Here are the 25 essential liberals to follow on Twitter
If you're a progressive, I'm guessing you're already following most of these folks. If you're a political junkie who wants insights into the progressive world, keep reading. And if you're a conservative, you better keep tabs on this list, too.
One clarification: This isn't a list of the top liberals in America. And there are plenty of terrific liberal bloggers who don't use Twitter much, if at all. But if your goal is to keep up in rapid-fire fashion with the progressive movement, here are the places to go.
-- Does Markos really
need an introduction? The founder of DailyKos, Markos Moulitsas, is an obvious choice to top this list. What's more, he's very active in Twitter -- arguably more active than he is on Daily Kos these days.
-- Can't get enough of his columns? Politics Daily's own David Corn brings his wit and banter to the Twittersphere. If you want an inside look into the press coverage of the Obama administration, David often Tweets from the White House briefing room (hashtag is #whbrief
-- Salon's Glenn Greenwald is a must-follow because he is one of the leading Obama critics from the left on Twitter. This is especially true regarding civil liberties.
-- Marcy Wheeler blogs within the Firedoglake empire and wrote a book about the Valerie Plame scandal. Wheeler writes frequently about GITMO and also focuses on manufacturing and "big auto" issues (she lives in Michigan). On Twitter, she regularly challenges notable figures on both the left and the right.
-- Hayes is The Nation's Washington editor (and now Rachel Maddow's go-to guest host). Want to know what's in and what's out? Hayes has his finger on the pulse of the young progressive D.C. set.
-- Unlike some "celebrities" on Twitter, this MSNBC anchor has recently taken to the medium with a vengeance, attracting more than 70,000 followers. Assuming he stays active, Olbermann may soon find his Twitter feed even more powerful than his cable show.
-- Oliver Willis is the only person on this list whom I've blocked from my Twitter feed (for constantly criticizing my Tweets). Willis has been blogging forever (in blog years, that is) and is prolific. As his Twitter slogan ("Like Kryptonite to Stupid") suggests, Willis has no hesitation about taking shots at people he disagrees with, be they on the left or on the right.
-- Most famous for being the victim of an ambush interview with a Bill O'Reilly producer
, Terkel is deputy editor at ThinkProgress.org -- and a major powerhouse behind the widely read liberal blog.
-- Atrios is Duncan Black from the blog Eschaton. His Twitter bio says he's simply, "sucky blogger." In reality, he's a very powerful liberal blogger (one of the guys who started the meme that took down Trent Lott) and his Twitter feed is where he posts all the five-word snark that somehow doesn't make it onto Eschaton.
-- Yglesias is the leader of the young, center-left wonk brigade. He's so dedicated to the cause that he left a nice blogging gig at The Atlantic in order to blog for the Center for American Progress (under his own banner). On Twitter, expect some of the deepest foreign policy analysis you can find in under 140 characters.
-- Breakout MSNBC star Rachel Maddow stays in touch with her 1 million plus Twitter fan base, mixing in political insight, show previews, and occasional peeks insider her quirky brain.
-- Roberts is probably the top environmental blogger on the planet. His Tweets run the gamut of issues, including the economy, the broken Senate, and whatever is playing on his iPod.
-- A major definer of the anti-Obama narrative from the left, Hamsher is known for her willingness to stand on principle, even when it ruffles Democratic feathers and calls into question liberal sacred cows.
-- One of the folks on the left that I personally know and like, Melber is a correspondent for The Nation. Because he has also served as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and worked on the 2004 John Kerry campaign, Melber has a keen understanding of the intersection of media and politics.
-- Serwer is a reporter and blogger for the American Prospect. Right now, Serwer's Twitter feed is pretty gummed-up with World Cup coverage (a problem among many progressive bloggers), but typically you can find tweets on a wide range of policy items, including constitutional issues.
-- The online editor for the Campaign for America's Future, Scher in 2002 became the first blogger to interview a presidential candidate. He's also my Bloggingheads.TV partner at "The Week in Blog
-- Not known as a prolific Twitterer (I feel he sometimes tweets more about food than about health care policy), a list of top progressives on Twitter would not be complete without Klein.
-- The brashness that got her hired by and fired from the John Edwards campaign is ever-present on her Twitter feed.
-- David Dayen heads the Firedoglake news desk, which means his tweets are both frequent and topical.
-- The top environmental reporter at Mother Jones Magazine, Kate is often tweeting furiously on Capitol Hill whenever there are hearings or news conferences on climate issues.
-- Peter was one of the online consultants for the Kerry campaign -- and a star hire for the Hillary Clinton campaign. On Twitter, he is considered one of the more intellectual of the liberal critics of the Obama administration.
-- One of the top feminist bloggers out there, Valenti recently wrote a Washington Post op-ed arguing that Sarah Palin is not a feminist. If you're looking to get a sense of what's buzzing in feminist circles, check out Valenti.
-- The Nation's editor and publisher, Katrina vandenHeuvel, is also a liberal re-tweeter.
-- A top gay blogger, Spaulding has been hard on the White House for not doing enough to address the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
-- Christina Bellantoni is a senior reporter on the White House beat for Talking Points Memo. As her Twitter bio says, she's a "workaholic who loves engaging on Twitter for stories, scoops, tips & TV hits."
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