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Posts Tagged ‘Democratic National Convention’

Hey, Politicians: Enough with the Nazi References!

Sometimes we wonder whether politicians should be required to take classes in public relations before they assume their elected positions in congress. So many of them seem to have missed basic rules of public decorum such as:

We hate to pile on a sad old man, but Maryland representative Roscoe Bartlett made a statement this week that easily trumps Todd Akin’s infamous “legitimate rape” quip as the dumbest political soundbite of the year. We can barely make out what he’s saying in this video, but his point seems to be: I hate federal student loans, and by the way there are a lot of Germans in America right now, so if we keep giving them federal student loans then we run the risk of creating a slippery slope and facilitating a new Holocaust. Yeah, that’s about it. Skip to 3:35:

Lest our readers think that Godwin’s law only applies to one of our two major parties, this week’s Democratic National Convention also included not one, not two, but three Nazi references. Read more

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First Lady Scores Big Social Media Win

Despite some challenging weather and middling TV ratings, last week’s Republican National Convention was deemed a success based on an overwhelming outpouring of social media activity: More than four million tweets made their way onto the World Wide Web during the three days of the convention.

Yet the Democratic National Convention came close to beating that number on its first day alone. While many pundits have spent the last 24 hours analyzing the speech made by San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro (whose Twitter followership more than tripled in less than a day), the big traffic driver was First Lady Michelle Obama’s “mom-in-chief” speech.

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