Political must-reads: Salon’s Twitter 50 
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.
Political must-reads: Salon’s Twitter 50 

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 hereCheck it out and let us know what you think.

"…Then neoconservative co-founder Midge Decter wrote a whole book about Donald Rumsfeld’s “manliness.” In her book, Decter concludes that Rumsfeld’s secret is “manliness” (italics hers), a quality that in her estimation has something to do with being a grandfather and something to do with prairies.
But, unfortunately for the reputation of her subject, the tone of the book is anything but manly. She blows him warm kisses (“He works standing up at a tall writing table, as if energy, or perhaps determination, might begin to leak away from too much sitting down”), and warmer ones (“this was the stuff—no other word would do—of glamour”), and even warmer ones (“Oh, Rumsfeld,” a friend coos, “I just love the man!”), until poor Rumsfeld begins to melt…”
-Alex Pareene, "Donald Rumsfeld, the media’s original weird political sex symbol"

"…Then neoconservative co-founder Midge Decter wrote a whole book about Donald Rumsfeld’s “manliness.” In her book, Decter concludes that Rumsfeld’s secret is “manliness” (italics hers), a quality that in her estimation has something to do with being a grandfather and something to do with prairies.

But, unfortunately for the reputation of her subject, the tone of the book is anything but manly. She blows him warm kisses (“He works standing up at a tall writing table, as if energy, or perhaps determination, might begin to leak away from too much sitting down”), and warmer ones (“this was the stuff—no other word would do—of glamour”), and even warmer ones (“Oh, Rumsfeld,” a friend coos, “I just love the man!”), until poor Rumsfeld begins to melt…”

-Alex Pareene, "Donald Rumsfeld, the media’s original weird political sex symbol"

theatlantic
You can paint a similar history of the welfare state, which was first secured by assuring racist white Democrats that the pariah of black America would be cut out of it. When such machinations became untenable, the strategy became to claim the welfare state mainly benefited blacks. And as that has become untenable, the strategy has become to target the welfare state itself, with no obvious mention of color. At each interval the ostensible pariah grows, until one in two Americans are members of the pariah class.
"When women accessorize men in this fashion, it diminishes women’s credibility while simultaneously bolstering men’s heterosexual virility and strength. It’s important to note that in addition to playing up the alleged sexual tension between Scarborough and Brzezinski, the Vanity Fair piece announces Scarborough’s potential presidential aspirations. Should he worry that a picture like this one might make him look less presidential? Sadly, no. U.S. presidentiality is so thoroughly masculinized, we’ve become accustomed to seeing our presidents surrounded by women playing supporting roles, whose presence complements men’s performances as Patriarch-in-Chief.”
-Karrin Anderson, "Mika Brzezinski’s erotic dance"

"When women accessorize men in this fashion, it diminishes women’s credibility while simultaneously bolstering men’s heterosexual virility and strength. It’s important to note that in addition to playing up the alleged sexual tension between Scarborough and Brzezinski, the Vanity Fair piece announces Scarborough’s potential presidential aspirations. Should he worry that a picture like this one might make him look less presidential? Sadly, no. U.S. presidentiality is so thoroughly masculinized, we’ve become accustomed to seeing our presidents surrounded by women playing supporting roles, whose presence complements men’s performances as Patriarch-in-Chief.”

-Karrin Anderson, "Mika Brzezinski’s erotic dance"