Updated, 7:23 p.m.: Washington’s latest fake Twitter account had a lifespan comparable to a tweet: short and sweet.
@ReutersHulk was born this morning after the news agency Reuters (or @reuters, if you will) tweeted in all caps that the Supreme Court’s upholding of part of an Arizona immigration law was a “DEFEAT FOR OBAMA.”
D.C. insiders took issue with that interpretation, arguing it was a win for the administration. They also took issue with the caps.
One insider, who spoke with Heard on the Hill on condition of anonymity, took issue with the taking of issue and created a parody account in the vein of @DRUNKHULK.
“HULK THINK CRITICS SMASHED TOO HARD,” the creator told us in an email. “SEEMS TO HULK, ALL CAPS NO LONGER ALWAYS DENOTE SHOUTING ON INTERNET. ALL CAPS CAN BE REPRESENTATIVE OF URGENCY. ALL CAPS COMMONLY USED TO DENOTE MULTI-MEDIA CONTENT (EXAMPLE: ‘PHOTOS’ OR ‘VIDEO’).”
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison may not think “moderate” is an epithet, but she sure doesn’t want to be called it.
In an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this morning, the Texas Republican was asked if the word “moderate” has become “a dirty word.”
The context was a Club for Growth attack ad in Texas criticizing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for Hutchison’s Senate seat, as a “moderate.” This got the blood boiling of the old-fashioned host Bob Schieffer, a self-described “hopeless romantic” who regularly editorializes against the fallen state of American politics today. (He actually said “my heavens!” after showing the ad.)
“People have called me a moderate,” she said, defending her honor. “I’ve always been a conservative.”
She added that Gov. Rick Perry, who is supporting Dewhurst, is also conservative, as is the Texas Legislature. So, no one is a moderate, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
“I think you can differ on issues, of course, but making moderate seem like you’re a liberal when you’re really a conservative I think is kind of a misstatement,” she said. “I think that moderate is a different type of approach to things. I don’t think it’s bad. It’s just labeling people wrongly is what’s bad.”