Dem's tweet spikes the ball on health care, draws ire
June 28th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
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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. Marie MD

    Goodness, because the word bit ches just va gi na is just not heard anywhere anymore. I had to repost because CNN censors those two words. Give me a break!!
    Get over it. The teapublikkkansk, along with the mini bishop's MA same law, are mad because the supreme court decided against them! Who would have thunk it!!
    Enough. If you are going to waste my taxpayer taxes do it fo create JOBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  2. Good Kharma LOL

    I'm so glad the law was uphelf. 1} resnublicans would not collaborate to make better healthcare for us. 2} when it got approved without their support they hated it because they couldn't do this in 30 years they had and they couldn't stand it as obamacare. 3} they want to undo it so they can redo it with some republicans name. 4} racism is why obama is not liked along with his quest for equality. 5} when has the rich been empathetic enough to really help poor people enmasse? 6} the poor and middle class are too stupid to side with the rich who won't help us but each other. 7} when cars are manufactured and released with new models they are simply updated with refinement. 8} same with computer and phone technology. 9} and why couldn't we just update obamacare with fine tuning the same as we have done with everything? 10} its because racism in america is unamerican and as unamerican as racist claim obama is because of his skin color.

    June 29, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  3. Dragun

    Now THAT was an epic tweet!!! Especially being the son of a two time cancer survivor. I had to watch, all but helpless as he fought to live through this wrecking disease only to have his insurance drop him, mid way through his treatments mind you, and the bills cause the foreclosure of the house he built BY HAND when i was just a kid. I will tell you this.....and i know its not the Christian thing to wish for.....but i would like to see all of these idiots out there saying "Stay out of my healthcare" etc etc have a relative go through the EXACT same thing my father did and see if they are singing the same tune!!!

    June 29, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  4. downinfront

    Do we need to call a Wambulance?

    June 29, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  5. keith

    Ha, that was an awesome tweet. Especially after having to listen to the right wing make ludicrous statements concerning the Affordable Care Act for the past year, I can see why he was as excited as he was. Good for you Mr. Gaspard.

    June 29, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  6. Drobat

    It's just not smart. Funny, yes, but not smart.

    June 29, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  7. GOP is for the rich

    All you tea-tards can take a pill now.....it's covered!

    June 29, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  8. Gene Cole

    Mr. Gaspard did a good job of encapsulating the Progressive philosophy in a single tweet.

    June 29, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. Name Champsbabe

    This is a call for "sane" people to reelect President Obama come November. Thanks to his vision and courage, America is finally catching up with the program, affordable heath care for everyone, not just the priviledged few at the top! So, Gaspard celebrated a little, big deal! You can bet some interesting comments would have come from the right wing had the decision been in their favor!

    June 29, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  10. GOP is for the rich

    Did you reince your priebus today?

    June 29, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  11. GFYB

    Tweets are like random thoughts. He's allowed under the 1st amendment. Oh let's get mad. Oh let's get a beer.

    June 29, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. uhoh

    Typical GOP. Let's not do anything to move forward, maybe suggest some revisions that make sense and progress the law to make it better...naw that would be too much work. Let's just worry about what someone said out of excitement and point out how bad the law is...even though we don't have any answers.

    June 29, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  13. ilad

    Sometimes after being bullied for a long time you just have to gloat.

    June 29, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  14. cliffhanger_mt

    Why why why do people insist on behaving like every political issue in this country is the equivalent of a playoff match between sports teams? The tweet that was posted embodies the mentality of how our political system has gone from one of cooperation, civility, and governance for the common good to just being one of which "team" wins. It saddens me to know that no matter how the SCOTUS decision went it would have been inevitable that somebody in the upper echelons of Democratic or Republican parties would have done something idiotic like this. Shameful.

    June 29, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. reaperfearer

    Republicans are FREAKING OUT! How many times will we hear the words "taxes" and "job creators" in the next 4 months? They've been saying these words for so long that voters outside the republican camp automatically tune it out. BTW – who DOESN'T want health insurance? These republicans are really going to need it when their ulcers flare.

    June 29, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  16. Brian2913

    Just classless...and when people start to complain about the 'tone in washington' (and by the way usually blaming the tea party), please remember this delta bravo's tweet

    June 29, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Wake up people

    Like the rethugs/baggers wouldn't have done even worse?? Actually they have been spiking the ball from the beginning. Knowing the law would be struck down, it just happened to backfire in their faces.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 29, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  18. GOP hate America

    I love it democrats need to be more like that..

    June 29, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. Florida Joe

    Oh the Poor Repubs are upset........Of course when our President is called a Liar in Congress, Our President is depicted as Hitler, and these same clowns SAY NOTHING?? Please give me a break and stop whining

    June 29, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. TrueIndependent

    Can any one else tell me a TAX that was imposed for 'NOT DOING SOMETHING'? I know we get taxed on the items we buy and how we spend our money but to get taxed on doing nothing seems like we have crossed a line, a very scary line to cross. We have proven that 30 minutes a day of exercise decreases health risk and increases happiness so could we TAX you for not being active??? Could we tax you for not buying vitamins??? Gym memberships??? Efficient appliances or automobiles, we tax you now for buying those that aren't but I guess now we can TAX you for not buying the 'good' stuff???? Scary line to cross that's all I'm saying! I think all need access to healthcare and affordable healthcare but should NOT be forced (or coerced as this does) into buying anything.

    June 29, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. vulpecula

    Twitter is not a formal setting. No one should have an expectation of everyone always behaving like they are at work. It's Twitter. Not an email with government letterhead, not in a govermnent meeting, just Twitter. Get over it.

    June 29, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. bob

    Isn't that always the line with republicans, though? Anything they don't like seems to "harm jobs" or something like that.

    June 29, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Have to give Mitt Romney credit. Using ObamaCare as a fundraiser is brilliant. After all, how many candidates can insist that if elected they will be replacing the current health care policy (ObamaCare) with the same health care policy (RomneyCare) they are promising to replace?

    Apparently GOPers haven't yet seen through the transparency of what most Americans now coin as the Presidential Campaign of RomneyLies.

    June 29, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Rasta

    Republicans , get over it. You need a Eric Holder-healthcare defeat to beat your chests. It did not happen so take some Malox and settle down. its amazing that in over 200 years nobody did anything about health care and the first time someone does, everybody has a better way!!!! Get real, the everyday people have had it with Republicans' double speak.

    June 29, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Loop

    I think he just called the 50+% of Americans who don't support the law "Female dogs in heat". Should we stand for such a statement or is it just further proof that the Government truly doesn't care about us, just their agenda to Socialize this country. We have fought wars to put down Socialism, and if this continues, this country will be in shambles and nobody will be living the American Dream. Buy your guns now, in a few years if Obama is still around you won't be able too. We will need them.

    June 29, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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