As the politicians tweet
I was logging in to Twitter today and one of the highlighted tweets was this from SpeakerPelosi:
Americans are suffering in the Gulf while Republicans apologize to Big Oil. We need clean energy now. #BPhearing
The idea that the Speaker of the House, an alleged "leader" would take the time to tweet something so relentlessly political rather than, you know, talking about what we're going to do to fix the problem pissed me off enough that I had to respond to her.
And, I wasn't the only one. Politicians don't get it yet - the internet really isn't a forum for them to spit out their talking points anymore. People are sick of it. Pelosi, like so many others, however, is tone deaf. But the good people let her have it:
@SpeakerPelosi When you talk negatively about "Republicans" you are alienating Americans. QUIT being divisive, we are tired of that
And what are #Congress & #POTUS doing, beside slinging mud?
@SpeakerPelosi how will clean energy help us clean up the Gulf exactly? I mean, its not like ignoring the real issue will make it go away.
@SpeakerPelosi Way to spend time doing that rather than fixing America
@SpeakerPelosi oh blow it out your ass. you don't have any solutions either so until you can think of something PRODUCTIVE stop bitching
I would advise @SpeakerPelosi to stop tweeting negatively about Repubs and DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE OIL SPILL! People are SUFFERING down here.
Right now, Democrats and Republicans alike seem to view the "solution" to the oil spill as being not blamed for it. So, the problem isn't oil spilling, the problem is how it affects their party in the elections. Awesome. While that image above has its share of whackjobs and retweeters, it's mostly full of people reminding these "leaders" that their job isn't to get themselves reelected. How refreshing!
Posted by kris at June 17, 2010 01:46 PM
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|# June 17th, 2010 3:12 PM james|
|You're faulting a politician for being political?
You carry on like the general public is an educated, thoughtful mass with open hearts and open minds. They're not. The people who tweeted back voicing discontent would have found something to bitch about either way.
|# June 17th, 2010 3:14 PM kris|
|I'm faulting a leader for being a politician, not a leader, in a crisis. |
|# June 17th, 2010 3:16 PM kris|
|Also, I barely ever tweet and I wouldn't typically respond to a politician about anything, but this particular response was just sooo political and tone deaf that I had to. I think maybe other people felt the same way. |
|# June 17th, 2010 3:28 PM james|
|What do you want her to do? Pick up a sponge & personally mop up the oil in the gulf?
Leading is about communication. And part of her job as a leader is to fend off idiots like this.
|# June 17th, 2010 3:31 PM kris|
|No, I just want her to shut up about it. It's not about Dems or Republicans. It's about cleaning up the oil spill. And her pithy little comment had nothing to do with what that nutball Bachmann said anyway. |
|# June 17th, 2010 3:36 PM james|
|So Republicans can criticize and impede all they want, and Nancy Pelosi should just pretend they don't exist?
It certainly IS about Democrats and Republicans. Because Republicans are out there making it into a political talking point, blaming the President for the mess. And Democrats are out there blaming GWB for the mess.
You may not like it, but *is* a political issue.
My god, people are acting like Nancy Pelosi spends her days hanging out on Facebook & Twitter 24x7.
|# June 17th, 2010 3:40 PM kris|
|Pelosi was my immediate target because I saw her Tweet, but neither party should be doing that - that's my point. They shouldn't be pointing fingers, they should be figuring out how to clean up the damn oil spill. When the spill is fixed, THEN point all of the fingers you want, but shut up until then.
Part of the anger at govt now is because of crap like this. I'm sick of it and I can't be the only one.
|# June 17th, 2010 3:43 PM kris|
|It's like in Apollo 13 where some of the engineers fall into CYA mode and Ed Harris is all "no, we gotta work the problem".
THAT'S what our leaders should be doing - putting on their white vests and making that the focus.
Of course there are going to be asshat politicians & media trying to take advantage of the situation - but the leadership, Pelosi, Obama, Republican leaders, etc. should be taking the high road and keeping the focus on solutions, not blame.
|# June 17th, 2010 3:49 PM james|
|Welcome to life in a democratic society, where a politician's job is to talk, to debate, to hold public discussions, and to craft policy. Perhaps you'd prefer a less transparent government.
|# June 17th, 2010 3:50 PM james|
|Umm, I don't see where Pelosi is assigning blame for the spill. She is calling out the GOP for impeding cleanup efforts. |
|# June 17th, 2010 3:57 PM kris|
|I don't see where you get that at all. She's saying the GOP is apologizing to Big Oil - in other words linking the two for blame.
There's nothing in her tweet about cleanup efforts at all.
It's just a worthless comment.
|# June 17th, 2010 4:01 PM james|
|And if I'd tweeted "Welcome to the Big Ten!" the other day, you'd be sitting here saying "I don't see where that tweet is referring to Nebraska at all! It's a worthless comment!"
|# June 17th, 2010 4:10 PM kris|
|But there was only one team to welcome to the Big Ten - there are LOTS of ways that politicians are linking political parties to the oil spill - who knows what Pelosi was specifically referring to. My thought was that she wasn't specifically referring to anything - it was a general "Republicans bad - Bush- Oil-Halliburton- Cheney" kind of comment - again, the sort of thing the Speaker of the House should be above in a situation like this. |
|# June 17th, 2010 4:51 PM kris|
|@JamesKHat Who appointed you the Big Ten welcoming committee. #getoveryourself |
|# June 17th, 2010 8:16 PM james|
|maybe it's just me, but i'm thinking that her posting "while Republicans apologize to Big Oil" on June 17 refers to Republican Joe Barton apologizing to BP during a Congressional hearing on June 17. But yeah, you're right, it could be *anything*.
Barton: I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation could be subject to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case a $20 billion shakedown.
|# June 17th, 2010 9:01 PM kris|
|Yeah, I think you're right - she followed up with that. But, the tone of her original tweet was what it was and it got the reaction it richly deserved. |