McCain Shows Palin No Twitter Love

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.


Last fall, John McCain hailed Sarah Palin as “experienced” and “talented.” He declared, “she knows how to lead,” and he predicted that “she’s really going to have a remarkable impact on the American people.” Nowadays, McCain doesn’t follow her on Twitter.

Palin, as of Friday morning, had 34,558 followers of her feed on Twitter. The Arizona senator is not among them.

Almost all of Palin’s tweets concern Alaskan matters. “Loved all the hard hats,” Gov. Palin tweeted on Wednesday after attending the kickoff of a prison construction project in Alaska. She has not posted one Twitter message on the Iranian elections. But she did urge Alaskans “to celebrate American Flag Day.”

McCain, who has 800,000 followers on Twitter, follows only 48 people. Over a third are journalists, including Jake Tapper of ABC News, David Gregory of Meet the Press, Sean Hannity, and Ana Marie Cox. (An old joke in Washington is that McCain’s base is the DC press corps.) McCain keeps track of his wife, his (shall-we-say) feisty daughter Meghan, and son John McCain IV, as well as several of his aides.

On Twitter, McCain pays little attention to other Republicans. He subscribes to the Twitter feeds of the Senate Republicans and the GOP’s Senate campaign committee. But he only follows three fellow politicians, including a Democrat: Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. The other two pols he’s interested in are Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Chris Christie, who’s running for governor in New Jersey.

In the Twittersphere, McCain just doesn’t seem to care about his fellow Republican senators. Not even Twitter-crazy Chuck Grassley. He is more attuned to the tweets of journalists. And even though McCain once cited Palin as a future leader of the United States, he shows  her no Twitter love. (McCain has tweeted that he was glad talk show host David Letterman apologized to Palin for making a crude joke involving her daughter.)

Palin, though, is keeping an eye on McCain. On Twitter, she follows 41 people, and McCain is one of them. (When she first started on Twitter in April, Palin was not monitoring McCain, but she added him after a media report pointed out that she had left her onetime running-mate off her Twitter list.) Other tweeters of interest to Palin include House minority whip Eric Cantor, California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger, and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint. She tracks Republicans she could face in the 2012 primaries, should she run for president: Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Newt Gingrich, and Pawlenty. Also on her list: Karl Rove and Bill O’Reilly.. No Katie Couric or David Letterman.

You can follow David Corn via Twitter by clicking here.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Corporations and billionaires don’t fund journalism like ours that exists to shake things up. Instead, support from readers allows Mother Jones to call it like it is without fear, favor, or false equivalence.

And right now, a longtime friend of Mother Jones has pledged an incredibly generous gift to inspire—and double—giving from online readers. That's huge! Because you can see that our fall fundraising drive is well behind the $325,000 we need to raise. So if you agree that in-depth, fiercely independent journalism matters right now, please support our work and help us raise the money it takes to keep Mother Jones charging hard. Your gift, and all online donations up to $94,000 total, will be matched and go twice as far—but only until the November 9 deadline.

$400,000 to go: Please help us pick up the pace!

payment methods

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Corporations and billionaires don’t fund journalism like ours that exists to shake things up. Instead, support from readers allows Mother Jones to call it like it is without fear, favor, or false equivalence.

And right now, a longtime friend of Mother Jones has pledged an incredibly generous gift to inspire—and double—giving from online readers. That's huge! Because you can see that our fall fundraising drive is well behind the $325,000 we need to raise. So if you agree that in-depth, fiercely independent journalism matters right now, please support our work and help us raise the money it takes to keep Mother Jones charging hard. Your gift, and all online donations up $94,000 total, will be matched and go twice as far—but only until the November 9 deadline.

$400,000 to go: Please help us pick up the pace!

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate