In a new Twitter record for politics, President Barack Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech spurred people around the world to Tweet at a rate of 52,757 per minute, tech blog Mashable reported.
In related news, Mashable noted, the $100,000-each Twitter trends Republicans and Democrats have been promoting — #RomneyRyan2012, #AreYouBetterOff, #16TrillionFail and #Forward2012 — haven’t really worked out for either of them. A lot of people using the hashtags have done so making arguments and commentary counter to their sponsored intent.
Editorial skepticism: It is somewhat hard to believe there are a lot of undecided voters on Twitter anyway.
In any event, on Twitter this week there was the usual partisan chest-thumping and also some interesting anecdotes from individuals about their company's rising premiums and people day-tripping from Oklahoma to Mexico for prescriptions:
This bicycle bus at both conventions was the initiative of a health care company, with a goal of encouraging...
James JP Hawkins @jphawkins2009
Graph showing the dispicable lies told by obama & his minions regarding the future of healthcare under obamanocare:
Fred Pollack @FredPollack
If laughter is the best medicine, I'm surprised healthcare companies haven't yet figured out a way to charge us a copay.
Kernel Wars @Kernelwars
Fox News Debunks Years Of Its Own Commentary By Accurately Reporting That Health Care Reform Reduces Deficit
Luke Russert @LukeRussert
Also significant: Very lite mention of healthcare reform and nothing on stimulus. 2 HUGE Obama legislative accomplishments avoided
David Limbaugh @DavidLimbaugh
No, the people most certainly did not endorse your health care plan -- don't try to foist that off on the American people.
David Swerdlick @Swerdlick
If you want healthcare passed, call Obama. If you want healthcare explained, call Clinton.
Tabitha Hale @TabithaHale
"Freedom means keeping gov't out of our most private affairs" unless we're regulating your health care or forcing you to perform abortions.
Mark Cherrington @MarkCherrington
Have no doubt if it wasn't for Quebec, we'd have the death penalty and no universal health care system. Quebec the social conscience of CDN
Arthur Brooks @arthurbrooks
If we're serious about health care reform, that means getting serious about health care cronyism.
Matt Yglesias @mattyglesias
The best thing Bill Clinton did last night was try to bring Medicaid into the policy debate:
Drew Armstrong @ArmstrongDrew
Bill taking some liberties with that health care cost inflation statistic. (Bad) economy was a large part of that.
James Young @welcomebrand
Bike highways in Denmark. Will pay for themselves in healthcaresavings in less than a year. Take note UK govt!
Old Man Potter @HenryFPotter
Turned out empty chair did not raise my taxes. Well, of course not. It's a chair. But when I wasn't looking, it socialized health care.
GS Elevator Gossip @GSElevator
Would Bill Clinton's cosmetic surgery be covered under Obamacare?
The Hill Healthwatch @hillhealthwatch
Fact-checkers find few flaws in Clinton's healthcare claims