Forget ObamaCare and the administration’s push to hype Medicaid expansion this week. It’s two high-profile, non-office-holding Republicans who are getting top Twitter billing.
Apparently, this is real: MITT, a Netflix documentary. pic.twitter.com/oAyCMtN5v4
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) December 9, 2013
“Greg Whitely’s documentary, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at Romney’s campaign, will debut on Jan. 17 at Sundance.”
New York Times’ Jonathan Martin tweeted that he and Politico’s Glenn Thrush reported in an e-book that the Romneys found the documentary, “too heavy on his faith,” and he “feared Mormon backlash.”
Dan Zak, staff writer at the Washington Post, tried his hand at creating a cut line for the movie.
Rejected subtitles: "MITT: HE AIN'T BEANBAG." "MITT: HAIR BUD." "MITT: THE MUSICAL!" "MITT: WILLARD." "MITT: ROMNEY."
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) December 9, 2013
Zak should probably stick to newspapering.
Meanwhile Sarah Palin took to Twitter (reaching one million followers) announcing her new reality show deal with the Sportsman Channel:
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) December 9, 2013
Palin beats Mitt by a mile on the Twitter snark-o-meter, and the name-calling was heavy-handed among those who thought her new deal was underwhelming.
Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin calls the negativity “haterade,” and compiled the worst of the worst tweets on her blog, including one from a tweeter who hoped Palin would get shot in her trek through the nation’s wilderness.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) December 9, 2013
No matter what your politics, wishing someone dead on Twitter is pretty pathetic. The show debuts April 2014.
This is what a coordinated Twitter roll-out strategy looks like.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 9, 2013
Thanks to Medicaid expansion, family of four in Minnesota making under $40,000 will receive help to get health care: pic.twitter.com/uaoEf5hfdz
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) December 9, 2013
— Janice Hahn (@Rep_JaniceHahn) December 9, 2013
Today, more than 300,000 uninsured Ohioans can sign up for health coverage through expanded Medicaid http://t.co/kCe7tiGVUb
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) December 9, 2013
This strategy is exactly what Zeke Emanuel was talking about on "Fox News Sunday" when he lamented the lack of a coordinated PR effort around the ObamaCare rollout.
And Speaker Boehner is getting an early Christmas Twitter card from Dems demanding he see things their way.
— Brad Schneider (@Schneider4IL10) December 7, 2013
Bet he’d rather just get a lump of coal.
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