A New Front In The War On Obamacare: Twitter
A simple idea: attack Obamacare tersely.
On the same day House Republicans scheduled their latest symbolic vote to repeal Obamacare, as part of their full-court press against the law they also took to Twitter to say, in three words, why they oppose the legislation.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attacked with a fusillade of his own tweets:
" Run by IRS," " 21 Tax Hikes" and " 2000 IRS Agents" were a few that surfed on the wave of public outrage at the Internal Revenue Service for allowing some employees to target for greater scrutiny conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
But while the White House may have had a tough time figuring out quick and effective responses to GOP hits on Benghazi and the IRS, a war fought in the succinct world of social media is one fought on a battleground the Obama White House knows as well as anyone in Washington.
The White House let slip the trolls of political war. Aides struck back with the tweet " It's.The. Law." and provided a photo of President Obama's signature on the Affordable Care Act. Later, they added " No lifetime limits" and " Young adults covered" among other tweets. And they invited those helped by the law to " Share your story."
So it went between partisans much of Thursday. " No gender discrimination," tweeted Stephanie Cutter, an official at Organizing for Action, the reincarnation of the Obama 2012 presidential campaign apparatus. " IRS in control" tweeted Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.
Ah, good times.
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