DC Tweeter Is Hilarious and Awkward

white house 1[Blind Gossip] A Washington DC political journalist named Dave Catanese recently quit Twitter for a week. He wrote an essay about it in which he mentions another DC notable who is a prolific Tweeter.

From Esquire:

Twitter offers a shield, which allows you to be expressive, bold — even offensive — for all of your most influential followers to witness, without having to confront the awkward social consequences of an in-person engagement. (“How can he be so hilarious on Twitter and yet so awkward in person?,” a friend recently asked me about one of the city’s more prolific political Tweeps.) It allows you to step out on a limb, showcase your biting wit, your savvy snark. Perhaps grab the attention of a colleague, political foe or idol. Sure, you’re plopped on your couch in gym shorts munching on leftovers on a Sunday evening. But launching a Twitter war for the consumption of D.C. influence-makers can be an adrenaline rush. It can all be amusing, fleeting, or damaging.

Who is the hilarious/awkward person fingered by Catanese?
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  1. I Am PunkA says

    I’d say James Carville, because he is hilarious and awkward, but he only has like 2 tweets ever.

  2. Syd Wishes says

    Ben Stein’s Dairy on the American Spectator mag April 1st was entitled “A Perfect Sunday.” But I don’t know if he is on Twitter.

  3. apple martini says

    Dave Weigel. Live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C., and is a very prolific tweeter. I wouldn’t say he gets into Twitter wars, exactly, but he’s often very blunt and snarky. I also happen to know that he and Catanese run in the same social circles — parties and such.

  4. lovefifteen says

    Yeah. My first instinct was Dave Weigel. He tweets so much and is very snarky, but looks extremely awkward and socially uncouth.

  5. valeria says

    Don’t know; can’t guess. But props to Mr. Catanese for his observation that, Twitter, (and other social media), allow the writer to avoid having to, “confront the awkward social consequences of an in-person engagement”. It’s easy for cowards and trolls to hide behind “oh so clever” tweets, etc. Adults are people who confront problems and issues directly and accept/face the results.