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The Twitter Cat Fight Between The White House And The GOP

May 16, 2013

This post relies upon your familiarity with a “hashtag game” on Twitter. Just in case you’re unfamiliar, here’s a quick rundown: “A ‘hashtag game’ is just a topic or theme with a “#” in front of it that basically functions a bit like a Letterman Top 10 list, except written by the whole world. Someone tags a tweet (e.g. #JewishHorrorMovies), others join in (“This, You Do With Your Summer?”), and Twitter magically sorts all those tweets onto one page.”

Now that you’re in the know, let’s move on.

In the political world of Twitter, Republicans like to think they “win” a lot of hashtag games. Apparently, this analysis is based upon the sheer volume of tweets, rather than actual cleverness, but I digress. The hashtag #ObamacareInThreeWords is not new. A quick search shows a rousing game played just last June. It is undoubtedly the creation of Republicans, as it unnecessarily wastes four precious Twitter characters by using the word ‘three’ rather than the numeral ‘3’. But again I digress…

To commemorate the GOP House’s eleventy-ninth vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they took to the Twitters today to resurrect #ObamacareInThreeWords… …

Darrell Issa got us started.

Eric Cantor pushed it.

Speaker Boehner chimed in.

Progressives and Democrats soon joined the fray.

A few people didn’t quite get the concept.

And then the White House won the game.

But waaahh!

Wasn’t that fun?

Oh, there was also this via the Facebook today.


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