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Published:September 27th, 2009 14:54 EST
Sarah Palin Uses Social Media To Reach Her Base

Sarah Palin Uses Social Media To Reach Her Base

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Since resigning her post as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has essentially gone dark, making almost no public appearances and successfully avoiding the media outlets that are clamoring to talk to her.

But that doesn`t mean Palin has been quiet.

Relying almost exclusively on social media to get her message out, Palin has managed to carve out her own high-profile place in the national health care debate, on energy policy and on tort reform." /newsOne/idUSTRE58K42Q20090921" target=_new>Read More

In this high-tech society it`s di rigueur for politicians to have a presence in the social media Web sites. A politician who doesn`t tweet or have a Facebook page will quickly wither on the vine.

But Palin is the only politician of note who relies almost exclusively on the Internet to get her message out. There are a few reasons for Pailn`s slavish reliance on social media to stay relevant.

Palin is grammatically-impaired to put it kindly, but this isn`t a liability in cyber space where non-standard abbreviations, misspellings, and non-sequiturs are the norm. The Internet is the perfect milieu for an ignoramus like the former governor of Alaska.

In cyberspace Palin can spout her nonsense without being challenged by journalists, educators and other intellectuals. Palin can tweet that she just saw Putin dance a jig from her back porch, and there will be no Katie Couric to contradict her.

Twitter is a perfect venue for a polarizing figure; Palin doesn`t need more than 142 characters to fire off a tweet that will rally the conservative base.

Sarah Palin has an army of Twitter followers, and that`s a very scary situation. Palin can marshal these forces for Tea Parties and other nefarious events.

But all hope is not lost; Obama is the only politician who has more Twitter followers than Palin. The intelligent, articulate and measured Obama is the true hope and voice of America, and not the nitwit Palin.