Twitter fights are no longer just for the likes of Snooki or Rihanna. A war of tweets is becoming a common tactic in politics.
The presidential candidates have gotten in what I’ll call low-level, indirect Twitter wars. For example, during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in early 2012, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum tweeted his campaign’s personal stance to any issue Obama discussed.
And yesterday, aka the first day of the general election, Obama and Mitt Romney lobbed strikes against one another, but it was hardly a direct back and forth. Romney tweeted that Obama was conducting a “war on women”:
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) April 11, 2012
But then Obama tweeted about Romney and his offshore accounts:
Mitt Romney has millions stored in offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands. RT if you agree he should close them: OFA.BO/7popSt
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 11, 2012
If you want to see what a direct, hit-for-hit Twitter fight looks like, check out the partisan brawl that ensued on Tuesday between Communication Directors Josh Amato for WA GOP and Benton Strong for WA Democrats. Apparently being a Communication Director for a state party now requires a hefty bit of snippiness encapsulated in 140 characters or less.
Then Ann Romney decided, well at least the Romney campaign decided, that she too should get in on the Twitter fight action.More