The Players: Alec Baldwin, star of 30 Rock who may or may not have hopes of becoming New York City's next mayor; Michelle Malkin, conservative columnist, author and Fox New Channel contributor
The Opening Serve: Yesterday on Twitter, Alec Baldwin tweeted updates to the Troy Davis execution--from the SCOTUS decision not to grant the stay to Davis's execution at 11:08 p.m.--along with his personal commentary of the death penalty. "US Death Penalty humiliates us in the eyes of much of the world," he tweeted after it was announced Davis would die in the next hour. "When Do Cheney and Rumsfeld go on trial for murder? Will that trial be in Texas?" Shortly before Davis's death, Malkin tweeted: "Waiting for Hollyweird @alecbaldwin's "I am Troy Davis" tweet," poking fun at quote made by Representative Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia. Baldwin responded with a couple of tweets, the first comparing Malkin to Palin. This tweet was fired right after the Palin comparison:
The Return Volley: Malkin didn't back down, responding to Baldwin and his question with a "
#RIPMARKMACPHAIL" hashtag. She also wrote, "So #RIPTROYDAVIS is trending, but #RIPMARKMCPHAIL is not. You can help fix that." Baldwin then turned to the power of the people. "Everyone tweet that great thinker @michellemalkin," he wrote. "And ask her what killing a potentially innocent man does to make you safer." This being Twitter, Malkin received a barrage of messages, and retweeted a few racist ones--pegging them to Baldwin's call to action. "@AlecBaldwin Direct your minions' ire/rage/profanity/racism/sexism at the US Supreme Court, not me," she wrote, spurring an even bigger push from Baldwin: