Michelle Malkin Ready to Make Waves in Midterm Races

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Sunday, 09 Feb 2014 07:32 PM

By Greg Richter

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Michelle Malkin, the conservative pundit famous for her Twitter battles with foes, is set to use her power of the keyboard to push tea party candidates in this year's midterm elections, Politico reports.

Malkin has been a Twitter user since 2008 and often draws political rivals into 140-character-at-a-time debates. Her 674,000-plus followers often join in the fray when a politician or celebrity is unwise enough to take her on.

As primaries near, followed by the November general election, Malkin intends to aid those candidates she supports, including tea partyers challenging GOP incumbents.

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"I see the practically unlimited power that social media has to help push the issues and causes and people I care about," Malkin told Politico. "I know what I’m good at."

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell told Politico Malkin has the ability to affect races, but must carefully choose the ones to get involved in.

O'Connell noted, for instance, that Malkin has backed Katrina Pierson, who aims to beat longtime incumbent Republican Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas. O'Connell calls it an uphill battle.

Malkin would be better off focusing on lower-profile races, O'Connell said, citing the defeats of Republican Sens. Bob Bennett of Utah and Dick Lugar of Indiana to tea party challengers.

"There’s no question that Michelle Malkin is beloved by the tea party and the conservative grass roots," he said. " It’s a testament to her own tenacity and also the media persona she’s built up."

Malkin founded the popular conservative blog "Hot Air" and the Twitter curation site "Twitchy." She's sold both to Salem Communications and has reduced her appearances on Fox News Channel as she works on a book.

Still, she has maintained her presence on Twitter, currently criticizing NBC's coverage of the Sochi Olympics. She maintains NBC's Bob Costas is kissing up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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