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

    Romney said he would repeal(which he alone cant do) the health care law and replace it WITH THE EXACT SAME THINGS THAT ARE IN THE ACA LAW. Can Romney really be that much of a fool?

    June 28, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    To Myviewis and all the other righties: Regardless of your ignorance and inability to accept the FACT that the health care mandate was originally proposed by the Heritage Foundation and supported by REPUBLICANS, you will see that Obamacare will lower health care costs as fewer people use the ER for basic services, resulting in less time lost on the job, higher productivity and lower premiums for everyone.

    June 28, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Oh and btw, the people in Massachuetts love Romneycare with its MANDATE!! Romney is such a hypocrit!!!!!

    June 28, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Congressman Joe Wilson was right after all... Odummo does lie !!!

    June 28, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Boytjie

    And that is worse than Dick Cheney's comment on the Senate floor? GOP hypocrites

    June 28, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Dave

    Excellent! It's hilarious to hear the Redumblicans whining about this.

    June 28, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Hurray, the Justices didn't find any "Death Panels to kill Grandma" or did Palin say "Grandma kills Death Panels", where did she read that, oh I know, she doesn't read, she writes things in her hand.

    June 28, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. the year of the pathetic election

    Although slightly inappropriate, it's nice to hear some enthusiasm. It is also 2nd Amendment protected. Both sides have said inappropriate things over the years. Why is this shocking? Time to move on Repubs to something more important.

    June 28, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "America has been very Republican – friendly since 2010. "
    Is that why all polls show congressional Republicans with a lower approval rating than congressional Dems?
    And yet Democrats are skipping their own convention because they are behind in the polls... "


    There are GOPers who are also announcing they won't be attending their own convention. It's quite typical for people facing a tough re-election. The Dems who announced it are in hotly contested elections in conservative-leaning states. Opposite is true for the GOPers who've announced the same. And yet, since I'm not wearing a tinfoil hat, you don't hear me running around yammering about those GOPers not attending their convention trying to distance themselves from the Romneycare, health care mandate pushing, flip-flopping Mormon abortion lover. Funny how that works, eh?

    June 28, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Mitt in hiding

    Mitt, the groundhog, Romney... was seen today, we are told he saw his shadow and then mumbled something about he didn't agree and than was rushed back to his hiding spot so he could be hidden for another 6 weeks.

    June 28, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. rs


    You MUST be joking, right? The party of birthers (who still don't get it; Palin's massive and ongoing lies; the blatant racism of the TEA Party; the party of Ted "threatening" Nuggent; the party trying to discourage voting; who doesn't trust women with their own bodies... THAT party is classy?
    What a laugh.

    June 28, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. say what?

    I would like to mention that no where in this health care bill are the words "free health care". People really only see what they want to see. This is "AFFORDABLE" health care. See the difference?

    June 28, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. betterdays

    Mikey! Well, it's good to see that there are still some people who think the U.S. is headed in the right direction, can formulate an argument without resorting to name-calling, and can express themselves convincingly in written English. Now that's what I'm talking about! Does it give me hope for the future? For your future, yes, but for the rest of us, not really, because the reality is that most of the posts here are filled with faulty logic and even worse grammar. And pockets of our cities are filled with very, very ignorant (literally ignorant) people that even the smallest of minds posting here don't come in contact with on any sort of regular basis. At least that's the situation where I live. I believe that the "average" American today is no match for the "average" American of sixty (not forty) years ago in so many, many ways. And yes, that is just an opinion. I wasn't around back then. I only know what I've been taught or sought to learn, and what I see around me.

    If you want to close your eyes to the symptoms all around you, that's fine, but if you really think that we're well into some sort of American Renaissance and that Barack Obama has been the catalyst, I don't know how you arrived at that conclusion.

    June 28, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. buttermybuttandcallmeabiscuit

    Often, in vain, I have looked for just one redeeming aspect of the George W. Bush administration. Who knew it would one day come in the guise of his appointment of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court even though we all know that was not Bush's intention? Many Presidents have promised health care reform (Teddy Roosevelt) and one even tried (Bill Clinton) but only one delivered. Thank you President Obama! It is irony at it's best, and a wonder how the threads of history are woven that would lead to a better America from the horrendous presidency of George W. Bush.

    June 28, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. V

    Loved the Tweet. Said what most of us who supported the Act felt! Not nearly as disturbing as Limbaugh's rant . . . Typical Republicans. They can dish it out, but can't take it!

    June 28, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. rs

    -Obamaggedon – Elections have Consequences-

    Don't worry- as the GOP completely failed to produce a single jobs bill in two years (but over 100 anti-abortion and anti-birth control bills), you don't have to worry about Americans being suckered again.
    The GOP is the enemy of America- and the middle class knows it now.

    June 28, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. B

    Best tweet ever! Where can I buy the T- shirt!

    June 28, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    I just got an email from the Romney campaign (I contributed to McCain's campaign in 2000, back when he had a backbone and integrity). He goes on about a "Federal Government takeover of our health care system" and how Obamacare is a loss of liberty and how he's going to "fix it."

    Funny coming from a guy whose health care reform while governor of Mass was used as a template for Obamacare. Funnier that folks ready his email blindly accept the lie that Obamacare is a "government takeover" when private insurance companies will retain or gain the majority of policy holders. How that's the government taking over is beyond me.

    It's also beyond me how anyone can continue to vote Republican given that party's dismal record.

    June 28, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Debby

    Why would Romney hide this is the best news he can get. He can come out swinging with tax, tax, tax which his plan in Mass. didn't raise.

    June 28, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. basketcase

    I must say, regardless of the politics, that tweet is just pure win.

    June 28, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    @Boytjie: "And that is worse than Dick Cheney's comment on the Senate floor? GOP hypocrites"

    Ah, I forgot that gem spewed from the lips of the biggest chicken hawk in our nation's history who, despite 5 previous heart attacks, got a new ticker on the taxpayers' dime, even though real World War II veterans like my late father-in-law who served in Italy in an armored tank division was denied a transplant because the private insurance company (premiums for which he always paid) deemed it not worth the expense.

    June 28, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. WiredweirdinSF

    So the demcrat liberals are celebrating the court upholding a bill that the clear majority of Americans do not support, that includes a tax, that the lying, corrupt president said was not there and that will cause a significant jump in unemployment and when coupled with the end of tax cuts will result in the largest tax increase in history. Well thank you, that will hopefully spell the end of the corrupt party and their even more corrupt union supporters who have of course been exempted. The dormant TEA party will be rising again. Thank you to all the democrat liberals and their dope addicted welfare fraud supporters.

    June 28, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    @ktr: "Obama has spent more than all presidents prior to him."

    Another Fox lie easily absorbed by the gullible right! Do a little research and you'll see that according to the CBO, this is simply NOT TRUE.

    I'm surprised your head just doesn't explode from all the crap you keep in it!

    June 28, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. ronb

    Oh-oh. If he's ever used the words "fast" and "furious" at any point since birth, I think issa should hold him in contempt!! LOL

    June 28, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. TJ

    Why doesn't the DNC have a comment about this? Obviously everyone else in the world does...shouldn't they come out and say sooooommmething? Wow!

    June 28, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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