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No Jokes for Congress (Especially Not on Twitter)

From Social Media Today:

Recently, and not long after President Obama joked at the White House Correspondents Dinner that he was “not the strapping young Muslim socialist (he) used to be,” Ohio Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH9) tweeted that

“Barack Obama is the worst socialist ever. Dow Touches 15000 on Jobs Data http://t.co/sGa4Es4kAG via @WSJ” (@RepMarcyKaptur)

Eight seconds later, Kaptur deleted her tweet.

But, thanks to the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops website, the deleted tweet was preserved.

But this is not a post about Politwoops catching politicians deleting tweets, per se, but rather, this post is about the sad timidity in Congress when it comes to bridging partisan divides. While Members seem to have no trouble hurling insults at each other on the chamber floor, they seem a bit more timid on Twitter, especially when it comes to using irony and sarcasm. Kaptur’s joke was reasonably funny and it pointed out the truthful irony that the alleged “socialist president” is presiding over the richest stock market ever and a resurging jobs market. And that is a bad record for a socialist.

Read the rest at Social Media Today.

Posted on June 13, 2013 in