The Top 20 Conservatives to Follow on Twitter

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There are many conservatives using the social networking tool Twitter, but figuring out the best ones to follow is tough. Some rarely tweet (post) and others may not be that interesting. One quick way to find a large pool of conservative tweets is to use the "Top Conservatives on Twitter" hash tag, "#tcot" in your Twitter search box. But even then it's just a roll of the dice.

This list of the top 20 conservatives on Twitter describes why you'll like them, and even offers sample tweets to whet your appetite.

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Perhaps the most interesting conservative on Twitter, Michelle Malkin is an accomplished author, blogger and political commentator. Her tweets are almost always professionally oriented, and include links to her insightful blogs or to other excellent conservative content. She occasionally promotes her appearances on FOX News or other programs, and almost always offers amazing insights in under 140 characters. Unlike many high-profile political Twitterers, Malkin isn't too proud to retweet (RT) (post the tweets of others).

Sample Tweet: Just posted - Question of the day: Does the GOP have enough balls to fight the Left? http://is.gd/9Hgn3 More »

National Tea Party founder and leader Michael Johns is also a former health care executive, White House speech writer and Patriot Caucus chairman as well as a former policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation. He is on the board of directors of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, a 28-member advisory group that provides public commentary on the direction of the Tea Party movement. Johns' tweets often include hash tags to a variety of other excellent groups, which gives his followers a chance to find other content in which they might be interested.

Sample Tweet: The BHO plan to reward illegals: http://tinyurl.com/ygpx2tk #tcot #gop #liberty #ocra #sgp #73wire #rs More »

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@JohnBoehner

House Republican Leader John Boehner is a fiscal and social conservative who has perfected the ability to disagree with his liberal colleagues without losing their respect. His tweets are direct and often offer up-to-the-minute details on the latest legislative battles. He makes good use of hash tags, often including them in the body of his tweets, and he will often retweet and post links to material related to himself or his causes (especially the Freedom Project PAC, of which he is honorary chairman). He's also a fan of posting video links.

Sample Tweet: Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) says Pres has "no intention of opening additional areas" to offshore #energyhttp://is.gd/9BATb #jobs exploration

The tweets of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are, like the woman herself, unorthodox. They also run in spurts. She'll tweet several times in one day, then tweet nothing for days at a time (other than a few words of encouragement to American troops or her favorite athletes and shout-outs to home-town friends). Her tweets are typically oriented toward her unique brand of neo/paleo/social/fiscal conservatism and she will often link to her page on Facebook, where she has developed a major presence since 2009.

Sample Tweets: Fact-checking Obamacare Summit http://fb.me/8FPZGtX" and "Happy B'day Glenn Beck! Ah, the wisdom of our elders... More »

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The Heritage Foundation's Twitter page is one of its great assets. It's updated several times a day and offers followers links to its excellent content. Always timely, and making good use of hash tags, @Heritage should definitely be on every conservative's follow list.

Sample Tweet: Obama's #healthcare speech yesterday didn't pass the laugh test. He's not serious about bipartisanship. http://bit.ly/byrQOa More »

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The official Twitter page for the RedState.com, these are excellent tweets if you're a conservative who isn't well-acquainted with "tweet-speak," which often employs acronyms and abbreviations that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. Like many institutional Twitter pages, RedState links almost exclusively to its blog, but its tweets are updated frequently, blessedly brief and very often include hash tags. It's an excellent resource for "right of center activists."

Sample Tweet: The *wrong* Big Question. http://bit.ly/9YqU8K #TCOT #RS More »

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Glenn Beck's tweets are almost entirely devoid of links and hashtags, but then ... why does he need them? Most of his followers are well aware of who he is, what he stands for and where to find his content on the radio, TV and Internet. And while his Twitter page does promote his other media enterprises, it is also surprisingly personal, giving followers a glimpse into his personal life. He doesn't update often (ever few days), but after just a few weeks, followers will find his tweets to be rather mundane.

Sample Tweet: I have been playing w/ the kids for the last 3 days.Lots of time to smile,relax and think. Things are coming together. Great News 2 share. More »

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It's fairly evident that Karl Rove, the former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, knows his way around a Twitter page. His tweets are well-steeped in the "twitter-speak" ling and acronyms, and he makes excellent use of links and hash tags. His links are to wherever he can offer his followers the best insight; sometimes it's to his Facebook page, sometimes to his web site and sometimes to pages he just finds interesting. Like the man himself, all of Rove's tweets give conservatives good information upon which to gnaw.

Sample Tweet: GOP pick-ups in VA & NJ leg. races sign no Dem. immune 2 politically poisonous effects of Obama presidency http://bit.ly/cskSKl #TCOT #SGP More »

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Ginrich's tweets are about what you'd expect from him. They're exclusively politically-oriented and offer readers links to articles from many different sources, as well as to his own web site musings. He doesn't rely heavily on hash tags, so his tweets are fairly brief and straight-forward. Gingrich's Twitter page is an excellent way to track his various engagements and guest appearances.

Sample Tweet: Democrats are turning to the reconciliation process precisely because they are rejecting bipartisanship http://bit.ly/c770kg More »

For the conservative who enjoys penetrating insight delivered in an amusing or intriguing way, Fred Thompson is the Twitterer to follow. While he'll provide a link or two here or there (and he almost always tucks in a hash tag at the end), it's evident that Thompson's tweets are meant to elicit an emotional response from like-minded conservatives. Thompson is a master of boiling complex ideas down to their simplest parts, so Twitter might as well have been created just for him. Thompson's worthy of a follow, if only for his entertainment value.

Sample Tweet: Gibbs: Bunning "irrational" for blocking a Dem spending bill. No, irrational for expecting Dems to pay for their spending sprees #tcot #ftrs More »

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Romney's Twitter page is an interesting mix. Sometimes it's fairly clear he's the one posting the tweets, at other times, though, it's tough to tell because the tweets refer to him or his endeavors in the third-person. He's a big fan of posting images of himself and his fans via TwitPic, so his tweets offer followers an excellent way to keep an eye on what he's up to from day to day. He updates frequently -- at least twice a day -- and he's not afraid to poke fun at himself. If he runs for president in 2012, his Twitter page will undoubtedly be a major resource for conservative fans.

Sample Tweet: http://twitpic.com/16qnwp - On a commuter jet heading to DC. Hoping for an uneventful flight...#gomitt More »

The Twitter page of conservative commentator and radio personality Laura Ingraham is designed to be a complement to her broadcasts and web site. Fan's of her radio show will want to follow her tweets, since she often posts while she's on the air or on a short break.  Ingraham often solicits input from her tweeps via her web site, so checking her timeline is a good idea for die-hard fans looking to interact. She's not a big fan of hash tags -- other than #tcot, If you want to find out where she'll be appearing, her Twitter page is a great resource.

Sample Tweet: POLL: What should the role of women in the military be? VOTE: http://bit.ly/8aNjCd #tcot More »

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Although many of the personalities on this list interact with their followers, perhaps no other Twitterer does it more frequently or with more raw emotion than MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough. A fairly reliable "common-sense" conservative, Scarborough isn't afraid to offer his thoughts on the retweets he posts or the @messages he receives. Although Scarborough frequently takes a beating from conservatives for his very presence on such a liberal network, it's hard not to admire the way he gives as good as he gets with his tweeps. His tweets are just plain fun.

Sample Tweet: Memo to Democrats. Keep Harry Reid away from all mics. RT @pwire: Reid: "Today is a big day in America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs" More »

For a guy whose broadcasts on radio and TV elicit such emotion from those on the right and the left, Sean Hannity's tweets are remarkably tame. While he does issue the occasional zinger, the host of FOX News' "Hannity" uses his Twitter page primarily as a resource for his fans. Of course, this is what makes his tweets worth following. Like Laura Ingraham, he tweets program notes during his radio broadcasts and provides information about upcoming guests. Although the good tweets can be hard to find sometimes, they're well-worth the effort when they're found:

Sample Tweets: We just had a caller on that sounded like Rocky's twin. and Paterson, Rangel and Massa... when will NY elect a decent person? More »

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Media Research Center is the leading conservative web site for tracking liberal bias in broadcast journalism. The organization's Twitter page is very active and often posts links to stories that will leave most conservatives red in the face with outrage. What's refreshing about Media Research Center's tweets, though, is they also post links to stories in which liberal bias is exposed in the mainstream media. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, Media Research Center will post it.

Sample Tweet: Tom Brokaw Sniffs: Public is 'Very Confused' About Obamacare http://ow.ly/16IHpv More »

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For pure national Republican Party business, no Twitter page beats the Republican National Committee's. The RNC tweets about everything going on in the nation's capitol, all with a GOP perspective. While most of the links go directly to the RNC's home page, not all of them do, but it's not a problem anyway, since they're balanced with a fair amount of right-leaning opinion. Like other seasoned Twitterers, RNC makes good use of hash tags, as well. With more than 13,000 followers, they must be doing something right.

Sample Tweets: Who's Really In Their Pocket? http://bit.ly/90QaiQ and Join the debate. Cast your vote now: http://sparkwords.com/sw/1450/Health-Care-Reform #tcot #gop #sgp More »

Just recently, conservative commentator Dick Morris joined the Twitter community. While not much is known about how he tweets, his first one, posted on March 3, 2010 doesn't include any links, but directs followers to his site. Expect big things from Morris' tweets; he's a popular figure. Just one day after his first tweet (again with no hash tags or links), he already had more than 10,000 followers. There's no time like the present to jump on board; he'll be a pro before his tweeps know it.

Sample Tweet: Hi Friends - Please read my latest column, "Doom Of The Dems In 2010" at DickMorris.com. Thanks! More »

Former UN Ambassador Alan Keyes loves to retweet. That's OK, though, because he's got plenty of links to his brand new site, LoyaltoLiberty.com. Lately Keyes has adopted a unique way of posting his links that draws followers in immediately. Not only does he make good use of hash tags, he'll keep his tweets tantalizingly short, playing on the natural instincts of his followers to see what he's talking about. For example, he'll say, "I'm about to watch ..." and then he'll post a link. As a follower, I'm immediately interested in what he's about to watch. Keyes is clearly no Twitter rookie.

Sample Tweets: Is that agent provocateur? http://tinyurl.com/yzdv7pm and Pls RT: Principle or Politics? #tcot #prolifehttp://tinyurl.com/y9tsgbb More »

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HotAir.com has been a leading conservative site since it was launched in 2006. The site's Twitter page is a great way to stay on top of its newest content. Although it has an annoying habit of cutting off its own tweets with links to its site, Hot Air is still worth a follow because ... well, because it's Hot Air! Don't expect any hash tags, though; Hot Air doesn't need them.

Sample Tweets: Obamateurism of the Day: The first rule lawyers learn, besides that every waking moment is billable to someone, is... http://bit.ly/9GDrLG and WaPo: WH to overrule Holder, send 9/11 plotters to military commissions: Read this post » http://bit.ly/92yNVm More »

Consider it gratuitous self-promotion, no list of this sort would be complete without mentioning the my own (Justin Quinn) Twitter page of US Conservative Politics & Perspectives.

Sample Tweet: Jim Bunning Falsely Scapegoated for Questioning Unfunded Stop-Gap: http://tinyurl.com/yjscrqc #TCOT#teaparty #conservatives More »