Political must-reads: Salon's Twitter 50

If you're not following these Twitter feeds this year, you're not following the 2012 elections

By Jillian Rayfield

Published October 3, 2012 8:00PM (EDT)

It goes without saying: This year's election will be the most tweeted of all time. But if you're looking for sharp, insightful, funny political commentary in 140 character installments, you have to look pretty hard. To save you the trouble, Salon got its best political minds together to come up with a list of the 50 absolutely essential election-related feeds. Before you ask, out of modesty we've deliberately left out our own ace political team: @SteveKornacki, @JoanWalsh, @koxinga21@aseitzwald, @irincarmon, @pareene, @jillrayfield and @Salon_Politics. As for the ranking, well, don't read too much into it -- each one of these feeds is fantastic. You can follow the full list here. Check it out and let us know what you think.

1. @KagroX - David Waldman
Contributing Editor, Daily Kos

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Irin Carmon says: Politically-savvy comedic riffs that build on each other, each funnier than the next.

2. @fivethirtyeight - Nate Silver
Blogger/statistician, New York Times

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3. @pourmecoffee - pourmecoffee
Anonymous liberal

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4. @mollyesque - Molly Ball
Staff writer, The Atlantic

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5. @daveweigel - Dave Weigel
Political reporter, Slate

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Alex Seitz-Wald says: Long suspected of having ghost tweeters for the frequent consistency of his humor and timely analysis.

6. @ZerlinaMaxwell - Zerlina Maxwell
Democratic strategist

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7. @ezraklein - Ezra Klein
Editor, Wonkblog, Columnist, Washington Post, Bloomberg View

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8. @markknoller -  Mark Knoller
White House Correspondent, CBS News

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Alex Seitz-Wald says: Unofficial White House statistician, he's a treasure trove of interesting facts and figures about the presidency.

9. @jonathanchait - Jonathan Chait
Political writer, New York Magazine

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10. @ThePlumLineGS - Greg Sargent
Blogger, The Plum Line (Washington Post)

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Steve Kornacki says: He's been closely monitoring the economic arguments both campaigns are making and diving deep into the available data to determine which are resonating, which aren't and why.

11. @evanmc_s - Evan McMorris-Santoro
Reporter, TPM

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Jillian Rayfield says: Broke the Akin "legitimate rape" story. Tweets about buffets. Noted cheap suit wearer.

12. @cbellantoni - Christina Bellantoni
Politics editor, PBS Newshour

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13. @BuzzFeedAndrew - Andrew Kaczynski
Politics reporter, Buzzfeed

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14. @maggiepolitico - Maggie Haberman
Senior political writer, POLITICO

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15. @SuzyKhimm - Suzy Khimm
Reporter, Wonkblog (Washington Post)

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16. @ktumulty - Karen Tumulty
National Political Correspondent, Washington Post

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17. @timothypmurphy - Tim Murphy
Reporter, Mother Jones

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18. @jbouie - Jamelle Bouie
Writing Fellow, The American Prospect

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19. @delrayser - delrayser

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20. @kasie - Kasie Hunt
Political reporter, The Associated Press

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21. @aburnspolitico - Alexander Burns
Reporter, POLITICO

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22. @aterkel - Amanda Terkel
Politics reporter, Huffington Post

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23. @jonlovett - Jon Lovett
Former Obama speechwriter

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Alex Pareene says: Former White House speechwriter is actually funny and not just "DC funny." Which is why he is no longer in DC.

24. @AdamSerwer - Adam Serwer
Reporter, Mother Jones

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Irin Carmon says: Wit and substance on civil liberties, the campaign trail, foreign policy, race, and more.

25. @mattklewis - Matt K. Lewis
Senior contributor, The Daily Caller

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26. Taegan Goddard - @politicalwire
Founder/blogger, The Political Wire

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Steve Kornacki says: The curator of an indispensable political news site distills valuable bits of news, commentary and polling updates throughout the day.

27. @ellencarmichael - Ellen Carmichael
Former communications director for Herman Cain

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28. @meredithshiner - Meredith Shiner
Reporter, Roll Call

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29. @BDayspring - Brad Dayspring
Former top aide to Rep. Eric Cantor

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30. @jbarro - Josh Barro
Writer for Bloomberg View's The Ticker

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31. @davidfrum - davidfrum
Former speechwriter to George W. Bush, Contributing Editor, Daily Beast/Newsweek

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32. @HotlineReid - Reid Wilson
Editor in chief, National Journal's Hotline

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33. @anamariecox - Ana Marie Cox
Columnist , The Guardian

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34. @joshTPM - Josh Marshall
Editor and Publisher, TPM

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35. @AnnaHolmes - Anna Holmes
Columnist, Washington Post; Founding Editor, Jezebel

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36. @feliciasonmez - Felicia Sonmez
Political reporter, Washington Post

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37. @ggreenwald - Glenn Greenwald
Blogger/Columnist, The Guardian

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38. @PhilipRucker - Philip Rucker
Political reporter, Washington Post

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39. @ananavarro - Ana Navarro
CNN contributor

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40. @kathrynlopez - Kathryn Jean Lopez
Columnist, National Review

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Alex Pareene says: One of the funniest twitter feeds in politics, obviously.

41. @PeterHambyCNN - Peter Hamby
Producer, CNN

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42. @Sarah_Boxer - Sarah Boxer
Political reporter, CBS News and National Journal

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43. @jesseltaylor - Jesse Taylor
Founder/blogger, Pandagon

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44. @JamilSmith - Jamil Smith
Producer, MSNBC

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45. @BuzzFeedBen - Ben Smith
Editor in chief, Buzzfeed

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46. @markos - Markos Moulitsas
Founder, Daily Kos

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47. @amyewalter - Amy Walter
Political Director, ABC News

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48. @SabrinaSiddiqui - Sabrina Siddiqui
Politics reporter, Huffington Post

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49. @ByronYork - Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent, Washington Examiner

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50. @ChuckTodd - Chuck Todd
Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News; host, The Daily Rundown (MSNBC)

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Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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