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25 Not Salon-Approved Conservatives Worth Following on Twitter

25 Not Salon-Approved Conservatives Worth Following on Twitter

My response to Salon’s humorous list.

The far left site Salon recently published a list of 25 conservatives who are “actually worth following” on Twitter. If you scroll through their list however, it quickly becomes apparent that it’s a “who’s who” of noted Trump haters on the right.

My colleague Fuzzy Slippers wrote about it in a post: Leftist Outlet Salon Publishes “25 Conservatives Worth Following On Twitter”

I have decided to take this a step further and compile a new list. Some of the people on my list like Trump and some don’t but they’re all right leaning people with great Twitter feeds.

I made a deliberate decision to leave out politicians. I also apologize in advance to anyone who thinks they should have been included. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Kurt Schlichter

If you’re not reading Kurt’s columns at Townhall, you’re missing out. Few people understand our current political climate better than Kurt. He also has a great sense of humor.

2. John Nolte

Nolte recently rejoined Breitbart after writing for the Daily Wire. He analyzes media bias with expertise and maintains an active presence on Twitter. He also writes about movies and culture with great insight.

3. Katie Pavlich

Katie is the editor of Townhall and you’ve probably seen her on TV if you watch FOX News. She is an excellent political analyst and writer.

4. Stephen Miller

Miller is no fan of Trump but he doesn’t have Trump Derangement Syndrome. He is also an outstanding writer who has contributed at National Review and Ricochet, among others. He currently writes for FOX News.

5. Instapundit

Few people have had a greater impact on politics and blogging than Professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit. If you’re a blogger who has ever been linked by him, you know what I mean.

6. Dana Loesch

Dana is a champion of the Second Amendment and freedom. She’s also a talented writer and speaker. It’s no wonder why the NRA hired her as a spokeswoman, she understands the issue of gun rights better than most people.

7. Don Surber

Surber was one of the first writers to know Trump could win. He’s even written a successful book on the Trump phenomenon. His blog is great, too. Find it all on his Twitter feed.

8. Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is a champion of free speech and no one can question his conservative principles. He was an early and vocal critic of Trump but that has never diminished his expert ability to analyze politics, media or culture.

9. William Jacobson

Professor Jacobson is the creator of the Legal Insurrection blog and I can honestly say he would be on my list even if I didn’t write for this site. He’s a fantastic writer and political analyst. He is also an expert on the far left BDS movement.

10. Michelle Malkin

You’ve seen her on FOX News. You’ve read her amazing columns. Are you following Michelle Malkin on Twitter? Malkin also has the distinction of being the creator of Hot Air and Twitchy, two of the most popular conservative sites. Her new venture is Conservative Review and it’s worth your time.

11. Sean Hannity

Hannity recently moved back to 9 PM on the FOX News Channel and he’s killing it in the ratings. His show is one of the few places on TV where Trump gets any credit for anything. He’s also very talented at pointing out media bias.

12. Greg Gutfeld

I’ve been a fan of Gutfeld for years, going back to the Red Eye days. He has really come into his own on The Five. He has an amazing talent for breaking down politics and media. He’s also hilarious while doing it.

13. Christina Hoff Sommers

Sommers is an author and speaker who challenges social justice warrior culture on college campuses. We’ve cited her work many times on this site. She’s fantastic.

14. Jesse Watters

It’s Watters’ World, we’re just living in it. Watters is an outspoken Trump supporter and frequently defends that position on The Five. His videos featuring him asking basic civics questions to the public are the stuff of legend.

15. Rob Province

Rob Province tweets under the moniker of “Educated Hillbilly” and he’s really funny. He frequently tweets about politics, media and Second Amendment issues. I once called him the Iowahawk of guns.

16. Iowahawk

Iowahawk is legendary. There is no comparison to the humor of David Burge. If you’re not following him on Twitter, you’re missing out.

17. Mark Levin

Mark Levin is called “the great one” for a reason. He worked for the Reagan administration and he is a constitutional scholar.

18. Ace of Spades

For anyone who’s not aware, Ace is the Laurence Olivier of conservative blogging. He offers brilliant insight with wit that cuts like a knife. Follow him on Twitter.

19. Jim Hoft

Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit blog was an early supporter of Trump. He’s also an expert at political blogging. I’ve filled in for him at TGP many times and enjoyed the experience. He’s a great guy.

20. Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter was an early Trump supporter. She even wrote a book about it. The best thing about Ann is her razor wit and you get it all if you follow her.

21. Mollie Hemingway

Mollie is one of the founders of The Federalist blog and a frequent guest on Special Report with Bret Baier. She is an excellent analyst of media in the age of Trump.

22. Sean Davis

Davis also helped found The Federalist blog. He frequently writes and tweets about political issues which are important to conservatives. He’s a very smart guy.

23. Ashe Schow

Ashe is a leading journalist when it comes to campus craziness. I’ve cited her work countless times on this site. She is excellent.

24. Dan Riehl

Dan is an old school conservative political blogger who maintains an active presence on Twitter. He has a deep understanding of politics and how things work in Washington.

25. Tammy Bruce

As a former liberal, Tammy Bruce brings a unique perspective to political analysis. Follow her and become a member at her site. All the info is on her Twitter page.


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Tammy Bruce is awesome. I like your list much, much better!

Although not a social media participant or blogger, Rush is the king of them all, and among the first to call out the dems. He remains a champion of sanity, logic and Conservatism. If Hannity, Levin and the rest (ALL heroes and heroines) are on this list, Rush deserves to be number one. With his almost 30 years of brilliance, Breitbart’s heirs and everyone on this list should be bowing in adulation. IMHO. The “never Trumpers” (yeah, you, rags), rinos and the swamp dwellers hate Rush more than any other human being. ‘Nuff said.

Everyone on that list should be honored.

The funniest thing of it all is, Salon cannot refute a single story told by any of The Great Ones on this list!

Talk about being a cult…

    The left will always telegraph who and what they fear.

    If they defame a conservative, follow that conservative.

    If they accuse a Republican of an offense, look to the left for having committing that exact offense, for they are trying to cover it up by deflecting the guilt.

    If they run hillary clinton for president in 2020, donate!

    Really? Dim Jim Hoft has not been caught with his shorts around his ankles, taking it from T-rump? Ever…???

    Seaneneen Hannity is NOT a deep vacuum T-rump sucker…???

    You are part of the T-rump Cabana Bois.


Kurt Schlichter is amazing, I discovered him right around election time.

    Ragspierre in reply to Olinser. | October 21, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Schlicter is certainly a rightist. He is NO conservative.

    He showed his authoritarian/totalitarian ass with his call to use BIG government against those he sees as “enemies”.

    (Some here will warmly approve, because they are NOT conservatives, and never were.)

      There’s no one I agree with ALL the time, but Kurt does really hit it out of the park sometimes. He makes some good points, and is able to package them into succinct tweets. I’ll forgive his occasional clanger because he more often tweets things like this from yesterday:

      “How come no journalists ever try the experiment of determining the gun crime rate among Americans who don’t live in blue urban areas?
      Wouldn’t that be a good piece of information to know since it’s the people who don’t live in blue urban areas that they seem determined to disarm?”

        Ragspierre in reply to Amy in FL. | October 22, 2017 at 10:56 am

        Of course! A rightist and a conservative will often have areas of common cause, and Schlichter is no fool. He makes some valid…even insightful…observations.

        My point was that he’s no conservative.

Kurt Schlichter? I’ve interacted with that guy once on Twitter, back during those heady days when Scaramucci was ‘acting’ Communications Director. He was convinced Scaramucci had a good case against the “leakers” of his OGE 278.

Yeah, real bright one there.

    redc1c4 in reply to Awing1. | October 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    i served with the Colonel, back in the day (he was a Major then) and know him personally.

    you couldn’t be more wrong in your estimation of him if you tried.

    IMHO, of course. i’m sure your 1 Twitter experience TOTALLY outweighs my years of interaction, in and out of uniform.

two points of order:

1. you left out @redc1c4 😎

2. “He offers brilliant insight with wit that cuts like a knife.” Point of Order: Ace slices like a F-ing hammer” per the AoSHQ style guide & long standing Horde meme.

Frankly, I don’t think ANYBODY is worth following on Twatter.

I’ll say again that I think social media is a net evil in our culture.

Sean Spicier (Spicer parody) is really hilarious – he’s one of the first people I ever read on twitter and said “oh yeah, now I understand why you’d want to follow somebody”.

This is a great list – Greg Gutfeld in particular is incredibly talented and his books are both funny and insightful.

TBH with people like Gutfeld, Iowahawk, some of Tucker Carlson’s hilarious interviews, etc I think we have a lot more fun on the right. They can keep Al Franken for sure…

James Woods should be on that list, if you asked me.

I am not an expert or fan of social media, but I had been using twitter for a few months, up until a couple of days ago, when something (not)funny happened.
I made a comment about obama being worst President ever. Somebody replied. We kept going back and forth; guy was dumb, annoying and trollish.
At some point I asked “Are you retarded?”, and that was it:
Twitter blocked access to my account. I can’t even close it if I don’t give them a working phone number.
That means buh, bye to me. Privacy is more valuable than anything they have to offer, IMO.

Jim Hoft doesn’t belong on that list. He’s a loon, with no credibility, and citing him automatically lowers ones own credibility.

I used to like Gateway Pundit/Jim Hoft once upon a time, but they started getting more and more hysterical and shrill. In the last few years, they have posted way too much easily-debunked nonsense – I now see them as one of the more embarrassing promulgators of #FakeNews on the right.

And Ann Coulter has never been my cup of tea. I’ve never been able to discern how much of what she says, she actually believes; and how much she’s just saying outrageous things as part of a put-on schtick. A lot of times she comes off as almost a cartoon caricature of a “conservative.”

I find the rest of your list pretty good value though.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Amy in FL. | October 22, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Coulter’s schtick is as a provacateur. She intentionally says outrageous things to stimulate discussion and (I believe) as a counter-balance to outrageous things said by the Left. Someone on the conservative side should be playing that game, and Ann does it well.

Twitter? Pfffftt. Kid stuff. A way to automate short attention spans.

And pundits? Double pfffftt. All I need to know about a pundit is, did he predict Trump’s win. If not, then I already have a better connection to the pulse of the zeit geist and wouldn’t find his input useful. That doesn’t leave many standing. Surber I know about. Coulter, maybe. Who else?

Jim Hoft. LOL

iowahawkblog is not a conservative.

As for many of the rest, it’s a pretty good list of people I used to read and respect before Trump. I still like some of them, but far fewer. And you’ve pretty much captured all the ones that have disappointed me by turning Full Partisan Trump Defender, with the concomitant nastiness and hypocrisy.

    You were actually one of the first people I followed when I joined Twitter. Along with Insty, Iowahawk, and our good Professor here. It’s going back into ancient history, Internet-wise, but I remembered you for your efforts in the Michael Hiltzik sock puppet drama.

    Semper Why in reply to Patterico. | October 22, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I concur. Take Iowahawk off the list as he doesn’t identify as a conservative. Take Hoft off the list because he’s too easily suckered in by conspiracy theories.

    Add Jim Treacher (@jtlol) and the Sean Spicer parody, Sean Spicier (@sean_spicier).

Phil Salvarado | October 22, 2017 at 1:17 pm

The Left must not really take L.I. very seriously if all they can come up with is Rags as your designated troll. Color me disappointed.

Blaise MacLean | October 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm

This is a very good list. Thank you. I was familiar with most but not all. Over time I have mostly given up on Hannity (he is mostly talking points and is very repetitive over time) and Coulter (I have come to question her intellectual honesty) but the rest are good.

I saw the Salon list via a link somewhere. I used to get their daily issue in my email but the sheer lunacy of their articles and headlines led me to unsubscribe. I couldn’t stand such crap in my email. When they started out they had some interesting stuff, and their list of acceptables went back to that time. Some on their list are awful…hacks, in my view…but some are good. I like Allahpundit very much (actually Hotair in general) for example.

I think, truthfully, that both lists together (plus Powerlineblog and NRO) would give a very well rounded sample of opinions on important issues. In other words, the mere existence of a name on the Salon list should not exclude them from being read. Let them stand or fall on their own merits.

All that said, I will NOT be resubscribing to Salon. Cheers.

I see this site has gone full Trump tard too. Anyone who takes Jim Hoft seriously has just trumpeted either their own mental illness or incapacity.

To recommend Jim Hoft without also highlighting his many bogus and retracted conspiracy theory stories over the past year is to become a clown show oneself.

    I have to admit, I cringe when I see Gateway Pundit still in the good Professor’s blogroll on the right side of the page. Once upon a time, maybe… but still? After so many humiliating “”oopsies”? But it’s not a deal-killer for me. This blog has an amazing stable of regular authors, and they each have their own style and voice. Some I like better than others, but on balance I think it’s a pretty good mix. And at least when you disagree with an author here, as I have more than once, you’re not going to get blackballed.

Freddie Sykes | October 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm

I follow Andrew Klavan because of his good humor, common sense politics and spirituality. He doesn’t like Trump all that much but is very happy that he is president. Can you imagine what it would be like if Hillary won?

The best thing about ace is the commenters. And the movie reviews. But mostly the commenters.

Like most of the list but too many never Trumper on it, at least no one from NR or NRO especially Lowry are on the list. Would rearrange the order quite a bit and especially Tammy should be MUCH higher