button for any Megan thread attempted to be posted.


8 posted on 04/23/2009 2:38:46 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: GoldStandard

Ok, UNCLE!!! Stop posting stuff about Meghan McCain. She is a nitwit and so is her dad.


9 posted on 04/23/2009 2:39:30 PM PDT by svcw (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary and those who don't.)
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To: GoCards

Agreed. This little immature brat is the definition of Useful Idiot

Way to let yourself be used, Meghan. And nice parenting there too, Senator. I’d be ashamed if this was my daughter.

Terribly ashamed.


10 posted on 04/23/2009 2:39:51 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Paladin2

he heh hheee hheeeee Good One.


11 posted on 04/23/2009 2:39:58 PM PDT by svcw (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary and those who don't.)
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To: GoldStandard
Let's see. She voluntarily signs up for a service to broadcast her short messages to whomever wants to listen, then is 'creeped-out' by the fact that someone she didn't want to listen, does?

Sounds like the women that show cleavage then get incensed when a man actually looks...

12 posted on 04/23/2009 2:40:14 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: GoCards
Seriously, Im done with her. Lets cease starting threads on her. She is insane and not worthy of our time.

Amen. This is getting ridiculous.

13 posted on 04/23/2009 2:40:22 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: GoCards
Seriously, Im done with her. Lets cease starting threads on her. She is insane and not worthy of our time.

Amen. This is getting ridiculous.

14 posted on 04/23/2009 2:40:22 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: GoldStandard

I’m weary of Meghan McCain. To me, she serves as proof that the McCain gene pool needed a bit more chlorine.


15 posted on 04/23/2009 2:40:22 PM PDT by VR-21 (Think it's time we stop, Hey what's that sound.....)
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To: svcw

FF


16 posted on 04/23/2009 2:41:33 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: GoldStandard

heat — kitchen


17 posted on 04/23/2009 2:41:40 PM PDT by upchuck (I'm glad I'm old. Thus I can remember when America was a decent, moral, God fearing country.)
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To: GoldStandard
Enough! Basta! Assez! Genug! Довольно!

Somebody get this girl a man and take away whatever it is she's been twittering with.

18 posted on 04/23/2009 2:41:44 PM PDT by x
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To: GoldStandard

She can refuse anyone from following her if she wants. She’s fast becoming a moron of epic proportions if she doesn’t understand publicly twitting is going to attract those she doesn’t desire to follow her.


19 posted on 04/23/2009 2:42:03 PM PDT by smith288 (Americans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome with the government)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
She is dumb as dirt, but she knows (or has been told by Axelrod) how to offend Conservatives. Come one... it's 24/7 liberal talking points: attack Rush, Palin, Rove and Cheney. Played like a fiddle by the MSM.

We give her way to much attention.

20 posted on 04/23/2009 2:42:23 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "We do not want to becomes slaves of Washington.")
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To: rabscuttle385

For your list.


21 posted on 04/23/2009 2:42:34 PM PDT by GoldStandard
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To: GoldStandard
The insufferable wench is *cracking*.
She'll be be packing her pie-hole with everything within reach, soon.

Next stop: best obesity clinic McQueeg can find.

22 posted on 04/23/2009 2:44:07 PM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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To: GoldStandard

The McCains are the Herpes virus of the republican party.


23 posted on 04/23/2009 2:47:24 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: GoldStandard

I prefer to spell her name thus: MEgan


24 posted on 04/23/2009 2:48:36 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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The Twitter creeps gets stranger. My local Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (who, as the author of America’s Toughest Sheriff, is notorious in his own right) recently sent me a Tweet about an answer I gave a fellow Twitter follower.

Gosh, Meghan, what did you SAY? He really TWITTED you?

He tried to tell me to go easy on them. It’s really scary when the guy who houses his inmates in tents in the summer and whose most visible public-relations success involves pink underwear, boxers, and handcuffs tells you to tone it down.

Gosh Meghan, you were on The View today.
What color were their underwearz over there? LOLZ!

The sheriff also inexplicably Tweeted me to say my mother owes him $10. Say what?

OMG, yo mama a ho???? LOLZ!

25 posted on 04/23/2009 2:49:04 PM PDT by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: GoldStandard

Some people really want her to be the face of the Republican party.. luckily, the Republicans for the most part are sick of her.. Maybe she can give the Libertarians a shot.


26 posted on 04/23/2009 2:51:16 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: GoldStandard

I would rather stare into a toilet than read anything from this fat idiot.


27 posted on 04/23/2009 2:51:59 PM PDT by Gator113 (I'm a PROUD RIGHT WING EXTREMIST.... Obama has failed, IMPEACH Obama NOW....)
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To: GoldStandard

Put me on your friends list, Meghan...

28 posted on 04/23/2009 2:53:00 PM PDT by Kenton (BUCK OFAMA!)
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To: humblegunner

I tweeted her saying if she wants to stop creeps from following her, keep tweeting the boring ass stuff she is tweeting because it’s laaaaaaaaame.


29 posted on 04/23/2009 2:53:30 PM PDT by smith288 (Americans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome with the government)
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To: GoldStandard

I’m surprised nobody has twisted her name around yet into something like how her dad’s was used: “Juan McSame,” “McLame,” etc.

OK, I’ll go first: Mega McPain!


30 posted on 04/23/2009 2:55:04 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: GoldStandard
like father, like daughter

I don't like the father's politics, but I will defend him on this point.

Meghan, you don't have an ounce of the class or fortitude that your father has. He loves his country. Do you? He spent 5 years as a POW and came home with his head and shoulders held high. You wouldn't last an hour in the checkout line at Macy's.

31 posted on 04/23/2009 2:55:30 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: GoCards

I agree, let us let the weaselette fade into the sunset. I don’t even read most of the threads with her name in the title but I see it way too much.


32 posted on 04/23/2009 2:56:31 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: GoldStandard

Wow she really is a jerk.


33 posted on 04/23/2009 2:57:24 PM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: GoldStandard

Ha Ha Ha she actually had the nerve to refer to “media hungry politicians”?? This woman is the original media whore.


34 posted on 04/23/2009 2:58:53 PM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: RepublitarianRoger2

Makin McBlame


35 posted on 04/23/2009 2:59:20 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: GoldStandard

He “bores” you Meghan because you don’t have a brain.


36 posted on 04/23/2009 2:59:44 PM PDT by DB
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To: BuckeyeTexan

http://twitter.com/McCainBlogette/status/1580474285

“I am not saying to Christian conservatives, There is no place for you. I am saying, Please stop saying there is no place for us.”

Basically, Jesus needs to shut up per Meghan.


37 posted on 04/23/2009 3:00:33 PM PDT by smith288 (Americans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome with the government)
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To: GoldStandard
Karl Rove follows me on Twitter. That’s creepy.

Hey Meghan... you're creepy. Go away! Your 15 minutes was up long ago...

38 posted on 04/23/2009 3:00:50 PM PDT by nutmeg (DemocRATs: The party of tax cheats and other assorted crooks)
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To: GoldStandard

That twit’s 15 minutes were up last November.

The MSM is keeping her on public life support as a useful idiot.


39 posted on 04/23/2009 3:09:48 PM PDT by Travis McGee ("Foreign Enemies And Traitors" will be ready the first week of May.)
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To: GoldStandard
Good grief. Who SHIVES A GIT!!
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As I listened to her on Larry “Cadaver” King, I kept thinking about something about which Boortz frequently reminds his male audience: “At some point, you’ll have to try to have a conversation with her.” I also kept thinking that she HAS to be from California until I remembered that Arizona also has valleys.


40 posted on 04/23/2009 3:23:14 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: GoldStandard

Meghan McCain - Twitter critter litter.


41 posted on 04/23/2009 4:02:53 PM PDT by Enterprise (Hey Pirates - you got yer asses kicked!)
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To: GoldStandard

“Certain media outlets seem to want to ruin it for the rest of us, too.”

A lot of us think something like that, although from a different point of view.


42 posted on 04/23/2009 4:06:16 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: GoldStandard

I’m guessing Karl dropped her within seconds of seeing this article. After all, he’s a gentleman....even if she’s not a lady.


43 posted on 04/23/2009 4:13:11 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Paladin2

She needs a massive enema because she’s full of crap.


44 posted on 04/23/2009 4:16:32 PM PDT by peeps36 ( Al Gore. Is A Big Fat Lying Hypocrite. He Pollutes The Air By Opening His Big Mouth)
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To: GoldStandard

I hope McCain loses in the primary. It will move her off the radar even quicker.


45 posted on 04/23/2009 4:31:03 PM PDT by CriticalJ
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May all the mclames be defeated once and forever - from the sinate and Twitter.

They have basked in the limelight for waaaaaaaay too long.

46 posted on 04/23/2009 4:34:33 PM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: GoldStandard

Does Meghan own Twitter or has she just decided she gets to decide who uses it?


47 posted on 04/23/2009 4:44:24 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: GoldStandard
Do Republicans read Meghan McCain. I'm aware one of The good Senator's condoms ruptured, but beyond that I take no cognizance of M&M's (Meghan McMouth’s)continued existence.
48 posted on 04/23/2009 5:16:02 PM PDT by .cnI redruM (Change is not always good, and Hope is not a plan.)
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To: GoldStandard

STOP MEGHAN MCCAIN POSTS!!!


49 posted on 04/23/2009 5:18:51 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: .cnI redruM

If she is the face of the ????NEW???? Republican party I think they need to refer to a different part of her anatomy.


50 posted on 04/23/2009 5:19:32 PM PDT by jedi150
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