Dawn of the Twitteroversy

I’ve had a bit of writer’s block recently when it comes to blog posts, but a request from former Lieutenant Governor has Margaret Farrow has me unblocked. Call it a non-controversy, a nontroversy or, if you like, a Twitteroversy.

Farrow and several other present and former GOP elected officials are calling on Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Barrett to denounce the “sexist and inappropriate” remarks by Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Graeme Zielinski.

The furor was generated by this Tuesday tweet on Zielinski’s Twitter account:

“We’re going to have to get treatment for the poor staffer who has had to listen to and watch the lunatic Rebecca Kleefisch speeches.”

Not to split hairs here, but I’m not entirely sure Zielinski was calling Kleefisch a lunatic so much as her speeches. And while it may have been inapropriate, I’m not sure how lunatic, defined as suffering from lunacy; insane, is specifically sexist. This episode seems a replay of the campaign season’s initial Twitteroversy; Scott Walker spokesperson Jill Bader‘s re-tweeting to that C’mon Rice the Train video, which had Democrats in high dudgeon and issuing charges of racism.

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