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Tweet nothings

"I just tweet; that's just the way I roll."

Not exactly Descartes ("I tweet therefore I am"), but that's about as profound as it gets with Sarah Palin.

In that economical 40-character, spoken-word quote to The New York Times Magazine, she summed up her mavericky strategy for using Twitter (335,000 followers) and Facebook (2.5 million followers) to bypass the lamestream media and deliver barely coherent, agenda-driven rhetoric directly to the people.

Whether she's scolding Obama, threatening to sue the media or literally targeting political enemies with actual rifle sights, Sarah Palin is revolutionizing political communication with her unique brand of (anti)social networking.

That controversial tax-cuts compromise you've been hearing about? Palin used Twitter to share her "views" on the deal: "Tweety tweety tweety tweet," tweeted Palin, adding, "Tweedle-dee."

Think that sounds silly or confusing? Here's the actual text: "Obviously Obama is so very, very wrong on the economy & spins GOP tax cut goals; so fiscal conservatives: we expect you to fight for us &..."

I suppose I could ramble on about the genius of climaxing her missive with the ampersand-elipsis cliffhanger," but these decipherers parse the above befuddler far better than I ever could. (Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post  /  Jason Easley, PoliticusUSA)

Yes, her every tweet is red meat for one camp or another. And she has mastered the art of deploying Facebook as a political weapon. Her infamous (Aug. 7, 2009) "death panels" post is some stone-cold Willie Horton thuggery. You thought Obama "palling around with terrorists" was bad-ass…

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide … whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."

Her invention of the fictitious "death panel" to bludgeon the "evil" Obama is now legendary. She reportedly softened the post from an earlier draft in which she planned to accuse Obama of smothering the elderly with government-issued pillows.

(Typical follower's reaction: Wow, Sarah -- that's really unbelievable. Thanks for spreading the word about how Obama's trying to destroy America.)

Could Palin actually tweet her way to the presidency? Eleven characters: You betcha.

Hey, if only he'd had the technology, Abraham Lincoln might be best remembered for his Gettysburg … Tweet? Picture Franklin D. Roosevelt -- inspiring America with his fireside tweets. Or @JFK: Tweet not what your country can do for you...

Caution: Don't be being fooled by the many fake Palin Twitter accounts (@ObamaSlayer2012, @ImpeachKenyaPrez). For the uninitiated, it can be difficult to tell an authentic Palin-penned Tweet (example: "Don't Retreat, Instead -- RELOAD!") from a bogus one ("SHOOT a godless liberal congressman TODAY!").

So remember: A tweet accusing President Obama of drinking blood from the skulls of unborn illegal aliens is only legit if it comes from Sarah's official feed -- @SarahPalinUSA.

Finally, I want to go on record being the first to predict that – sometime in early 2011 – Palin will attempt to deflect criticism from one of her ridiculous 140-character policy statements or slams by claiming she was “mistweeted” by the lamestream media.

Posted on December 15, 2010 8:57 AM | Permalink

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