these smiles are totally fake
By Charlie Warzel / @cwarzel
The 2012 Presidential campaign was absolutely BANANAS today. Rick Perry dropped out (oooh!). Newt Gingrich’s ex is planning to spill the grisly detailsof his marriage (squeals with excitement). Mitt Romney is in hot water about his tax returns. And, wouldn’t you know it, Iowa reverses their winner of the caucuses (grips desk to keep from fainting).
Oh yeah, and did we mention that Steven Colbert is holding a joint rally tomorrow at 1pm at the college of Charleston with the event title of, “THE ROCK ME LIKE A HERMAN CAIN: SOUTH CAIN-OLINA PRIMARY RALLY” (head explodes).
Okay, so we may be going overboard slightly…but can you blame us…we likethis stuff. Don’t be fooled, though, we are all about the casual political bystander. That’s why, with the final South Carolina Primary debate coming tonight and the actual primary on Saturday, we have compiled a list of people to follow to keep ya up to date with the twists and turns in the race. The list is below.
As always, you can follow my personally curated politics list, here. I highly recommend it if you enjoy being ruthlessly bombarded for hours by 100s of the rabid political Twitterati (I know, sounds great, right?)
@PeterHambyCNN - Peter Hamby, CNN Political Reporter who broke the news today on Rick Perry’s dropping out of the race. He’s a younger guy and a tenacious reporter.
@BuzzFeedBen - Ben Smith, Buzzfeed Editor in Chief who is an absolute monster tweeter. Follow at own risk as he tweets and retweets anything and everything relevant. You will be informed, though.
@AliNBCNews - Ali Weinberg, NBC Campaign embedded reporter who has been down in South Carolina for months. She knows the scene on the ground and can provide some great insights. She’s also one of the nicest people you’ll meet…if that means anything.
@StephenAtHome - Stephen Colbert, comedian and tv host who is sort of running for president in South Carolina…and sort of getting 5% of the vote…and sort of hosting a rally with former Republican Presidential candidate, Herman Cain. Wow. I can’t believe I actually typed that and it wasn’t a joke. Stunned.
@chucktodd - Chuck Todd, NBC chief Political Director. He’s the most savvy political analyst out there. His twitter handle is an asset to anyone who cares about this politics stuff.
@fivethirtyeight - Nate Silver of the New York Times does great, witty, and digestible analysis of all the polling and stats that come out of the campaigns. He’ll tell you in real-time what Newt’s odds are of winning in S.C. before AND after Newt’s ex spills all the gory details of their relationship. a good follow, indeed.
@TheFix - Chris Cillizza, Politics Guru at the Washington Post. He’s funny, smart, humble, and a prolific debate tweeter. I highly suggest this as one of your follows.
Some of the Locals, Too
@bszobody: Ben Szobody, Greenville News reporter
@jimdavenport_ap: Jim Davenport, SC-based AP political reporter