Obamateurism of the Day
posted at 8:05 am on August 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit grabbed this before I could on Friday, but it’s still a great addition to the OOTD canon. Barack Obama declared a one-sided Twitter war over the debt-ceiling issue — and still managed to lose:
The @BarackObama account then preceded to tweet out the Twitter handles of Republican Congressmen state-by-state. The account has also been making use of the hashtag #compromise in an effort to drive home the message of bipartisanship…
As we noted in our earlier coverage, however, some users felt the state-by-state tweets were creating way too much noise — the President has lost nearly 37,000 followers so far today.
As my esteemed blog partner noted, that would have been enough for an OOTD, but there’s more. We’ve repeatedly noted the amateurish manner in which this White House likes to punch below its weight class, a strategy that diminishes its own status while raising the profile of his opponents. There is no more apt demonstration of than than on Twitter:
But could this strategy have an unintended consequence for the president? With 9.4 million followers, Obama’s campaign account is one of the most followed. Mentioning GOP foes to Obama’s followers could help boost their followings on Twitter.
By midafternoon on Friday, that seemed to be the case.
A Senate Republican staffer told National Journal that Republican Senators, in total, added about 6,500 new followers throughout the afternoon.
Making this mistake isn’t so surprising. It’s that Obama keeps making the same mistake. At some point, most amateurs eventually learn how to be professionals … don’t they?
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