When the ‘twit’ hits the fan

“When it rains it pours,” they say. Ever since the first debate in Denver, there have been rain clouds following President Obama’s reelection campaign. The second debate helped to slow the bleeding a bit, but now “binder-gate” and “Benghazi” are beginning to inflict a second wave of damage. Add actress and faux intellectual Eva Longoria and her lack of social media discretion to all of that, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect political storm.

For those who care about such things, Longoria—who has more than 4 million Twitter followers in addition to being a vocal co-chair for the Obama reelection campaign—decided to retweet to her Twitter followers a comment, which referred to Mitt Romney as a “twat.” The entire context is beyond stupid and why Longoria would even give further visibility to such a comment boggles the mind. The message read: “I have no idea why any woman/minority can vote for Romney. You have to be stupid to vote for such a racist/misogynistic twat.” For whatever reason, this message seemed to be important enough to Longoria to rebroadcast it to her millions of followers. And the fallout from it is even worse than her brain-dead decision to repost it.

Arch-liberal Alan Colmes is calling for Longoria’s resignation as co-chair, which is just interesting enough to make it something to watch. If Obama and Longoria decide it would be best to part ways, this could well become far more newsworthy than if she had simply ignored it, rather than clamoring—and making an even bigger fool of herself in the process—to delete the tweet. With Colmes calling for her to step down, it immediately leaves the realm of the “vast right wing conspiracy” and becomes a full fledged damage control moment. Even the Washington Post agreed that it was a bone-headed move and counseled her to watch her words if she “wants to be a positive to Obama and not a negative.” Oops. It might be a little too late for that.

Michelle Malkin got into the fray, rightly pointing out that it is hardly feminist to use words that are derogatory to women. Malkin also reminded readers that this is not the first time Longoria has had Twitter troubles on the campaign trail, and likely won’t be the last if she is allowed to continue.

Note to Eva Longoria: Twitter doesn’t have a seven-second “safe for TV” filter. Your uncensored stupidity gets broadcast live and exactly as you typed it out; once you publish it is forever. Republicans may very well look back on this and have you and your itchy Twitter finger to thank for losing the 2012 election for President Obama. It’s really astounding to think of the repercussions that one twit armed with a Twitter account and a cell phone can have. Technology truly is amazing.

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