This was an interesting morning on Twitter. After the House voted to pass a continuing resolution that funds the government but provides no money for Obamacare, conservative journalist Amanda Carpenter wrote the following:
GOP beat gun control, changed Obama’s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too! — Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) September 20, 2013
Reasonable people can of course disagree on the merits of this move and post their thoughts on Twitter in reply. Which is what Allan Brauer did:
See? That’s a professional handles disagreement on sensitive issues. In fact, Brauer is a Democratic Party official, the Communications Chair for the Democratic Party of Sacramento. So you can bet he knows the fine art of messaging and marketing. In fact, the tag line on his blog reads:
“It matters how you say it!”
Indeed, Allan. Indeed. Here are some more examples of a professional Democratic communications expert’s concern for a civil tone in politics:
…and… I’m being attacked on Twitter for wishing one of Ted Cruz’s pubic lice to experience the pain her boss is inflicting on Americans. — allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013
Yes, your party takes bread from the mouths of starving children and medicine from the sick, and I’m the problem. Got it. — allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013
Actually, yes, Allan. You are.
I’m sure there’s more, including at least one example of the way not to respond to him, but Sacramento County Democratic Party Communications Chair Allan Brauer has blocked me, so I can’t see them.
Darn. I guess I’ll just never be popular with tolerant progressives who wish death on children.
PS: The Chair of the Democratic Party in Sacramento County is Kerri Asbury. If you have a Twitter account, you might want to let her know well her comms guy is doing his job. Politely, of course.
UPDATE: Brauer has apologized, and Amanda Carpenter has accepted:
@allanbrauer Thank you. I appreciate it.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) September 20, 2013
However, the California Democratic Party doesn’t quite seem to get it:
Response from CA Dem Party to Sacramento Democrat’s comments to Cruz spokeswoman: pic.twitter.com/Q580T6Xebf
— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) September 20, 2013
Sigh. Shouldn’t be surprised. This is the state party of Bob Filner, after all.
UPDATE 2: Brauer resigns:
The Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) Friday called for and accepted the resignation of its volunteer communications chair following of series of personal twitter comments directed at GOP staff after Republicans voted to defund President Obama’s health care law.
DPSC chair Kerri Asbury said the personal twitter comments made by Communications Committee chair Allan Brauer were “appalling and inexcusable.” She accepted his resignation Friday, and issued the following statement:
“The comments by our volunteer communications chair are appalling and inexcusable. No matter what our political disagreements may be, wishing harm is never an acceptable response during heated public debate or any other time. Mr. Brauer has apologized for his comments and expressed his remorse.”
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)