Of all the dumb non-scandal Palin “scandals,” surely this must be the dumbest. In a nutshell: If you use Twitter, you can designate tweets by other people as “favorites.” Why you would do this, I simply don’t know; I can’t imagine why anyone would want to bookmark someone else’s Twitter musings. But I’ve done it myself occasionally — accidentally, usually when I’m using a third-party Twitter client and I hit the wrong button.
So evidently one of Ann Coulter’s tweets ended up in Palin’s “favorites” list. The tweet in question had a photo of the marquee of the Obama-hating Atlah church calling The One a “Taliban Muslim.” Coulter’s snarky comment on it: “MY NEW CHURCH!” The stage is now set for the Palin conspiracy theory du jour — she thinks Obama’s in the Taliban or something and evidently is looking to communicate that fact via, er … her Twitter favorites list. Jake Tapper managed to reach her for comment:
“Jake, I’ve never purposefully ‘favorited’ any Tweet. I had to go back to my BlackBerry to even see if such a function was possible. I was traveling to Alaska that day…it was an obvious accidental ‘favoriting,’ but no one can mistake that Ann Coulter was obviously being tongue in cheek with that Tweet. Shall I correct this with whichever wonderful media outlet ran with this (an obviously bored reporter…since there must be nothing going on in the world today, like, um, ramifications of a shake up of power in the U.S. House of Representatives?).”
WaPo got a screenshot of her favorites list before she deleted all the tweets. Have a look and you’ll see that the other tweets all seem banal, which is consistent with the idea that she accidentally favorited them. As I say, I’ve done this myself, and if Palin wanted to push the “Obama’s a secret Muslim” meme (which any credible aspiring presidential candidate wouldn’t, natch), I’m pretty sure she could find a higher profile medium than one of Twitter’s more arcane functions. So there’s the big scandal in a nutshell. Onto the next! Exit question: Does she … know about Bristol yet?