‘Hey Girl It’s Paul Ryan’: The Tumblr-ization of politics and the Fix search for the best political Tumblrs
By Chris Cillizza and T.J. Ortenzi,
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.