…are as real as Callista’s o-face:
Yesterday Newt Gingrich laid out a new argument for why he should be the GOP presidential nominee: He’s got the most Twitter followers. But according to a former Gingrich staffer, he bought them.
So what’s the big deal, isn’t buying followers like buying voters, like buying wife #3 a time-honored tradition in GOP Politics?
While it would be impossible to survey all of Gingrich’s followers, a cursory glance immediately turned up a few accounts that featured odd names, no personal information, no followers, no posts, and a small follow list. And there’s certainly a healthy market out there for buying Twitter followers, either by hiring a company to strategically follow accounts that will follow you back or by paying for dummy accounts. If Gingrich did goose his Twitter numbers, it would help explain why he has, for instance, more than twice as many followers as Sarah Palin, which just doesn’t sound right.
The Gingrich campaign didn’t respond to a message seeking comment.