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‘Hey Girl It’s Paul Ryan’: The Tumblr-ization of politics and the Fix search for the best political Tumblrs

Tumblr isn’t a household name in politics. Yet.

For those of you who don’t know what Tumblr is, it’s — basically — a new(ish) blogging platform that allows seamless sharing of videos, links, quotes and almost anything else you can find on the Internet. (Check out our music Tumblr — it’s called Sir Fix-A-Lot — for an example of what it looks like. SELF PROMOTION ALERT!)

And Tumblr is starting to catch on in the political world.

Take the Tumblr “Hey Girl It’s Paul Ryan” , which came to our attention today and hinges on the the Wisconsin Republican’s efforts to eliminate the deficit and imagines that Ryan — like heartthrob actor Ryan Gosling — is able to make women swoon.

Generic shots of Ryan are paired with lines like “Hey Girl, let’s move forward with our relationship... by cutting spending and putting our love on a path to prosperity.” (That “Hey Girl” line builds off of a Ryan Gosling Tumblr that took off in 2010.)

The (Paul) Ryan Tumblr comes on the heels of “Texts From Hillary”, a Tumblr so popular that President Obama joked about it during his White House Correspondents Dinner speech on Saturday night .

The Fix — ever in search of the next big thing in politics — wants to hear from our community. Do you have a favorite political Tumblr? Do you run a favorite political Tumblr? Make your suggestions in the comments section and we will round up the best of the best in a separate blog post later this week.


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