The Today Show is tracking the Twitter hashtag gathering tweets about the government shutdown

#DearCongress, ‘I am embarrassed
to be an American’: Nation sounds off on shutdown

via www.today.com

One difference between 1995 and now that I haven’t heard anyone mention yet is the presence of social media in political discourse. Some experts have mentioned seven days as the period in which public outcry against a government shutdown starts to build. Social media could shorten that period and, possibly, send the debate lurching into unexpected directions.

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