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Twitters best comments during Mark Sanford's bizarre press conference

By Jimmy Orr / June 24, 2009

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford created an avalanche of traffic over Twitter this afternoon with his admission that he was having an extramarital affair with a women from Argentina.

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There have been numerous examples of the power of Twitter of the past year. Most recently in Iran where thousands of citizens have used the social messaging medium to protest the June 12 presidential election.

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Because of the government's crackdown on the press, Twitter has become a main source of news information from Iran to the rest of the world.

So how did the social media tool fare during South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's press conference today? In case you weren't paying attention, Gov. Sanford assembled the press at the State Capitol in Columbia to admit he was having an affair.

First, at least five of the top ten most tweeted topics (at least of this publishing time) had to do with Sanford or his admission of an affair with a yet-to-be-identified Argentinian woman.

Of course there's a big difference with the unrest in Iran and the news of yet another politician (they seem to be all trending Republican lately) tearfully admitting an extramarital fling. So you might expect the Twitter traffic to be more lighthearted or snarky than what we've been seeing in Iran.

Oh, and it was. And it is. It's like people are using Twitter to audition for The Improv. Or to be talking heads on MSNBC. Or FOX.

Republicans have been having a miserable year. So they gotta cling on to whatever they can. Like this one: CSundquist: "If Sanford had cheated on his taxes instead of his wife he would be a Cabinet member by now."

You could call this guy guilty of geographical stereotyping. Is that a crime yet? Matt_Poindexter: "I'm just surprised someone from South Carolina could find Argentina on the map."

Conservative Republicans might just want to give up on trying to set the rules for who should be legally entitled to marriage. Conservative Republicans are kinda ruining their argument. Joshbhatti jabs, "Gov. Sanford: marriage should only be between a man, a woman, and another woman from Argentina."

And Mitterrand1981 opines, "David Vitter, Larry Craig, John Ensign, Mark Sanford. Any other Republicans wanna tell me about "the sanctity of marriage"?

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