Democrats are hoping they’ve found a secret weapon for winning back the House in 2012: Twitter. House Democrats say that while they may be outnumbered, they stand to come out ahead by becoming more savvy to social media to stay more directly connected to the public.
If Democrats have drunk this twitterific kool-aid as their great hype hope for 2012 then we are well and truly screwed.
It's bad enough when techno-utopian idiots mis-attribute the effects of years-long planning and civil disobedience training that actually enabled the Egyptian Revolution instead to the vapid tween celebrity CEOs of twitter and facebook, but to pin the hopes of pushback against the Movement Republican greed-heads union-busters anti-abortionists climate-change denialists and shock-doctrinaire shock troops of the emerging post Citizens United Gilded Age beggars belief.
If I may be permitted a modest suggestion, might I point out that rather than falling for another round of irrationally exuberant net hype the Democrats might devote more attention to the connection between the Unions that are under attack but fighting back ferociously at the moment (not the same thing as hashtag unions or hashtag Wisconsin, honestly, for true, really not the same thing) and the party that more than any other actually on offer could credibly claim to represent in government the interests of the vast majority of people who have to work for a living?
Maybe if I use the word "synergy" to describe this connection our DNC "thought leaders" might lift their heads from their twitter feeds for a moment and feel the breeze on their faces long enough to notice that it is blowing in a promising new direction?