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Sidelined: Obama Resorts to Spamming Twitter

As Congress has cut Barack Obama out of the debt ceiling negotiations, he’s had to try to find other ways to keep his perpetual reelection campaign on track. Jake Tapper at ABCNews reports in his “Obama Campaign Takin’ It To the Tweets” story, his latest campaign tactic is being conducted in 140 characters or less at a time:

The president earlier today tweeted a message on his campaign account @BarackObama: “The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know. Call. Email. Tweet. —BO”

(You can tell it’s “from him” because he signed it.)

That was followed by Obama 2012 staffers tweeting:

“You heard the President. So here’s what we’re doing: throughout the day we’ll post the Twitter handles of GOP lawmakers in each state.”

“Tweet at your Republican legislators and urge them to support a bipartisan compromise to the debt crisis.”

Presumably the Obama campaign is going in some kind of alphabetical order (ish) by state since staffers began with Alaska and have moved on to Alabama.

“Alaska voters: Tweet @lisamurkowski and ask her to compromise on a balanced deficit solution.

“Live in AK? Have a Republican representative? Tweet them and ask them to support a bipartisan compromise to deficit reduction.

“AK Republican rep on Twitter: @repdonyoung”…

The campaign’s digital team is spear-heading the campaign.

First, Obama’s tweet is utterly laughable. How can he bear to tweet about putting partisanship aside without giving in to the irresistible urge to add “ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!” to it? If he weren’t so adamant in putting party first, this whole “crisis” would have been over weeks ago.

Actually, that’s not entirely true. He doesn’t put party first. He puts himself first. What’s good for Barack Obama is mandatory for America. He has repeatedly said he is willing to send the government into “default” unless the GOP agrees not to mess with his reelection efforts. His bottom line: Sweep the issue of his massive, exploding debts under the rug by giving him plenty of debt ceiling cushion for budget-busting spending in 2012, or he’s gonna make us all sorry.

Second, is his campaign putting party aside? How come the compromise only deals with Republicans? The Republicans have compromised in all of their bills. Why not call the Democrats and ask them to compromise their positions and vote for one of the GOP bills?

Michelle Malkin called attention to the genius effect of Obama’s #compromise Twitter campaign: tweeting his followers with the Twitter addresses of every Republican member of Congress amounted to little more than flooding the tweetstreams of over 9 million users with hours of spam.

Mashable reported that this activity caused @BarackObama to lose over 36,000 followers.

In a humorous summary of the debacle, Allahpundit at HotAir noted: “To put it another way, he lost twice as many followers today as jobs created last month.”

Not only were Obama’s actions hypocritical and motivated entirely out of self-interest, but they also fell under the law of unintended consequences, as National Journal found that “Republican Senators, in total, added about 6,500 new followers throughout the afternoon.


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