Dem's tweet spikes the ball on health care, draws ire
June 28th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Dem's tweet spikes the ball on health care, draws ire

(CNN) – Some Republicans took issue with an off-color tweet by the Democratic National Committee's executive director on Thursday, immediately following the Supreme Court's announced decision to uphold the federal health care law.

"It's constitutional. Bitches," Patrick Gaspard wrote on Twitter.


Thirty minutes later, the DNC official, who once served as the White House political director under President Barack Obama, offered a semi-clarification.

However, that didn't stop a snowballing uproar to play out on Twitter. As of Thursday mid-afternoon, the message had been re-tweeted more than 1,650 times, with both positive and negative reactions.

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called on his counterpart, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to condemn the remarks.

The RNC's press secretary, Kirsten Kukowski, also responded to the tweet, calling it "inappropriate."

Earlier, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the body in charge of getting Republicans elected to the House, quickly re-tweeted Gaspard's original tweet, coupled with its own message.

Others, however, were slightly more amused by Gaspard's remark. Here's a smattering:

The DNC did not have an official comment.


Filed under: DNC • Health care • Supreme Court
soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Walter

    The country is more polarized that it has been in decades (if not longer). That is not going to change. There is no FDR who can bring us all together – we're to far apart. People foolishly believed Obama when he said he would work with both sides of the aisle. He may have tried, but he certainly didn't succeed. However, this notion that it's entirely the Republicans fault is ridiculous. Does anyone but the most disillusioned liberal think that Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid would work with Mitt Romney?

    June 29, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Steve

    As a seemingly dying breed of centrist democrat (or centrist anything), I'm embarrassed by Mr. Gaspard's Tweet. First, it lays bare the myth of "bipartisanship" and highlights the move towards tribalism in politics where my team is right and your team is wrong regardless of the facts. Secondly, it shows, once again, that even highly-educated people in positions of power don't know when to hold their tongues or even show some sense of tact on the public stage. That being said, let's move on from this distraction and try to work together on making things better rather than bickering over irrelevancies (yeah, I know I'm living in a fantasy hoping for that)

    June 29, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. kirby

    So what..! Go Obama 2012

    June 29, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Steven Colo

    Kirsten Kukowski claims that this will hurt job creators. I thought that the GOP didn't give a damn about endangered or extinct species.

    June 29, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. AaronT3

    "Republicans took issue with an off-color tweet" yet, they have no problem with selling their votes to the Koch brothers. soooo twisted

    June 29, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. papanez

    Hey WHAT!?!?! – See what happens when you shoot too much? Lead poisoning to the brain! It's comments like yours that make people think it's time to look closely at the 2nd Amendment.

    June 29, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. BobRoss

    Typical classy Democrat for you.

    June 29, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Sir Mantastic

    This is clearly much ado about nothing. Many, many far worse things have been said during this whole healthcare political fiasco.

    Republicans need to stop playing butt hurt victims and move on.

    June 29, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. snad264

    Another reason conservative to stray from the important issues facing our nation, the economy & jobs.

    June 29, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Rosslaw

    I have never seen a group like the Republicans so eager to show that like some cartoonish, punctilious old maid, they pull out their smelling salts and hankies in response to every imaginary outrage of which this is a perfect example. Right-wingers, learn to man up. A few rotations on the Afghan/Pakistan border would probably do wonders.

    June 29, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Hotdog

    So what's the big deal? Can any one remember what Vice President Cheney said to another congressman on the floor in the chamber of congress. This was after a session of Congress and not Twitter,OK!

    June 29, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Bill

    It's about the same level of class we've come to expect from a typical democrat.

    June 29, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. J

    Is that all he said? Right-wing radio yesterday had him saying the "f" word as well. Gotta love freedom of speech!

    June 29, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. DenInNooYawk

    I believe the subtext of Republican whining seems to be a phrase that starts with "Uppity..."

    June 29, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Bob

    Many people (both sides) are starting to see what this healthcare will do for their families and what Romney's plan would take away! Republicans HATE facts and truth and will spend millions to distort it. BUYER BEWARE!!

    June 29, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Bob

    Are people so blinded by lies and spin masters that they cant even realize we have been taxed for not buying something before!!!! its called Auto insurance!!!! the tax you pay is a fine for not having any. Geez people wake up!!!!!

    June 29, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Jesus Christ Superstar

    We have freedom of speech in this country. If you don't like that, please move to another country. Thank you.

    June 29, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. John

    The time has come to march – somewhere – and take up arms – to kill our neighbors who don't agree with us. We need to show that we are patriots – because we didn't get what we want. I want to pay my taxes a la cart and get an itemized list of what I will and won't fund. Taxes shoud be paid on an honor system any way. I love my country, its just that I want to kill half of the people who live there. This is like Russia but with amusement parks. Obama is like Hitler but without concentration camps – yet. Where's my tri-cornered hat?? I need to line it with aircraft grade aluminum.

    June 29, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. dizzylucy

    Not very professional, sure, but also not worth such an uproar. I wish politicians would focus on things that really matter, rather than the juvenile "he said this!" "she said that!" nonsense they often resort to. All they do is play to sound bytes and fundraisers.

    June 29, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. dave

    Yesterday there was a story about FAt Christie calling someone S O B and refusing to apologize - when will grown men on both sides learn to speak like gentlemen, Cheney did it on the floor of the house, Bush called a NYT report an A whole (at leaset that was an accident he did not know mike was on) - how did this tweet help anyone?

    June 29, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. dave

    Yesterday there was a story about ChrisChristie calling someone S O B and refusing to apologize – when will grown men on both sides learn to speak like gentlemen, Cheney did it on the floor of the house, Bush called a NYT report an A whole (at leaset that was an accident he did not know mike was on) – how did this tweet help anyone?

    June 29, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. dave

    Job Creators -- billionaire Wall Street who send jobs to China

    June 29, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. ART

    In the words of our VP this is a BFD.Now Bohner can go cry me a river.

    June 29, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. dave

    FDR did not bring us all togethe the Depression Tojo and Hitler brought us all together

    June 29, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Beverly - NYC

    Don't worry Republicans, bruised ego are now covered.

    June 29, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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