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. Malory Archer

    If the decision had gone the other way the rightwing cacophony would be winding up for a chorus of Impeach Him – the extended version. Since it didn't go their way, their only recourse is a good old-fashioned temper tantrum. They're way past time for a time out. Let's give it to them in November!

    June 28, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    That was kind of dumb of him. Unfortunately it gave the neanderthals (a.k.a. the likes of Ktr, Wiredweird, etc) something else to hyperventilate about. Good thing they can get treatment now.

    June 28, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    So much false bravado and fake outrage from the party of pubescent bullies in all these rightist’s comments. Afraid of your own shadow.

    June 28, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Barbara Sheridan

    Can both sides please knock it off with this faux outrage crap!

    June 28, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Bully republicans get their noses punched . . .

    and cry like girlie-men . . .

    June 28, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Hurts to have your face laughed in, don't it. Time to treat all repubs for the way they deserve to be treated. Whats the old saying, "If he were on fire I wouldn't walk across the street to.........." HA HA HA. Really going to hurt when he gets a SECOND term.

    June 28, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Siam

    So we will be more divided than ever. Just makes us all ready to evict Chancellor Obama in November.

    June 28, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Jim

    I like how we have people calling for militias to rise up against the government because people have the audacity to disagree with their morally bankrupt ideology and take the first step towards providing healthcare to everyone. Disgusting.

    June 28, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Tony

    In other news, a new Fox News poll shows that Obama leads Romney by 5 points.

    June 28, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Critical Thinker

    I'd rather focus on the blatant lies the Republicans are making about "Fast and Furious." It's a remade version of swiftboating with outright lies and distortions against President Obama and Attorney General Holder. Sorry Mitt, it won't work this time.

    June 28, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Steve

    Love the Tweet!

    June 28, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    Now, now, all you cons and baggers, he is just exercising his "freedom of speech" remember?

    hehehe

    June 28, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. Let's all start having that conversation right here on line. Please join in.

    June 28, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. GeminiGirl

    @Joe, Joe, Joe,
    what happened to you? Are u believing the FEAR LIES of the Repubs? Take a chill pill! LOL.

    June 28, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Ken

    The Republikkklans were wrong in Arizona and they were wrong again here with health care. Remember Boehner?? (don't spike the ball!!)

    Perhaps Republikkklans are just simply wrong for this millenium in America!

    June 28, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Rick

    If we get lucky, maybe the repuglicans will finish pouting, stamp their collective feet and take their toys and go home.

    June 28, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. J

    Hey may get fired. But, man! What a way to go out!

    June 28, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. DENNA

    I'll bet the GOP didn't see this coming. Justice Roberts did the U.S. proud today by ruling on the law and ignoring the GOP's desire to stick it to President Obama. Bravo

    June 28, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Lynmarbro

    Crude and unnecessary. I am happy with the ruling, but repeatedly irritated by the lack of civility in discourse in our country. This only keeps 'the nasty' back and forth going, and eroding any respect for the opinions of others.

    June 28, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Name

    Get over it!!!!

    June 28, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Joshua Ludd

    Yeah, and the GOP is really in a position to whine and complain about this, right?

    June 28, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. Tom

    "It's time for us to march. Militias were instated for the time when the government has become overbearing and drunk with power. Let this be a call to action."

    And yet comments like this are allowed? Patriotic, even?

    June 28, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Shannon

    Republicans are such hypocrites, yesterday Mitt Romney was openly mocking the President, bragging about how health care was going to be overturned. He was insulting and petty, I heard no complaints about that, man up Republicans, this victim thing you've got going is pretty pathetic.

    June 28, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. wilnel1984

    Here's another phrase I often hear from conservatives: Get over it.

    June 28, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. keeth

    Patrick Gaspard should resign.

    June 28, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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