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10 Opinionated Political Commentators To Follow On Twitter During 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Dave Parrack 19-09-2012

twitter politicsIt’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


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



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 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



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


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



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.

Stephen Colbert @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



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


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


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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  1. Mac Witty
    October 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Bill Maher is great! Love his "Real Time with Bill Maher" I get as podcast

  2. Robert Buckwald
    September 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    If these are the 10 to follow, then we are in trouble.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      These are the 10 to follow if you like strong opinions on either side. For an unbiased, balanced view of the election you should clearly go elsewhere ;)

  3. Bernardo Delapasion
    September 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    all i see are mr crabs

    • Dave Parrack
      September 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      I haven't a clue what that means, sorry.

  4. xbalesx
    September 19, 2012 at 2:03 am

    some of these folks have zero credibility...use many sources and read...form your own opinion based on your beliefs.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

      They're listed for being opinionated and controversial, not for their credibility. But in case you hadn't noticed there is an even split of conservatives and liberals.