As we saw during the presidential campaign when Mitt Romney's official Twitter account gained more than 100,000 followers in the span of a few days, the accusation of fake followers can cast a shadow on a politician's social media street cred, if not his career. But a satirical Twitter account portraying a fake version of a real politician, however vexing to the impersonated person, can be a whole lot of fun to everyone else.
Take, for example, the popular @MexicanMitt ("I am the Juan percent"), a parody Twitter account that "poked fun at Romney’s on-again, off-again relationship with Mexican ancestry."
Though later reinstated, @MexicanMitt was briefly bounced from the micro-blogging platform last August, the same night Romney delivered his speech at the Republican National Convention, and Twitter launched #RomneyRyan2012, the first national trending topic purchased by a political campaign. Coincidence? Though it kicked up a bit of a scandal, Twitter wouldn't comment to NBC News or other news outlets at the time.
Meanwhile, real Vice President Joe Biden took to his verified Twitter account, when those pranksters at the Onion recently hosted an "Ask Me Anything" meet-up on Reddit with a parody version of America's vice president. The fake "Diamond" Joe Biden offered answers on "my Trans Am, things you can make into a pipe, Barack, or where we can hook up later" among other things. The real veep one-upped the faker, tweeting:
Q for @reddit AMA with my @TheOnion pal: A Trans-Am? Ever look under the hood of a Corvette? #imavetteguy –VP
If only all politicians were this fun! But since most aren't, here's five fake Twitter political accounts we wish were totally real:
Joe Biden @VeepJoeBiden
OK, I know we just said that real Vice President Joe Biden has proved himself awesome on Twitter ... but dude, unverified @VeepJoeBiden has the impression down cold!
Dr. Jill Biden @JillBidenVeep
Just because you've received your doctorate of education doesn't mean you're off the Twitter satire hook ... not if you're married to the vice president, who plays the perfect foil to your false persona.
Paul Ryan Gosling @PaulRyanGosling
Two great memes that taste great together! This satirical Twitter account mashes the "Hey Girl" Tumblr fun dedicated to actor Ryan Gosling with the oft-riffed-upon P90 X bravado of former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to create comedy gold. (We deleted an expletive after the ellipses from that final tweet, the one about John Edwards. Use your imagination ... if you're at least 18!)
Sr. WH Official @SrWHOfficial
Fun with anonymity! This so-called senior White House official bravely tweets even the worst puns from inside an imaginary White House, if he or she thinks it'll get you'll buy his or her book. (Mostly though, the tweets are pretty good.)
Miguel Bloombito @Elbloombito
For those living in the path of Sandy last October, one of the few amusing moments came when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared on TV to provide updates on the super storm, repeating his message in memorably mangled Spanish.
The Twitter satire account was inevitable, yet months after Sandy, it's still quite active ... and hilarious. Here, El Bloombito comments on the Beyonce lip-sync controversy, ("Are are these that synchiñgo lip? Forgive me, I need to my ear that removero footboard"), and adds his thoughts on the Roe v. Wade anniversary ... offensively, of course. This is satire, after all.