Tracking Washington's Twitterati

Rove, McCaskill, others make microblogging look useful
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2009 11:48 AM CST
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)
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(Newser) – 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.