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Jane Blume April 17, 2012 15:41

We told you last week that the political madness season is in full force.

A story that caught our attention last week concerns a political prank done by presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s camp to launch two fake Twitter accounts for Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic national Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

The story got lost in the “mommy wars” from late last week, but it’s noteworthy enough as an example of the political trickery that’s happening around us. You’d be wise to be hyper-aware of these plots and to dig beyond the smoke and mirrors to call out the lawmakers who use doublespeak to confuse the issues using social media or other tactics.

In the case of Romney, if the Twitter accounts labeled as “parodies” were an attempt from his campaign to be funny, the humor was lost and no other tweets have been posted to the Twitter accounts since last week.

If our so-called political leaders and hangers-on behave like this, how do you think they will treat issues affecting your wages, benefits, pensions and, most importantly, your voice at the bargaining table?

In the meantime, on Monday, a CNN/ORC International poll showed President Obama holding a 9-point advantage over his Republican challenger. Respondents say Obama is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans.

The poll also finds seven in 10 Americans favor the president’s proposed change to the federal income tax rate for people who make more than $1 million a year.

 


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