Kerry and Palin, Not a Match Made on Twitter
The Kerry v. Palin feud that we reported on last month resurfaced with a vengeance yesterday, as Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) publicly rebutted outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's Washington Post Op-Ed on climate change.
Then the unthinkable happened. Kerry -- or his office, rather -- got an e-mail notice that Palin was following her liberal Massachusetts nemesis on Twitter. The e-mail, which found its way to the Sleuth, read: "Sarah Palin News (PalinUpdates) is now following your updates on Twitter."
Kerry's office was all atwitter, so to speak, that Palin might actually be following Kerry on Twitter. Kerry spokeswoman Whitney Smith said, "I think that if Governor Palin is following John Kerry on Twitter, then there really is hope for peace in the Middle East and a Washington Nationals World Series championship. Seriously, isn't this one of the signs that the world is about to end?"
A Palin spokeswoman didn't return our request for comment.
Soon enough, though, it became apparent that it wasn't the outgoing Alaska governor herself following Kerry on Twitter; it was just an all-things-Sarah Palin newsfeed, which linked to Kerry's posting on DailyKos accusing Palin of "leading the effort to ignore the costs of doing nothing and distort the costs of doing something."
So, no, Palin and Kerry are not a Twittering twosome. "At least we know that all is right in the galaxy again and the stars and moon are safely secured in the sky," Smith, Kerry's spokeswoman, said.
The Kerry v. Palin case began last month when the Massachusetts senator initially joked that he wished it had been Palin, and not South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who had gone missing. He later "clarified" to the Sleuth, through a spokeswoman, that what he really meant to say was that he and every other Democrat hopes Palin "is in the public eye for a long, long time, especially on the 2012 presidential ballot."
Mary Ann Akers
July 16, 2009; 10:31 AM ET
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