(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.
it's constitutional. Bitches.— Patrick Gaspard (@patrickgaspard) June 28, 2012
it's constitutional. Bitches.
Thirty minutes later, the DNC official, who once served as the White House political director under President Barack Obama, offered a semi-clarification.
I let my scotus excitement get the better of me. In all seriousness, this is an important moment in improving the lives of all Americans.— Patrick Gaspard (@patrickgaspard) June 28, 2012
I let my scotus excitement get the better of me. In all seriousness, this is an important moment in improving the lives of all Americans.
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.
.@Dwstweets do you condone frm White House political director and DNC Exec Director @patrickgaspard comments today?— Reince Priebus (@Reince) June 28, 2012
.@Dwstweets do you condone frm White House political director and DNC Exec Director @patrickgaspard comments today?
The RNC's press secretary, Kirsten Kukowski, also responded to the tweet, calling it "inappropriate."
Beyond being inappropriate, it's disappointing Team Obama is excited about a law that raises taxes & hurts job creators cc @patrickgaspard— Kirsten Kukowski (@kakukowski) June 28, 2012
Beyond being inappropriate, it's disappointing Team Obama is excited about a law that raises taxes & hurts job creators cc @patrickgaspard
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.
Do you hear that America? This is what Democrats think about your liberty. #FullRepeal RT @patrickgaspard: it's constitutional. Bitches.— (@NRCC) June 28, 2012
Do you hear that America? This is what Democrats think about your liberty. #FullRepeal RT @patrickgaspard: it's constitutional. Bitches.
Others, however, were slightly more amused by Gaspard's remark. Here's a smattering:
I have to say, it may get him in trouble, but I still love @patrickgaspard's first Tweet. It's what Joe Biden would like to say.— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) June 28, 2012
I have to say, it may get him in trouble, but I still love @patrickgaspard's first Tweet. It's what Joe Biden would like to say.
BEST TWEET EVER. RT @patrickgaspard: it's constitutional. Bitches.— Deepa Kunapuli (@deepa_k) June 28, 2012
BEST TWEET EVER. RT @patrickgaspard: it's constitutional. Bitches.
High-fivin' @patrickgaspard at the DNC. #healthcare— Nick K (@NDKDC) June 28, 2012
High-fivin' @patrickgaspard at the DNC. #healthcare
The DNC did not have an official comment.
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?
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)
So what..! Go Obama 2012
Kirsten Kukowski claims that this will hurt job creators. I thought that the GOP didn't give a damn about endangered or extinct species.
"Republicans took issue with an off-color tweet" yet, they have no problem with selling their votes to the Koch brothers. soooo twisted
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.
Typical classy Democrat for you.
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.
Another reason conservative to stray from the important issues facing our nation, the economy & jobs.
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.
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!
It's about the same level of class we've come to expect from a typical democrat.
Is that all he said? Right-wing radio yesterday had him saying the "f" word as well. Gotta love freedom of speech!
I believe the subtext of Republican whining seems to be a phrase that starts with "Uppity..."
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!!
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!!!!!
We have freedom of speech in this country. If you don't like that, please move to another country. Thank you.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Job Creators -- billionaire Wall Street who send jobs to China
In the words of our VP this is a BFD.Now Bohner can go cry me a river.
FDR did not bring us all togethe the Depression Tojo and Hitler brought us all together
Don't worry Republicans, bruised ego are now covered.