After we learned that Ted Stevens perished in a plane crash in Alaska, two New Hampshire Democrats contemplated the idea of Sarah Palin being on the plane. Keith David Halloran, a Democratic candidate for the NH statehouse, started the discussion when he wrote on his Facebook page, “Just wish Sarah and Levy [sic] were on board.”
Current New Hampshire state representative Timothy Horrigan followed up with his musings on Palin’s theoretical death:
“Well a dead Palin wd be even more dangerous than a live one…she is all about her myth & if she was dead she cldn’t commit any more gaffes”
Both men were roundly denounced, forcing Halloran to publicly apologize and Horrigan to resign his seat.
It’s pretty amazing that some Facebook and Twitter users will post the first thought that pops into their minds, without any consideration for how that uncensored thought will make them appear online to people who don’t know them. It could be they think they’re among “friends” so they feel they can let their guard down. Clearly this is not the case when it comes to the internet. But these instant, uncensored reactions and thoughts turn these social media applications into quasi cyber Rorschach tests in that that they provide us a glimpse into the deep recesses of people’s minds. In the case of these men, those deep recesses aren’t very pleasant.
Cross-posted at KimPriestap