So, how long before someone wises up and tells the GOP to slowly and carefully put down the social media platforms and back away? Last week, I documented two instances of different Republicans taking their Twitter account and using it to do either themselves or their country some amount of harm. Today, in the Virginia State Senate, we have yet another example of an idiot who needs to be told in no uncertain terms to stop using Twitter, forever and ever.
Basically the story, as reported by the blog Not Larry Sabato, goes like this. Democrats currently control the Virginia State Senate, 21-19. But Virginia's Lieutenant Governor is Bill Bolling, a Republican, and he would be a tie-breaking vote in the event of a 20-20 split. Today, one of the Democratic State Senators, Ralph Northam, agreed to switch sides, a move that would give the Republicans in the Senate a much greater share of power.
And they would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for this moron, Jeff Frederick, who is the Republican Party Chairman of Virginia and the owner of a shiny Twitter account! Frederick, upon hearing the news, tweeted the following:
What King of the Dimwits Jeff Frederick failed to take into consideration is that, by tweeting this information, he was tipping off the Senate Democrats about this bit of parliamentary prestidigitation. And once they found out, Majority Leader Dick Saslaw adjourned the session so that it couldn't happen. And then, the Senate Democrats gathered together and promptly browbeat the ever-loving daylights out of Northam.
So there you have it! Nice work, Jeff Frederick!
[UPDATE: My editor points out that this is the same Jeff Frederick best known for this:
He climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points -- for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: "Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon," he said. "That is scary."
So, this guy has a history of being an intellectual titan.