The road to True Democracy will be paved with fallen Politician-Bloggers

Every few weeks we seem to hear of another ambitious politician sabotaging his or her career through poor use of social media. Social media plus government is supposed to equal a big step towards more accessible and accountable politicians. However, it seems to mostly be used for digging up more dirt on elected officials, at least so far. Another source for tabloid headlines.

Just between you and me, I’m all for raking politicians through the coals, and I’m not immune to the hilarity of someone embarrassing themselves for millions to see; but I do wish we paid the same attention to the work that these people do (or don’t do.)

The latest fool to bear his deepest, wrongest thoughts to the entire planet is Alberta MLA Doug Elniski. Seems Doug thought it would be a good idea to take up twittering. In theory, it’s probably a good way to get your message out, keep your constituents informed of what you’re doing–unless what you’re doing is being an idiot.

It seems the first post to really get people noticing was sent from Edmonton’s gay pride parade : “i am surrounded by bumping and grinding lesbians … wait 20 then send help.” Not too crazy really. I could give him the benefit of the doubt and think he was just caught up in the wacky fun of the moment. After all, he is an Albertan Tory. You gotta give him some credit for joining the parade in the first place.

But, it gets worse. Turns out that comment got some people looking closer at his tweets, and finding some entries that make Rush Limbaugh look like Gloria Steinem. Here’s the advice he offered to teenage girls graduating from junior high:

“Ladies, always smile when you walk into a room. Men are attracted to smiles, so smile [and] don’t give me that ‘treated equal’ stuff, if you want equal it comes in little packages at Starbucks.”

Are you kidding me? You’ve got to be a fool to think that, but how messed up do you have to be to actually post it to the world? I don’t care if you live in Edmonton this just screams of bad judgement. And creepiness.

I guess we’ll see what the voters think…

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5 responses to “The road to True Democracy will be paved with fallen Politician-Bloggers

  1. Arnold

    OK, but ultimately the guy said it in a grad speech, not in social media. Also, what he said is definitely stupid, but Don Cherry is one of the most popular Canadians in history.

    The more tragic part about politicians and social media is that most expose/promote themselves as being so boring. They’re effusive about everything they do. Is the premier really as happy-happy-joy-joy in person as he is on Twitter?
    Just, for once, I wish he’d post “Another &%$damn ribbon-cutting today. Wish I were in Hawaii.”

    • Jason Scott

      Thanks for the reply.

      I don’t know that saying it in a grad speech is any better, but he also posted it on Twitter (I believe).

      The Premier is happy-happy-joy-joy on Twitter? I’ve never heard that description for our Premier. But then, I don’t Tweet.

  2. Gerald

    James Moore, Tory MP & Minister of Heritage, just had this to say on Twitter:

    Newspaper box eats man’s loonie, man goes nuclear & smashes box with a 2×4 laying nearby. Minister & his dog watch in stunned fear at scene

    Now this is a TWEET!

  3. Harold

    Inspired by your post, I signed up to follow a number of politician-bloggers on Twitter. The worst is Ujjal Dosanjh. This guy will lose the next election for sucking at Twitter. I’m sad for him that his life is so boring, yet insulted that he thinks we should care.

    Here are some samples:

    “had a good walk this AM.”

    “off toWest Vancouver. Over the 1st Narrows. Beautiful.”

    followed by:
    “just back from West Vancouver.”

    “just landed in Toronto.”
    followed by:
    “at an event in Toronto”

    “walking to the office? maybe!”

    • Jason Scott

      Those are some groundbreaking tweets, for sure.

      I’d have to agree: ‘Tis better to Twitter not, than to suck at Twittering.

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