This just in from a good friend and progressive activist:
gop has a new hashtag going #hcrcostsjobs
you know what to do right?
Translation: Republicans are trying to hype the idea the health care reform is a job-killer, and they’re employing a Twitter hashtag (“#hcrcostsjobs”) to organize the online conversation about it. So naturally, Democrats spread the word about what they were doing and hijacked the hashtag, using it in messages IN FAVOR of the new health care law. As of a few minutes ago as I write this, they were succeeding — most of the users of #hcrcostsjobs over the past couple of hours have been progessive hijackers, not conservative activists. A sampling of the results:
- Lack of health Insurance for Americans costs jobs not ==> #hcrcostsjobs
- @speakerboehner is lying. Is GOP deliberately trying to wreck the economy? CBO says repealing HCR will cost 700k jobs. #hcrcostsjobs
- #hcrcostsjobs ? Where did Speaker Boehner get this idea that it was his job to to sell the public this ridiculous tripe?
- Silly #tcot this is another of Boehner’s tricks so he can make you think #hcrcostsjobs when it really creates them
Conservatives may have dominated the use of that hashtag yesterday, but at least for now, health care law-supporters have now pretty much taken it over. Welcome to trench warfare, Twitter-style.