It’s hard to believe that Barack Obama has been in the White House for almost four years now. It doesn’t seem that long ago that history was made when the first African American to hold the office became the 44th President of the United States of America. Obama defeated Republican candidate John McCain in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, which was fought hard at every step of the way.
The 2012 U.S. presidential election is set to be held on Nov. 6, 2012. President Obama will be seeking to gain re-election, while the Republican party is hoping Mitt Romney will succeed in ousting him from office. Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party, and Jill Stein for the Green Party, will also be fighting for the votes of all registered American citizens.
Twitter will be vital during the election, allowing those with a particular point of view to share it with others. Whether you listen to these opinions is completely up to you. What follows are 10 political commentators who rarely sit on the fence about issues, which makes following them on Twitter essential before, during, and after the 2012 United States presidential election.
Bill Maher @billmaher
If I had to choose between Obama winning the election or the Giants pulling this game out?… I’m thinking!!
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 6, 2012
Bill Maher is a comedian, television host, author, and political commentator. He specializes in satirizing politics, religion, and bureaucracy. He is best known for the late-night talk show Politically Incorrect and Real Time with Bill Maher.
Glenn Beck @glennbeck
Alec, if Romney weren’t Mormon would he be up? 4% won’t vote 4 Obama b/c black. 18% won’t b/c Mormon. Will you lead? bit.ly/SkLbXQ WG
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) September 5, 2012
Glenn Beck is a radio and television host, author, and political commentator. The Glenn Beck Program is a nationally syndicated talk radio show, and he hosted a television show on Fox News until 2011. He now owns an Internet television network called TheBlaze TV.
Keith Olbermann @KeithOlbermann
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 7, 2012
Keith Olbermann is a writer, television show host, and political commentator. He’s best known for a long-standing show on MSNBC called Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and most recently worked for Current TV.
Sean Hannity @seanhannity
Standing ovation for Eastwood: “we own this country/politicians are employees of ours/when someone does not do the job we gotta let ’em go!”
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 31, 2012
Sean Hannity is a television and radio host, author, and political commentator. The Sean Hannity Show is a nationally syndicated radio program, while Hannity appears on Fox News. All three of his books have made the New York Times bestseller list.
Michael Moore @MMFlint
Hoping for 3 Republican conventions in a row where I get 2 hear my name invoked on the stage (McCain in 04, Lieberman 08)! 2hrs left! Mitt?
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 31, 2012
Michael Moore is a filmmaker, author, activist, and political commentator. He specializes in criticizing corporations and globalization, and his documentaries Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling For Columbine have made him famous around the world.
Bill O’Reilly @oreillyfactor
VIDEO: According to this ad created by a pro-Obama group, Mitt Romney is not merely a tax cheat or felon, he’s a… fb.me/1xRibFTTW
— Bill O’Reilly (@oreillyfactor) August 8, 2012
Bill O’Reilly is a television show host, author, columnist, and political commentator. After starting out as a news reporter and anchor, he has become best known for The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, and this Twitter account is an extension of the show.
— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport)
Stephen Colbert is a comedian, writer, television show host, and political satirist. After first studying as an actor, he went on to be a correspondent on The Daily Show. He can currently be found on a spin-off titled The Colbert Report.
Sarah Palin @SarahPalinUSA
Obama lied to the American people. Again. He said it wasn’t a tax. Obama lies; freedom dies.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 28, 2012
Sarah Palin is the former Governor of Alaska who ran for the vice-presidency in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. She’s now an author and political commentator who make regular appearances on Fox News. She is expected to return to politics in the future.
Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow
Tonight! Will America choose universal healthcare or slightly cheaper pizza? We think we all know/fear the answer.11/10c. #DailyShow
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 15, 2012
Jon Stewart is a comedian, television show host, and political satirist who currently fronts The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Despite specializing in satire and poking fun at politics and politicians, he has secured some big-name guests over the years.
Ann Coulter @AnnCoulter
Hillary just asked Bill to save his best anti-Romney stuff for when she runs against Mitt in 2016.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 6, 2012
Ann Coulter is a lawyer, author, columnist, and political and social commentator. She is known for stirring up controversy with her views, which she steadfastly refuses to shy away from no matter how much flak comes her way. For this reason she is both loved and hated.
That list represents a true mix of political leanings and bias. As an individual you’re unlikely to agree with the opinions expressed by more than half of the people singled out, so please bear that in mind when seeking them out on Twitter or beyond. MakeUseOf doesn’t really do politics, so please be respectful to everybody and their views in the comments section below.
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