ShareThis Page

Quotables: Politicians' trouble with Twitter

| Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
Sen. Joe Manchin
AFP/Getty Images
Sen. Joe Manchin
Vice President Mike Pence
Vice President Mike Pence

Giving a politician a Twitter account oftentimes is akin to putting a lit match to gasoline — it touches off a lot of flames (or flaming) and can lead to an injurious explosion. We've see as much from President Trump and his early morning tweets. A recent conflagration involved Republican Vice President Mike Pence and West Virginia's Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin following the former's visit to a truck dealership in southern West Virginia. Mr. Pence remarked about Mr. Manchin voting against tax cuts and Manchin tweeted back about the veep working to take health care away from West Virginians. Of course, nothing was resolved. Here's a tip from Management Training 101: Before writing anything — whether it's on Twitter, email or a stone tablet — THINK, defuse and decompress. Or is that asking too much from politicians?

“@Sen_JoeManchin voted no to give working families more of your hard-earned money. Joe voted no on tax cuts. Joe voted no time and again on the policies that West Virginia needs. #JoeVotedNo”

Mike Pence

Vice president

“I am shocked that after the @VP worked for almost a year in a divisive & partisan way to take healthcare away from almost 200k WVians, bankrupt our hospitals & push tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans & huge corporations that he would come to #WV & continue partisan attacks.”

Joe Manchin

West Virginia senator

“When the time came to repeal & replace the disaster of Obamacare, Joe voted NO. When we empowered West Virginia to defund Planned Parenthood, Joe voted NO. And when it comes to securing our Southern border, Joe said, “I'm not voting for the wall, either.” #JoeVotedNo”

Mike Pence

“Last week, I worked in a bipartisan way with Senator Collins to end the shutdown, and last night President Trump called for unity and bipartisanship. The vice president's comments are exactly why Washington sucks. I'm disappointed in his comments but will continue to work to make Washington work so West Virginia and our country work.”

Joe Manchin

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me