If you want to see a bipartisan compromise -- a bill that can pass both houses of Congress and that I can sign -- let your members of Congress know. Make a phone call. Send an email. Tweet. Keep the pressure on Washington, and we can get past this.Within the hour, White House staffers pumped the twitter hashtag "#compromise". The President himself later used the same hashtag. Who thought of that?
Why the press itself -- specifically the New York Times, according to the Daily Caller:
At 10:55 a.m. the Times’s Jennifer Preston suggested that administration officials might create a hashtag, so tweeting Democrats could jointly target Republicans who are now trying to pass their own debt ceiling plan.Another example of press bias--where the media is the message, or invents it!
Preston tweeted to a White House rep, saying "@macon44 Hi there. I heard the President ask the people to tweet re: debt ceiling. Are you guys using specific hashtag?"
A minute later, she tweeted a followup to White House staffer Jesse Lee, saying, "Hi Jesse, what’s the hashtag that you guys are urging people to use in their tweets to Congress re: debtceiling." Lee is the White House’s s director of progressive media & online response.
Eight minutes later, at 11:04, the White House’s press shop announced a new hashtag for Democrats to use when targeting GOP members of Congress: "@NYT_JenPreston People responding to POTUS shld use #compromise. As he said, it is ‘time for #compromise on behalf of the American people.’"
At 11:31, The Washington Post reported out the new hashtag, and at 12:32, staffers at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget re-tweeted the same message. "RT @postpolitics: The @whitehouse new media team has said people responding to the President on Twitter should use #compromise."
Yes, I know the Democrats actually are hyper-partisan. And, yes, Obama's twitter campaign may have backfired. Still, Iowahawk's David Burge had the best response:
#compromise You want 2 terms. I want you to have zero. Let's compromise and call it 1.(via reader Warren)