If you don’t know what the term “walking it back” means, Harry Reid’s Twitter feed is a textbook case.
He took to the Senate floor Wednesday morning saying that Republicans lie, and then tweeted a YouTube video of his remarks along with this caption:
“While Republicans use tall tales to attack Obamacare, Democrats have real stories of people who are saving on their premiums thanks to the law. We don’t have to make things up.”
The Koch Brothers are spending millions of dollars to deceive Americans about Obamacare. http://t.co/va4QH1glQb
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) February 26, 2014
The Senate majority leader took a drubbing online from Republican lawmakers who called him out on his claims about ads funded by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by billionaire industry barons David and Charles Koch. Reid says AFP told false stories about canceled policies due to ObamaCare, and used actors to tell the stories. Oh, and he called the Koch brothers “un-American.”
“It's time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers, who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine," Reid said.
The criticism must have hit a nerve. Hours later Reid walked it back with a new tweet linking to Mark Mellman’s Hill editorial calling the ads “shameful.” So much for that blanket statement about all stories being lies.
I can't say that all of the Koch ads on Obamacare are deceptive, but the vast majority are. http://t.co/hCbWIBVND6— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) February 26, 2014
According to plenty of pundits, Dems are increasingly worried about losing the Senate due to political fallout over ObamaCare. Sens. Murphy, Schumer and others launched a new strategy asking for, what else, real stories of Americans helped by ObamaCare.
Unless you’re beloved Barney the peppy, popular TV dinosaur, it is probably not a good idea to wear a purple bowtie and Polo shirt – at the same time -- on the House floor. At least that’s what Twitter has to say about Rep. Jared Polis and his sartorial selection.
Bow ties with polo shirts on the House floor. God help us. pic.twitter.com/sXrf33hdFF— Chris Armstrong (@carmstrong07) February 25, 2014
Maybe he thought it was Mardi Gras? Get that man a King Cake.
Lauren Ashburn joined the network in 2013 and currently serves as a Washington-based contributor for FOX News Channel (FNC). On MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz, Ashburn contributes commentary on the state of the news media shaping current events, their role in politics, cultures, business, and tech. Click here for more information on Lauren Ashburn.