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Rick Perry goes Oops, Twitter goes Wow

November 9, 2011

Rick Perry had what we scientists call a brain-fart at today’s GOP debate, forgetting the third agency he would eliminate as president. While only raking in 2,558 mentions for the first hour of the debate, his oops moment helped him rake in another 16,342 mentions in the second hour, leaving him the most talked about [...]

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Twitter says nobody cares about Perry

October 19, 2011

October has been a tough month for Rick Perry. His Tea Party supporters have left him en masse after the three September debates, and flocked to Herman Cain. Last week, I put together statistics on the number of mentions Perry, Cain, and Romney have received each day. People have largely stopped talking about Perry. New [...]

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Reactions to the Romney-Perry Feud

October 19, 2011

I’ve been having fun with word clouds tonight, so I decided to put one more together. The best part of tonight’s CNN debate, from an entertainment standpoint, was the face-off between Governors Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. It’s hard to say whether it will play out better for Romney or Perry, although I think the [...]

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The Fall of Rick Perry and Rise of Herman Cain

October 10, 2011

I’ve been following the 2012 Presidential race full-time since the beginning of 2011, and it has been fascinating to watch the Tea Party shift their support from candidate to candidate with each set of debates. The first GOP debate in South Carolina in early May launched Herman Cain into the limelight. The “Cain Train” lost [...]

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The Growing Rick Perry Execution Meme

September 10, 2011

The idea of linking Rick Perry with executions in Texas has been present on Twitter for months, but it really took off on August 7th with the CNN debate, as shown on this 30 day graph of tweets. This association has been crystallized into a specific tweet with the text “Statistically, You Have a Better [...]

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Most retweeted mentioners of Rick Perry

August 18, 2011

Most Retweeted Mentioners of Rick Perry @rickperryfacts 4,259 RTs @BorowitzReport 4,115 RTs @billmaher 3,561 RTs @thinkprogress 2,939 RTs @JohnFugelsang 1,502 RTs @jimmyfallon 1,342 RTs @ebertchicago 1,008 RTs @TeamRickPerry 829 RTs @MotherJones 820 RTs @HuffingtonPost 773 RTs You can tell how far right Rick Perry is by how far left his most influential mentioners are. Perry’s [...]

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Rick Perry has tweeted about Bush 41 twice, but never for 43

August 16, 2011

I’ll leave it for the pundits to unravel the relationship between Rick Perry and the two Bush presidents. Like many others, I wish we still had Molly Ivins around to help with that. What I do know is that a search of all tweets in the @GovernorPerry account shows 2 tweets mentioning Bush senior, but [...]

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Perry: “I went to Texas A&M. He went to Yale.”

August 16, 2011

I’ve been watching Rick Perry’s Twitter account since we started the 2012twit project 9 months ago, and I never really understood why he tweeted so much about the Texas A&M football team, the Aggies. I just assumed it was part of his good ol’ boy Texas persona. Now I understand that is as much about [...]

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Issues in Rick Perry tweets

August 15, 2011

Words in Tweets About Perry Job 216 tweets (3.7%) Health 125 tweets (2.2%) Christ or Jesus 108 tweets (1.9%) Economy 55 tweets (0.9%) Social Security or Medicare 45 tweets (0.8%) Israel 45 tweets (0.8%) Budget or Deficit 10 tweets (0.2%) I’ve analyzed all the mentions of Rick Perry this morning to see which words are [...]

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Who is mentioned with Rick Perry?

August 15, 2011

Politicians in Tweets About Perry Bachmann 490 tweets (8.4%) Obama 323 tweets (5.6%) Bush 181 tweets (3.1%) Romney 159 tweets (2.7%) The rate of tweeting about Rick Perry is still very high, with almost 6,000 @mentions between 9:00am and 12:00pm EST today. But they aren’t just talking about Perry in isolation. About 17% of tweets [...]

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