I’m about to post an encouragement to use Twitter as a way of getting real news about Democratic Party politicians — instead of screaming about how the Dems are doing nothing.
Before I do, though, let me introduce you to one of the many delights you’ll find on Twitter. Indeed, I wouldn’t have known about how Alan Dershowitz says he’s being shunned on Martha’s Vineyard if it hadn’t been for Twitter.
It’s finally made the New York Times but, hey, Twitter is so much richer in irony, in sarcasm, in LOL funnies. From the Times story:
“I never thought I would see McCarthyism come to Martha’s Vineyard, but I have,” he wrote, of the elite island enclave off Cape Cod where he is a fixture.
Mr. Dershowitz, a self-professed “liberal Democrat,” said that friends on the Vineyard had snubbed him for publicly arguing against impeaching President Trump on television talk shows and in a forthcoming book.
Here are some responsive tweets:
“It is outrageous that people are now shunning Alan Dershowitz in their social lives,” one Twitter user wrote. “Really, what the heck took so long?”
…One enterprising troll even set up a crowdfunding campaign with a $5 million goal to “buy Alan some new friends.”
His name and the name of the resort were both trending on social media. There were jokes about fine “Vineyard whine.”
What kind of world do we live in when Alan Dershowitz gets side eyes at Martha’s Vineyard and Sarah Sanders is politely asked to leave a Red Hen restaurant? The end of civility. The end of decency. The end of righteous outrage. Oh, look another baby ripped from his parents…
Socrates was forced to eat hemlock. Ovid, Dante, & Emma Goldman were sent into exile. Margaret Sanger was jailed. Rosa Luxemburg, Gandhi and Martin Luther King were killed. Spinoza was excommunicated. Alan Dershowitz can’t find anyone to dine with at Martha’s Vineyard
And an exchange I was part of:
Had the same thought! Is he just going to show up anyway? But I’ve found some ways for you to make new friends on the Vineyard
@alandersh! You can drive seniors or volunteer on a Habitat for Humanity project (no carpentry experience needed.). Here you go: http://www.mvtimes.com/community/useful-information/volunteer-opportunities/ …
Look, I’m not very good at copying and pasting tweets so don’t make me do this again. Get your own Twitter account.