Tweet Defeat: Twitter Sputters

August 7, 2009 at 12:28 am (By Amba)

I’m not the only one to have problems with Twitter today.  I’ve been unable to post on it at all tonight; I don’t even get the fail whale, it just tries for some period of time and then quits.  (Fortunately, I have been busy with other things and have not wasted a lot of time trying, but I’ve left the little wheel spinning in various tabs and returned to find my tweets still lying there raw and unposted.)

If I were a boofer doofus conspiracy theorist, I’d say the Obama admin is jamming it (ask not how) because they don’t want people talking about their mediocre-to-failing grades on CNN’s second-hundred-days “report card” tonight.

That was the subject of one of my tweets:  someone on CNN’s panel said that in contradiction to his stated objectives “Obama is polarizing the country,” and the panel itself demonstrated that:  the two conservatives, Alex Castellanos and Bill Bennett, both gave him a D, Donna Brazile gave him an A- including an A for just showing up! (Maybe in the age of Sarah Palin, that is praiseworthy??)  His score with the public, averaging out the poles, was C-.  (Yes, I actually said the essence of this in 140 characters.  What I miss about Twitter:  the enforced concision.)

Another lost tweet was a quote from Darwin, which I think has cultural resonance as well (echoing someone’s comment on creative destruction that I now can’t find):

“It is not the strongest among the species that survive nor is it the most intelligent. It’s those that are most adaptive to change.” – Charles Darwin

(I’m fact checking some utterly mind-blowing stuff about how retroviruses have incorporated themselves into the human genome and could even have catalyzed our becoming human, diverging from the line that led to chimps.  To make it worse, I’ve lost the source that said that, which makes me feel as if I dreamed it.  Apparently this is leading the Intelligent Design folks to say “junk” DNA is God’s tool kit.  That is not helping the dizzy feeling.)

Oh, OK, here’s one version of it.  What next??!!


  1. wj said,

    “Obama is polarizing the country”? Really? Certainly there is evidence that the country is polarized, no big argument there.

    But to say someone is responsible for polarizing the country would require that he is attempting to demonize his opponents, imputing horrible motives to them, etc. Not just disagreeing with their position on various issues, but imputing disreputable (not to say evil) motives to them. Somehow, Obama is not the one who I observe doing things like that. Or has he been making speeches that I somehow totally missed?

  2. amba12 said,

    It isn’t Obama who’s been calling healthcare protesters organized mobs. But presidents usually hold themselves above the fray (as Obama learned recently when he dipped into the Gates kerfuffle and said the cops had acted “stupidly”). Others do the street fighting.

    It’s true that it’s no surprise the country is polarized. It has been, what? Since the ’90s? the ’60s? the 1850s? Obama said he wanted to be a bipartisan reconciler, and has failed to do so, that’s all — not surprisingly. But he was given a brief window of opportunity to do so by not knuckling under to the Pelosi crowd or seeking to incredible-hulk government. The latter is just not going to happen again in this country without a huge fight, and if the Democrats use their majority to impose it, they will pay heavily next election cycle, just the way the Republicans did this last election cycle. It was Bush big government that beat them!

    Shall we paraphrase a cliché and say paranoia in the defense of liberty is not crazy?

  3. amba12 said,

    There are truly bipartisan healthcare reform solutions being proposed that could reward efficient performance, enable consumer choice, and lower costs, e.g. by Kent Conrad and Tim Pawlenty. I would like to dig up the links again, but I gotta work . . . maybe later.

  4. wj said,

    Say rather “paranoia in defense of liberty is not necessarily crazy.” After all, even paranoids can have real enemies. But it’s not necessarily sane either.

  5. wj said,

    And I believe that there is at least one sane health care reform package kicking around Congress — as in, it has actually been submitted as a bill. (I don’t have the link handy either, and also have to work.) Unfortunately, it is not the one the Democratic Congressional leadership is pushing.

  6. amba12 said,

    Would be glad to see the link if and when you have time to retrieve it. I’ve posted the Conrad and Pawlenty links before, and will try to find them later too.

  7. Maxwell said,

    FWIW, I think wj’s referring to Wyden-Bennett. It’s enjoying a resurgence right now due to the tensions over the other bills. Which is good, because it’s probably the best option if political support for it can be built.

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